2001-2002 - SEASON
Coach Lorne Molligan and Chad Mercier move to Saskatoon, while Brandon Wheat Kings Coach Bob Lowes who played for the Regina Pats in the early 1980's contract runs out and becomes Regina Pats new coach. Regina Pats finished tied for first place with Brandon Wheat Kings with 92 points each.
Regina Pats Goalie, Josh Harding, finished second in the Goal Tender Race, playing in 42 games, 2,389 Minutes, allowed 95 goals, 4 shoutouts for an average of 2.39. Josh was also selected to the Eastern Second All-Star Team. Defenseman, Filip Novak, made the Eastern Conference First All-Star Team, while Forward, Matt Hubbauer was selected to the Second Team.
REGINA PATS - WHL AWARDS
|Type of Award||Players Name|
|Rookie of the Year - (Runner-Up) ....||Josh Harding|
|Top Defenseman - (Runner-Up) ......||Filip Novak|
|Plus-Minus Award||Matt Hubbauer (+37) ..........|
|Coach of the Year||Bob Lowes|
REGINA PAT AWARDS
|Type of Award||The Trophy Name||Players Name|
|Top Rookie Award||Nick Pappas Memorial Trophy||Josh Harding|
|Most Sportsmanlike||Hub Bishop Memorial Trophy||Kevin Korol|
|Top Defenceman||Charles Johnston Memorial Trophy||Filip Novak|
|Most Goals - League||Torchy Schell Memorial Trophy||Kevin Korol|
|Unsung Hero||No Trophy||Jeff Feniak|
|Most Popular Player||Matt Hubbauer|
|Most Community Minded||Mike Kartush Memorial Award||Curtis Austring|
|Player of the Year||Garden Market IGA||Matt Hubbauer|
EASTERN DIVISION QUARTER FINAL -Friday, March 22, Moose Jaw David Bararuk's goal at 4:18 of sudden death overtime gave Moose Jaw Warriors a 3-2 victory, in front of 5,863 fans at the Regina Pats at Regina Agridome. The game winner came when Bararuk slammed in Derek Kristonovich's rebound. After a scoreless first period, goals by Pats centre, Matt Hubbauer, and Moose Jaw's Shawn Limpwright had the game tied going into the third period. Brian Sutherby's first game back from a concussion gave Warriors the lead at 1:37. Pat's Garth Murray tied the game just 1:15 later, scoring on Tyson Murdoch's rebound. “To get the win in here, in a building where we've struggled all year, it says everything.” explained Warriors head coach, Curtis Hunt.
Saturday, March 23, Keven Korl scored with 3:51 left in regulation time to break a 3-3 tie as the Regina Pats won 5-3, before 5,720 spectators. Korol's goal was on a goal mouth scramble. Filip Novak scored and empty net goal with one second remaining. “We obviously wanted to get the win in regulation time.” explained Pats Kevin Korol. Pats had not won in 13 games in sudden death overtime that season. Matt Hubbauer, Curtis Austring, and Tyson Mulock scored Regina's other goals. Pats led 3-2 after two period, despite out shooting Moose Jaw 3-13 at that time.
Tuesday, March 26, Regina Pats 7 year old rookie, goaltender, Josh Harding, was outstanding, kicking out 41 shots as Regina edged Moose Jaw Warriors 2-1 as 3,084 watched at the Civic Centre. “It's unbelieveable. “ Josh Harding said. Josh robbed Nathan Paetsch on a glove save early in the third period and twice on sure goals from David Bararuk – a quick pass through the goal crease midway through the third period and a short break-a-way with 3:44 remaining in the game. Regina's Grant Jacobsen scored with 6:38 left in the game on a long slapshot for the winning goal. Dean Beuker opened the scoring at 13:41 for Regina in the first period. Moose Jaw's Steven Crampton tied the score at 3:32 of the second period. Pats were outshot 42-24 in the game.
Wednesday, March 27, Moose Jaw won a physical battle in winning 3-1 over the Regina Pats aa 2,931 took in the game at Moose Jaw's Crushed Can. Warrior's Steven Crampton scored at the 6:41 mark of the first period, it was Warriors first shot of the game. Pats Filip Novak tied the game with only 39 seconds left in the opening period. Haran Anderson's rushed down the ice and scored on Pats Josh Harding for the game winner. Dave Bararuk scored the insurance goal at the mid point of the second period, a hard shot that trickled through Hardings pads. Warriors goalie, Kyle Kettle, stopped Pats flat – Tyson Murdoch twice, plus Hubbauer and Murray.
Friday, March 29, it was all Kyle Kettles as Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender stopped 37 shots in a 2-1 win over the Regina Pats while 6,396 watched at Regina. Pats outshot the Warriors 38-18. “It seems like he's stopping everything we throw at him.” Pat's right-winger Kevin Korl said. Brian Sutherby scored both goals for Moose Jaw, scoring 1:29 minutes apart in the second period. Regina Pat's Matt Hubbauer – a 50 goal scorer that season, was a late scratch at the start of the game. Pat's Korl scored at the 19:37 mark of the third period, assisted by Curtis Austring.
Sunday, March 31, Regina Leader Post Heading, “It's All Over” for the second season in a row, a 40 wins was not enough for the Pats as they went down to defeat 5-2 at Moose Jaw Civic Centre, in front of 3,094 cheering Moose Jaw fans. It was all over after the opening period as Warriors Graig Olynick and David Bararuk scored. Pat's Dean Beuker scored 37 seconds into the second period but Moose Jaw's Derek Krestanovich replied 35 seconds later. Garth Murray brought Pats to within one goal at 3:35 only to have Moose Jaw take a two goal lead on Jarad Bourassa's goal. Krestanovich finished the scoring on an empty net goal.
In the Memorial Cup Tournament, Guelph Storm were hosts and Erie Otters were the other team from (OHA). Victoriaville Tigers (QMHL) and Kottenay Ice WHL). Kootenay defeated Victoriaville 6-3 in the final game.