Today in Worcester hockey history: October 3


1995 4-4 exhibition tie vs Adirondack (New England Sports Center, Marlboro, MA)
The Worcester IceCats got a third period hat trick from Patrice Tardif but it wasn’t enough for a win as the ‘Cats and Adirondack Red Wings tied 4-4 in preseason action. Ryan Duthie had the only goal in the opening period, an unassisted tally at 15:58 to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. Forty seconds into the middle stanza Chris Kenady got the IceCats even with a power play goal assisted by Roy Mitchell and Derek Armstrong. Jason MacDonald scored on the power play for Adirondack at 10:21 to make it 2-1 after forty minutes. Tardif grabbed his first of the game at 2:15 on the power play, assisted by Kenady. Dave Chyzowski scored a shorthanded goal at 4:10 to give the Red Wings another lead, but Tardif had the next two to give the ‘Cats the advantage. His second of the game was at 14:19, with Craig Darby and Mitchell getting helpers, and his hat trick goal came at 17:57 assisted by Terry Virtue. Chyzowski would then tie the game 4-4 with an extra attacker power play goal at 19:47. Eric Fichaud and Mike Buzak combined to make 30 saves in the tie.

1997 at Springfield 3-3 tie
The Worcester IceCats opened their 97-98 regular season with a wild game in Springfield that saw referee Scott Zelkin call 158 minutes in penalties but somehow miss one that allowed the Falcons to tie it midway through the third period. Mike Prokopec opened the scoring at 6:34 of the first period when he one-timed a Mike Maneluk feed along the ice and just inside the far post. Nick Naumenko had the secondary assist on the play. Rhett Gordon tied it for Springfield at 16:43 on the power play, and then gave the Falcons the lead at 3:54 of the second period. Robert Petrovicky tied it 2-2 at 15:53 when Rory Fitzpatrick skated deep into the Springfield zone and drew all four defenders to him. Petrovicky was all alone 15-feet out, and Fitzpatrick found him with a pass for the four on four goal. In the third Bob Lachance gave the ‘Cats the 3-2 lead at 1:42 on the power play when he banged home a rebound of Libor Zabransky’s shot. Fitzpatrick had the other helper. Then at 13:33 Sean Gagnon tied it with a 50-foot shot into a wide open net as IceCats goaltender Fred Cassivi was laying on the ice to the left of the goal with Daniel Briere atop of him preventing him from making the save. Cassivi had 32 saves in the game, including six in overtime. Terry Hollinger kept the game tied with 15 seconds remaining in OT by blocking a shot into a wide open ‘Cats net with his face.

1998 4-3 exhibition win vs Lowell Wallace Civic Center, Fitchburg, MA)
IceCats goals: Derek Bekar (1st, 9:41; 1st, 18:24), Aris Brimanis (1st, 12:04), Shayne Toporowski (2nd, 4:23)
IceCats goaltender: Brent Johnson, 33 saves on 36 shots.

2003 1-1 exhibition tie vs Bridgeport (New England Sports Center, Marlboro, MA)
(CANOE) Wade Dubielewicz made 34 saves to lead Bridgeport to a 1-1 tie with Worcester. The teams had skated to a scoreless draw earlier in the preseason. Evan Cheverie scored for the Sound Tigers (0-1-2), while John Sabo tied the game with 6:48 left for the IceCats (1-0-2).

