Friday, February 3, 2012

1961-1962 and 1962-1963 - Season

For the second year the schedule did not include overtime games. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) welcomed their newest team Weyburn Red Wings, during the summer months. On Wednesday, November 2, Regina Pats General Manager, Del Wilson, made a deal with Prince Albert Mintos for goaltender Ken Baum.

Regina Pats finished in second place that season with 73 points, and Estevan Bruins in first place with 80. Regina Pats Gary Peters won the (Charlie McCoolk Trophy) League Scoring Championship with 114 points and Norm Beaudin finished in third place with 88 points. Centre, Peters, and Right Wing Beaudin were selected on the League First All-Star Team.

1961-1962 - Regina Pats Roster - Goalies: Ken Baum, Orest Swyripa, Monty Snell Defense: Doug Piper, Bob Reiger, Norm Scmitz, Don "Moose" McGowan, Arvid Knutson Centre: Gary Peters, Gary Schall, Bob Lennos, Terry Shercliffe, Wilf Martin Right Wing: Norm Beaudin, Brian Harper, Doug Wass, Murray Owen, Pierre Dechaine Left Wing: Raymond Holmes, Alex Hood (Captain), Dick Wiest, Jack Ector Coach: Frank Mario Manager: Del Wilson Trainer: Sandy Archer

League Round Robin Play-off - Wednesday, February 28, the Regina Pats and Melville Millionaire battled to a 3-3 overtime tie. Some 700 fans, braved 30 below zero weather and stuck it out to the end in the unheated Melville Arena. Norm Beaudin, Gary Schall and Brian Harper triggered the Pat goals. John Stolar, Bill Flett and Gary Kreps replied for Melville. Regina goalie Ken Baum was a standout as he had to stop three clear greak-a-ways throughout the game.

Friday, March 2, Grank Mario's Regina Pats blanked Doug Dawson's Saskatoon Quakers 6-0 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Veteran Dick Wiest sparked the Pats with a two goal performance. Ken Baum came up with a great game as he kicked out 19 Saskatoon shots. Quaker net minder Phil Headley was brilliant in robbing Regina Pat snippers numerous times as had to face 41 shots.

Sunday afternoon, March 4, Regina Pats made it look easy at Flin Flon when they walloped the Bombers 7-2. Pats grabbed a 2-1 first period lead and were never behind as they upped the score to 6-2 after the second period. Gary Peters was the top scorer with two goals for Regina.

Wednesday, March 7, The Queen City Regina Pats came up with a superb team effort at Regina Exhibition Stadium to chalk up a 4-0 victory over Moose Jaw. Alex Hood, Norm Beaudin, Norm Schmitz and Gary Peters scored Regina Pat goals.

Friday, March 9, Captain Bobby Riou sparked his Moose Jaw Canucks to a convincing 7-2 decision over Regina Pats at the Civic Centre. Riou sparked Moose Jaw with three goals and three assists for a brilliant performance.

Monday, March 12, At the Regina Exhibition Stadium, veteran Brian Harper, sparked the Regina Pats attack to a 4-1 victory over Melville Millionaires. A two goal display by Harper helped Pats while Norm Beaudin and Alex Hood scored in the other Regina Pat goals. Defenseman Ralph Winfield scored Melville's goals, snapping Ken Baum's shut-out streak of 136 minutes and 42 seconds in the series on Regina ice.

Wednesday, March 14, Regina Pats moved in to first place in the round robin with a 5-3 win over Flin Flon at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Regina went ahead 3-2 in a loosely played first period and 4-2 after the second period. Wilf Martin of the Regina Pats, and Flon Flon Bombers Tracy Pratt scored two goals appiece.

Friday, March 16, an overtime goal by Brian Harper pushed the League Champion Estevan Bruin club to the brink of elimination before the largest Regina Exhibition (4,110) turnout of the season as the Pats edge the Bruins 3-2. Norm Beaudin and Gary Peters shared the othe Pat goals in the wide-open cliff hanger.

