Friday, February 3, 2012

1954-1955 - Season - MEMORIAL CUP at REGINA - During the off season, the Calgary Buffaloes disbanded leaving only five teams in the League. On Monday, November 8, at Regina, Regina Pats defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-1. This started a winning streak that went on to Wednesday, January 5, when Regina won at home against Medicine Hat Tigers 4-1. It was the Pats' 18th consecutive win. The following Saturday, Oil King stopped the streak.

In the early 50's it became apparent the Regina Pats were Memorial bound. Stan Fischer in his book "Canadians vs. Leafs. The Rivalry" said, ".... the Bruins, Rangers and Black Hawks were suffering attendance setbacks. Pressure from the three losing cities was finally felt in the NHL hierarchy which responded by creating a draft system. Selke (Montreal) fought the draft. Selke sold highly regarded young Eddie Litzenberger (Regina Pats 1949-52) to the Chicago Black Hawks (for only fifteen thousand dollars, although the forward was worth more than four times that amount. Litzenberger was instrumental in the Chicago's march to the Stanley Cup in 1961." Litzenberger was the only player to win the Calder Trophy after being traded from Montreal to Chicago during his rookie season.

1954-55 Regina Pats Roster: Goalies: Joe Selinger, Gerry Kleisinger Defense: Murray Balfour, John Palenstein, Grant Munro, Fred Buchan, Dan Wong, Wayne Klinck, Martin Howe Centre: Bev Bell (Captain), Bill Kurtz, Bill "Red" Hay, Bryan Whittal Right Wing: Elmer Schwartz, Con Collie, Glen MacDonald, Billy Hickie Left Wing: Harvey Flaman, Arliss Wright, Frank Wappel, Harold Ottenbreit, Garry Wenman Coach-Manager: Murray Armstrong Assistant Coach: Del Wilson Trainer: Sandy Archer President: Ken More

League Semi-Final - Monday, February 21, Ex-Moose Jaw goalie John Panagrot blanked Regina Pats 4-0 in front of a jam-packed Medicine Hat Arena Gardens. Midway through the season, Moose Jaw dealt Panagrot to Medicine Hat in a trade. Panagrot, defenseman Warren Back and winger Jonny Czury were the talk of tiger-town. Regina's rear guard Danny Wong, had three penalties in the game and Tigers scored on all three.

The score could have been higher but Regina Pats goaltender Joe Selinger was especially brilliant. Tigers Milan Marcetta and John McKenzie were stopped on break-a-ways, plus Wayne Gee hit a goal post midway through the second period. Tigers Johnny Gzury was the top scorer with two goals. Three of the Tigers goals were scored from scramble around the net.

Wednesday, February 23, Coach Bill Hunter's Medicine Hat Tigers struck back from a 4-2 deficit at Arena Gardens. They battled Regina Pats to a thrilling 5-5 overtime draw. The hero of the game was Pat's Billy Hicke who turned junior two week prior to the end of the schedule. The young right-winger potted two goals. His second goal late in overtime provided Pats with a tie. Tiger's Denmore and Gaber both had two goals each. Regina Pat's goalie Joe Selinger said, "Once you get that first goal against Panagrot he's easy picking the rest of the way."

Friday, February 25, the amazing Tigers dropped the Pats on the rope, handing them a humiliating 7-2 drubbing before an Arena Gardens sellout crowd of 1,928. Both clubs scored in the first period; Tiger's Marcetta at 7:12 and, 52 seconds later, Murray Balfour scored for the Regina Pats. In the second period Pat's Billy Hicke and the Tiger's Link raced to the right of Pats goal for a loose puck. Hicke tried to clear the bouncing puck by swiping at it only to have it go passed goalie Joe Selinger to give the Tigers the lead for good. It was Links first of three goals.

Regina Pats arrived home by train, giving them a day of rest, while Wild Bill Hunter's boys rode 300 miles by cars Saturday.

