2006-2007 - SEASON
Chilliwack Bruins became the newest club and will play in the 3,700 expansion to 5,000 seat Prospera Centre. While the Kootenay Ice move back to the Central Division, and Swift Current Broncos will play in the Eastern Division.
(Photo: Prospera Centre)
During the first period on Saturday, October 21, at the Regina Brandt Centre, the Regina Pats used specially made pink hockey sticks for a special Breast Cancer research promotion. During the game, there was a silent auction in which the fans could bid for the hockey sticks. After the game the players autographed the sticks for the fans. Perhaps the Pats should have kept the pink hockey sticks because they scored 7 power play goals as they tromped the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 11-3. A week later in Lethbridge, Regina Pats CKRM broadcaster of fourteen years, Rod Pedersen, announced his 1,000 game. (Photo: Rod Pedersen - CKRM - file)
On Tuesday, November 14, the home town Regina Pats scored three goals on their first-three shots of the game against the Portland Winter Hawks. The first two goals were scored on break-a-ways with in the span of 2:30 minutes; Niko Snellman from Finland, who had just come out of the penalty box scored on a pass from Logan Pyett at 2:12, then Mike Reich scored home free from the Winter Hawks blue line at 4:42. Pats went onto defeat Portland 7-0. Pats following game at Chilliwack had Regina take a 3-0 lead by the 2:42 minute mark. Pats scored on their first-four shots.
On the Western Coast trip, the Pats went 201.53 minutes with out scoring a goal. The streak started in Vancouver when Regina lost 2-0 before attendance of 12, 322, Prince George 3-0, and Kamloops 4-0. The streak ended in Kelowna at 1:53 of the second period, before 6,109 fans.
By the Christmas break, every game became important, just like the play-offs had already started. At the start of the new year coach Curtis Hunt had returned from being the assistant coach to the Canadian National Junior Team. Bringing home a Gold Medal. That seemed to be the turning point, the club started to win.
On Friday, January 26th., was a salute to the Canadian Military and the Pats came out dressed in camouflage uniforms against the Moose Jaw Warriors, in a home and home series. The following afternoon at Moose Jaw Crushed Can the clubs played the first ever, games, with Kirk Wickenheiser scoring the tying and winning goal with just one minute remaining in the game. Regina Pats finished in second place in the Eastern Division with 80 points.
REGINA PATS AWARDS
|Type of Award||The Trophy Name||Players Name|
|Top Rookie Award||Nick Pappas Memorial Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Most Sportsmanlike||Hub Bishop Memorial Trophy||Garett Festerling|
|Top Defenceman||Charles Johnston Memorial Trophy||Logan Pyett|
|Most Valuable Player||Barkers Trophy||Kyle Ross|
|Most Goals - League||Torchy Schell Memorial Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Top Scorer - League||Billy Hicke-Dennis Sobchuk Trophy||Garret Festerling|
|Unsung Hero||No Trophy||Craig Schira|
|Most Popular Player||Billy Hicke Trophy||Tommy Tartagilone|
|Sholastic Player||Regina Pats Trophy||Linden Rowatt|
|Player of the Year||Regina Pats Trophy||Kyle Ross|
|Leading Vote-Getter||Molson Three Star Award||Kyle Ross|
The day before the opening game, Regina Pats head coach Curtis Hunt quoted, “Defence wins championships,” he went on to say, “We want to be solid and very responsible defensively because it's tough to win when you're digging it out of your own net.”
EASTERN DIVISION QUARTER-FINAL - Friday, March 23, Pats came out flying, hitting and shooting right from the start. It was Linden Rowat's first play off game, the 17 year old stopped all 23 shots and recorded his first play-off shout out and win as his club beat Swift Current Broncos 4-0, as 5,225 watched at the Brandt Centre. Pats opened the scoring on their 7th shot on net, when Kaspar Saulitis scored from the point, from the face-off at the 5:00 mark, from centreman Lind. At one point the Pats were out shooting Broncos 10-1.
In the second period, Pats scored three goals in 5:21 seconds. Michael MacAngus banged in Jordan Eberle's rebound at 2:51, then rookie Jarod Jagow, with his first ever play-off goal, was left all alone in front off the net at 4:47. Centre, Festerling at 8:12, right off the face-off, tapped the puck through the defenceman's leg and was free to shot a quick shot pass Bronco's goaltender. The closet Broncos came to scoring was at the mid point of the second period when David Stieler hit the cross bar on a power play. Pat's Assistant Coach, Terry Perkins stated after the game, “We had two goals off our Face-offs.”
