Friday, February 3, 2012

1969-70 SEASON

Regina Pats coach Bob Turner stepped down for the next two years 1969-70 to be an NHL California Golden Seals hockey scout. Larry Wright left for college hockey and a degree in business administration in 1969-70 season, then returned to play again with the Pats the following year. At Weyburn, on Tuesday, November 25, Rod Norrish scored the fastest goal at the start of a period 5 seconds. It equalled an NHL record set by Charlie Conacher at Toronto on February 6, 1932, as they beat Boston 6-0.

In Saskatoon on Sunday, December 7, history was made; Regina Pats' Rod Norrish scored three goals in 20 seconds, breaking the NHL record by one second. It all happened in the first period. The first goal was scored at 11:28 assisted by Scott Smith and Dwight Bialowas. The second at 11:42 assisted by Scott. The third goal came at 11:48 assisted by Garry Leippi and Terry Killian. A very poor crowd of only 320 spectators witnessed the record. Upon Checking the NHL record book, it shows their record happened March 23, 1952, at New York Madison Square Gardens by Bill Mosienko of Chicago Black Hawks in the third period at the (6.09, 6:20 and 6:30) mark.

At the start of the new year, Regina Pats coach Jack Shupe became aware he would be the coach of the Medicine Tigers new entry in the Western Canada Junior Hockey League next season. The city were building a new 3,600 seat arena.

Regina Pats' Scott Smith won the SAJHL scoring with 33 goals, and 35 assists for 69 points, while Rod Norrish finished 4th. with 37 goals and 19 assists for 56 points.

1969-1970 Regina Pats Roster - Goalies: Gary Bromley, Mike Sharp, Greg Spencer Defense: Doug Marit, Dwight Bialowas, Dave "Dooley" Smith, Stewart Scalf, Al Northcott, Brian Brown, Phil Russel, Dick Nelson, Vince Wanner Centre: Rod Norrish (Captain), Terry Killian, Scott "Smitty" Smith, Rich Preston Right Wing: Ken Marit, Brian Yaworski, Paul Granchukoff Left Wing: Rod Norrish, Garry Leippi, Al Barrett, Vince Warner, Gary Runge N/K: Mike Bascom, Jack Ursaki, Max Ansell, Doug Lachambre, Rod Jones, Ed Lang, Brian Matlock Coach: Jack Shupe Manager: Del Wilson President: John Hudson Trainer: Chuck Walsh Statistician: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

Players Pictures - Taken from the program: supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

John Hudson (President), Jack Schupe (Coach), Charlie Walsch (Trainer)

# 1 - Gary Bromley, #22. Mike Sharpe, # 2. Dwight Bialowas

# 3. Stewart Scalf, #4. Doug Marit, # 6. Al Northcott (No Photo), # 7. Terry Killian

# 9. Rod Norrish, # 10. Ed Lang (No Photo), #11. Brian Yaworski, #12. Al Barrett

# 14. Gary Leippi, # 15. Paul Granchukoff, #19. Dave Smith

# 20. Scott Smith, # 21. Rich Preston

Sunday afternoon, March 1, Coach Jack Shupe's Pats blasted the Saskatoon Olympics 10-4 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Pats two top scorers, Scott Smith and Rod Norrish, both came up with a three goal performance. Vince Wanner, up from the "B" ranks, and Bob Well's, the best player on the ice for the Olympics, scored two goals apiece. Pats had a 2-0 first period lead and upped it to 5-0 in the second before Saskatoon scored with 33 seconds left in the period. Al Northcott scored his first goal of the season and Gary Leippi scored the other Regina goals.

Wednesday, March 4, Regina Pats scored five goals in the second period then held on to record a 6-4 victory over Saskatoon before only a handfull turnout at the Saskatoon rink. Scoring was done by ten players from both clubs. There was no scoring in the first period, Pats lead 5-1 after the second. In the third period Saskatoon scored 3 goals and it woke the Pats up. Brian Yaworski scored at 16:18 to close out the scoring. Regina were without the services of rookie centres Rich Preston and Terry Killian due to injuries.

Friday, March 6, Pats whitewashed the Olympics 9-0 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Scott Smith and Rod Norrish led the onslaught with a hat trick apiece. It was Smith's his second three-goal performance of the series and had 13 points in three games. Saskatoon net minder Dave Cooney handled 46 shots, 20 in the final period when Pats scored five times.

