Saturday, February 4, 2012

2000 - 2001 - SEASON - REGINA HOST


Lorne Mulligan becomes Regina Pats new Coach.

2000-2001 - REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Donald “Chuko” Choukalos, Chad Davidson Defense: Paul Elliott, Garnet Exelby, Chad Grisdale, Barret Jackman (Captain), Chris Schlenker, Jeff Feniak, Ryan Thrussell, Filip Novak, Brent Timmerman, Tyler Findlay, Landon Boyko, Brett Bartel, Shon Jones-Perry, Scott Balan, Shawn Belle Centre: Blake Evans, Matt Hubbauer, Grant Jacobsen, Brett Lysak, Garth Murray, Travis Churchman, Chad Bassen, Paul Brown Right Wing: Karel Mosovsky, Derek Sutherland, Ryan Thomas, Josey Bastien Left Wing: Curtis Austring, Robin Big Snake, David Kaczowka, David McDonald, Jonathan Parker, Daniel Waschuk, Gable Gross, Kevin Korol, Kyle Ladobruk, Dustin Molleken, Zach Roe Coach: Lorne Molligan Assistant Coaches: Drew Callendar, Chad Mercier Director of Scouting: Rodd Ripplinger Athletic Therapist: Schad Richa Equipment Trainer: Cory Osmack Fitness Trainer: Myles Tabin

The first-two games of the schedule; a home and home series against Brandon had the Wheat Kings score three empty net goals, two in the second game at Regina. Pats had 5 empty net goals scored against them in the first eleven games.

Regina Pats Defenceman, Filip Novak, and Forward, Blake Evans, are selected to the WHL Eastern Conference Second All Star Team. Regina finished first in the Eastern Division with 85 points.


Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Top Rookie AwardNick Pappas Memorial TrophyChad Davidson
Most SportsmanlikeHub Bishop Memorial TrophyBrett Lysak
Top DefencemanCharles Johnston Memorial TrophyFilip Novak
Most Goals - LeagueTorchy Schell Memorial TrophyBrett Lysak
Leading Scorer - LeagueBilly Hicke-Dennis Sobchuk TrophyBrett Lysak
Player of the YearGarden Market - IGABrett Lysak
Most Popular PlayerMutt and Jeff's AwardMatt Hubbauer
Leading Vote-GetterMolson Cup - Three Star AwardBrett Lysak
Most Community MindedMike Kartusch Memoiral AwardCurtis Austring

Eastern Quarter-FinalFriday, March 23, Chad Davidson replaced injured Donald Choukalos at 18 seconds into the third period in helping the Pats to a 5-2 victory, before 5,089 at the Regina Agridome. Choukalos had leg cramps due to dehydration. Both teams were tied 2-2 after the second period. Blake Evans scored two goals for the Pats. Garth Murray scored the assurance goal at 9:26 of the third period and Brett Lysak scored an empty net goal at 19:22. Filip Novak scored an early power play goal on a long slap shot. Pats up the score, on Garnet Exebly's shot from the point which was tipped in by Evans.

Saturday, March 24, Calgary Hitmen evened the series defeating the Pats 4-1 at the Agridome, as only 4,970 watched. Regina Pats trailed 2-0 and 4-0 after the second period. Curtis Austring scored Pats goal midway through the third period. In the first period Pats missed several scoring chances. Pavel Brendel's return from a knee-injury sparked the Hitmen. He scored the first, a short handed goal, when he picked up a loose puck on the left boards and out mussled a Pats defenceman. Brendel also assisted on a 2 on 1, when he passed to Sean McAlsan in the second period.

Monday, March 26, Johnny Boychuck's goal at 9:08 in overtime gave Calgary a 4-3 victory (5,219) at the Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome. Pat's Blake Evans scored with only 1:48 seconds remaining in the game to force the overtime. Calgary lead 1-0 after the first period and the clubs were tied 2-2 going into the third period. The winning goal had Boychuck take a hard shot from the left face-off circle that went off Pat defenceman Brett Lysak's stick and found the top corner of the net.

Wednesday, March 28, Calgary Hitmen fans (7,157) saw their home team trounced the Regina Pats 7-2, putting the Pats in a huge hole down 3-1 in the series. “Some guys might just be worrying about the Memorial Cup and looking passed the things we have in hand and that's beating Calgary.” Pats captain Barret Jackman told the Calgary Sun. Pats Curtis Austring opened the scoring 2:12 into the first period. Brett Lysak upped the score to 2-0 on a power play. Calgary then scored seven unanswered goals. Robin Gomez scored three goals in the third period while Jordon Krestanovich had two, for Calgary, both in the first period.