Saturday, March 17, a two-goal performance by centre Jim Kozie paced Estevan to a 3-1 decision over Regina Pats at Estevan. Centre Pat Donnely scored the other Estevan goal. Pats lone goal came in the last minute of the third period by Brian Harper.

Monday, March 19, Regina Pats defeated Saskatoon Quakers 4-1 to finish in first place in the Round Robin giving them a home rink advantage over Moose Jaw Canucks in the league final. Pats scored all their goals in the opening period. Substitute goalie Joe Daley of Weyburn replace the injured Saskatoon netminder and had a busy night. He had 46 shots, 23 in the second period. Ken Baun had a real easy night as he had only nine shots in the Regina net.

League Final - Wednesday, March 21, many saw why Metro Prystai's Moose Jaw Canucks came through the Round Robin series in flying colours. At Regina Exhibition Stadium the fifth place finishers in regular season, out-hustled the defending champion Regina Pats to a 4-3 victory. Canucks had to bounce back and got the winning goal by Gary Davidge at the 19:59 mark of the final period. Moose Jaw's Bobby Riou and Gary Davidge, two minutes apart at 6:50 of the first period, gave Canucks a 2-0 lead before Regina Pats Don McGowan scored with less then five minutes left in the first period. Moose Jaw's Ben Gresco scored the only goals in the second period. In the third period the pats scored two goals with 32 seconds to tie the game before Davidge scored the winner.

Thurdsay, March 22, the Moose Jaw Canucks Rookie Reg Coles' pair of goals in the third period helped pace Moose Jaw to a 5-4 decision over Regina at the Stadium. it was the eighth victory in twelve play-off games for Moose Jaw. The veteran George Swarbrick also triggered two goals for the winners, while Norm Beaudin had a hat trick for the Regina Pats. Pat goalie Ken Baum was injured when he pulled a groin muscle in the second period trying to kick out a drive which resulted in Moose Jaws second goal.

Monday, March 26, two goals by Regina Pats Norm Beaudin in the space of thirty seconds was all the spark Regina needed to down Moose Jaw in a impressive 4-1 victory. A standing room crowd (3,393) jammed the Civic Centre Arena. Beaudin's two goals near the seventeen minute mark of the first period, came seconds after Regina Pats held a determined power play by the Moose Jaw Canucks. Giving his best effort of the season, Centre Wilf Martin triggered Regina Pat's third goal just 28 seconds after Beaudin's second goal. Then there were two goals in just less than two minutes at the end of the first period. Six feet out, Moose Jaw's Bill McLelland scored at 16:28 and Regina Pats Gary Peter's wrapped up the scoring less than one minute later.
Wednesday, March 28, Moose Jaw were too much for Regina Pats. It was another capacity attendance of partisan fans at the Civic Centre. The crowd saw their Canucks roar to a sounding 8-3 victory. Rookie Reg Coles, hero of the second game, paced the trigger happy Canucks with three goals. Centre Ben Creco also scored a pair off goals for Moose Jaw. It was Moose Jaw 3-1 after the first period and 5-1 after the second period. The third period started with a goalie's nightmare. Five goals in the span of just over seven minutes, as each team exchanged goals. Starting at the 2:07 mark as Moose Jaw's Bill McLelland scored, followed by Pat's Gary Piper at 6:42. The last three goals were scored in 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Friday, March 30, with a standing room crowd only (5,608) at the Regina Exhibition Stadium, Regina walked all over Moose Jaw 11-3. Gary Schall and Alex Hood sparked Pats' attack with a five point performance. Each scored two goals and had three assists. Norm Beaudin also triggered two goals as the Pats enjoyed their biggest goal production of the season. It was an all out effort from all of Pats three forward lines. Two quick Regina goals by Beaudin and Hood had the Pats leading 2-0 by the three minute mark of the opening period.

