Friday, February 3, 2012

REGINA PATS -1957-1958 - SEASON

MEMORAL CUP BOUND



During the off season Scotty Munro's Humboldt Indians moved his club to Estevan where they became known as the Estevan Bruins. Munro also became the manager of the new Agricultural Auditorium where the Bruins played their games.

All teams played 51 games except Flin Flon who played 55 and had 10 one point games. Regina Pats finished in first place with 36 wins, 12 loses, 3 ties for 75 points. The Pats Billy Hicke and Red Berenson were one-two in the League scoring. Hicke with 54 goals, 43 assists, 97 points, while Berenson had 46 goals, 49 assists and 95 points. Regina Pats had four members on the First All-Star Team: Palenstein, Defense; Berenson, Centre; Hicke, Right Wing; and Frank Mario, Coach, also play-off pick-ups, Aut Erickson, defense and Dave Balon, Left Wing both of Prince Albert Mintos.

1957-58 Regina Pats Roster - Goalies: Ken Walters, Vaugh Hensrud Defense: John Palenstein (Captain), Terry Harper, Don Rogers, Dave Boa, Wilf Stetner, Jack Phillips Centre: Gord "Red" Berenson, Gord Wilkie, Billy Kelly Right Wing: Billy "The Kid" Hicke, Jerry Kolb, Max Geisthardt, John Ivanitz, Scott Watson Left Wing: Gary Butler, Joe Lunghamer, Bill LeCaine, Larry Morrison Coach: Frank Mario Manager: Del Wilson Trainer: Sandy Archer

Players Pictures - Taken from the program: supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter


Frank Mario (Coach), # 1. Vaughn Hensrud, # 1. Ken Walters


# 2. Wilf Stettner, # 3. Dave Boa, # 4. Terry Harper


# 5. John Palenstein, # 6. Don Rodgers (No Photo), # 7. Gord Berenson, # 8 Joe Lunghamer


# 9. Bill LeCaine, # 11. Max Geisthart, # 14. Bill Kelly


# 15. Gord Wilkie, # 16. Gerry Kolb, # 17. Bill Hicke

# 18. Gary Butler, # 18. Jack Phillips (No Photo)

League Semi-Final - Friday, February 21, Regina Pats took a 2-0 lead against the fourth place Estevan Bruins in the first period and held on at the Regina Stadium. Two Pats triggered the first period goals. Billy LeCaine scored the winner at 5:47 off a face-off, he got the puck and shot it to the far side of the net. Gord Berenson added the insurance goal at 17:13 from a goal mouth pass from Billy Hicke.

The Pats received their finest performance of the season from the defense core, particularly from John Palenstein and Terry Harper who were on the ice most of the game. Centre Gord Wilke nudged the Bruin puck carriers and checked them furiously all night.


Saturday, February 22, The following night, "They just beat us", said Estevan Bruins coach Scotty Munro at the Estevan Agricultural Auditorium. The Pats beat the local Estevan Bruins 6-3 before (3,192) rapid supporters. Photo: Estevan Agricultural
Auditorium

Billy Hicke picked up two goals and one assist for the Pats while Barney Krake scored two goals for the Estevan Bruins. Estevan fell behind 5-1 in the second period, but kept battling back and bombarded Pat net minder Ken Walters with 17 shots in the third period. The little general would not yield until the last second when Estevan's Krake scored his second goal. Pats protested that the referee's whistle had sounded before the puck went into the net. They didn't argue too much as the Pats had already won the game.

Monday, February 24, Dick Miessner helped give his Estevan Bruins a hard-fought 2-1 in over the Pats at the Regina Stadium. Miessner scored the winner in the third period and set up the other, scored by Barney Krake. Krake scored at 2:57 of the first period with Pats Terry Haper serving a penalty. With only 6 seconds remaining in the first period Pat's Billy LeCaine scored on Max Geisthardt's pass out. There was no scoring in the second period. Meissner's winning goal came at 6:42 in the third period, when Regina Pats defense were slow in clearing the puck in front of the net. Meissner came in and slapped the puck passed goalie Ken Walters.

