Friday, February 3, 2012

1972-1973 - SEASON

Regina coach Bob Turner was back at the helm after a year's absence. On Friday, January 19, at Regina, fans saw the 18 year old centre Dennis Sobchuk destroy Rudy Pilous Brandon’s crew. Sobby scored six goals and had four assists for 10 points. Regina Pats went on to defeat the Wheat Kings 11-3. Dennis also scored his 100th goal since joining the WCHL the previous season. “Some nights they go in easy, other nights they don’t go in at all. Tonight, well, it was one of those real good nights,” remarked a jubilant Sobchuk amid congratulations following the game. “And I should have had a couple more, especially in the third period.” added Sobchuk. It was his best night as a junior and coach Robert Turner attributed the success to a talk he had with his BIG THREE just a couple of days ago. "I told them to shoot more." Bob stated. (Photo: Dennis "Soby" Sobchuk)

There were no overtime games during the League schedule that season. Regina Pats finished third in the Eastern Division with 70 points. Eddie Staniowski won the Regina Pats Most Valuable Player (Tom Wills Trophy); Dennis Sobchuk, Team Top Scorer (Tom Wills Award - Wrist Watch); Rick Uhrich, Most Sportsmanlike (Hub Bishop Memorial Trophy); Mike Harazny, Rookie of the Year (Nick Pappas Memorial Trophy); Greg Joly, Top Defenseman (Charles Johnston Memorial Trophy). Dennis Sobchuk finished second in the scoring race with 67 goals and 80 assists for 147 points and won the Most Valuable Player Award. Regina Pats defenseman Greg Joly, was selected to the League all-star team.

1972-1973 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Eddie Staniowski, Ernie Mercier, Bob Leslie, Cal Duplessis Defense: Greg Joly, Doug Marit (Captain), Mike Harazny, Kim MacDougall, Sid Prysunka, Fleuri Perron, Stu McLellan, Dave Thomas Centre: Dennis Sobchuk, Glen Burdon, Rod Loynachan, Glen Ing, Rod Tudor, Jon Hammond, Les Grauer Right Wing: Mike Wanchuk, Rick Uhrich, Jim Minor, Drew Callander, Billy "The Kid" Bell, Rod Tudor Left Wing: Clark Gillies, Brad Anderson, Billy Bell, Robbie "Kid Dynamite" Laird N/K: Rick Bohlman Coach: Bob Turner Manager: Del Wilson Trainer: Charlie Walsh Statistician: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

It was the third straight year Regina Pats and Flin Flon Bombers met in the WCJHL quarter-finals.

Semi-Final Play-Offs - Sunday, March 25, Flin Flon Bombers tripped the Regina Pats 3-1 at Flin Flon's Whitney Forum. Pats came out hitting, particularly the two biggest members of the club Doug Marit and Clark Gillies, with the later only taking just seven seconds to let the Bombers know he was there. Six minutes later Marit sent a Bomber crashing to the ice in front of the Pat goal. After a scoreless first period, Regina quit hitting. In the second period it hurt them as Flin Flon scored two goals by Neil Melnyk and Blaine Stoughton. In the third period Rob Watt made it 3-0 before Pats' Dennis Sobchuk put Regina on the score sheet at 12:34.

Tuesday, March 27, Flin Flon's captain Blaine Stoughton's three goal performance led Bombers to a 5-3 victory at Whitney Forum. It was Stoughton's second goal at 11:42 of the middle period that proved to be the winner. Goals by Mike Wanchuk and Jim Minor 17 seconds apart put Pats back in the game at the midway point. The two almost tied the game only to have Stoughton steal the puck and race down the ice on a breakaway, then score on goalie Ed Staniowski one minute later.

Due to World Curling taking over at the Regina Exhibition Stadium, Regina was forced to play their home games at Moose Jaw Civic Centre.

Friday, March 30, Flin Flon's Wayne Bianchin's two goals helped his club to a 5-1 triumph over Regina at Moose Jaw Civic Centre. Pats came out hitting in the first 20 minutes as they out-hit the Bombers 22-5 but were only able to salvage a 1-1 tie. Bianchin opened the scoring 53 seconds into the game and Pats' Dennis Sobchuk scored at the six minute mark. Regina let up in the middle period and it was costly as the Bombers pumped in three goals. Bianchin scored his second goal at 5:44 of the second period and Flin Flon then scored three goals in the last two minutes for a 4-1 lead.

Sunday, April 1, down 3-0 Flin Flon scored three quick goals in the span of one minute and 10 seconds near the fifteen minute mark of the second period. Bombers went on to down Regina 4-3 and take the series four straight on Blaine Stoughton's winning goal with just 18 seconds left in regulation time. Stoughton broke in alone three times on Pats goaltender Eddie Staniowski and was robbed all 3 times. The fourth was the big one as he finally beat Eddie. It was Stoughton's third winning goal in the series. "Those guys just never quit," stated dejected Pats Doug Marit following the game in the dressing room.

Ex-Pat's coach Jack Shupe's Medicine Hat Tigers represented the Western Junior Hockey League, the other two were Toronto Marlboros (OHA) and Quebec Reparts (QMJHL). The Memorial Cup tournament was held at the Montreal Forum. The Marlboros downed Quebec in the final 9-1.