Today in Worcester hockey history: October 4


1996 vs Portland 3-2 OTL
The Worcester IceCats lost their goaltender, and then their two goals lead and the game in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates. After a scoreless first period the ‘Cats took a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Alex Vasilevskii. His first came at 2:52, assisted by Mark Ouimet and Jamal Mayers. The second came at 16:16 when Vasilevskii converted on a rebound of Patrick Traverse’s shot. Terry Virtue had the secondary assist. Portland tied it on third period goals by Miika Elomo (9:05) and Jaroslav Svejkovsky (9:51). Svejkovsky then had the game winner in overtime at 1:05. Jamie McClellan started the game and made 24 saves before leaving with a lower body injury. Mike Buzak relieved him at 6:09 of the third and made 9 saves.

1997 vs Springfield 7-6 loss
The Worcester IceCats and Springfield Falcons combined for 84 shots on goal and 13 goals, but unfortunately for the ‘Cats they ended up on the wrong end of a 7-6 score. Jamal Mayers opened the scoring with a power play goal at 5:42 of the opening period, with Robert Petrovicky and Bob Lachance getting assists. Scott Levins would tie it for Springfield on the power play at 7:41. Michal Handzus put Worcester back out in front again with an unassisted goal at 8:36. Mike Maneluk made it 3-1, with helpers by Nick Naumenko and Stephane Roy, at 11:03. Mike Pomichter then got the Falcons within one at 16:04. At 3:29 of the middle period Tavis Hansen would tie the game again. Petrovicky put the IceCats back in the lead at 6:04, with Mayers and Erich Goldmann getting assists. Less than a minute later Maneluk would make it 5-3 ‘Cats with a power play goal. Ricard Persson and Handzus had points on the play. Once again the Falcons would tie it on goals by Martin Simard (11:39) and Daniel Briere (19:39). In the third period Kenady would give the ‘Cats another lead at 3:16, with Naumenko and Persson getting assists, but two goals by the Falcons (Brad Tiley at 11:49 and Pomichter at 16:33) would give them the win. Sylvain Daigle had 40 saves for Springfield while Brent Johnson had 31 for Worcester.

2002 4-0 exhibition win vs Albany (New England Sports Center, Marlborough, MA)
Phil Osaer and Cody Rudkowsky needed to make just 14 combined saves to blank the Albany River Rats 4-0 in preseason play. After the teams played a scoreless first period Jason Dawe gave the ‘Cats the lead at 8:44 of the middle stanza, assisted by Steve Bancroft and Eric Boguniecki. Bancroft then made it 2-0 on the power play at 12:36, with Boguniecki and Christian Backman helping. Mark Rycroft added an unassisted goal at 4:18 of the third to make it 3-0, and Trevor Baker made it the 4-0 final at 14:45, with Rycroft and Blake Evans assisting. [210Sports note: Boguniecki would be recalled after the contest and play the entire season in St. Louis.]

2008 3-2 exhibition win vs Hartford (Loring Arena, Framingham, MA)
(WORSHARKS) Matt Jones and P.J. Fenton notched two points apiece and Patrick Traverse netted the game-winner 2:20 into overtime as the Worcester Sharks downed the Hartford Wolf Pack by a 3-2 score in their first home preseason game on Saturday night at Loring Arena in Framingham. The Sharks brought plenty of energy to the ice in the first period partly thanks to rookie James McEwan, who dropped the gloves against Hartford wingers Brodie Dupont and Will Bodine during the opening frame. Worcester responded by dominating the first twenty minutes, forcing Hartford netminder Martin Houle to make 17 saves en route to a 17-6 shot advantage in a scoreless first period. A hooking minor on Wolf Pack forward Dane Byers gave Worcester a power play early in the second period, and the Sharks wasted no time in converting the mistake into a 1-0 lead. Just six seconds into the power play, Matt Jones cleaned up the rebound of a blue line slap shot from P.J. Fenton, poking the loose puck through the legs of Houle at 1:40 of the middle frame. Worcester held the lead for nearly ten minutes before Hartford struck back to tie the score. Dupont slid the puck to line-mate Michel Leveille inside the right circle, and Leveille threaded the puck through traffic to beat Sharks backstop Kyle Jones at 11:17. Dupont came up big again six minutes later, as he capitalized on a Worcester turnover and beat Jones top shelf to send Hartford into the locker room with a 2-1 lead after forty minutes. Meanwhile, the physical battles continued in the second period. Dan DaSilva’s battle with Hartford’s Dan Byers was followed just seconds later by an inspired bout between Sharks forward Frazer McLaren and Jared Nightingale. McLaren landed multiple quick jabs before tearing Nightingale to the ice. Worcester set the tone again to start the third period, and Fenton capitalized with his second point of the night, beating Houle on a quick shot from between the circles at 4:17. Andrew Desjardins and Jones were credited with assists. Kyle Jones remained strong to force overtime, making seven saves through the remainder of regulation, including four on Dupont. Two late minor penalties produced a 3-on-3 situation to begin the overtime, and the teams traded chances before Sharks defenseman Michael Wilson scooped up an errant pass and fed Traverse for the definitive tally.

