Saturday, February 4, 2012

1997-1998 - SEASON

While the WHL's Regina Pats were celebrating an 80th anniversary this season, they are not claiming 80 years of continuous play. Rather they are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the organization's founding. The Pats were born on October 30, 1917, but actually disappeared from hockey's map for a few years. Financial difficulties claimed the team following the 1933-34 season.

1997-1998 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Aaron Mori, Steve Nelson, Dennis Bassett, Joey Gallant, Ryan Hoople Defense: Gerad Adams (Captain), Dean Arsene, Barret Jackman, Chris Kwas, Scott Roles, Brad Stuart, Mark Thompson, Drew Kehler, Dmitry Yakushin, Clint Cabana, Harlan Pratt Centre: Josh Holden, Brett Lysak, Travis Churchman, Bryan Randall, Joe Bouvier, Johny "Be Good" Cirjak Right Wing: John Cirjak, Cody Jensen, Ron "Savakin Snipper" Petrovicky, Kevin Saurette, Joe Bouvier, Harlan Pratt, Pavel Beranek Left Wing: Kyle "Grease" Calder, Kyle Freadrich, Chad Jensen, Boyd Kane, Shane Lanigan, David Maruca, Travis Churchman, Drew Norman, Josh Dobbyn, Kelly Lang Coach: Parry Shockey Assistant Coach: Ron Kraft Manager: Brent Parker Trainer: Schad Richea Director of Scouting: Todd Ripplinger Director of Marketing and Public/Media Relations: Scott Clark Account Executive: Mike Jenkins

At the end of this season Pats won seven consecutive games and, with only four games remaining in the league schedule, were sitting in fourth place. At the end they had moved into a tie for first place with Swift Current with 97 points. Regina took the pennant by having more victories then the Broncos.

Regina Pats Hockey Club were host to the WHL first ever All-Star Skills Competition at Regina Agridome, Tuesday, January 20. One of the skills had Regina Pat Defenseman, Brad Stuart, finishing second in the Hardest shot (best speed from two shots) at 94.5 miles per hour and Right Winger, Ronald Petrovicky, fourth at 92.4 miles per hour. Josh Holden finished third in the fastest skater skill at 14:023 seconds. (Photo: Brad Stuart - Kevin Shaw Collection)

Pats Brad Stuart was impressive in the CHL skills competition in Toronto on Monday, February 9. Stuart won the hardest shot clocked at 95.5 kilometeres per hour. He also won the 60-foot sprint in a time of 2.814 seconds.
Regina Pats Ron Petrovicky finished third in the League Scoring Race. In 71 games he scored 64 goals, had 49 assists, for 113 points. (Photo: Ron Petrovicky - Kevin Shaw Collection)

Regina Pats Defenseman, Brad Stuart, and Forwards, Ron Petrovicky and Josh Holden, were selected to the Second Eastern-Central All-Star Team.


Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Top Rookie AwardNick Pappas Memorial TrophyBarrett Jackman
Most SportsmanlikeHub Bishop Memorial TrophyKyle Calder
Top DefencemanCharles Johnston Memorial TrophyBrad Stuart
Most Valuable PlayerThe Barkers TrophyRon Petrovicky
Most Goals - LeagueLandmark Inn Torchy Schell Memorial TrophyRon Petrovicky
Leading Scorer - LeagueBilly Hicke-Dennis Sobchuk TrophyRon Petrovicky
Player of the YearBooster Club AwardRon Petrovicky
Most Popular PlayerMutt and Jeff's AwardRon Petrovicky
Unsung HeroMinute Muffler AwardBoyd Kane
Hardest WorkerNo TrophyGerad Adams
Most Community MindedMike Kartusch Memorial AwardDrew Kehler
Scholastic PlayerCHL Canadian Airlines MedalBarrett Jackman

EAST DIVISION QUARTER FINALThursday, March 19, Regina Pats were almost perfect on the specialty team, scoring four power plays on five attempts, while Moose Jaw went zero for eight. That was the big difference as Pats shut out the Warriors 7-0 at the Agridome. It took only ten seconds for Pats first power play. Brad Stuart scored at the 31 second mark. Stuart, Boyd Kane, and Brett Lysak, scored two goals each while Josh Holden scored the other on a short handed break-a-way. Ryan Hoople celebrated his 21st birthday, facing 25 shots for his first career play off shutout.