Sunday afternoon, March 8, the Olympics exploded for five straight goals and upset the sluggish Pats 6-4 at Saskatoon. Olympics trailed 3-0 early in the second before erupting for the five straight goals; two in the second and three in the third. Both clubs exchanged goals in the later period. Bob Will and Greg Homenick had two goals apiece for Saskatoon.

Monday, March 9, the Regina Pats advanced to the League final downing Saskatoon 8-2 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. It was Pats' rookie line - Rich Preston, Al Barrett and Paul Granchukoff that did the damage. The line made its first appearance at the three minute mark of the opening frame. It took them only seconds, as Rich Preston passed to Granchukoff who scored. It was Regina's first shot on net and by the time the horn sounded, they had directed 53 shots at Saskatoon goaltender Brian Young. The line checked and scored four goals. Preston and Scott Smith tallied two goals each while Al Barret had 1 goal and assisted on 3 other goals.

LEAGUE FINAL - Tuesday, March 10, the Weyburn Red Wings bombarded Regina goaltender Gary Bromley with 61 shots as they whipped Regina 8-2 at Weyburn Colesseum. Bob Miller paced Weyburn with a pair of goals. The Wings swarmed all over the Pats right from the starting whistle and Garnet Currie scored their first goal at the 22 second mark of the opening period. Weyburn lead 2-1 after the first period. Regina tied the game in the second before Weyburn erupted for four goals by the end of the period. Scott Smith and Vince Wanner scored Regina Pats' goals.

Thursday, March 12, Regina Pats came out skating and checking, something they did not do in the opener. It payed off as they earned a 4-1 victory over Weyburn at the Colesseum. Scott Smith scored two goals including the winner. Pats' Stew Scalf opened the scoring 12 seconds into the second period. Smith then scored his two goals at 13:13 of the second and 12:52 of the third period. Larry Giroux cleared a loose puck in front of his own net and sent Calvin Booth in home free on a long pass for Weyburn's only goal. With both teams short a man, Gary Leippi scored with only 6 seconds left in the game.

Friday, March 13, Pats took a 3-0 lead after the first period only to see Red Wings score five straight goals in the second period and the game was tied 5-5 after a wild scoring period. Regina then came back for a narrow 6-5 barn burner at the Exhibition Stadium. The winning goal came at the 5:00 mark of the third period when Brian Yaworski carried the puck deep into the Weyburn's territory after taking Gary Leippi's pass at the blue line. He went behind the net and left the puck for Scott Smith who slapped his own rebound over the sprawled Wilson. Cal Booth of the Red Wings, and Scott Smith of Regina, both scored hat tricks.

Sunday afternoon, March 15, Weyburn downed Pats 6-1 at the Regina Stadium. Wendell Bennett scored two goals, to lead the Red Wings including what turned out to be the winner. Pats had the man advantage numerous times throughout, for almost ten minutes especially early in the game,. They were showing no consistent power attack and it cost them. Both teams fought through a scoreless first period. Weyburn took a 3-0 second period lead. Regina's Rod Norrish scored Pats lone goal mid way through the third period.

Monday, March 16, Regina dropped a 3-1 decision to the Red Wings at the Weyburn Colosseum before the largest crowd (2,017) in recent years. The game started with rink length rushes and the first five minutes was completed without a stoppage in play. Both clubs were handed three minor penalties in the cleanly played game. Weyburn took a 2-0 first period lead on 2 soft goals by Larry Giroux and Wendell Bennett. In the second period, Regina's Brian Yaworski scored a power play goal on Rod Norrish's rebound at the midway point. Garnet Currie scored the only goal early in the third period.

Tuesday, March 17, With a strong two way effort, Weyburn's coach Stan Dunn's Weyburn Red Wings downed Regina Pats 6-2 before 2,396 fans and took the League Championship. Once again it was captain Wendell Bennett spearheading the Wings with a pair of goals. The city of some 10,000 had their first provincial junior hockey crown since they started as a club back in the 1961-62 season. A gift goal in the first period at 12:28 had a Pat rookie defender cough up the puck at Regina's blueline and Bill Enos scored on a wrist shot for the only goal in the opening period. Weyburn upped the score to 4-0 going into the final period.

Weyburn Red Wings picked up Regina Pats' Rod Norrish, Scott Smith, Gary Leippi and goaltender Gary Bromley. The Red Wings went on to defeat B.C. champion Vernon Essos, Alberta's Red Deer Rustlers and Westfort Hurricanes of the Thunder Bay Junior League. In the Memorial Cup for the second year in a row Montreal Canadiens won the series four games straight.