Today in Worcester hockey history: September 30


1994 at Springfield 5-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats got two goals from Yves Heroux and one from John Carter, but Springfield’s Robert Petrovicky scored two shorthanded goals to lead the Falcons and hand the ‘Cats a 5-3 loss. John Stevens opened the scoring for Springfield, and Bob Wren made it 2-0 about 90 seconds later. Heroux then got the franchise’s first ever goal when flipped the puck in from just outside the Falcons’ zone. It bounced just in front of Springfield goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and took an odd hop into the net. Roy Mitchell had the lone assist. After a Petrovicky shortie Carter scored when he tipped Brian Straub’s shot. Chris Valicevic had the secondary helper. Heroux’s second goal made it 5-3, pushing a cross crease pass from Shawn Heaphy into the net. Les Kuntar was in net for Worcester.

1995 6-5 exhibition win at Adirondack (Saratoga Springs Boxing Club and Rink, Saratoga Springs, NY)
(ICECATS) Saturday night’s contest was the first of a home and home series between Worcester and Adirondack. After a slow start, Worcester scored five consecutive goals and won the game in overtime, overcoming deficits of 4-0 and 5-1. They were sparked by Craig Darby’s game tying third period goal, giving him Worcester’s first hat trick this preseason. After three exhibition games Darby leads the IceCats with four goals and an assist. Andreas Johansson scored his second goal of the night to win the game in overtime. Chris Kenady had the other goal for the ‘Cats. Worcester netminders Eric Fichaud and Jeff Callinan combined for 22 saves in the game.

1997 3-2 exhibition loss at Hartford (Champions Skating Center, Cromwell, CT)
The Worcester IceCats trailed 3-0 after two periods on Wolf Pack goals by Chris Ferraro, Pierre Sevigny, and Vladimir Vorobiev. Rory Fitzpatrick and Nick Naumenko both scored long distance power-play goals in the third to make it 3-2, but that was as close as they’d get in the 3-2 loss to Hartford. Frederic Cassivi and Brent Johnson split the game in net for the ‘Cats, with Cassivi allowing all three Pack goals.

2000 8-3 exhibition loss at Portland (Family Ice Center, Falmouth, ME)
(ICECATS) It took four games, but the Worcester IceCats finally lost an exhibition game. The Portland Pirates scored four goals in the final period, all in a span of 6:04, and costed to a 8-3 win last night. Curtis Sanford got the start in goal for Worcester last night and was roughed up. He faced 32 shots and saved 24. Two of Portland’s third-period goals came on the power play. Meanwhile, the IceCats shoveled 31 shots on Retislav Stana and Curtis Cruickshank, but only five during the lopsided final period. Stana allowed all three goals and finished with 13 saves. Cruickshank was a perfect 16 for 16. The Pirates opened the scoring midway through the first period when Matt Pettinger converted a pass from Jeff Nelson. Worcester tied it up four minutes later when J.F. Boutin scored on the power play. Portland’s Trent Whitfield quickly untied it. The teams traded goals in the second period with Andrei Troshchinsky and Derek Bekar scoring for the IceCats. Bekar’s second in as many nights came on the power play with 30 seconds left.

2011 2-1 exhibition win at Hartford (TD Bank Sports Center, Quinnipiac University)
Sharks forward Ryan Del Monte scored on a power-play at 3:36 of second period. At 4:15 Nick Petrecki scored Worcester’s second goal, making it 2-0. Jared Nightingale got the Whale on the board with a goal at 15:11 of the third for the 2-1 final.


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