Wednesday, February 26, Regina and Estevan fought to a 2-2 overtime tie at the Estevan Agricultural Auditorium. Dick Meissner and Jerry Serviss scored the Estevan goals while Gord Berenson and Bill LeCaine repiled for the Regina Pats. The teams ended the close-checking first period tied 1-1. Berenson scored at 14:14 on a three way rush while Bruin's Jim Stewart was off for interference. Bruin's Meissner tied the game at 18:20 from a wild scramble, while Billy Hicke was serving a cross-checking penalty.

The second period was scoreless. Jerry Serviss sent the Estevan crowd wild at 13:15 with the tie breaker, but Pats rebounded during a Bruin penalty when Bill LeCaine scored at 15:33. in overtime there were only two real dangerous chances. A thunderbolt slap shot by Billy Hicke no more then cleared the crossbar. Then Estevan's Dick Meissner shot into ken Walters pad from only a few feet out.

Friday, February 28, Regina Pats blanked Estevan 5-0 in Regina before (4,117) fans. Billy Hicke scored two goals, the first and fifth into an open net and had three assists; he even had two more disallowed. Goaltender Ken Walters recorded his second shutout of the series, making 27 saves, a good many on the tough side. Regina Pats trainer Sandy Archer credits the Pats victory to a special ingredient he fed the boys before the game, it was molasses. "I told coach Munro my training methods would beat them", Sandy grinned.

Monday, March 3, Regina Pats Joe Lunghamer sank a rising backhand shot in the third period to brake a 2-2 tie and lead Regina to a 7-2 victory over the Bruins at Estevan. Lunghamer broke away on a Bill LcCaine pass and drilled a back-hand into the upper right-hand corner of the net at the 13:00 mark. Bruins had waltzed off to a 2-0 first period lead before pats counted one in the late minutes of the period. Regina tied the contest with the only goal in the middle stanza by Billy Kelly. In the third period it was all Regina as they pumped in 5 unanswered goals to take the series.

In the League Final, Regina Pats would face the third place Flon Flon Bombers. Flin Flon were twenty points behind the second place Prince Albert Mintos and defeated the Mintos in the other series.

League Final - Monday, March 10, Jack Webb, a rookie in his last year of junior hockey, banged in two goals to lead Flin Flon to a 3-2 victory over Regina Pats in a sell out (1,8000) crowd at Flin Flon. No one gave into the strong defensive battle until about the fifteen minute mar, when Webb deflected Jim Baird's pass between Regina Pats goaltender Ken Walters pads. A minute and seven seconds later, Cliff Lennartz took advantage of a poor Pat defense to put the Bombers ahead 2-0 after the first period. Gerry Kobb and Gord Wilkie, members of the Pats second line scored the next two goals.

In the second period at 16:52 Wilkie was surrounded by Bomber players near the left boards, but was able to get away a quick shot. in the third period Kolb scored at 2:33 as the puck bounced off goalie MacPherson's skates. Bombers Webb scored his second goal short handed at 12:55. There was only 31 shots in the game, 18 by Flin Flon.

Wednesday, March 12, the Regina Pats edged the Bombers 3-2 in a heart throbbing game that once again had a sell out crowd in virtual pandemonium until the final buzzer. Regina was leading 3-1 at the mid point of the third period with Bombers Mike Kardash in the penalty box. Cliff Pennington checked Billy Hicke at centre ice, wove past Berenson and beat Walters at 10:35. For the remaining ten minutes the Bomber fans screamed at every one of their clubs attacks around the Regina Pats net.

Regina took a 2-1 lead after the first period on Pats Max Geisthart's goal at 5:05 and Red Berenson's at the 14:12 mark, he circled the net and back-handed to score. The Bombers Pennington scored on a low shot at 17:16. The only goal in the second period was the Regina Pats Bill Kelly at 13:15.