Thursday, MArch 29, Regina Pats won 4-1 over the Hitmen as only 4,556 watched at the Regina Agridome. “Everybody knew that was it last chance.” stated right winger, Karl Mosovsky. There was no scoring until the mid point of the second period when Pats Barret Jackman carried the puck from the right point drawing the Calgary defenders along with goalie, Brady Block, towards him. He then sent a perfect pass to Blake Evans who had the whole net to score in. Calgary's Robin Gomez tied the score at 3:24 of the third period. Pats Curtis Austring scored the game winner at 8:24, then Kevin Korol made it 3-1 with 4:16 remaining in the game by batting a rebound out of mid air.

Sunday, April 1, Pats lost 4-3 to Calgary in front of 9, 202 fans, Calgary spectators. The defeat meant there would be a seven week (47 days) layoff before the first game in the Memorial Cup Tournament. Regina Pats were the host. Pavel Brendel scored two goals for Calgary, including the game winner with but 14 seconds remaining in the game. He stole the puck off Pats Filip Novak and scored. Brendel tied the game at 13:12 of the third period. Pats led 3-2 going into the third period. Blake Evans had two goals and Brett Lysak had Pats other goal.

Regina Pats took a 2 and a half week break instead of playing exhibition games. “We're not going to.” Parker said, “By playing a game, we're risking the players' health.”

MEMORIAL CUP - The host Regina Pats had over a month between their last play-off game and May 19, their first game in the Memorial Cup Tournament. Val-d’Or Foreurs represented Quebec, other teams were Ottawa 67’s (OHA) and Red Deer Rebels (WHL).

Saturday, May 19, Ottawa 67’s won a grueling 5-2 win over the host Regina Pats. Ottawa defenseman, Luke Sellars', screen shot from just inside the blue line beat Pats goalie, Donald Choukalos, at 7:17 of the second period for the winning marker. It was the second consecutive shot that eluded Choukalas who had a weak game between the pipes for the hosts, allowing 4 goals on 22 shots. The Pats quickly upped their lead to 2-0 when hometown hero, Garth Murray, potted the rebound from Korol's point shot just 1:18 into the second period. Less than a minute after Murray's goal, Ottawa left winger, Adam Chapman, intercepting a pass from the Regina defence and roofing a shot over Choukalas' blocker, Galbraith, drew the 67's even just five minutes later as his low shot eluded Choukalas' outstretched glove.

Galbraith scored his second goal of the night off the skate of Pats defender Garnet Exelby, at 11:59 of the third period. With 14 seconds left in the game, captain Joe Talbot's goal iced Ottawa's 17th win in their last 21 games. The Pats generated some good scoring chances outshooting Ottawa 5-1 in the first six minutes of the game. They couldn't solve 67's goalie, Seamus Kotyk, who made some big saves for them. Right winger, Kevin Korol, finally beat Kotyk with just 27 seconds left in the first period. Korol, who grabbed the puck behind the net, walked out in front of Kotyk and scored.

Monday, May 21, for the second straight game the Regina Pats wasted numerous chances to put away their opponent as the Val-d'Or Foreurs came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to hand the Pats their second consecutive 5-2 loss. Eric Fortier's goal at 1:32 into the third period sealed the Foreurs first ever Memorial Cup victory and guaranteed them a spot in Friday's tie-breaker. It also broke a string of 11 consecutive losses by Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams in Western Hockey League cities at the Tournament.

Fortier's shot seemed to fool Choukalas, hitting his stick and deflecting into the net to give the
QMJHL champs their first lead of the game. Stephane Veilleux added the insurance goal for the Foreurs when he scored on a nifty pass from Reid, after the speedy centre had deeked out Choukalas and the entire Pats defence on a wonderful wraparound. The Foreurs scored two goals on netminder Donald Choukalas, in 99 seconds in the third period to cap their comeback. Choukalas somehow allowed Reid's harmless point-shot to find the twine behind him and tie the game at 2-2 midway through the second period. Pats Lysak tipped in defenceman Barret Jackman's, shot from the point over Daigneault's glove, with Mathieu Bastien in the box for roughing. Kory Baker drew the Foreurs even when he beat Choukalas with just 16 seconds left in the first, marking the third time the Foreurs have scored in the final minute of a period at the Tournament.

Lysak scored his second power play goal of the game at 9:44 of the second period to restore Pat's one-goal lead. However, the Pats came out flat in the third period and the Foreurs found their legs and used their superior speed to pull away from the hosts.

Thursday, May 24, It was a game the Regina Pats had to win and one the Red Deer Rebels could afford to lose. After two embarrassing 5-2 defeats in their first two games, a hyped-up Regina team turned the tables on Red Deer with a 5-2 victory. Pats Defenseman, Jeff Feniak's, goal four minutes into the second put the Pats into a sudden death tie breaker against the Ottawa 67's, for the right to play Val-d'Or in the semi-final on Saturday.