2012 2-1 exhibition win vs Connecticut (Hart Center, Holy Cross)
(WORSHARKS) Goaltender Alex Stalock stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced in two periods of play as the Sharks won their exhibition opener 2-1 over the Connecticut Whale at the Hart Center on the campus of Holy Cross on Thursday night. Sena Acolatse and Brandon Mashinter scored for the Sharks and Thomas Heemskerk earned the victory, making seven saves in the third period in relief of Stalock. Both teams played to a stalemate in the first period, with Worcester outshooting Connecticut 10-4 after one period of play. The Sharks and the Whale both had two power play opportunities, but both came up short, going 0-2 in the first. The best scoring opportunity of the period came during the Whale’s first power play when Danny Hobbs missed a wide open net. Alex Stalock turned away all four Connecticut shots, while the Whale’s Scott Stajcer stopped all 10 of the Sharks shots as well in a quick first period. The Sharks struck first at 4:45 in the second period on a blast from the point on the power play by Acolatse (1st), assisted by Yanni Gourde and Jon Matsumoto, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. After killing off a double minor high-sticking call against Mashinter, Bracken Kearns was called for a roughing penalty at 17:34 of the second period. The Whale capitalized on the power play opportunity, with defenseman Sebastien Piche (2nd) sneaking one by Stalock through traffic, evening the score at 1-1. Mashinter (1st) gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead on a put back in the third period after a big rebound was induced off the pads of Whale goalie Kyle Rank on a shot my defenseman Mikael Tam. Marek Viedensky also assisted on the goal. The Sharks held off a late attack and held on for the 2-1 victory. Worcester’s preseason record stands at 1-0-0-0.

2014 6-2 exhibition win at Hartford (Trinity College, Hartford, CT)
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (2-0-0-0) scored six goals on 39 shots in an impressive 6-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack (1-1-0-1) in the second and final exhibition game at Trinity College in Hartford, CT on Saturday night. Matt Tennyson (2-1-3), Evan Trupp (2-0-2), Travis Oleksuk (0-2-2), and Bryan Lerg (0-2-2) all had multiple point games for the Sharks while Troy Grosenick went the distance in goal for the victory with 14 saves. Jeremy Langlois and Daniil Tarasov also scored for Worcester as the Sharks outshot the Wolf Pack 39-14 in the win. After Daniil Tarasov dropped the mitts with former Shark Mikael Tam at 4:06, Hartford grabbed a 1-0 lead with a late power play strike by Chris Bourque (1st) at 19:43. Bourque ripped a snap shot past Troy Grosenick from ten feet after a nice centering feed by Mat Bodie for the only score of the period. Worcester fired 14 shots on Jason Missiaen while Troy Grosenick made nine saves in the opening frame as the Sharks trail 1-0 through twenty minutes. The Sharks exploded for three goals in the middle frame to take a 3-1 advantage. Evan Trupp (1st) tied the score as he found some room between the pads of Missiaen at 5:24 after the Sharks won an offensive zone draw in the Hartford zone. Worcester would go on a three minute major power play after Shawn O’Donnell received a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct after he hit Bryan Lerg in front of the Worcester bench. Konrad Abeltshauser immediately dropped the mitts and the two had a spirited fight at 6:14 as Abeltshauser also received a penalty for instigating and a ten minute misconduct. On the major power play, Daniil Tarasov (1st) tied the score at 8:31 with a quick deflection at the side of the net after a great feed from Matt Tennyson. Just 42 seconds later, Matt Tennyson (1st) fired a blast through traffic at 9:13 to put the Sharks ahead 3-1 with Travis Oleksuk picking up the only assist. Worcester outshot Hartford 17-2 in the second period. In the third period, Evan Trupp (2nd) put the Sharks ahead 4-1 at 5:33 and Matt Tennyson connected on a 5-on-3 power play score with a rocket from 40 feet at 11:03 to put Worcester up by four goals. Ryan Bourque (2nd) got Hartford back to within three scores with a nice power play strike from the right circle at 14:47. Jeremy Langlois (3rd) intercepted a pass at center and scored on a breakaway at 16:37 for the final score of the game as the Sharks cruised to a 6-2 victory.


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