2004 6-5 exhibition loss at Lowell (Hallenborg Arena, Billerica, MA)
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats came back from a 4-1 deficit at the end of one period to force overtime, but after a scoreless overtime period that sent the game to a shootout, the Lowell Lock Monsters escaped with a 6-5 win at Hallenborg Arena in Billerica. Under a new AHL rule, games that are tied after regulation and a five-minute overtime period are decided by a shootout in which each team gets five shooters. Justin Taylor, the first shooter for Lowell, scored the only goal of the shootout to provide the winning goal. Taylor’s goal put a damper on a spirited comeback that saw the IceCats tie the game on a Erkki Rajamaki goal at 13:16 of the third period. Dennis Wideman and Ryan Ramsay assisted on the goal. Ramsay finished with three assists, Wideman with two. Brendan Brooks scored for Worcester in the first period, but it was Lowell’s Richie Regehr who was the star of the opening frame as he scored a goal and assisted on the other three. Colin Hemingway scored on an IceCats power play at 11:50 of the second period, and Travis Rycroft made it 4-3 with a goal at 17:29. Lowell scored late in the second to take a 5-3 lead into the third. Brendan Buckley scored at 7:53 of the third to pull the Cats within a goal. Curtis Sanford was in net for Worcester for the first two periods and allowed four goals on 15 shots. Alfie Michaud took over in the third period and stopped six shots in the third and overtime before allowing Taylor’s winner.

2008 2-1 exhibition loss at Springfield
The Worcester Sharks got their goal at the start of the third period, on a 5-on-3 power play. T.J. Fox scored on assists from Dan DaSilva and Matt Fornataro.

2009 at Adirondack 3-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Jamie McGinn scored a power play goal with :11 seconds remaining and Alex Stalock made 28 saves in net as the Sharks defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 3-2 in Glens Falls on Saturday night. Andrew Desjardins gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead after a quick snap shot from the right circle found the back of the net at 3:08 after a nice entry into the zone by Dan DaSilva. Sharks defenseman Danny Groulx added an assist on the only score of the opening period. The Phantoms knotted the score at 1-1 after Andreas Nodl scored in front after a nice rush by Jonathon Kalinski down the right side at 9:09 of the second period. Tempers would flare behind the net of Alex Stalock as the Sharks’ Brandon Mashinter fought Garret Klotz out of a ten player scrum. Each received five minutes for fighting and Klotz went to the locker room for repairs. Alex Stalock made several big saves in the middle period and former Shark Lukas Kaspar hit the crossbar. The score was tied 1-1 after forty minutes of play. In the third period, Patrick Maroon gave the Phantoms a 2-1 lead after his shot from the right circle snuck through Stalock at 2:27. But the Sharks would tie the score on the power play as Steven Zalewski found the puck in front and backhanded it between the pads of Riopel after the initial shot by Michael Wilson at 12:04. Jamie McGinn would net the game winner with a great deflection in front after the shot from Danny Groulx with just 11 seconds remaining to give the Sharks an exciting 3-2 victory in their season opener.

2010 5-2 exhibition loss at Hartford (Champions Skating Center, Cromwell, CT)
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack 5-2 at the Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, Connecticut on Sunday afternoon in their third and final preseason game. Alex Stalock played the entire game for Worcester in his final tune up making 18 saves as the Sharks received goals by Dan DaSilva and Justin Braun. Dane Byers recorded a hat trick for Hartford and Chad Johnson made 29 saves in the complete game victory. Hartford struck first early in the first period after a turnover in front of the Sharks net. Evgeny Grachev snapped the puck off the crossbar and past Alex Stalock for an unassisted tally at 1:13. The Sharks struck right back on the power play after some nice work along the boards behind the Wolf Pack net. Dan DaSilva (1st) picked up his own rebound in the crease and snuck it past Chad Johnson to even the score at 1-1. James Marcou and Brandon Mashinter were credited with power play assists. The score was tied 1-1 after twenty minutes of play.
Dane Byers scored twice in the 2nd period, the 2nd to give the Wolf Pack a 3-2 lead with 60 seconds remaining in the period. Justin Braun (1st) tied the score at 2-2, with a beautiful one-timer shot from on top of the left circle after a feed from Steven Zalewski. Hartford led 3-2 after 40 minute of play. Dane Byers completed his three goal night after a Hartford power play expired at 1:18 of the third period to give the Wolf Pack a 4-2 lead. The Wolf Pack added an empty netter at 18:27 to give Hartford the three goal victory. Worcester’s preseason record finishes up at 1-2-0-0.


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