Today in Worcester hockey history: September 28


1995 3-1 exhibition win vs Albany (New England Sports Center, Marlboro, MA)
The Worcester IceCats used two unassisted shorthanded breakaway goals to help defeat the Albany River Rats 3-1 in preseason play. Patrice Tardif had the first of the shorties to give the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes. Scott Pellerin got the River Rats even with an early second period goal, but Andreas Johansson broke the tie late in the second on a goal assisted by Shaun Kane. Dan Plante scored the second of the IceCats shorthanded goals in the third period for the 3-1 final. Mike Buzak and Jeff Callinan combined for 27 saves for Worcester. [210Sports note: Plante would never skate in a regular season game for Worcester as he was recalled by the New York Islanders before the regular season started.]

1996 7-3 exhibition loss to Albany (New England Sports Center, Marlboro, MA)
The Worcester IceCats went into the third period tied 3-3 with the River Rats, but the veteran heavy Albany line-up was too much for the ‘Cats rookies as Worcester dropped the contest 7-3. Jamal Mayers (PP), Stephane Roy, and Bob Westerby (PP) scored the goals for Worcester, all against NHL goalie Peter Sidorkiewicz. Albany got two goals from Patrik Elias, and one each from Eric Bertrand, Kryzstof Oliwa, Steve Potvin, Pascal Rheaume, and Zdenek Skorepa. Mike Veisor went the distance in goal for the IceCats.

2001 4-3 exhibition win at Portland
(ICECATS) Tyler Rennette scored his second goal of the game 1:47 into overtime to lift the Worcester IceCats to a 4-3 victory over the Portland Pirates before a crowd of 2,612 at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Rennette netted the game-winner on the power play, wristing the puck from the left faceoff circle through the legs of Portland goalie Sebastian Charpentier. Darren Rumble assisted on the goal. Rennette, who had scoring bids clang off the post twice early in the game, tied the game at 3-all with 4:48 left in regulation. After sending a 40-foot slap shot wide of the net, Rennette skated in on net, picked up the puck, which had banged off the back board and tucked it by Charpentier. Daniel Tkaczuk and Barret Jackman assisted on the goal. Portland took a 3-2 lead with 6:47 left in regulation when Garrett Prosofsky scored off assists from Brad Church and Barrie Moore. IceCats goalie Reinhard Divis made initial save on Church, but Prosofsky, camped out on the left side, poked it in to give the Pirates a brief lead. Worcester tied the game, 2-2, 7:57 into the third period when Greg Davis scored with the IceCats enjoying a 5-on-3 advantage. Charpentier stopped a shot by Rennette, who was credited with an assist, but Davis swooped in and banged in the rebound. Portland led, 2-1, after two periods, scoring twice to erase a 1-0 first-period deficit. Nick Naumenko scored 4:15 into the period to tie the game at 1-all, but Moore put the Pirates ahead again with 18 seconds left in the period. The IceCats enjoyed a 1-0 lead at the first intermission thanks to a power-play goal by Marc Brown, who was assisted by Jeff Panzer and Dale Clarke. Brown scored with 4:20 left in the period when Panzer centered a pass to Brown, who was set up in front of the Pirates net. Brown gathered the puck and then squibbed it past Charpentier. Worcester used two goalies. Cody Rudkowsky played the first 27:52, stopping seven of the eight shots. He was replaced by Divis, who logged 33:55, facing 14 shots (12 saves). Charpentier went the entire 61:47 for the Pirates, facing 40 shots, making 36 saves. The IceCats outshot the Pirates, 40-22. Worcester also led in penalty minutes, 58-40. The IceCats were 3 of 10 in power-play opportunities, while Portland was 2 of 9.

2002 2-1 exhibition loss at Portland
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats lost a penalty-filled preseason contest to Portland, 2-1, last night. All the night’s scoring happened in the second period. The Pirates jumped on top as Trent Whitfield scored on the power play 3:15 into the period. Three minutes later, Brendan Brooks evened the score with his own man-advantage goal. Greg Davis wheeled into the Pirate zone and whistled a shot that caught Rastislav Stana in the chest. The puck dropped to the ice where Brooks was waiting to stuff it home. With 1:21 remaining in the period, Portland took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play. Nick Lent scored the game-winner off a feed from Whitfield. The referees were busy calling a combined 38 penalties accounting for 98 minutes. The IceCats were 1 for 10 on the power play, the Pirates 2 for 11. Phil Osaer was outstanding in net for Worcester, stopping 39 shots. Stana made 34 saves.