Saturday, February 26, Coach Murray Armstrong had his boys clad in new sweaters and socks for the game. Four year veteran Bev Bell's three goals sparked the home club to a 6-3 victory over the Tigers at Regina Exhibition Stadium. Shots from 10 to 20 feet out were responsible for 5 of Pats goals. Pats were shorthanded with Murray Balfour serving a penalty when Bell scored his first goal while two Tiger players hugged him at the 5:26 mark of the first period. Black tied the game at 12:07. In the second period Pat's Danny Wong and Wayne Klinck scored 27 seconds apart at 7:21. Tigers then followed with two quick goals one minute and 19 seconds apart at 13:52. Bev Bell closed out the period slapping in Harvey Flaman's rebound little over a minute later, his first of two shorthanded goals.

Monday, February 28, Regina Pats down 3-1 with eight minutes remaining, scored three goals in the final period to edge Medicine Hat 4-3. Big centre Red Hay cut Tigers lead to 3-2 at 12:07 of the third period when he was all alone in front of the net, scoring on a loose puck. That fired up Regina and 46 seconds later, rookie defenseman Grant Munro got the equalizer on a screen bouncing shot. Bev Bell punched home the winner four minutes later at 17:02 as he came from behind the net and scored as he put the puck between the goalies legs. Medicine Hat coach Bill Hunter pulled Panagrot in the last 50 seconds of the period and Danny Wong missed the open net by inches.

Tuesday, the following night, Tigers bounced back and put Regina back on the ropes as they posted a 3-2 win. A long bouncing shot by Bud Syverson deflected off Regina defenseman Danny Wong's stick, resulting in the winning goal at 17:44. Medicine Hat took a 2-0 lead before Pat's Bill Kurtz scored midway through the opening period. Regina Pats Murray Balfour tied the game early in the second period at 1:15 mark. In the dying moments of the third period everyone in the rink was getting prepared for an overtime session before the Tigers winning marker.

Thursday, March 3, Coach Murray Armstrong, said "Just give us the same goal scoring chances we had Tuesday night." Pats missed 10 clean opportunities and hit the goal post. "We will win by 5," stated Armstrong prior to the game. The chances came and the Pats clicked on them as the Pats found the scoring touch. Before the seasons largest crowd of 4,000, Pats downed the Tigers 7-3 and evened the series. Defenseman Murray Balfour came up with his finest performance in his three years as a junior, scoring four goals and one assist. Balfour tied the game early in the second period at the 1:15 mark.

After Pats gave Tigers an early 2-0 lead, Balfour set up Bev Bell for Regina's first goal at 6:36 of the second period. Balfour then scored three straight goals, two in the last five minutes of the second period and at 1:46 of the third period. Bill Hunter said, "We had five bad minutes." referring to Balfour's two goals in the second period.

Saturday, March 5, after a long, tough, eight games series, Regina Pats defeated the Tigers 3-1 before the largest crowd (2,300) in two years at Medicine Hat Arena Gardens and moved into the League final. Backed by an almost flawless effort by their defense, each Regina line contributed a goal. Regina's Billy Hicke, parked all alone in front of the net, received a pass from Grant Munro at 1:47 of the first period. With less that a minute remaining in the period, Tiger's Czury passed to Gaber three feet in front of Joe Selinger and scored to tie the game.

In the second period Pats Elmer Schwartz scored the winning goal. Bill Hay then scored the clincher at 14:20 of the third period and put the Pats into the League Final. After the game, both team players left the ring together and shared booths at a cafe for their after-game snack.

League Final - Monday, March 7, because the Canadian Brier was being staged at the Regina Exhibition Stadium, Pats had to travel further west to Lethbridge for the start of the League Final where the Native Sons dumped the fast skating Regina Pats 5-3 at the Lethbridge Arena. Norm Usselman Earl Ingarfield Sr., the League scoring champion, scored two goals each for the Sons.