Thursday, March 13, Regina Pats lost 4-1 to the Bombers before another sell out Flin Flon crowd. Cliff Lennartz was Bombers top scorer with two goals, while Gary Kolb scored Pats lone goal. almost every Pat forward had a scoring chance of some kind in the opening scoreless period. Norm Waslowski scored 44 seconds into the second period with Gord Berneson serving a penalty to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead going into the third period and outscored the Regina Pats 3-1.

Bombers Cliff Pennington scored at 2:38 followed by Cliff Lennartz with two goals at 5:48 and 9:50 with Regina Pats Kolb scoring at 6:14 from Gary Butler's rebound. At one time during the game there was no whistle for 7 minutes.

Saturday, March 15, in the final two periods, Gary Butler scored 5 goals to lead Regina Pats to an 8-3 victory and evened the series before (4,682) Regina Exhibition Stadium fans. (Photo: Gary Butler Collection: Flin Flon Bombers Threaten - Regina Pats goalie Ken Waters, grabs a loose puck, Gary Butler (rear), John Palenstein (on knees) and Terry Harper (#4). Bombers Right Winger Norm Waskowski, speeds in from the right). Some of the credit for Butler's scoring feat had to go to Gord Wilkie who amassed four assists. Wilke was forever setting Butler in on goal with clear-cut passes. Bombers Norm Waslowski scored two quick goals, one minute and twenty-two seconds apart at the 15:36 mark of the opening period to give Flin Flon a 2-0 lead after the first period. Regina Pats outscored the Bombers in the second period 3-1 to tie the game at 3-3. In the third period Regina scored five goals, all while the Bombers Pennington, Waslowski and Baird line were on the ice.

Monday, March 17, Regina Coach Frank Mario made a line change in the last game. Its effect continued to be felt as the Pats downed the Bombers 6-2 handily for the second time before (4,210) Regina Stadium spectators. Alarmed by the failure of his scoring aces Billy Hicke and Gord Berenson to break out of their slumps, Mario made a daring move. In the third period of Saturday's game he separated them. Whether they were responsible or not Pats scored five goals. Hicke and Berenson both scored goals Monday. Regina scored four goals in the first period before Bombers finally scored their first goal with only one minute and fourteen seconds remaining in the first period. Regina scored two goals within 50 seconds at the seventeen minutes mark in the second period.

Wednesday, March 19, Frank Mario's Regina Pats beat Flin Flon 6-4 to take over the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League throne for the first time in their glittering history. Billy Hicke, the League scoring king, returned to his old form scoring three Regina Pat goals and assisted on Bill Kelly's goal, Gerry Kolb triggered the other goal.

The game was tied 1-1 after the first period while the second period was wide open as eight goals were scored. Flin Flon started the scoring near the four minute mark to take the lead. it only lasted 46 seconds when Pats erupted for three goals with 28 seconds to take the lead. Pats goaltender Ken Walters came down with the flu prior to the game and had to be replaced at the start of the third period.

Sunday, Regina Pats Juvenile team defeated Duluth All-Stars 3-0 for the third time in the sixth year history of Duluth's International Hockey Tournament.


Western-Canadian Semi-Final - On Tuesday, March 25, Regina Pats romped over the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-2 at Edmonton's Arena. Kings Coach Ken McAuley (Photo: Edmonton Gardens - City of Edmonton Archives) admitted Pats goalie Ken Walters had something to do with the Kings lack of goals. Walters was razor sharp. Edmonton out shot the Pats 23-13. It took Regina only 55 seconds into the game as Terry Harper's long shot deflected off Oil Kings defenseman Dave Rimstad. Five minutes later Gord Berenson scored on John Palenstein's rebound to give Pats a 2-0 lead. Edmonton's Al Laplante and Fred Hiltz scored to tie the game before Pats scored four straight goals. Regina had period lead off 2-1 and 4-2. Regina Pats Gary Butler scored the only two goals of the third period.