Friday, March 20, Pats lost the services of vetran Josh Holden as they edged Moose Jaw 2-1 at the Regina Dome, before 6,029 fans. With but 1:48 seconds remaining in the game, Pats were leading 2-0. A Regina Pat defenseman had just body checked a Warrior at the left side of the Regina net. Holden was trying to pass by the Warrior as he fell. Holden caught his skate and suffered a severe laceration to the back of his left hand. Moose Jaw pulled their goalie and scored with twenty seconds remaining to erase Hoople's second consecutive shutout bid.

Sunday, March 22, Regina Pats defenseman, Dmitry Yakushun, scored at the 8:07 mark of the second overtime period at the Moose Jaw (Crush Can) Civic Centre in front of 2,756, it gave the Pats a 4-3 victory. It was Yakushun's first goal with the Pats. The Warriors trailed 3-0 late in the second period as they came back to tie the contest. It was Chad Hinz scoring a shorthanded goal at the 18:26 mark of the third period.

Monday, March 23, it was the second straight game that they played into a double overtime and the second time a Pat defenseman was the hero. Clint Cabana went wide from the left circle with a lot of traffic in front of Warrior goalie, Donovan Nunweiler. Clint cut across in front of the net and tucked it between the goalies legs. It gave the Pats a 6-5 decison at the Civic Centre as 2,446 watched and Regina sweeped the series four straight.

EASTERN SEMI-FINAL - Monday, March 30, Brandon Wheat Kings struck early, then Pats were handed the first of three minor penalties. Brandon Wheat Kings went on to defeat the Regina Pats 4-2 as 4,562 watched at the Agridome. Regina scored two goals in the second period to come out with a 2-2 period tie. Brandon's Burke Henry scored his second goal in the third to give Wheat Kings the victory.

Tuesday, March 31, Pats came up with a 5-2 victory over Brandon as 4,910 were at the Agridome. Goal tending was a major role in the opening game and again Tuesday. Pats' Ryan Hoople was the key figure in the win. "Hoople was outstanding." Parry Shockey, Regina's head coach, said. " We could have been down 4-0. It was all Brandon in the first ten minutes, just like the first game. The Wheat Kings came out flying, but could not score. Brett Lysak and Gerad Adams scored two goals for the Pats. Adams' first goal was the winner at the 4:00 minute mark of the second. It was a blast shot from the blue line that went over the shoulder of goalie, Jomar Cruz. That made it 3-0 for the Pats and Cruz was replaced by Jamie Hodson.

Thursday, April 2, Winnipegers Greg Phillips and Cory Cyrenne, combined for seven points as the Wheat Kings thumped the Pats 6-1 at the Winnipeg Arena before 6,024 spectators. Injuries have been hampering the Pats throughout the series. Boyd Kane left in the third with an arm injury and bruised shoulder. John Cirjak had a shoulder injury, Clint Cabana dislocated and bruised his thumb. Shane Lanigan had a sore back and left shoulder. Brandon came out flying once again in the first period. They out shot Regina 24-8 and outscored them 2-1. Wheat Kings scored three more goals in the second.

Saturday, April 4, Regina Pats dropped a 5-3 decision to Brandon as 6,428 were at the Winnipeg Arena,. The Pats led 2-0 on two power play goals after the first period. Wheat Kings outscored the Pats 4-1 in the second period. Several of the injured Pats played despite their injuries from the previous game.

Monday, April 6, Brandon struck for three power play goals in the first four minutes of the game on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Pats with 5,780 at the Agridome. The Wheat Kings struck for five power play goals as they took the series in five games. It was 17 year old Jamie Hodson, who replaced Cruz in the second game, who won the last three games for the Wheat Kings.