Ingarfield scored the only goal in the first period as he rifled a high shot while Murray Balfour was serving a penalty. Pats Bill Hay tied the score as he went down the left boards beating goalie Gus Adams on a 30 foot shot. Native Sons regained the lead when Norm Usselman, standing to the left of the net, received Les Colwill's rebound. Regina Pat's Schwartz once again tied the game at the 1:00 mark of the third period. Lethbridge then scored two goals before Murray Balfour scored at 18:30. Pats goalie Joe Selinger was pulled twice in the last minute of play before Ingarfield scored the clincher on a break-a-way pulling the goalie.

Wednesday, March 9, Regina struck for two quick goals in the first period and hung on to gain a thrill-packed 5-4 victory over Lethbridge. A sellout crowd of 3,300 crammed the arena which had a capacity of only 2,800. Glen MacDonald and Harvey Flaman provided the spark for Pats netting two goals each. It was Danny Wong who potted the winner. With less than six minutes to go, Wong rifled a sizzler from 45 feet out and it bounced in off goalie Gus Adam's glove. Pat's Flaman scored at 4:22 followed by McDonald four minutes later. Then Lethbridge's Rock Crawford and Larry Ruplash tied the game 2-2 after the first period.

In the second period Native Sons took the lead on Andy Drobot's goal at 5:42 only to see Pats come right back with McDonald's second goal at the midpoint of the period. In the third period Flaman scord his second seven seconds into the period only to see Lethbridge come right back less then two minutes later on Al DiPasuate's goal at 1:51. Wong's winner came at 14:55. Lethbridge coach Bill Ramsden pulled goalie Adams with 70 seconds left, but Pats held the six attackers at bay.

Thursday, March 10, Regina Pats handed Lethbridge a 7-3 drubbing before another sellout at the Arena. Pats encountered some blistering opposition in the first 15 minutes then struck for three goals within three minutes and 25 seconds. That was all the Pats needed to snuff the last spark of life out of the local Sons. Then 13 seconds later Lethbridge's Les Colwill deflected Usselman's pass to give Pats a 3-1 lead after the first period. Big Red Hay scored a ten footer at the three minute mark which started a four goal spree. Three goals in the span of four minutes gave Regina a 7-1 lead with Colwill scoring his second at the end of the period. Lethbridge's "Big Gun" Earl Ingarfield scored in the third period. After the game Pats boarded the bus to Medicine Hat to catch a train to Regina.

Saturday, March 12, the Native Sons edged the Regina Pats 3-2 at the Regina Stadium before the largest crowd (4, 174) of the season. They were treated to a penalty-free game handled by referees Ike Morrison and Eddie Wares. Lethbridge's Andy Dobot's goal in the second period gave the Sons a 1-0 lead. Early in the third period at the mid point, Les Colwill and Voss gave Lethbridge a 3-0 lead before Regina came back with Bev Bell scoring at the 15:43 mark followed by Harold Ottenbriet scoring on a wild scramble in front of the Native Sons goal with 14 seconds remaining in the game. With Pats goalie pulled, Bill Hay shot wide. Bill Kurtz also shot wide in the dying seconds.

Monday, March 14, Bill Hay scored his second goal of the night mid way in the third period to give Pats a hard fought 3-2 victory over Lethbridge. The victory was costly for the Pats, Harold Ottenbriet dislocated his shoulder for the third time that season. It happened when he was checked after setting up Bill Hay for the winning goal. Murray Balfour's penalty for charging at 14:54 of the opening period ended 79:22 penalty-free minutes of action, believed to be a League record. Balfour fractured his kneecap on the play. The first period was scoreless. In the last minute of the second period, Pats Bill Hay and the Son's goaltender "Greek" Adams raced to the puck in the corner. Adams got their first and cleared the puck right onto Harold Ottenbriet's stick only to shoot wide of an open net.