Thursday, March 27, Red Berenson collected one goal and had six assists as Regina Pats downed the Edmonton Oil Kings 9-7 in a wide open affair. Edmonton breezed to a 4-2 lead in the first period. Pats broke loose in the second period when the pumped in four unanswered goals. "I never remember so many goals being scored in one play-off game. commented Coach Frank Mario and Manager Del Wilson agreed. Billy Hicke had a hat trick, scoring three goals and had one assist. Bill Hiltz of Edmonton was their top scorer with two goals.

Saturday, March 29, Regina Pats downed the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-1 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Pats got goals from pick-ups, Aut Erickson and forward Dave Balon from Prince Albert Mintos. Erickson scored the only goal of the first period at 6:19 when he took a return pass from Balon and let a low shot go into the right side of the net. In the second period Balon scored on a hard high shot at 16:11 then Billy Hicke scored on a Red Berenson pass, went down the right boards and drilled a backhander with only 23 seconds left in the period. Oil Kings Norm Ryder scored the only third period goal on a waist high shot at the 17:51 mark.

Monday, March 31, the Regina Pats gained a place in the western final defeating Edmonton Oil Kings 2-0. Billy Hicke celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring both Regina goals in the first and third period. Billy's first goal came at the 12:47 mark on a backhander with a man advantage as Oil Kings Bill Rawson was in the penalty box. His second goals was when Edmonton goalie Ole Olesevich came out too far and Hicke slid the puck into the net at the 12:18 mark. Regina goaltender Ken Walter, who was robbed of a shutout with less then three minutes left in the Saturday game, made 15 save to record his third play-off shut-out.

Wednesday the St. Boniface Canadiens fought their was into the Abbott Cup against Regina Pats, thumping Fort William Canadiens 10-7.


Western Final - Abbott Cup - Saturday, April 5, Regina Pats rung up their eighth straight play-off victory a 7-5 decision over Max Pilous' St. Boniface Canadiens, at Winnipeg Arena as Pats took a 5-1 lead in the early part of the game. Regina Pats Billy Hicke was a standout. He proved why Montreal Canadiens farm director, Sam Pollock, rate him as #1 right winger prospect in the entire Canadien chain. Hicke scored twice, both solo efforts, and assisted on two others. Photo: Billy Hicke - Saskatchewan Archives - Leader Post - R-LP-613

Bill Saunders, a pick-up from Winnipeg Monarchs, was St. Boniface's top scorer with two goals. The game was delayed 15 minutes mid-way through the third period when Regina Pats goalie Ken Walters required seven stitches after which he returned for the remainder of the game.

Tuesday, April 8, the St. Boniface Canadiens romped to a decisive 8-3 win at the Winnipeg Arena. Habs led 4-0 after 20 minutes and 6-1 going into the final period. Regina were out-skated and out-hustled by the inspired St. Boniface club. A Seventeen year-old Gerry Kruk paced the Canadien assult with three goals and an assist. Billy Saunders, a stand-out two-way player, scored two goals and an assist. After the game Regina Pats General Manager, Del Wilson moaned "We were awful".

Thursday, April 10, Regina Pats did a complete reversal of Tuesday's game as the waltzed to an 8-4 victory over St. Boniface. Hero of the free-wheeling game was Pats Billy Hicke as he potted three goals and had an assist. The Canadiens scored the only goal in the first period as Gerry Kruk scored on Donald Hart's rebound. in the second period Regina out-scored the easterners 5-1. Pats Gord Berenson tied the game just one minute into the period on a close in shot. Dave Balon three minutes later gave the Pats the lead. Bill Saunder of St. Bonfiace tied the game a minute later only to have Pats Billy Hicke give Pats the lead for good as he rifled a shot to the upper left corner.

Claude Normandeau was St. Boniface's top scorer with two goals. Special guests watching the game were new York Rangers coach Phil Watson and Rudy Pilous of Chicago Black Hawks, older brother of max. Regina now had the advantage of home ice for the remainder of the series.

