Friday, February 3, 2012

1928-1929 Season - The League had two local teams - the Argos, coached by Pere Athol Murray (from Notre Dame College, Wilcox, Saskatchewan, 60 miles south of Regina); Regina Pats, plus the Moose Jaw Maroons.

On Friday, January 25, the Moose Jaw Maroons withdrew from the League, due to lack of support by the players, leaving just the two local teams.

The League Standings had Regina Pats with 6 wins, 28 goals for, 8 against; Regina Argos, 2 wins, 4 loses, 15 goals for, 16 goals against, 4 points and Moose Jaw Maroons, 4 loses, 9 goals for and 28 goals against.

1928-1929 Regina Pats Roster - Goalie: Alex "Touch" Wood Defense: Bill Evendon, Lorne Stephens, Harvey Dodge, Mike Ursaki, Frank Jerwa, Gordon Pettinger, Don Deacon, Barker Centre: Harvey Willis Right Wing: Art Shivon, Johnny Beattie Left Wing: Ab Holt, Art Dowie, Al Lockhart Coach-Manager: Al Ritchie Trainer: Bob Bentley

Southern Final - Monday, February 25, Regina Pats downed the champions of the Soo Line, Weyburn Wanders 8-3, at Weyburn. Gordon Pettinger was Pats top scorer with 4 goals. Regina took a 4-0 lead going into the second period on 2 goals by Pettinger and single goals by Ab Holt and Harvey Dodge.

In the second period, Pettinger scored his third goal for the Pats, while Acton and Mertz scored for Weyburn. In the third period, Gordon Pettinger scored for the Regina Pats while Black replied for Weyburn.

The game was played under protest by Weyburn under the following rules: (1) centre Harvey Willis was ineligible because he was not transferred from the Saskatoon Wesleys. (2) defenseman Gordon Pettinger, Mike Ursaki and left winger Art Dowie were ineligible, no transfer was made from Regina Argos before the January 25, deadline. (3) Alex Wood was over age. The protest was upheld and the game was thrown out. Regina Pats' Pettinger, Ursaki and Dowie were barred from further competition that season.

Friday, March 1, Regina Pats defeated Weyburn 6-1 at Regina. They played with only 6 players and had to rely on 3 Juveniles, Deacon, Lockhart and Barker as second stringers. Pats' Ab Holt scored on an individual effort at the 16:00 mark. Weyburn's Armit tied the score when he batted in the puck on a scramble in front of the net with 1 minute remaining in the first period.

Pats' Harvey Dodge scored the lone goal in the second period. In the third period, Regina scored 4 goals, Ab Holt his second and Art Shivon with two, plus one by Harvey Willis.

On Monday, Regina Leader headlines read: "Pats awarded championship. Weyburn protest which was upheld is thrown out, Pats allowed to use the three players as they are found to be eligible."

Believing the decision had been reversed in the Weyburn protest, Regina Pat officials were surprised when they were instructed to proceed to Weyburn that afternoon and in the short time available, they were unable to round up their complete line up. With only 6 players - Alex Wood, Harvey Dodge, Lorne Stephens, Harvey Willis, Ab Holt and Art Shivon, Regina Pats handed the Weyburn club an 8-1 beating taking the round 14-2.

Harvey Willis was the Pats' top scorer with 3 goals and 1 assist, while Ab Holt and defenseman Harvey Dodge had 2 goals apiece. Pats held the lead of 2-0 after the first and 5-1 after the second period. Acton scored Weyburn's lone goal in the second period.

In the northern final on Wednesday, February 27, Saskatoon Wesleys downed Wilkie Outlaws 8-3.