Pats led 2-1 after the second period. Norman Usselman scored on a disputed goal 58 seconds into the third period. At 14:18 Hay, near the blue line, scored on a high shot under the cross bar for the winner.

Tuesday, March 15, Rookie Fred Buchan replaced Murray Balfour on defense. Frank Wappel's two goals, his first of the play-offs, helped the Regina Pats down Lethbridge 5-1 and win the League Championship. Humboldt's coach Scotty Munro and his team took in the game after capturing the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Crown.

Frank Wappel scored his first goal after Goalie Gus Adam made two great saves at 3:13 of the first period. He scored his second goal on a sharp angle shot during a scramble at 3:16 of the second period. Crawford scored Lethbridge only goal one minute and four seconds later, intercepting a Pats pass and letting a high shot go. Bev Bell scored at the 12:28 mark on a three-way play and, 3 minutes later, Harvey Flaman scored. With Pats leading 4-1 in the third period, Billy Hicke scored at 6:27 on a clear break-a-way from the blue line.

Western Canada Semi-Final - Monday, March 21, Humboldt Indians upset Pats 5-3 before a capacity turnout of 1,800 fans at the Humboldt Wigwam. It was four years since a SJHL team had beaten a Western League team in the play-offs. Three goals in less then two minutes in the start of the second period gave the Indians a 3-1 lead. It was the Humboldt scoring punch of Don Chuipka, Reg Belliveau and Peter Panagabko who sparked the local squad in that second period. In the opening seconds of the opening period Joe Selinger had to stop Indians' Belliveau and, three minutes later, Don Chuipka - (Photo: Humboldt's Ed Parker "Wigwam" Arena) on clear break-a-ways. Larry Berg and Paul Strasser scored the Indians other goals, while Frank Wappel and Grant Munro scored
for the Pats in the third period.

Wednesday, March 23, Regina came up with a solid checking display, backed by goalie Joe Selinger's performance, and downed Humboldt 3-1. Another sellout crowd saw each Regina Pat line contribute a goal. Humboldt, the strongest club to represent the north circuit in years, had the edge throughout but were only able to score the one goal. Rookie Billy Hicke's pass to Harvey Flaman scored on an angle shot at 5:10 of the first period. Pats made it 2-0 when Bill Hay scored on a two-man break when Glenn MacDonald was used as a decoy.

In the second period, the Indians' Don Chuipka scored on the Pats sloppy clearing at 3:41. Pats Bill Kurtz scored the final goal through a maze of players that glanced off Al Nickolson's stick. Humboldt's coach Scotty Munro pulled his goalie Ray Ethier with 52 seconds remaining when Pats received a penalty. With a two man advantage Pats goalie Joe Selinger stopped Beliveau and Chuipka on point-blank shots.

Thursday, March 24, two goals in 17 seconds in the last minutes of the second period is all the Pats needed as they defeated Humboldt 3-1 at the Wigwam. There was a poor turnout due to the extreme cold and drifting snow-blocked roads around the Humboldt area. Regina goaltender Joe Selinger was superb again as the Indians out shot the Pats throughout the game. More injuries to Regina Pats put the team down to 13 players when Harvey Flaman stopped a hard shot on his left ankle. Bill Hay opened the scoring for the Pats at 13:53 of the first period then Don Chuipka scored his third goal of the series at 14:46 of the second period. Frank Wappel scored at 19:30 and Bill Kurtz seventeen seconds later rounding out the scoring.

Saturday, March 26, Regina Pat fans can still remember Scotty Munros' last visit as the coach of the now defunct Crow's Nest Pass Miners in a rousing seven game League Final in 1951. This time, he was bringing the Humboldt Indians to town. The hometown Regina Pats shut out the Indians 2-0 before 4,297 fans. Goals by a pair of rookies: Billy Hicke scored a back-hander in front of the net in the first period. Fred Buchan scored his second goal as a junior in the second period, a hard screen shot several feet inside of the blue line. That was all the Pats needed as the Indians had gone 86 scoreless minutes without scoring a goal. Indians held the territory and had a shots-on-goal edge as Humbodt out shot the Regina Pats 30 to 14.

