Today in Worcester hockey history: September 19


1999 3-3 exhibition tie vs Hartford (Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg, MA)
The Worcester IceCats and Hartford Wolf Pack skated to a 3-3 tie in preseason action. The ‘Cats got on the board first at 5:36 of the opening period on a goal by Trevor Wasyluk, assisted by Eric Royal and Jame Pollock. Randy Copley tied it for Hartford at 19:07. Brad Smyth then gave the Wolf Pack the lead at 10:45 of the middle period, but James Desmarais tied it for Worcester at 14:14 of the third frame, with Pollock assisting again. Brandon Sugden gave the ‘Cats the lead, assisted by Jason Pellerin, at 15:52. Johan Witehall tied it for Hartford at 19:09 with an extra attacker goal. Neither team scored in the overtime period. Cody Rudkowsky went the distance, making 37 saves.

2002 St Louis Blues 7, Boston Bruins 2 (NHL exhibition game)
Justin Papineau scored five goals as the St. Louis Blues opened the exhibition season with a 7-2 victory over the Boston Bruins at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. Papineau opened the scoring for the Blues with a power play goal at 3:25, assisted by Mike Van Ryn and Eric Boguniecki. Brian Rolston tied it for the Bruins with an unassisted power play goal at 13:31. Michal Grosek gave Boston the 2-1 lead at 2:24 of the middle period with Marty McInnis and Andy Hilbert getting the helpers. But from that point it was all Blues. Papineau grabbed his second of the game at 13:04, with Boguniecki and Aris Brimanis assisting. Papineau completed his hat trick at 19:53, with Sergei Varlamov getting the lone assist. In the third period Eric Nickulas made it 4-2 at 3:43 with helpers from Keith Tkachuk and Tom Koivisto. Papineau’s fourth of the game came on the power play at 9:27. Doug Weight had the lone helper on the goal. Tkachuk then made it 6-2 at 14:00 with another Blues power play goal, with Weight and Bryce Salvador earning points. Papineau capped the scoring with his fifth of the game at 17:11, with Mark Rycroft assisting. Reinhard Divis made the start in goal for St Louis and made 13 saves in 30:07 of action. Cody Rudkowsky played the rest of the way, going a perfect eight for eight.


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