1965-66 - COACH BOB TURNER and
RON "SCOREBOARD" JOHNSTON'S AREA
On September 17, 1965, Regina Pats announced the signing of the new coach, Bob Turner. He went on to coach the Pats for ten seasons to January 1977. During that stint he took out two years and scouted for the NHL California Golden Seals from 1989-70.
For the first time the Pats hired a club statistician, Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston. It took but three games for him to get his nickname. It was at Moose Jaw, Tuesday, October 12, before the game in the dressing room, Ernie Hicke, not remembering Johnston's name shouted, "Hayyyy.... scoreboard!" Ron responded and the nickname stuck with him to this day. (Photo: Ernie Hicke) (Photo: Below: Andy Black, Ernie Hicke, Barry Meissner - Both Photo's - Ron C. Johnston Collection)
The sixth game of the schedule, Friday, October 22, had the Regina Pats record a new modern day record, trouncing the Flin Flon Bombers 19-1. In the game Pats had a new line consisting of centre Barry Meissner, right winger Andy Black and left winger Ernie Hicke - See Photo Below. The line racked up 21 points during the game.
Regina Pats had eight games during the schedule where they scored 10 or more games. There were no overtime games during the regular schedule.
Ex-Pats Lorne Davis and Fran Huck, plus Morris Mott of Weyburn Red Wings, play for Team Canada that season. Huck was selected to the All-Star team.
The Regina Pats finished in fifth place with 63 points, 30 points behind first place Estevan Bruins. The Pats had four players in the top ten scoring race; Barry Meissner, 104 points, Ernie Hicke 103 points, Stan Faranski 101 points and Rick Sentes 100 points. The only Regina Pat player to make it on the All-Star Team was Left Winger Ken Faranski on the Second Team.
1965-1966 Regina Pats Roster - Goalies: "Tiny" Tim Tabor, Warren Fisher, Ken Fenson Defense: Dale Bloomquist, Bob Taylor, Murray Flegel, Dave Rudolph, Don Fedun, Greg Spencer, Clinton Earl, Bob Mattick Centre: Barry Meissner, Ernie Hicke, Brian Lavender, Stan Chakowski, Frank Richardson Right Wing: Rick Sentes (Captain), Andy Black, Richard Seitz, Ken Stuart, Greg Spencer, Ken Fuller Left Wing: Ernie Hicke, Barry Meissner, Ken Faranski, Bernie Blanchett, John Migneault, Don Dorsch, Brian Dickie Coach: Bob Turner Statistician: Ron Johnston Manager: Del Wilson Trainer: Chuck Walch
Quarter Play-Offs - Tuesday, March 1, a small crowd of Weyburn fans saw a third period brawl as their Red Wings scored a 2-0 victory over the Regina Pats. The hero was Weyburn's rookie goalie Darryl Gizen up from the "B" ranks, the Lashburn Red Wings. Gizen was taking the place of the injured Don Caley. The husky net minder made 31 saves throughout the game, 14 in the middle period and three from close in. Randy Gates and veteran Bill Lesuk accounted for all the Wings scoring. Gates scored at 3:29 of the second period as he slipped a backhander passed "Tiny" Tim Tabor 15 feet out. In the dying seconds at 19:36, Lesuk scored into any empty net when coach Bob Tuner pulled Tabe in favor of an extra attacker.
Wednesday, March 2, Regina Pat's goaltender Tim Tabor was spectacular in helping his Pats edge Weyburn 3-2 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium before only 1,394 fans. Ernie Hicke, playing with an injured ankle, was Regina's top scorer with a pair of goals. Weyburn's Cates scored a shorthanded goal at the mid point of the first period followed by Hicke's four minutes later. In the second period Pats Andy Black carried from his own zone and beat Gizen 20 feet out. Weyburn's Bill Lesuk tied the game four minutes later. Hicke scored 1:24 into the third period for the winner as he blasted a point blank shot that went wide, bounced out, and deflected off Gizen's pad into the net.
Thursday, March 3, overtime goals by Weyburn's Randy Gales and rookie Dwight Fansher helped the Weyburn Red Wings to a 6-4 victory over Regina Pats at Weyburn Colosseum. Regina grabbed a 2-1 lead going into the second period on Rick Sentes goal with three minutes remaining in the opening period. Both teams were tied 3-3 after the second period. Rick Sentes put the Pats ahead at 12:14 only to have Bill Lesuk tie the game at 15:33 to force two straight 10 minute overtime periods. Fansher's winning goal came at 4:22 of the 10 minute overtime and Gates into an empty net with only 15 seconds remaining. Rick Sentes, Regina Pats captain, tallied twice for the Pats.
Tuesday, March 8, David Lee's goal at 8:14 of overtime gave Weyburn their second straight ovetime victory, a 4-3 over Regina at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. The Red Wings had the return of all-star goalie Don Caley. Weyburn's Randy Gates opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 2:15 of the first period. Ernie Hicke tied the game for the Pats at 1:16 of the third period on his famous blistering slapshot. Weyburn then went up two goals on Gates second goals and Dwight Fansher's goal one minute later at 9:00. The loss was a heart breaker for the Regina pats who had overcome a two goal deficit in the final seven minutes of regulation time to send the game into overtime as Ken Faranski and Dave Rudolph scored.
Wednesday, March 9, Weyburn won the best of five series, downing Regina pats 4-2 before a standing room only (2,189) crowd as fans jammed their way into the 1,900 seat Colosseum. Weyburn's Larry Billows and Regina's Barry Meissner exchanged goals 25 seconds apart at 14:28 of the first period. In the second period, with Pats two men shorthanded, Dave Lee scored as he deflected Bill Lesuk's point shot. In the third period Len Robbins and Dwight Fansher scored before Andy Black scored a shorthanded goal, as he worked through three defenders.
It was the first time Weyburn had been able to get passed the Regina Pats in three consecutive post-season play-offs. "Thank goodness that's the last we'll see of that guy." said coach jack Shupe, referring to Regina Pats goalie Tim Tabor who had to make 45 save in the contest.
In the Memorial Cup trail, Edmonton Oil kings defeated the Estevan Bruins in the Abbott Cup Western final in six games. Edmonton then went on to win the Memorial Cup against Oshawa Generals.
Front Row: Rick Sentes, Brian Lavender, Ken Faranski, Ken Fensom, Andy Black, Ernie Hickie, Barry Meissner Middle Row: Del Wilson (Manager), R.B. Ramsay (President), Bob Turner (Coach), Chuck Walsh (Trainer) Top Row: Brian Spencer, Murray Flegel, Don Fedun, Frnak Richardson, Tim Tabor, Dave Rudolph, Bob Taylor, Dave Farrow, Ken Fuller (Photo: Ron C. Johnston - Collection)