Monday, March 28, Regina Pats rolled to their fourth Abbott Cup final in six years with an over- whelming 8-1 triumph over Humboldt at the Regina Stadium. In contrast to the first four games, Humboldt were outplayed. Coach-Manager Murray Armstrong felt the Pats were fortunate to wrap up the series in five games. "I was sorry to see it end this way." said the Regina coach referring to the final score. "It was a terrific series and Indians were a very good club."

Pats Bev Bell and "Red" Hay scored two goals each, both in the first and second periods. Humboldt's Al Nickolson scored their lone goal at 11:26 of the third period, with Pats already ahead 6-1. A decisive factor in the series was Regina's defense. Without all-star Murray Balfour, who was sidelined for at least three more weeks with a fractured kneecap, the load fell on the shoulders of the other rearguards. Two being Fred Buchan and Grant Munro who were brought up from the Pat Juvenile Hockey Team half-way through the League schedule and had to fill in on the defense.

Canada Western Final - Abbott Cup - Winnipeg Monarchs won the right to meet Regina Pats in the Western Final as they edged Fort William Canadians 2-1 to take the series 4-3. Regina coach, Murray Armstrong announced Monday, "Winger Harold Ottenbreit will return to the lineup for Thursday's opener. A dislocated shoulder, suffered during the League final with Lethbridge, is sufficently mended."

Tuesday, April 5, Regina showed little ill effects from a week long lay off. Operating in high form they thumped the Winnipeg Monarchs 7-0 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. It was Regina goalie Joe Selinger's sixth shutout of the season. Centre Bill Kurtz, sparked the Regina Pats with three goals. Regina Pats first two goals were on the soft side. The first had Monarchs' goal-tender Ted Derrett stop Kurtz hard shot between his pads, but he could not hold the puck. It dropped to the ice and Derrett kicked the puck into his own net at 6:24 of the first period. Regina had peppered 12 shots at Winnipeg's Derrett before the Monarchs had their first shot at 9:20 of the opening period. Bill Hay scored in the first period, Billy Hicke in the second period, Flaman and Arlis Wright scored in the third period.

Thursday, April 7, Regina set back the Monarchs 4-1. Winnipeg's winger Ron Farnfield scored at 18:39 of the second period ending Joe Selinger's scoreless streak at 107 minutes. Monarchs' goalie Ted Derrett was injured as he stoped a sizzling shot by Harvey Flaman at 19 seconds into the game. After several minutes in the dressing room with the trainer, Derrett came back and was a standout. He kept the Pats from making it a runaway, stopping 37 Regina shots.

The only goal in the first period was by Regina Pat's Elmer Schwartz, a high shot from the blue line at 12:54. Rookie Con Collie scored his first play-off goal at 8:24 of the second period, followed by Bev Bell three minutes later from a blue line pass from Billy Hicke. Regina led 3-1 going into the last period. Bill Kurtz scored Regina Pats fourth goal at 11:07 as he skated through the Monarchs defense.

Saturday, April 9, Pats skated to their 45th win in 62 starts that season, the most ever by a Regina Pat club to date. They walked all over the hometown Monarchs 10-4 before a poor crowd at the ancient Winnipeg Amphitheatre.

Rookie Billy Hicke sparked Pats with a five point outing, scoring two goals and had three assists. Regina lead 4-1 after the first period and the Monarchs outscored the visitors 2-1 in the second period. Winnipeg's second goal by Lloyd Oris was the prettiest of the game. Just like a pro, he changed his hockey stick from his left hand to his right in full flight and then scored. With Regina Pats leading 6-4 in the third period, they went on to score four unanswered goals.

