Today in Worcester hockey history: September 29

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1995 4-2 exhibition loss at Albany (Knickerbocker Ice Arena, Lansingburgh, NY)
The Worcester IceCats scored first and last in their preseason match-up against Albany, but the River Rats had the middle four goals in a 4-2 loss for the ‘Cats. Dan Plante opened the scoring at 1:03 of the first period on the power play, with assists going to Craig Darby and Jason Widmer. Albany would grab the next four, with Bill Armstrong scoring at 16:41 of the first and 10:32 of the third (PP), Rob Pattison scoring at 14:49 of the second, and Pascal Rheaume scoring at 15:20 of the second. Darby added a late third period goal at 19:25, assisted by Plante, for the 4-2 final. Mike Buzak and Eric Fichaud combined for 30 saves.

2000 6-4 exhibition win vs Portland (Hart Center, Worcester, MA)
Daniel Corso had two goals for the IceCats. Ed Campbell had a goal and an assist, as did J.F. Boutin. Derek Bekar and Roger Trudeau scored the other Worcester goals. Justin Papineau had a pair of assists. Cody Rudkowsky stopped 40 of 44 shots, including 30 of 31 over the final two periods.

2001 3-2 exhibition win vs Portland (Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg, MA)
The Worcester IceCats came back from two one goal deficits and then scored the last goal of the game in a 3-2 preseason win over the Pirates. Matt Pettinger got Portland on the board at 9:02 on the power play. Marc Brown, from Darren Rumble and Greg Davis, tied it on the power play for the ‘Cats at 18:24. Mike Farrell made it 2-1 Pirates at 19:35 of the middle stanza with a shorthanded goal. Jamie Thompson got the tying goal for Worcester at 3:53 of the third from Daniel Tkaczuk and Shawn Mamane, and the Davis got the game winner at 7:14 on the power play, with Tkaczuk and Rumble helping. Cody Rudkowsky went the distance, making 24 saves. Referee Harry Dumas was in mid-season form, calling a mind-boggling 31 penalties that resulted in 21 power play opportunities for the two clubs.

2002 2-2 exhibition tie vs Bridgeport (Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg, MA)
Igor Valeev scored one of the IceCats goals and assisted on the other, setting up defenseman Chad Starling for a wide-open net in the second period. Phil Osaer stopped 29 of 31 Bridgeport shots.

2006 3-1 exhibition win vs Manchester (New England Sports Center, Marlborough, MA)
The Worcester Sharks got two goals from Riley Armstrong, the second one into an empty net, to beat the Monarchs 3-1. Dan Spang had the other WorSharks goal. It was a 1-1 game late into the third period, then Armstrong fired a 25-foot wrist shot to make it 2-1 at 14:47. Dimitri Patzold made 21 saves.

2007 4-3 SO exhibition win vs Providence (New England Sports Center, Marlborough, MA)
[210Sports note: There are no details available for this game. The Boston Globe has an article about the two teams playing that was printed on game day.]

2010 4-0 exhibition loss at Providence (New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA)
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks dropped their first exhibition game in a 4-0 decision to the Providence Bruins at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA on Wednesday night. Four different goal scorers lit the lamp for the Bruins in a game that featured 69 penalty minutes in front of a nice crowd. Brandon Gentile, Yannick Riendeau, Antoine Roussel, and Casey Haines scored goals for the Bruins (1-0-0-0) and Matt Dalton made 22 saves and went the distance for Providence in goal. Carter Hutton made 13 saves for the Sharks (2GA) and Kevin Reiter added 10 saves (2GA) in relief for Worcester. Andrew Smale, Joe Loprieno, and Garet Hunt all dropped the mitts for Worcester in a game that featured three fights. Worcester’s record fell to 0-1-0-0 in preseason action. Three Stars: (3) Brandon Gentile (1-0-1) (2) Yannick Riendeau (1-2-3), (1) Matt Dalton (22 save shutout) … Providence went 1-for-7 on the power play while Worcester went 0-for-6. Final shots were 27-22 in favor of the Bruins. Joe Loprieno and Matt Irwin were the only Sharks players that were dressed that played for Worcester last season.

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