Saturday, March 31, The Fifth Place Finishers in the regular schedule, the Cinderella Team blanked the defending League Champion Regina Pats 2-0. It was played before a boisterous (3,504) crowd who crammed into every area of the Civic Centre Arena. Veteran George Swarbrick was the hero. After two periods of scoreless hockey, with end-to-end action, Swarbrick scored the winning goal at the two minute mark of the final period. He took a loose puck in front of the Regina Pat net and pulled the puck passed a diving Ken Baum. The goal was all they need. Canucks could smell victory in the air and the League Championship.

The second goal was by Wayne Wiste, just passed the mid-point as he received a pass from Bill McLelland and cut in front of the net. The goal sent the Moose Jaw crowd into a wild frenzy which reached a peak at the final buzzer as hundreds stormed onto the ice.

Moose Jaw lost to Edmonton Oil Kings, and Edmonton went onto defeat Brandon Wheat King in the Abbott Cup. Edmonton then lost the Memorial Cup in fives games against the Hamilton Red Wings.

Front Row: Arviel Knutson, Norm Beaudin, Frank Mario (Coach), Beattie Ramsay (President), Del Wilson (Manager), Gary Peters (Captain), Alex Hood Middle Row: Pierre Dechaine, Jack Esctor, Doug Piper, Norm Schmitz, Dick Wiest, Brian Harper, Don McGowan, Terry Shercliffe Back Row: Murray Owen, Wilf Martin, Gary Schall, Ray Holmes, Ken Baum, Orest Swyripa, Ernie Hicke (Stick Boy) (Photo: Dick Wiest - Collection)

1962-1963 - Season - for the third straight year the league did not play any overtime game during the regular schedule. The League had one less team, Prince Albert having moved to Dauphin during the last season. Dauphin in the1962-1963 season played in the Manitoba League.
On Friday, December 14, Regina Pats General Manager, Del Wilson announed the signing of Martin Schaefer of the New Westminster Royals of the BC Junior Hockey League.

That season the Regina Pats finished in fifth place with 52 points, while Estevan finished first with 68 points followed by Melville Millionaires right behind with 67 points. Regina Pats Granger Evans finished third in the scoring race with 79 points, and right behind him was Gary Peters and Gary Schall with 73 and 71 points. Regina Pats Centre Gary Peters tied with Terry Hargreaves on the First All-Star Team, while Left Winger Granger Evans was selected to the Second All-Star Team.

1962-63 Regina Pats Roster - Goalies: Len Kleisinger, Peter Sterning, Monty Snell, Orest Swyripa Defenseman: Doug Piper, Norm Schmitz, Mike Fischer, Arvid Knutson, Stan Fuller Centre: Gary Peters (Captain), Gary Schall, Fran Huck, Doug Dayman Right Wing: Brian Harper, Ray Holmes, Andy Black, Doug Wass, John Cooke, Martin Schaefer Left Wing: Fred "Granger" Evans, Murray Owens, Ken Walters, Jack Ector, Tom Kellough Coach: Dunc Fisher Manager: Del Wilson Trainer: Sandy Archer

Quarter-Semi-Final - Saturday, March 2, a solid two-way team effort lead Estevan bruins to a 5-1 victory over Regina Pats at the Estevan rink. Veteran John Manchester, who joined Estevan that season from Flin Flon Bombers, and Lyle Bradley each scored twice for the Bruins. Captain Skip Krake scored the other Bruins goal and figured in on four other goals. Veteran Brian Harper triggered Regina Pats lone goal. Estevan lead 1-0 after the first period and 3-1 after the second period. Coach Dunc Fisher had words of praise for rookie centre Fran Huck as he played one of his finest road games of the season.