Saturday, March 24, a costly mistake in over-time gave the visiting Swift Current Broncos a 4-3 victory in front of 5,541 Regina fans. Pats Troy Ofukany opened the scoring at 6:06 on a turn-over, shooting a slap shot from the left side. Broncos Jeremy Schenderling on a power play with 20 seconds left in the period tied the game. He drilled a slap shot along the ice off the goal post. With a two man advantage, and a crowd in front of the net Geordie Wudrick scored at 10:48. Pats Kyle Ross out hussled three Broncos on the boards and passed from the corner to Ofukany who scored his second goad as he charging towards the net.
At six minutes into the third period Broncos Brian Moley scored on a low shot to the stick side of Pats goalie Lyndon Rowat. With four minutes remaining in regular time, Regina's Michael MacAngus parked infront of the net, scored into a wide open net on a rebound, to force overtime. With just over one minute into the extra period, Pats goaltender Linden Rowat cleared the puck up the middle of the ice onto the back of his defenceman. The puck bounced back to Kyle Boress at the side of the net, all he had to due was score into an open net.
Tuesday, March 27, Swift Current's Jeremy Schenderling's hat rick was not enough as Regina Pats overcame an early 2-0 lead to edge the home town Broncos 5-4 before 1,927 spectators. Schenderling's first at 4:45 when he jumped on a loose puck. Brady Leavold, on a face-off, scored a quick shot off the back boards, four minutes later. Pats on a 2 man advantage had defenceman Logan Pyett score on his booming slap shot from the middle of the blue line, at the 11:23 mark. On a Bronco turn over in the corner, Kyle Ross picked up the puck and came out slipping the puck into the net tying the score at 2-2.
In the second period, Regina added two more goals, Rookie Jordan Eberle, scored as the puck bounced off the back boards, 3:47 into the period. Garret Festerling on another Bronco turnover, a hard shot under the cross bar. Swift Current's Schenderling, received a pass out front of the net, a scored a a quick shot to make it Pats 4-3. Pats took a two goal lead into the third period, with just less then one minute remaining in the period. Defenceman Logan Pyett with his second goal of the game, scored on a slap shot from the left boards. In the third period Schenderling scored his third goal on a power play at 7:51 on a rebound. Broncos had gone 0 for 11 on power play opportunities.
Wednesday, March 28, two turnovers in the third period by the Swift Current Broncos is all the Regina Pats needed as they won 5-2, before 1,845 fans at the Civic Centre. It was Pats Michael MacAngus, skating up the left boards and scoring at 5:14 of the second period to open the scoring. There were goals in 2 minutes; Logan Pyett with his famous rock shot from the blue line on a power play at 11:08 gave the visitors a 2-0 lead. Broncos Levi Nelson then scored at 11:43. Pats Kyle Ross gave Regina a 3-1 lead at the 13:10 mark on a power play. Swift Current's R.J. La Rochelle infront of the net scored with just less the two minutes remaining in the period.
In the third period, Jordan Eberle, steels the puck behind the net off a Bronco defender, passing the puck out infront of the net, where Festerling scores at 3:27. Less then thirty seconds remaining in regulation time, Broncos where on a power play, plus they had pulled their goaltender. Regina had iced the puck. A Swift Current defenceman made a poor clearing pass to his forward right onto Kyle Ross stick. All Ross had to due was shoot the puck into the open net. General Manager, Brent Parker, “We have to get ready for Friday, right now.”
Friday, March 30, in a must game, Broncos 20 year old Jeremy Schenderling figured in on all Swift Current's goals in helping his club to a 3-2 victory as 5,676 saw the Boncos force the sixth game back at their rink. It all started at 8:55 of the first period, as he scored on Daniel Rakos rebound. Pats MacAngus, scored on defenceman Logan Pyett's shot at 9:21 on a power play. Just 30 seconds later Broncos Nelson gave his team the lead as he skated down the left boards, scoring on Lydon Rowat's glove side. Three goals in 54 seconds.
Nelson scored his second goal as he walked in on a 2-1 break, a shot under the cross bar. Regina Pats Jordan Eberle scored on a power play, a high shot to the upper net at 15:36. There was no scoring in the third period. Pats came close in tying the game, Micheal MacAngus missed a chance, on a cross the crease pass, with but 5 seconds remaining in the contest.
