2007-2008 - SEASON
Two Oldest Pat Players Living In Regina – Pass Away
On Friday, September 28, the oldest living Regina Pat, Leonard Rae, passed away at the age of 97. Len was born in Wapella, Saskatchewan, in 1910. He played for the Pats when they won the Memorial Cup in 1930. In the first game, Leonard scored the clinching goal at 18:45 minute mark of the third period, scoring on his own rebound. Regina won the game 3-1 against the Toronto West End, going on to take the series in two straight games.
About one and a half months later, the second oldest Pat player to live in Regina, John Inglis, passed away on Thursday, November 15, at the age of 93. John was raised in Lumsden. John Inglis joined the Pats during the 1933-34 season. Before Inglis played for the Pats he was a goalie for the Lumsden Monarchs. Inglis said he was “...lucky in a way to become a Pat in 1933. Jimmy Franks was the Pat's goalie but he was over age that season. So they were in need of a new goalie.” As a goalie, Inglis had a few cuts and bruises since goalies in those days did not wear masks.
On Thursday, December 20, 2007, Lorne Davis, Ex-Pat player (1948-1953) and coach (1976-1978), passed away at the age of 77. He had been an NHL scout for 40 years, starting with St. Louis Blues in 1967 and ending with the Edmonton Oilers.
October 10, 2007, the WHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the Kamloops Blazers, after 23 years being a community own club. The club was bought by a private ownership group led by Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi and NHL players, Shan Doan, Jerome Iginla, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor.
Regina Pats have supplied the most players to the Canadian Junior International Hockey Team. When Defenceman, Logan Pyett, made the team this year, he became the 23 player.
The New Look Regina Pats had a total of eight new faces in the line up by the end of the trading deadline and it helped. From Saturday, December 27, to January 06, 2008, the Pats were involved in 6 games that were decided by just one goal.
On Saturday afternoon, February 9, 2008, at the Regina Brandt Centre, Regina Pats Alumni edged the Moose Jaw Warriors Alumni 3-2 in the Trans-Canada Clash. It was the second time the two clubs played against each other. Last year, in Moose Jaw, the Pats won in a wide open affair 10-9 on Kurt Wickenheiser's last minute goal.
(Photo: Moose Jaw # 35 -Glen Seymour, #17 - Scott Barnstable, and Regina Pats # 25 - Kurt Wickenheiser)
A paid attendance of 5,657 saw both clubs put on a solid performance. It was fast skating, five solid body checks, plus sticks getting up high.
Moose Jaw Warriors took a 1-0 lead after the first period as Kevin Smyth beat Pats goalie Rod Houk at 8:19 on Theo Fleury's set up. Pats Darrin McKechnie tied the contest at 5:17 of the second period assisted by Frank Kovacs. Derek Kletzel gave Moose Jaw a 2-1 lead at 16:51 of the second period.
Regina Pats scored back-to-back goals in the third period. (Derek Eberle scored assisted by Kurt Wickenheiser, then came Brian Varga's winning goal at the mid point of the period.) The game was broadcast on CKRM . Two oldies, Kevin Gallant (Pat's announcer from 1980-1988) and Mal Isaac (1967-1974) called the play-by-play of the game.
On Saturday, February 9, 2008, at Regina Brandt Centre, the Regina Pats broke a franchise record playing in their 29th game where the contest was decided by one goal. The club went on to play in 35 games, winning 24 and losing 11.
At the second last game of the league schedule, on Friday, March 14, at the Brandt Centre, Dr. Ian Hill of the Regina Pats retired and was award the 2007-2008 Western Hockey League (WHL) Distinguished Service Award. Doctor Hill joined the Regina Pat in 1967.
The Eastern Conference's top eight play-off positions were not decided until the last game of the schedule. There was only an 11 points difference between first place Calgary Hitmen and the eighth place Moose Jaw Warriors. Regina Pats finished first with 44 wins and 94 points.
WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAM - REGINA PATS:
Goalie: Linden Rowat; Defenceman: Logan Pyett; Forward: Jordan Eberle
REGINA PATS AWARDS:
|Type of Award||The Trophy Name||Players Name|
|Top Rookie Award||Nick Pappas Memorial Trophy||Garret Mitchell|
|Most Sportsmanlike||Hub Bishop Memorial Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Top Defenceman||Charles Johnston Memorial Trophy||Logan Pyett|
|Most Valuable Player||Barkers Trophy||Logan Pyett|
|Most Goals - League||Torchy Schell Memorial Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Top Scorer - League||Billy Hicke-Dennis Sobchuk Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Unsung Hero||No Trophy||Michael MacAngus|
|Most Popular Player||Billy Hicke Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Most Community Minded||Mike Kartusch Memorial Award||Kirt Hill|
|Player of the Year||Regina Pats Trophy||Logan Pyett|
|Leading Vote-Getter||Molson Three Star Award||Jordan Eberle|
Eastern Division Quarter-Final - Friday, March 21, Regina Pats came out hitting right from the start of the opening whistle. At ten seconds, Brett Leffler gave a solid hit on Swift Current's Defenceman, Michael Wilson, and was sent to the Broncos dressing room never to return. Before 5,945 fans, Tim Krause scored the winner early in the second period to help the Regina Pats to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos at Brandt Centre. Pats took the lead at 7:17 of the first period as Colten Teubert scored on a feed out front pass. Broncos tied the game at 16:05 on Zac Smith's goal. Both Regina Pat's goals were scored on the Power Play. Krause scored on a rebound in front of the net. There was no scoring in the third. Pats out shot the Broncos 35-20.