Friday, March 8, Estevan Bruins behind the brilliant puck-blocking of goalie Jack Norris, came out with a 2-1 squeaker over Regina Pats at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Pats went ahead 1-0 near the mid-way point of the opening period on Fran Huck's goal. In the second period, Estevan's Lyle Bradley got the puck in his own end zone, skated down the left boards and fed a pass to John Manchester who scored at the 15:01 mark. In the third period Skip Krake skated deep into Regina's end and passed across to Ron Boehm who was uncovered in front of the net and scored at 6:13 for the clincher. Jack Norris, who joined Estevan half way through the 1958-59 season, was brilliant making two spectacular saves in the final minutes of the opening period. He also robbed Fran Huck twice in the final six minutes of the game.

Wednesday, March 10, With only 13 seconds remaining in regulation time, a goal by defenseman Joe Watson gave Estevan a come from behind 4-4 tie with the Regina Pats at Estevan. The goal came when the Bruins pulled goalie Jack Norris in favour of an extra attacker, Pats were shorthanded at the time. Speedy Lyle Bradley triggered three Estevan goals, two in the first period as the Bruins took a 2-0 lead. Regina tied the game 2-2 after the second period on Brian Harper and Gary Shall's goals. in the third period, Fran Huck gave the Pats the lead at 3:26 on a scramble in front of the net. Bruins Lyle Bradley once again tied the game only to have Norm Schmitz give the Pats the lead at 13:13.

Friday, March 12, at the Regina Exhibition Stadium, an undentified specatator was the cause of forcing suspension at the 13:47 mark of the third period. The teams were dead-locked 2-2 when the game was halted due to Estevan's coach Scotty Munro being struck on the temple by a two inch construction steel nut and had to be taken to the hospital. Seconds later a bottle landed in the Estevan players box. League Commissioner Frank Boucher was in attendance at the time and ordered the teams to their dressing rooms and later suspended the game.

Estevan's Stan Gilbertson scored at 4:20 and Regina's Fran Huck and Murray Owen's (two goals) one minute and 17 seconds apart at the end of the first period, gave Regina Pats a 2-1 lead. Lyle Bradley scored on a low screen shot at 1:26 in the second period. The third period was scoreless.

Saturday, March 16, Estevan whipped the Regina Pats 5-2 at Estevan. Veteran John Manchester paced Estevan's attack with three goals. Tom Kellough and Gary Peters scored for the Pats, Lyle Bradley scored for Estevan on a three-way play at 6:57 of the first period. Manchester then scored his first goal at the one minute mark of the second period followed by Regina's Gary Peters on a 30 footer at the 13:18 mark. Bruins' Paul Morris made the score 3-1 with 32 seconds left in the period. In the third period three goals in the last minute of regulation had Manchester scoring empty net goals at 19:04 and 19:56. Regina Pats Tom Kellough scored in between at 19:23.

Monday, March 18, Coach Dunc Fisher's Regina Pats came back and edged the Estevan Bruins 4-3 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Estevan was heading into the third period with a 3-1 lead. Regina Pats' Gary Schall's second goal, early in the third period injected the Pats spark. Goals by Fran Huck and Murray Owen within the span of four minutes at the mid-way point changed the outcome.

Coach Fisher, needing a second victory to keep the Regina Pats play-off hopes alive. He had to send his boys right back out on to the ice after only a fifteen minute break. Bother teams continued the Friday 2-2 tie suspension game from the 13:47 minute mark of the third period. Needing a victory, coach Dunc Fisher pulled goalie Len Kleisinger in the last minute of play in favor of an extra attack. Estevan's Skip Krake battled the puck out of his own end, streaked after it, and only had to guide the puck into the open net for the series victory, giving Skip a four goal performance.

In the Memorial Cup race, once again Edmonton Oil Kings downed Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Canada Final (Abbott Cup). After three consecutive tries, they finally won the Canadian Championship over Niagara Falls Flyers. It was Edmonton's first Memorial Cup in seven trips to the final. The series went six games and was played right in their own back yar, at the Edmonton's Arena Gardens.