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The Pats hosted Ed Staniowski for the annual Night Archer Insurance Bobblehead night on Friday at the Brandt Centre. The Pats won 8-0 in the game over the Prince George Cougars. Steady Eddie was nice enough to join me in the broadcast booth during the second intermission and reminisced about his Memorial Cup Victory 40 years earlier with the Pats.
"We had a pretty mature team of course, the nucleus of it had been together for the better part of three years. And we had some great talent, Clark Gillies went on to win four Stanley Cups in the NHL, the Burdon brothers, Dennis Sobchuk of course had a good career, Greg Joly number one pick overall the defenseman, so a lot of talent on that team. I was fortunate enough to be the starting goalie in 74 and ride that waive. The great thing about playing goal behind a team that was that good was, if you let in a bad goal they would go get it back for you. If you were struggling they were there for you and the defenseman could move the puck out... From Christmas on Del Wilson and Bob turner took us over to Sweden for the Hearn Cup Tournament and we didn't win many hockey games over there. We got our eyes opened to that big ice surface and the waive of European players that were coming, we saw it right there in '74. We came together as a team and when we came back in January, from January through to May when we won the Memorial Cup we were a steam roller. A lot of teams took us for granted. The Calgary Centenials who had a great hockey club and everyone thought they would win it all in the west, we were able to take them in four straight. That was after taking out Swift Current and Saskatoon so it was a tough year. And then of course the Ramparts in the Memorial Cup and Saint Catherines."
That in a snap shot the last time the Pats were Memorial Cup Champions. What a great guy Ed Staniowski is and I look forward to seeing him again.
Here is the sharp looking bobblehead courtesy reginapats.com
A big weekend coming up for the Pats with home games against the Saskatoon Blades Friday and the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday. The Pats are a combined 11 and oh against the clubs so far this year.
Talking with assistant coach Bill McGuigan this wee he said anythings short of four points this weekend is unacceptable. Though he recognizes the Warriors and Blades are still good teams and can beat anybody on any night. That's the beautiful thing about hockey, you never know... The Pats will have to be at their best and find some more consistency in their game to come away with two victory's.
The Match ups:
Vs Saskatoon the Pats are 5-0-0-0, though two of those games have gone to a shootout and another was just a one goal game. The Pats have scored 21 goals in the 5 games so far while the Blades have scored 14. Daniel Wapple and Dawson MacAuley are 4 and oh against the Blades. Chandler Stephenson leads the Pats with 2 goals and 7 assists against Saskatoon, Dyson Stevenson and Boston Leier have 8 points. Nikita Scherbak leads all Blades with 2 goals and 6 assists against Regina. Troy Trembley has a .916 save percentage against the Pats.
Vs Moose Jaw the Pats are 6-0-0-0, again two of those games went to a shootout. The Pats have outscored the Warriors 22-10 in the 6 games so far. Boston Leier has 7 goals and 7 assists against Moose Jaw, Chandler Stephenson has 9 points while Kyle Burroughs has 6. Brayden Point has scored 3 times against Regina and has an assist as well to lead the Warriors. Dawson MacAuley has a 1.22 GAA against Moose Jaw and a .962 save percentage. Justin Paulic has been good for the Warriors though having lost 5 times, he has a 2.48 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
The fact that these are two rivalry games means the outcomes are far from certain. Should be a good weekend of hockey at the Brandt Centre.
Be sure to tune into Access 7 at 7PM on Thursday for pats TV. This weeks guests are Bill McGuigan, Chandler Stephenson and Patrick D'Amico.
That's it for today, talk to you from the rink Friday.