Saturday, April 12, the St. Boniface Canadiens lost both a hockey game and a coach. Regina bounced the helpless Canadiens 9-0. Coach Max Pilous decided he had enough. Pilous gave trainer Percy Segal the appointed job of changing the lines. Pilous claimed that his players had gotten out of hand and wouldn't play for him. Goalie Ken Walter had to make only 12 saves to record the shutout. Pat rookies Max Geisthart and Gord Wilkie showed the way by scoring two goals and an assist apiece.

Sunday, Pilous quits and goes home to Winnipeg, he told reporters the team brok training before and after games.

Monday, April 14, tucked high amidst the many pillars that adorn the aged Regina Exhibition Stadium, sat a grim faced Max Pilous. he returned to see what his players could do and they out did the heavily favoured Regina Pats 5-2. Billy Saunders spearheaded the St. Boniface Canadiens with two goals.

Canadiens Donald Bamburck opened the scoring at the mid way point of the first period. In the second period, St. Boniface's Donald Hart scored then Regina Pats Billy Hicke and Gary Butler. Bill and brother Ken Saunders scored two quick goals 58 seconds apart late in the period. In the third period Bill Saunders scored his second goal, the only goal at the 3:41 mark.

Pilous had been on the verge of a nervous breakdown since the start of the series. Dr. Lloyd Frihagen, the St. Boniface manager, said "Max's ill health was responsible for his blowup Saturday".

Wednesday, April 16, even with Pilous back at the helm, Regina Pats too a 4-0 victory over the Canadiens. Bill Kelly's two goals and crew-cut goalie Ken Walter were the limelight of the Pats. Ken turned back more rubber than enough as he racked up his fifth shutout of the playoffs. Walter was a standout in the second period, stopping Gerry Kruk twice and Green point blank. Rookie Bill Kelly learned his hockey in Vince Leah's Winnipeg Minor setup, scoring both his goals in the first period on solo efforts. Billy Hicke sscored his 22nd goal in as many play-off games, it was the last goal near the end of the game.

Under Candian Ameatuer Hockey Association (CAHA) rules, Regina pats were allowed to pick up six additions for the Canadian file. The three new additions were forwards Bill and Ken Saunders, both of St. Boniface, plus defenceman Jerry Serviss of Estevan Bruins. Regina Pats headed east by train, leaving Regina at 10 a.m. Sunday for Ottawa and arrived Tuesday, stopping on the way to pick up the Saunder brothers.

Ottawa-Hull Junior Canadiens were without a junior hockey league and played their games against senior, minor professional, and some OHA Junior A teams that season. Monday they waltzed over the Toronto Marlboros to the tune of 9-0. The win, fourth in five games, advance them against the Regina Pats in the Memorial Cup. Fro the seond series in a row it was an all NHL Montreal Canadiens sponsored junior farm team affair.

Memorial Cup Finalist - Friday, March 25, the sensational netminding of Regina Pats Ken Walters, and the effort of Billy Hicke's three goals, carried Regina to a 4-3 win over Ottawa-Hull at the ancient egg-shapped Ottawa Auditorium. The Habs held an edge in the scoreless first period. Regina took a 2-1 lead after the second period. Canadiens' Captain Ralph Backstrom scored on a 30 foot screened shot at 5:19, then Billy Hicke scored two goals. The Canadiens began to tire in third period and two quick goals by Pats Hicke and Terry Harper mid way through the frame, wrapped it up. Canadiens Terry Gray and Bill Carter scored late in the period, Carter's with only 15 second left in the game. "The performance by Walters, was phenomenal." the Regina Leader Post's Hank Johnston reported.

Sunday afternoon, March 27, Ottawa-Hull fired home four quick goals in the first ten minutes and then hung on to register a 4-2 win over Regina. Bill Carter's low shot caught the corner at 1:35, one minute later Gary Tremblay scored on his own rebound. Then, three minutes later at 5:39, Ralph Backstrom scored followed by Carter's second goal at the eleven minute mark. Regina's Gord Berenson scored a shorthanded goal with three minutes left in the first period to give the Canadiens a 4-1 lead.