Monday, April 11, Monarchs out-hustled the visitiors as they upset Regina 5-3. As the temperature hovered near the 80 degree (farnenheit) mark outside, just over a thousand fans took in the game. Winger Ron Farnfield was the Monarchs best player, scoring three goals to spark coach Hoss Nicholson's team to victory. Ron Farnfield scored a goal each period. Pats third line, Glen MacDonald, Harold Ottenbriet and Bill Hay, each scored for the Regina Pats. Regina had a 2-1 lead after the first period and both clubs were tied 3-3 after the middle frame.

Wednesday, April 13, Regina Pats, bruised but happy, wrapped up the Abbott Cup grabbing a hard-earned 2-1 decision over Winnipeg. Monarchs looked their greatest in their final game of the season. They outplayed, outskated and outshot Pats, but failed to hold the edge where it counted most - on the scoreboard. It was by far the best game of the series and certainly the cleanest. Only four penalties (two to each club) all came in the first two periods. With only 12 seconds remaining in the game, Winnipeg almost sent the game into overtime. Pats missed great chances, one being when Fred Buchan cleared the puck from his own zone but just missed the open net. Monarchs surged into Pats territory but Pats goalie Joe Selinger came out to direct the puck into the corner. Winnipeg's Ron Farnfield collided with Joe Selinger and both wound up along the back boards. With seconds remaining in the game, a Winnipeg pass went across the open mouth of the goal crease and Clare Melanchuk missed deflecting the puck into the open net.
The series was the last ever held in the old Winnipeg Amphitheatre. That summer it was to be torn down. Veteran Toronto Maple Leaf netminder Turk Broda's Toronto Marlboros would meet the Regina Pats in the Memorial Cup. On Thursday, the Toronto Marlies defeated the Quebec Frontenacs 3-1 to take the eastern finals. The Marlies left Toronto on Sunday travelling by train. They arrived Tuesday, 6:05 p.m. at Regina Union Station.

With the CAHA rule, the Pats club selected three pickups: Earl Ingarfield Sr. and Les Colwill of Lethbridge Native Sons, plus Edmonton Oil Kings' defenseman Lionel Repka. Photo: Winnipeg Amphitheatre - Archives of Manitoba - Winnipeg-Buildings-General-Amphitheatre 1

In the Regina Leader Post Saturday, April 16th issue, the ad read:"Tickets one price, $1.50 each per game except southeast section, children 50 cents.

Memorial Cup Final - With the City of Regina celebrating their Golden Jubilee the entire series was played at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. The officials for the game were both from the east; Charlie Delziel of Montreal and Len Corriveau of Quebec City.

Thursday, April 21, Regina Pats surprised the Toronto Marlboros with an upset 3-1 victory before 4,756, even though they were outshot and outweighed. The Pats victory, the third win for a western team in the Memorial Cup since 1950, was witnessed by a large 4,756 Stadium crowd. Regina's third line of Bill Hay, Harry Ottenbreit and Glen MacDonald sparked the Pats victory. In the first period, MacDonald scored at 7:44 when he was left uncovered in front of the net and slapped in Bill Hay's pass.

In the second period Harold Ottenbriet received a long pass from "Red" Hay and scored on his own rebound at the seven minute mark. Toronto's Collins at 11:00 scored on a difficult angle shot to make it 2-1 going into the final period. Regina Pat's Elmer Schwartz scored their third goal at 8 minutes on a break-a-way. Regina Transit Buses lined up in front of the Regina Exhibition Stadium waiting for the fans to depart from the Memorial Cup game. (Photo: Regina City Archives)

Saturday, April 23, had Regina Exhibition Stadium manager Bob Gillies announce seats sold-out, standing room only at $1.00 per person.

