Friday, February 3, 2012

1967-1968 - SEASON

In the summer the CAHA and CMJHL came to an agreement. The major league would not compete for the Memorial Cup. They would operate as a separate group - tier one.

At Lloydminster, on Friday, December 8, the Pats downed the 1966-67 Canadian Intermediate Champs 6-4 in an exhibition game.

The League had increased from seven teams to eleven during the off season. The new entries were Flin Flon Bombers, Winnipeg Jets, Brandon Wheat Kings from Manitoba and Swift Current Broncos from Saskatchewan. The League schedule was increased to a sixty game schedule.

1967-1968 - Regina Pats Roster - Goalies: Warren Fisher, Mike Schneider, Ken Fensom Defense: Greg Spencer, Barry Cummins, John Statz, Dave "Dooley" Smith, Brian Brown, Clint Earl Centre: Larry Wright, Laurie Yaworski, Ken Cross Right Wing: Ron Snell (Captain) December 15th, Brian Spencer, Don Salenski, Bob Owens Left Wing: Don Forrester, Ron Garwasiuk, Ken Faranski (Captain), Garry Leippi, Dave "Dooley" Smith Not Known: Ron Radick Bob Turner (Coach & Manager), W.E. Owen (President), Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston (Statistician), Chuck Walch & Bob Kelly (Trainers)

During the League schedule Pats were involved in eight shutouts, winning five and losing three. All three were to Flin Flon Bombers. Their goaltender, Chris Worthy set a League record of eleven shut- outs and finished the schedule with a remarkable goal average of 2.39. Tuesday, February 13th., at Regina, the Pats’ Ron Snell scored on a break-a-way, against Saskatoon Blades. It was Regina Pats 17th break-a-way goal of the regular season.

Regina Pats finished in fifth place in the standing with 66 points in an eleven team league the standings with 66 points. Ron Snell was fourth in the League Scoring with 111 points, while rookie Ron Garwasiuk was seventh with 99 points.

Quarter Semi Play-Offs - Tuesday, March 5, at the Manitoba Mining Centre Flin Flon Bombers edged Regina Pats 3-2. With 65 seconds to go in regulation time, Turner pulled goalie Warren Fisher. The Bombers were forced to ice the puck five times to keep Pats at bay. Bombers Ron Dundas opened the scoring at 9:51. He passed from the corner, the puck bounced over a defenseman’s stick into the net. Bobby Clarke made it 2-0 after the first period. Keith Tomasson made it 3-0 on a weak shot in front of the net with five and a half minute left in the second period. Regina then struck for 2 goals - Larry Wright 2 minutes later and Ron Garwasiuk with 2 minutes left in the second period. The third period was scoreless.

Wednesday, March 6, Flin Flon Bombers roughhouse tactics left coach Bob Turner seething at Witney Forum as the Pats lost 4-3. As in the opener Bombers jumped to a quick 3-0 lead but in this game Flin Flon played it rough and took a 1-0 first period lead. In the second period captain Ron Snell of Regina scored twice while Gary Hart was serving a minor and major. The local Bombers held on to a 3-2 lead going into the final period. Morrison was Flin Flon's top scorer with 2 goals.

Friday, March 8, Gene Peacosh, a Swift Current Bronco replacement for injured all-star Cal Swenson, helped Bombers to a 6-3 victory at Regina Stadium. Peacosh set up two Bomber goals and scored what proved to be the winner midway through the second period. Brian Marchinko was Flin Flon's top scorer with a pair of goals. The clubs were tied 1-1 after the first period. Flin Flon accounted for five goals in the second period. Ron Garwasiuk scored all Regina Pats goals. Garby tipped in Ron Snell's hard shot with 13 seconds left in the first period, scored two in the final, scored on Snell's rebound 33 seconds in, then beat 4 defenders as he picked up the puck in his own end zone.

Sunday afternoon, March 10, Flin Flon eliminated the Regina Pats in four straight games edging them 3-2 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. It was the rough-house tatistics of the Bombers that left many admirers in the rink shaking their heads following the game. Regina's Laurie Yaworski opened the scoring at the 4 minute mark. Flin Flon's Lew Morrison scored 2 minutes later on a pass deflection. Brian Marchinko made it 2-1 at 9:16 on a screen drive to close out the first period. The Regina Pats did not manage a shot until the 15 minute mark and scored on their second shot when Ron Snell scored two minutes later. It was Snell's final game as a junior. Wayne Hawrysn scored the only marker in the final period on a pass out from behind the net, 8 feet out.

Front Row: Mike Schneideer, Ron "Scoreboard: Johnston (Statistican), Ron Garwasiuk, (Executives: Harold Jones, Bill Owen, John Hudson), Ron Snell, Bob Turner (Coach), Warren Fisher Second Row: Chuck Walsh (Trainer), Brian Brown, Barry Cummins, Larry Wright, Don Salenski, Bob Owens, Gregg Spencer, John Statz, Don Culic (Stick Boy) Third Row: Don Forrester, Ken Cross, laurie Yaworski, Gary Leippi, Brian Lavender, Clint Earl (Photo: Ron C. Johnston - Collection)