Sunday, April 1, Regina Pats won their three road game at Swift Current as1,987 saw the game. With just 6.5 seconds remaining in over time to edge the Broncos 2-1. By the 10 minute mark of the first period the shots were only 1-0 for Swift Current. It wasn't until 16:02 when Logan Pyett shot from the centre blue line and Garrett Festerling scored 7 seconds into a power play on the rebound from the left side of the net.
In the second period Broncos Levi Nelson tied the game on a rebound at 6:05. There was no scoring in the third period. Regina's Logan Pyett came close to winning the game for the Pats on one of his blistering slap shots with 6 minutes remaining, but it went off the goal post. In the over time Regina fought of 2 penalties, before Brett Lefleur scored his first goal of the play-offs. There was a goal mouth scramble, as he scored on a rebound from the right side of the goal.
EASTERN DIVISON – SEMI-FINAL - Saturday, April 7, With five days off plus Pats Rookie Jordan Eberle at home with a virus, Regina Pats lost 4-1, before 4,006 at Medicine Hat Arena. Tigers 17 year old Tyler Enis was top scorer, scoring two goals and getting one assist. Pats Michael MacAngus opened the scoring on a short handed goal, at 6:06 of the first period on an rebound.
Tigers then scored four unanswered goals. Brennan Bosch, scored on a turn-over behind the Pats net at 1:53, then Enis, a back handed shot, unassisted at 4:26 of the second period. Medicine Hat took a 2-1 lead into the the third period. Kevin Undershoote scored, parked in front of the net at 5:53, and Ennis finished the scoring as he walked out from the corner at 18:14.
Monday, April 9, Medicine Hat Tiger's Daine Todd scored two power play goals and Darren Helm two short handed goals in the first period to help the Tigers to a convincing 7-2 victory in front of 4,006 fans over the Regina Pats. It was Helm's third play-off short handed goal. The game was played before a 185 th consecutive sell-out crowd.
Medicine Hat held a 4-0 lead going into the second period. Tigers Daren Dorsett up the score at 5:27 from an impossible angle from the right corner off a Pat deffender. Regina finally got on the board with two goals; Ofukuny a power play goal, scoring a rebond on Kyle Ross shot at 9:01, then Josh Elder scored at 10:41 on a 2 man break-a-away. In the third period Tigers defenceman Chris Russel scored from the left side at 3:53, and Dave Todd scored on a rebound at the left side of the net at 5:15 to round out the scoring.
Wednesday, April 11, Derek Dorsett's overtime goal gave Medicine Hat Tigers a 2-1 victory as 5,240 witness the game at Regina Brandt Center and a 3-0 lead in the series. Even with the Pats out-shot 14-2 in the first period, there was no scoring until the first mintue of the third period. With a mad scramble in front of Pats net, Kevin Undershut at the left side of the net, dove head first tipping in a pass at 0:59 seconds. Regina tied the game as Kyle Ross scored a rebound from Logan Pyett's point shot at 8:36 of the third period.
In over-time, Dorsett, parked at the right side of the net, received a pass from Chris Stevens who was at the left side of the net and scored into an open net at, only 3:41 into the period on a power play. Since Dorsett's return from a broke hand he received six games from the end of the schedule, he has sparked the Tigers with four goals and an assist.
Friday, April 13, Medicine Hat came out flying as 5,367 fans saw then leading 3-0 after the first and 5-0 after the second period in what was a due or die game for the Regina Pats. The Tigers went on to won 6-3 and take the series in four straight games. Darren Helm's from the right Pats corner passed out in front of the net, Craig Stevens then scored on a quick shot, just 37 seconds into the game. Brennan Bosch at 11:52 scored his first of two goals, the Daine Todd on a power play goal scored a screen shot at the 18:39 mark.
Bosch scored his second goal from the left side of the Pats net at 9:04 on a power play goal. Less then two minutes later, Dorsett gave Darren Helm a perfect pass, and Helm scored on a break-a-way goal at 11:27. In the third period Pats took over, as Garret Festerling was allowed to walk in and score from the left side of the net at 1:19. Tigers Chris Russell scored at 9:59. Pat's Brett Lefeur 13:53 and Nick Ross a high shot from the right side of the net rounded out the scoring.
“That's a great team,” Regina Pats Head Coach, “Their support game and detail game was as good as anything I've seen this year at any level.