Saturday, March 22, Swift Current scored three unanswered goals in the third period to skate to a 5-3 win over the Regina Pats and evened the series as 5,272 watched at Brandt Centre. Rookie Justin Dowling had a hat trick as he scored three goals for the Broncos. Regina's Ryan DePape opened the scoring on a deflected shot up under the bar at 3:29. Then Swift Current scored the next two goals; Justin Dowling off a Regina Pats Defenceman stick at 11:39, then his second goal at 17:59. Pats came right back on Matt Scrueby scoring on Jordan Ebele's rebound at 18:29 to tie the game at 2-2.
Pats took the lead in the second period on a power play goal by Jordan Eberle. Swift Current had gone 0 for 11 on power plays before they struck in the third period on a two man advantage as Zac Smith scored on a rebound. Justin Dowling scored his third goal at 8:26 as Pats defenceman Ryan Bender was trying to clear the puck away in front of the net, Dowling whacked at the puck and knocked it into the net. With a Pats major penalty Broncos scored at 19:48 into an open net.
Tuesday, March 25, Swift Current's Eric Felde's boarding penalty in overtime had Pats J.D. Watt score at 7:57 on a back hand goal to give the Regina Pats a 4-3 win in the presence of 2,659 fans. The only goal in the first period had Swift Current's Eric Dole score at 16:13 as he batted the puck out of the air, after the Pats goalie juggled the puck. Pats Scott Doucett scored on a hard shot under the cross bar at 15:52 on a power play goal, then Broncos took the lead at 18:06 on David Stieler's power play goal.
In the third period Regina's Kirt Hill scored at 8:36, tipping in Ryan Bender's point shot. Then Tim Kraus scored at 10:32 in a goal mouth scramble. Two minutes later, Swift Current tied the game as Keegan Dansereaux tapped in his own rebound to force the overtime. At the start of the first period Pats were being out shot 11-1 only to finish the game out shooting Swift Current 46-43.
Wednesday, March 26, Regina Pats led 3-1 after the first period, only to see 2,543 watch Swift Current come back and force a double overtime. Broncos Zac Smith scored at 7:37 of the second overtime to give Broncos a 5-4 win and tie the series at 2-2. Regina Logan Pyett snuck up from the point and accepted a pass from Scott Doucet at 6:13. About eight minutes later, Jordan Eberle scored Pats second power play goal as he picked up a loose puck. Thirty seconds later Dansereaux scored on a low shot as he was falling to the ice at 15:05. J.D. Watt put Pats up two goals when he scored from a tough angle at 17:49.
In the second period, Len Nelson of Swift Current scored when he tucked the puck into the top of the net at 4:14. Regina had a two man advantage when Bartley scored at 7:25 only to have Broncos Geordie Wudrick score at 8:44. The same Wudrick tied the game scoring on a shot through the screen at 10:42 to force the overtime. The winning goal had Dale Weise take the puck wide and Zac Smith drove hard to the net. The shot went off Pats defenceman Logan Pyett into the net at 7:37 of the second period of overtime.
Friday, March 28, Swift Current's Levi Nelson scored two consecutive goals: the game winner plus the insurance goal. Two short hand goals helped Broncos to a 6-3 victory before a sold out (6,137) Regina Brandt Centre. Both teams exchanged goals in the first period, Swift Current a short handed goal at 7:21, then Regina Scott Doucet scored at 8:47.
In the second period, Zac Smith scored Broncos second short handed goal at 7:52. Justin Dowling scored his fourth goal in the series unassisted on a Pats give away at 12:41 to give Broncos a 3-1 lead. Pats Garett Mitchel scored his first goal of the play-offs on a cross ice pass, scored on a slap shot from the right circle. The third period had Pats Tim Kraus scoring at 4:30. Pats almost scored to make it 4-3, only to have the Broncos skate down to the other end and Len Nelson score back-to-back goals in 2:14 minutes. Geordie Wudrick scored into an empty net at 19:01 to give the Broncos a 4-3 lead in the series. Linden Rowat let in a soft shot from Nelson to make it 5-3 in Friday's game.
Saturday, March 29, in Swift Current, before 2,865 spectators, it was all Swift Current scoring two empty net goals at the end of the game to give them a 5-2 victory and the series in six games. Ten seconds into the game Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats hit the goal post. Broncos came right back and scored 3 goals in five minutes on only five shots, pulling Pats goalies Lindon Rowat. The first period ended with Swift Current leading 3-0. It was Nelson walking out from the corner and scoring at 2:12, Wiest then scored on a break-away at 4:20, followed by Wilson walked in the centre of the ice and shot, Wudrick tip the shot into the net at 7:17.
The only goal in the second period was by Regina Pats DePape on a power play goal at 13:24. DePape scored his second goal, also on a power play, at 3:43 into the the third period to make it 3-2, only to have the Broncos Weise score into an empty net followed by Dansererux at 19:49 to close out the scoring.