2003 5-1 exhibition win vs Hartford (Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg, MA)
(CANOE) Garry Toor scored twice and added an assist as Worcester defeated Hartford, 5-1 on Sunday. Former Boston University standout John Sabo added a goal and two assists, and Joe Vandermeer and Bret DeCecco added single tallies for the IceCats (1-0-1). Cody Rudkowsky and Levente Szuper combined for 27 saves. Cory Larose scored the only goal for the Wolf Pack (0-2-1). [210Sports note: Garry Toor, John Sabo, and Bret DeCecco never played in an AHL regular season game.]

2006 4-1 exhibition loss to Hartford (International Skating Center of Connecticut, Simsbury, CT)
The Worcester Sharks were beaten by the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-1 at the International Skating Center of Connecticut. Torry Gajda had the lone Sharks goal, scoring unassisted at 12:25 of the third period. One of the Wolf Pack goals was scored by Millbury native Marvin Degon. Rob McVicar and Ryan MacDonald shared the goaltending duties for Worcester. [210Sports note: Torry Gajda never plated in an AHL regular season game.]

2007 4-2 exhibition loss at Springfield
(FALCONS) The Springfield Falcons scored three third period goals and rallied to beat the Worcester Sharks 4-2 on Friday night at the MassMutual Center. Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, Falcons defenseman Sebastien Bisaillon tied the score at 2-2 at the 9:21 mark of the final frame on the power play. Justin Chwedoruk gave the Birds a 3-2 advantage at 14:34 of the final frame picking up his own rebound on a scrum at the top of the crease. Rookie Colin McDonald provided the Falcons with an insurance goal at 15:27 of the third period earning Springfield their first victory of the preseason. The Sharks grabbed a 1-0 lead just 1:15 into the first period when Mike Iggulden opened the scoring, but the Falcons Fredrik Johansson tied the score at 1-1 with a shorthanded marker at 14:46 of the opening frame. Worcester regained a 2-1 lead at 15:57 of the first period when Brad Staubitz scored on the power play. Falcons goaltender Cam Ellsworth stopped 10 of 12 shots he faced in 34 minutes of action, while Robert Gherson was perfect for Springfield in the final 26 minutes of play stopping all 10 shots he faced.

2013 3-1 exhibition loss at Providence
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (1-2-0-0) dropped a 3-1 decision to the Providence Bruins (1-1-0-0) in exhibition play in front of a nice crowd at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI on Saturday afternoon. Konrad Abeltshauser scored in his 2nd consecutive game for the Sharks while J.P. Anderson had a strong game in net, allowing just two goals on 25 shots for the loss. Wayne Simpson, Zach Trotman, and former Sharks captain Mike Moore scored for the Bruins while Malcolm Subban made 29 saves in the Bruins victory. Much like last night, the Sharks came out buzzing in the opening period and went ahead at 4:51 after a Konrad Abeltshauser (2nd) shot from the left point snuck its way through traffic and past Malcolm Subban. The Sharks had several chances to take a two goal lead in the first, hitting the post three separate occasions while J.P. Anderson held down the fort for Worcester with seven saves. Worcester led 1-0 through 20 minutes and outshot Providence 12-7. The Bruins would tie the score after the midway point of the game as Wayne Simpson (1st) tapped home a nice cross the crease pass from defenseman David Warsofsky at 10:54. A few minutes later, J.P. Anderson made a great stop on an Alexander Khokhlachev breakaway chance to keep the score even at 1-1. Collin Bowman (1st FM) and Tyler Randell (1st FM) dropped the mitts behind the Sharks net at 14:03 with Randell getting the best of the fight. Moments later, veteran Rob Davison (1st FM) buried a Bruin along the boards inside the Providence zone which led to a scrap with Igor Gongalsky (1st FM) at 16:27 Providence went ahead 2-1 at 17:14 on the power play after Zach Trotman’s laser from the left point snuck through the pads of Anderson. Worcester trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes despite outshooting the Bruins 22-18. Jimmy Bonneau (1st FM) and Tyler Randell (2nd FM) had a long spirited bout at 2:25 to kick off the third period of play as the Sharks seemed unhappy with Randell after his fight with Bowman. Adam Comrie hit the post with two minutes remaining and former Sharks captain Mike Moore scored an empty netter with 4.6 seconds left to lead the Bruins to a 3-1 win.


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