|1968-69 WHL Playoffs--Buckaroos vs. San Diego Gulls|
Led by former NHLer Hal Laycoe, the Buckaroos had a fine season in 1968-69. Portland won the regular season title that year, with a 40-18-16 record, 10 points ahead of the Vancouver Canucks. Despite the strong showing on the ice, attendance dipped below 6,000 per game for the first time, as the Buckaroos drew 5,655 per game to the Coliseum.
|1968-69 Team Photo|
As for the other side of the puck, the Buckaroos allowed only 201 goals that season. Portland used three different goaltenders that year. Jimmy McLeod played in 42 games that year, sporting a 23-9-8 record, a 2.29 GAA and 3 shutouts. Dave Kelly had similar numbers in 34 games, going 17-9--7 with 3 shutouts and a 3.10 GAA. Bob Sneddon played in two games that year. McLeod and Kelly alternated in the postseason.
The Buckaroos qualified for the postseason and faced the San Diego Gulls in Round One. The Gulls finished in third place that year (33-29-12) with 78 points, 18 points behind Portland. Despite this, San Diego gave the Buckaroos all they could handle before bowing out in 7 games. The Buckaroos were then obliterated by the Vancouver Canucks in four straight in the Patrick Cup Finals, being outscored 16-8 in the process.
|Gulls-Buckaroos Game Action|
Western Hockey League Regular Season Statistics: 1968-69 (from hockeydb.com)