Saturday, February 4, 2012

1989-1990 - SEASON

Regina Pats had a new Coach that season, Brad Tippett.

On Saturday, January 20 to January 27, Pats had three consecutive overtime ties on the road.

At the end of the season Regina broke a club record, finishing the League schedule with twenty-five games being decided by one goal. Winning eleven and losing fourteen. (Photo: Brad Tippet - Regina Pats Program - Kevin Shaw Collection)

1989-1990 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Jason Clickman, Mike Risdale, Craig Lumbard, Willy McDonald Defense: Jim Mathieson (Captain), Kevin Haller, Jamie Heward, Terry Hollinger, Jason Smith, Hal Christianson, Heath Weenk, Kelly Chotowetz, Colin Ruck, Mikko Outinen, Dave Gerse, Cam Brauer, Jeff Sabastian, Jamie Hayden, Jamie Heward, Roy Hollinger, Curtis Nykyforuk Centre: Mike Sillinger, Scott Daniels, Greg Pankewicz, Wade Fenning, Kelly Markwart, Martin Smith, Gerry St. Cyr Right Wing: Frank Kovacs, Cory Paterson, Mike Kirby, Cory Dosdall, Garry Pearce, Cam McLellan, Shane Bogden, Jamie Heward Left Wing: Troy Mike, Jamie Splett, Brad McGinnis, Kelly Markwart, Ryan Reid, Robin Poole, Scott Daniels, John Badduke, Heath Weenk, Martin Smith Coach: Brad Tippett Assistant-Coach: Roland Duplessis General Manager: Bill Hicke Marketing Director: Rob Jamont Trainer: Mark "Torchy" Simpson

PATS - THE BEEF LINE: Garry Pearce (C), Frank Kovacs (RW), Jame Splett (LW

Tuesday, April 10, 1990, Vic Fitzgerald sold Spokane Chiefs sold to Bob Brett and his brothers-Kansas City Royals baseball star George Brett and former Royal Pitcher Ken Brett. At the end of the season, Swift Current Broncos and Brandon Wheat Kings were tied with 62 point each for 6th place. Brandon played at Swift Current and lost 5-4. Regina Pats finished in third place with 75 points.

Regina Pat’s defenseman Kevin Haller and Left Winger Troy Mick were selected to the WHL Eastern First All-Star Team while centre Mike Sillinger was selected to the second team. Haller was awarded the WHL Bill Hunter Trophy for Top Defenseman.


Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Top Rookie AwardNick Pappas Memorial TrophyGarry Pearce
Most SportsmanlikeHub Bishop Memorial TrophyMike Sillinger
Top DefencemanCharles Johnston Memorial TrophyKevin Haller
Most Valuable PlayerThe Barkers TrophyTroy Mick
Top Leading ScorerTorchy Schell Memorial TrophyMike Sillinger
Most Goals ScoredNo TrophyTroy Mick
Most ImprovedNo trophyFrank Kovscs
Most PopularNo TrophyTroy Mick
Player's PlayerNo TrophyJim Mathieson
Unsung HeroBooster Club AwardKelly Cholowetz
Leading Vote GetterMolson Three Star AwardTroy Mick
Player of the YearBooster Club AwardFrank Kovacs
Top Plus-Minus PlayerNo TrophyTerry Hollinger (+35)
Top Play-off MVPNo TrophyKevin Haller

EASTERN QUARTER PLAY-OFFS - The third place Pats had to wait to see who would finish in sixth place as Brandon and Swift Current both finished with sixty-two points. The sudden death game was played at Swift Current with the Broncos edging Brandon 5-4.

Friday, March 23, Troy Mick's overtime goal helped Regina to a 4-3 victory over the Broncos. The game had to be played at the old Exhibition Stadium due to the Regina Horse Show taking over the Agridome. Todd Holt of the Broncos scored at 10:13 of the third period to force the overtime. Mick scored at the 8:57 mark of the extra stanza after getting a pass near centre ice from Mike Sillinger.

Saturday, March 24, Pats coach Brad Tippett's club allowed Swift Current five rebound goals as the Broncos downed Regina 7-2 before a sell-out at Centennial Civic Arena. The line of Mark McFarling, Blake Knox and Lloyd Pelletier combined for 11 points.

Monday, March 25, Regina scored four goals in the final five minutes for a 7-3 victory over Swift Current before 3,820 fans at the Agridome. It was Mike Sillinger with four goals, three in the third period. Pats pelted Broncos net minder Stan Reddick with 56 shots.

Wednesday, March 28, Frank Kovac's goal at 15:43 of the third period, a low slap shot, gave the Pats a 4-3 win at the Centennial Civic Arena in Swift Current and the series.

EASTERN SEMI-FINAL - Friday, March 30, Reginas' Mike Sillinger scored two goals, including the winner, as the Pats took a 5-3 victory against Prince Albert Raiders. Regina had to overtake a 2-0 deficit before 2,404 spectators at the Comuniplex. Pats left-winger Gary Pearce missed his fifth game due to mononucleosis.

Saturday, March 31, Regina took a 7-3 victory over Prince Albert in front of 2,699 on lookers and gave them a 2-0 lead in the series. Mike Sillinger was Pats top scorer with two goals and two assists.

Tuesday, April 3, Prince Albert defeated Pats 4-2 at the Agridome before the largest crowd (5,406) in 1988. Regina gave up four unanswered goals in the last 21 minutes of the contest. That season Regina Pats were known for blowing a two goal lead.

Thursday, April 5, Pats lost for the second straight game. This time Pats led 2-0 and 5-3 only to lose 6-5 in overtime at the Agridome. It was the twenty-first game that Pats had blown a multi-goal lead, 16 in regular season and five in the playoffs. Raiders' Jackson Penney's goal 1:58 into sudden death play tied the series.

Saturday, April 8, Prince Albert won their third straight game over Regina 6-4. Jackson Penny and Tommie Eriksen led the Raiders with two goals each. Regina's Frank Kovac’s two rapid goal performance 18:31 and 18:57 of the third period forced overtime Sunday at the Agridome. Troy Mick was the big hero scoring at 18:32 of the sudden death period to give the Pats a 4-3 victory over Prince Albert. Regina outshot the Raiders 55-23.

Monday, April 9, Prince Albert were 3 for 5 on the power play, Regina 0-6. It was the main difference as the Raiders downed Pats 6-2 at Prince Albert Comuniplex before 3,225 spectators. Jason Penny scored twice for the winners.

In the Memorial Cup trail, Kamloops Blazers sidelined the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the west. The eastern teams were Oshawa Generals, Kitchener Rangers (OHA), and Laval Titan (QMJHL). Hamilton Dukes were the host team, due to their poor performance that season they had to step down as contenders. In the final it was an all (OHA) contest with Oshawa being the Memorial Cup champions 5-4 in double overtime over Kitchener Rangers.

(Photo: Royal Photo Studio – Regina Pats Collection)

Front Row: Jason Glickman, Kelly Markwart, Scott Daniels, Brad Tippett (Coach), Jim Mathieson, Roland Duplessis, Kevin Haller, Frank Kovacs, Mike Risdale Second Row: Mike Souliere, Kelly Chotowetz, Hal Christiansen, Colin Ruck, Heath Weenk, Jamie Heward, Terry Hollinger, Jamie Slett Third Row: Rob "Hut" Harrison, Cam McLellan, Wade Fenning, Greg Pankewicz, Troy Mick, Mike Sillinger, Cory Paterson, Mike Kirby, Mark "Torchy" Simpson