Toronto Marlboro's coach Turk Broda was his old jolly self following his team's 5-2 triumph over Regina Pats before the largest crowd (5,469) that season. Toronto scored four goals with the man advatage and out-shot Regina 31-10. Regina Pat's Danny Wong was off when Al MacNeill had snatched Pats clearing attempt and passed to Bob Pulford, he scored on a sharp angle shot at 9:56 of the first period.

With Regina's Wayne Klinck picking up his third penalty, Toronto's captain Mike Nykoluk and Glen Clessman both scored at 6:04 and 8:49 before Pats Danny Wong scored two minutes later. Harvey Flaman skated from his own zone, pulled a defenseman, and passed to Wong. In the third period Nykoluk scored his second goal on a solo rush from his own zone with Pats pick-up Lionel Repka who had the Edmonton Oil Kings on his back. Regina then made it 4-2 when Elmer Schwartz scored on a flip pass from Bill Kurtz. Gerry James (who later became a Winnipeg Blue Bomber) checked Bev Bell at the blue line and was home free for Toronto's final goal at 17:23.

Monday, April 25, Regina Pats outskated and outchecked the heaver Marlboros but came short losing 3-2 before the smallest crowd of the series (4,500). The Pats were aided on defense by the return of Murray Balfour who had cracked a kneecap seven weeks earlier. Regina spotted the Dukes a 2-0 first period lead. With Balfour checking behind the net, Bob Pulford passed out to Bill Harris who scored at 8:44. The next goal was due to poor Regina clearing at their own blue line. Pulford picked up the puck and scored on a partially screened shot at 13:05.

With Regina having a two man advantage, and Glen Cressman and Gerry James sitting in the penalty box, Bill Hay's scored at 3:08 of the second period to make it 2-1 for the easterners. Toronto then had a two man break at 16:17 and Mike Nykoluk scored his third goal of the series. The only goal in the third period was by Pats' Les Colwill, a replacement from Lethbridge, when he carried the puck the full length of the ice and scored a sizzler from the blue line.

Wednesday, April 27, Billy Harris, the Marlboros' top scorer in the regular season, scored after 44 seconds of overtime action. It was a pretty unassisted goal before 5,378 spectators to give the Marlboros a 3-2 victory. Murray Balfour sent the Regina fans into hysteria when he scored 15 seconds before the end of regulation time to send two extremely tired clubs into the extra session. Bill Harris figured in on all three Toronto goals, while Balfour capped his effort scoring both Pats goals.

Friday, April 29, Turk Broda's Toronto Marlboros, in a weird and wonderful finish, captured the Memorial Cup for the second time in history. The Marlboros downed the Regina Pats 8-5 in overtime, before 5,718 cheering fans. The Toronto Maple Leaf farm team won the Canadian Championship for the first time since 1919. The Regina Pats, great in defeat, blew a 3-0 first period lead and the hard hitting Marlboros exploded for three goals in a span of one minute and 27 seconds mid-way through the third period to send the game into overtime.

Billy Harris once again scored the winner for Toronto. Bill Hay, a standout for the Regina Pats, scored three goals, two in the first period while Toronto was short handed at the 17:33 and the 18:30 mark. In the wild third period, poor clearing by the Regina Pats resulted in the first Toronto goal by Gary Collins at 10:29. Regina's Harold Ottenbriet then scored 28 seconds later, from a scramble in front of the net to give Regina a 5-3 lead only to see the Marlboros' Bob Pulford score at 11:44. The tying goal came twelve seconds later as Glen Cressman scored on a rebound off the back boards. In overtime the "Marlies" scored three goals in less than three minutes, starting with Billy Harris' winner at 6:13.

After the game Toronto's coach Turk Broda said, "Regina has a great hockey club. We won ourselves a great series and I'm thankful it is over."

During the series Toronto Marlboros President, Harold Ballard, suggested hosting a Memorial Cup dinner which became the first of an annual event.

Friday's attendance brought the five game series to 25,821, almost 8,000 more than witnessed last year's final in which St. Catherine Tee Pees defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings in five games.