2005-2006 - SEASON
(Photo: Brian Middleton (Nephew) - Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston file)
During the summer the Agridome changes its name. Thursday, July 28, 2005, Regina Exhibition Association Limited announced a 10-year, $1.25 million partnership with Brant, the Saskatchewan based machinery and manufacturing giant. The partnership includes exclusive naming rights of the Agridome, which will now be known as Brandt Centre.General Parker selected Petr Kalus from Ostrava in the Czech Republic and brought in Denis Tolpeko from Seattle Thunderbirds. Kyle Ross, the veteran centre did not know if he would play hockey again after suffering a broken back in an off season car accident. It was expected that he would miss the first half of the 2005-06 season or even more, but he only missed the first three games.
2005-2006 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: David Reekie, Linden Rowat, Nathan Heinen Defense: Andy Schenn, Spencer Fraipont, Matt MacDermott, Colten Teubert, Kyle Deck, Derek Reinhart, Craig Schira, Josh Fauth, Nick Ross, Matt Delahey, Logan Pyett, Curtis Patteron Centre: Kyle Ermel, Matt Robinson, Brayden Metz, Jason MacDonald, Kyle Ross, Justin Bernhardt, Garret Festerling, Ryan McDonald, Ian Duval, Levi Lind, Denis Tolpeko Right Wing: Shane Halifax, Michael Senseman, Petr Kalus, Brett Leffler, Jordan Fuder Left Wing: Jordan McGillivray, Preston Mosewich, Tyson Sievert, Scott Brownlee, Derek Hulak Coach: Curtis Hunt General Manager: Brent Parker Athletic Therapist/Trainer: Greg Mayer Director of Scouting: Todd Ripplinger
Pats had to play eight straight road games at the end of the regular schedule due to the Canadian Brier (Curling) Tournament being held at the Brandt Centre. Regina Pats Kyle Deck was selected as a WHL Second Team All-Star Defenseman.
One of Regina Pat's biggest turnarounds in franchise history had the Pats rebound from a 12 winning season in 2004-2005 to 40 victories in the 2005-2006 season. Canadian Tim Horton's Mens Brier, March 11-19 at the Regina Brandt Centre, forced Regina Pats to close out their last eight regular season schedule games on the road. Regina Pats finished in third place in the Eastern Division with 85 points.
REGINA PATS AWARDS
|Type of Award||The Trophy Name||Players Name|
|Top Rookie Award||Nick Pappas Memorial Trophy||Petr Klaus|
|Most Sportsmanlike||Hub Bishop Memorial Trophy||Kyle Ross|
|Top Defenceman||Charles Johnston Memorial Trophy||Kyle Deck|
|Player of the Year||Garden market IGA||Denis Topeko|
|Leading Scorer - League||Billy Hicke-Dennis Sobchuk Trophy||Petr Klaus and Garrett Festerling (tied)|
|Unsung Hero||No Trophy||Craig Schira|
|Most Popular Player||Billy Hicke Trophy||Petr Klaus|
|Sholastic Player||Regina Pats Trophy||Linden Rowat|
|Humanitarian Award||Mike Kartusch Memorial Trophy||Kyle Deck|
EASTERN DIVISION QUARTER FINAL - Friday, March 24, Saskatoon Blade's Deven Setoguchi threw a harmless shot from the boards toward the Pats net. The puck went off a Pat defender's stick and passed Goalie David Reekie at the 7:32 mark of sudden death overtime. Pat's goaltender, Reekie, made 49 saves in a losing cause as Saskatoon won 3-2 before 5,318 at the Saskatoon Credit Union Centre. Blade's Setoguchi opened the scoring for the Blades with 6:43 left in the second period. Pat's Petr Kalus tied the game at 1-1 when he dragged the puck around Blades' Logan who was diving for the puck and beat goalie, Anton Khudobin with 18 seconds remaining in the second period. Saskatoon's Chad Klassen's shot went off teammate Justin McCrae to give Blades the lead at 3:45 of the third. Less then three minutes later, Kyle Ross once again tied the score tipping in Denis Tolpeko's pass.
Saturday, March 25, Penalties hurt the Regina Pats and it cost them a 4-1 loss at Saskatoon as 6,308 looked on. With two Pat player in the penalty box, Blade scored to make the score 2-0 midway through the second period. Blades opened the scoring on a shorthanded goal by Chad Klassen in the first period. Regina Pats outshot the Blades 40-24 and Pats Deck was the only Pat to beat Blades goalie, Anton Khudobin, in the second period. Devin Setoguchi scored and gave the Blades a 3-1 lead at the end of the second period. Wayne Rabbit scored the only third period goal into an empty net.
Tuesday, March 28, Regina's defenseman, Craig Shera's, power play goal was the winner as Regina won 5-4 in sudden overtime at the Brant Centre, before 5,819 fans. Shera's hard shot at 3:30 went through heavy traffic in front of Saskatoon's goal. “I've never felt anything like it. “ Schira said after scoring Regina Pat's first play-off winning goal in two seasons. Pat's Justin Bernhardt scored at 6:53 only to have Saskatoon strike back with three quick goals in 1:46 minutes. Regina tied the game in the second period on Matt Robinson and Petr Klaus goals. Early in the third period Regina's Garret Festerling made it 4-3 only to have Blade's Chad Klassen score. He went around a Pat defenseman and flipped a high shot passed Reekie's glove with four minutes remaining to force the overtime. (Photo: Regina Leader Post - Ad)
Wednesday, March 29, Regina Pats saw leads fall twice as Saskatoon scored four unanswered goals to defeat the hometown club 5-3, in front of 5,042. “We had them on the ropes and we basically took our foot off the gas.” said Pats right winger, Matt Robinson. Regina had a 2-0 lead after just 12 minutes of the game. Robinson scoring on rebounds 3:07 minutes apart. Devin Setoguchi scored for Saskatoon on a power play to end the first period. Pats Petr Klaus gave Pats a 3-1 lead at 4:25 of the second period. His high shot bounced off the glass, back over the cross bar, hitting surprised goalie, Knudobin, and fell over the goal line. That was the end of the line for the Pats as Blades scored four straight goals.
Friday, March 31, Regina Pats defenseman, Logan Pyett, “I had a little bit on my shoulders after giving up that goal in Wednesday's game.” he said. Pyett's second period goal gave the Pats a 3-1 lead on to a 5-2 victory over Saskatoon before a season high attendance (7,720) at Credit Union Centre. Regina jumped into a 2-0 lead on goals within 1 minute apart; Justin Bernhard and Kyle Ross at 4:17 and 5:18. Saskatoon Blade's Chad Klassen scored on a power play goal with only 7:45 left in the second period to make it 2-1. Less then two minutes later Pyett's point shot went off a Saskatoon player and landed behind goalie, Anton Knudobin. Garrett Festerling scored two third period goals for the Regina Pats. Garrett's second was Pats 20,000 franchise goal.
Tuesday, April 4, Saskatoon Blades walked to an easy 5-1 win over the Regina Pats as 6,058 watched at Brandt Centre, ending the Pats season. It was Blades captain Wacey Rabbit opening the scoring at 5:40 of the first period, as he let a hard shot go just over the Pats blue line that went passed goalie David Reekie. Aaron Bader, Ryan Menei and Brett Ward, all scored their first goals of the play-offs, giving the Blades a 4-0 lead after the first period. Regina finally go on the score sheet early in the second period when Petr Klaus scored on a loose puck on a two man advantage. Devin Setoguchi scored Saskatoon's fifth goal just two minutes into the final period.