In the second period, with only 7 seconds remaining, Billy Hicke scored with the man advantage from a face-off pass from Berenson. In the same period Pats lost pick-up Estevan defenseman Jerry Servis when he broke a bone in his right forearm. Regina Pat's Coach Frank Mario,. "I can't get that first eleven minutes out of my mind."

Tuesday, March 29, Ottawa-Hull's Ralph Backstrom paced his Canadiens with three goals as they downed Regina Pats 6-2, before the largest crowd (5,500) of the series. The Habs pumped home three goals in the first thirteen minutes of the opening period; Bill Carter with a pair and Claude Richard, (the brother of Maurice and Henri of the Montreal Canadiens), scored the other. Regina Pats goals were both by pick-ups, Dave Balon and William Saunders.

Canadiens took a 3-0 lead after the first period on Bill Carter's two goals and Ralph Backstrom goal. In the second period Backstrom scored his second goal followed by Pats Balons and Saunders' two quick goals 24 seconds apart at the two minute mark. Richard and Backstrom scored in the last five minutes of the period. Bot teams fought through a scoreless third period.

Friday, May 2, Regina Pats pick-up Bill Saunders' goal at 2:12 of overtime, from a pass by Billy Hicke, helped Regina down Ottawa-Hull 4-3. Ottawa-Hull took a 2-1 lead in the first period. All goals were while the team had the man advanatage. Bob Boucher at the seven minute mark, Pats Dave Balon at 13:21, and Canadiens Bill Rousseau at 16:53. In the second period Regina's Bill leCaine tied the game at 15:23.

In the third period Pats joe Lunghamer scored on a loose puck in front of the net 39 seconds into the period. Bill Carter tied the score with only 55 seconds in regulation to force the overtime. In overtime, Hicke was breaking away from the Canadien attack but was held behind by jean Tremblay. Referee Al Paradice had signalled a delayed penalty. Hicke managed to slither a weak shot toward hab goalie Bruce Gamble. Saunders swooped in and put the puck in the far corner of the net with Gamble out of position.

Sunday afternoon, May 4, Regina Pats absorbed a 6-3 setback at the hands of the Ottawa-Hull Canadiens. Regina seemed headed for victory when the habs connected for three goals within a minute and 27 seconds late in the second period to turn the tide on the Pats. The turning point was when Billy hicke at the 15 minute mark broke in unmolested on Hab's goalie Gamble but shot wide. "If Hicke had scored, it would have give us a 4-2 lead," Regina Pat Coach Frank Mario explained after the game.

The sixth goal was scored into an empty net with 15 seconds remaining when Coach mario pulled Ken Walters with two minutes remaining. Bill Carter and Terry, who tried out with the Pats 2 years ago, paced the winners with a pair of goals apiece while Ralph Backstrom and Claude Richard scored the other Hab goals.

Tuesday, May 6, before the second largest crowd (4,675) of the series, they saw their Coach Sam Pollock's Canadiens down Regina Pats 6-1 and the take the Memorial Cup at the Ottawa Auditorium. All the Hab goals were distributed amongst six players, while Billy Hicke scored Regina's lone goal. The turning point in the game came after only four minutes of play in the first period. Bill Hicke skated in alone on Bruce Gamble, the Hab goalie came up with a spectacular save. Canadiens rushed right back up the ice, scored the first goal and never looked back.



1957-1958 - (Photo: Gary Butler, Collection)

Front Row: Frank Mario (Coach), Vaughn Hensrud, Billy Hickey, John Palenstein, Joe Lunghamer, Ken Walters, Del Wilson (Manager Middle Row: Sasndy Archer (Trainer), Dave Balon (Prince Albert Mintos), Red Berenson, Billy LeCaine, Terry Harper, Gord Wilkie, Dave Boa, Gerry Kolb, Bill Kelly, Wayne Kartusch (Stick Boy) Back Row: Max Geishardt, Emile Gillis (Flin Flon Bombers), Gary Butler, Don Rodgers, Aut Erickson (Prince Albert Mintos) - (Balon, Erickson and Gillis - Pickups for Western and Memorial Cup Play-offs.