Pats head coach Lorne Molleken chose to bench No. 1 netminder, Donald Choukalos, in favour of rookie, Chad Davidson. Davidson, playing his first game in almost two months, made 22 saves
and blanked the Rebels in the third period. Garth Murray gave the Pats their third-straight lead of the Tournament when he scored his second goal at 12:49 of the first period. The Regina native showed why he finished second in the fastest skater competition at the CHL's Top Prospects game in February as he fought off the Rebels' two biggest defenders in Jim Vandermeer and Jeff Woywitka and scored on Shane Bendera.

The Rebels' goaltender was removed by head coach, Brent Sutter, after allowing Lysak's short-handed marker at 7:20 of the second. Bendera, the most valuable player in the WHL playoffs, allowed four goals on just 10 shots and was replaced by Cam Ondrik. The move seemed to work as the Rebels scored twice before the end of the period to cut the Pats lead in half. Justin Mapletoft's power play goal at 8:51 got the Rebels on the board as the WHL's leading scorer roofed a pass from Martin Erat passed Davidson. The goal came with two Pats in the box and after Lysak had lost his stick. Doug Lynch drew the Rebels within two goals when he converted Kyle Wanvig's goal-mouth pass. Karel Mosovsky rounded out the scoring for the Pats as he scored the only third period goal, a power play at 15:41 .

"Our goal was to give ourselves a chance to move on." said Pats captain, Barret Jackman. "I think the guys realized that it was do or die and this could be the last game in a lot of guys WHL careers. It's only one game and we have to win three more to win the Cup."

Friday, May 26, Ottawa 67’s were the first team to be eliminated after a 5-0 loss to the Pats in a tie-breaker game. Pats rookie netminder, Chad Davidson, making his second consecutive start in place of Donald Choukalos, turned aside all 21 shots he faced and extended his scoreless stretch to 83 minutes. Karel Mosovsky scored the game winner on a 5 on 3 advantage, putting in the rebound from Blake Evans' from the face- off circle. The Pats have scored first in all four games they've played.

Less than five minutes later Murray, on a great individual effort, muscled his way around the 67's net and, as he was falling to the ice, one-handed a pass in front that Kevin Korol put between Kotyk's pads for a 2-0 edge. Paul Elliott scored on another two-man advantage with 4:38 to go in the second period. Murray rounded out the scoring with his tournament-leading third goal, with just under four minutes left in the game. "We've really changed it around since that first game," said winger Garth Murray, who had a goal and an assist on the night. "I think most of the team was in shock and it's really good to have things change full circle on us. We're a new team right now."

Saturday, May 26, the Regina Pats and their fans were already planning a victory after Barret Jackman’s goal at 18:32 of the third period. Simon Garmache’s point- shot at 19:22 deflected off Pat’s Kevin Korol’s stick passed startled Chad Davidson to send the game into overtime.
Chris Lyness ' winner came when his centering pass from behind the net hit Davidson’s goalie's stick and bounced into the net at 11:46 of the overtime.

The Foreurs had scored in the final minute of a period in each of their four games and had twice forced overtime with goals in the dying seconds of the game.

Sunday, May 27, the Rebels would score 31 seconds into the third period to tie the game at 5-5 and that score stood up as the Memorial Cup final went to overtime for the sixth time since the introduction of the Tournament format in 1972. Doug Lynch would score the winning goal at 13:16 to give Red Deer a 6-5 win and their first Memorial Cup title. It was Val’ D’ Or’ their third overtime game in the Tournament.

MEMORIAL CUP ALL-STAR TEAM: Goalie: Maxime Daigneault, Val-d'Or; Defense: Paul Elliott, Regina Pats; Chris Lyness, Val-d'Or, and Ross Lupaschuk, Red Deer Rebels Forwards: Brett Lysak, Regina Pats; Simon Gamache, Val-d'Or, and Kyle Wanvig, Red Deer Rebels

Front Row:
Chad Davidson, Curtis Austring, Brett Lysak, Drew Callander (Assistant Coach), Lorne Molleken (Coach), Reid Pedersen, Russ Parker (Team Owner), Brent Parker (General Manager), Rodd Riplinger (Head Scout), Chad Mercier (Assistant Coach), Barrett Jackman, Garth Murray, Don Choukalos Second Row: Cory Osmack (Equipment Trainer), Filip Novak, Blake Evans, Garnet Exelby, Doug Campbell, Jan Hockley, Rod Peterson (CKRM-Pats Broadcaster), Jim McLarty, March White, Dr. Ron Brady, Dr. Ralph Berdan, Dr. Ian Hill, Dr. Mike Nicholls, Dave Kaczowka, Ryan Thrussell, David McDonald, Ryan Thomas Third Row: Schad Richea (Athletic Therapist), Tyler Findlay, Gable Groww, Kyle Lakobruk, Chad Grisdale, Grant Jacobsen, Justin Lycyshen, Brett Bartel, Karel Mosovsky, Paul Elliott, Chad Bassen, Kevn Korol, Matt Hubbauer, Myles Tabin (Fitness Trainer)