Today in Worcester hockey history: September 27


1996 4-4 exhibition tie at Providence (Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI)
The Worcester IceCats got a game tying goal from Don Parsons with 17 seconds left in regulation to tie the Baby-Bs 4-4. It was Parson’s second goal in the contest. B.J. Johnston and Allan Sirois also scored for the ‘Cats. Travis Scott stopped 39 of 43 Bruins shots.

1997 2-1 exhibition loss vs Albany (Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg, MA)
The Worcester IceCats, or more correctly a bunch of guys wearing ‘Cats jerseys, lost 2-1 to what ended up being the River Rats opening night line-up. Jeff Williams scored at 9:25 of the second period and Zdenek Skorepa added goal at 8:01 of the third to give Albany the 2-0 lead. Tyler Willis scored at 10:58 of the third for the 2-1 final. Worcester had 48 shots on goal to the River Rats’ 18. [210Sports note: The final 4:03 of the middle period was tacked on after the second intermission due to an ice repair.]

2000 3-3 exhibition tie at Hartford (South Windsor Arena, South Windsor, CT)
The Worcester IceCats held a 3-0 lead after two periods, but the fell apart in the third in a 3-3 tie with Wolf Pack. J.F. Boutin opened the scoring at 9:26 of the first period with an unassisted four on four goal. Mark Rycroft had the next two for the ‘Cats, the first at 12:21 when he followed his own shot and put the rebound in the net. Lauri Kinos and Justin Papineau had the helpers on the play. Rycroft scored again at 16:12 of the second period, with Papineau picking up his second point of the game. But Hartford would get three third period goals to tie it 3-3. Cody Rudkowsky started the game and stopped all 19 shots he faced. Curtis Sanford stopped 26 of 29 shots in about 30 minutes of play.

2002 2-2 exhibition tie at Bridgeport (Danbury Ice Arena, Danbury, CT)
The Worcester IceCats and Bridgeport Sound Tigers skated to a 2-2 tie in preseason play. Jean-Francois David opened the scoring for Bridgeport at 9:29 of the opening period. Igor Valeev would tie it for the ‘Cats on the power play at 13:41. Blake Evans and Aaron Schneekloth assisted on the play. Chad Starling gave the IceCats the lead at 5:03 of the second period, assisted by Valeev and Bret DeCecco. Daniel Tetrault tied it for the Sound Tigers at 4:53 of the third. Phil Osaer got the start in net for Worcester. [210Sports note: Schneekloth and DeCecco never played a regular season game for Worcester, and Starling never had a regular season goal in the AHL.]

2003 4-2 exhibition loss at Albany (Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ)
[210Sports note: There is no information on this game that I can find. If Dave Nordman hadn’t mentioned the score in an Telegram article two days later I wouldn’t have even known it was played.]

2009 10-3 exhibition win at Hartford (International Skating Center, Simsbury, CT)
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 10-3 in preseason action at the in the International Skating Center of Connecticut on Sunday afternoon. Fourteen different Sharks recorded at least one point while seven of those had multiple points as the Sharks went 4 for 4 on the power play. Captain Ryan Vesce had four assists, Michael Wilson had three points (2-1-3), and Brandon Mashinter recorded two goals in his first game in a Worcester Sharks uniform. The Sharks led 5-1 after twenty minutes of play as Will Colbert got the scoring going just 73 seconds into the contest. Ryan Nie made 30 saves in net for Worcester playing the entire game. Tom Morrow, Logan Couture, Dwight Helminen, Dan DaSilva, and T.J. Trevelyan also scored for the Sharks.

2013 2-1 exhibition win at Providence (New England Sports Center, Marlborough, MA)
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (1-1-0-0) won a 2-1 decision over the Providence Bruins (0-1-0-0) in exhibition play in front of a capacity crowd at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA on Friday night. Konrad Abeltshauser and Jimmy Bonneau each scored a goal for the Sharks while Troy Grosenick had a strong game in net, allowing just one goal on 29 shots for the victory. The Sharks came out strong in the first period, racking up five shots on goal right out of the gate. The puck was controlled by the Sharks for most of the period, with the Sharks outshooting the Bruins 12-6. At 14:13 rookie defenseman Konrad Abeltshauser (1st) sent a wrist shot from the right side past Bruins’ goaltender Malcolm Subban to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. The Bruins maintained solid control over the puck throughout the second period but were unable to score due to a spectacular performance by goaltender Troy Grosenick. The Sharks rookie goaltender made a number of notable saves in traffic. The Bruins outshot the Sharks 13-10 in the middle frame as the score remained 1-0 Sharks after 40 minutes of play. Jared Knight (1st) gave Providence their first goal at 6:29 in the third period with assists from Alexander Khokhlachev and Anthony Camara. Worcester failed to convert on a power play halfway through the period but took a 2-1 lead with 2:28 remaining on a goal from Jimmy Bonneau (1st ) with an assist from Connor Goggin. Despite a Providence power play in the final minutes, the Sharks pulled out the win with a final score of 2-1.


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