Today in Worcester hockey history: October 6


2000 at Lowell 4-0 win
(TICKER) Cody Rudkowsky turned away 23 shots and Derek Bekar notched a natural hat trick as the Worcester Ice Cats defeated the Lowell Lock Monsters, 4-0. Rudkowsky stopped 10 shots in the second period and eight in the third for the win. Bekar supplied Worcester with a 2-0 lead on his first goal in the opening period. Bekar, who had 21 goals in 71 games with the Ice Cats last season, netted his second goal with 53 seconds left in the middle period and added his final score seven minutes into the third. Darren Rumble opened the scoring 4:20 into the contest for Worcester. Travis Scott surrendered all four goals on 32 shots in the loss for Lowell.

2001 at Hershey 5-2 win
The Worcester IceCats got two goals each from Marc Brown and Justin Papineau and turn back the Bears 5-2. Both also had an assist. Daniel Tkaczuk added a goal and two assists, and Jame Pollock had four assists. Matt Herr and Jeff Daw had the goals for Hershey. Herr had the first goal of the contest and Daw the last, but in the middle it was all ‘Cats. Tkaczuk tied it 1-1 at 5:07 of the second period with a five on three power play goal when he banged home the rebound of Pollock’s shot. Papineau gave the ‘Cats the lead at 9:04 when he also banged home a rebound, this one off a shot from Igor Valeev. Barret Jackman had the secondary assist. Brown then scored at 19:30 on a, you guessed it, rebound of Pollock’s blast. It was another Pollock rebound for another Brown goal at 1:20 of the third. Papineau got his second of the game at 13:31, and then Daw scored on the power play at 15:59 to make it the 5-2 final. Reinhard Divis made 30 saves for his first career AHL victory. [210Sports note: This was the IceCats last game at Hersheypark Arena as The Giant Center opened next season.]

2002 3-2 exhibition loss at Albany (Elm Avenue Park Rink, Delmar, NY)
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats fell to 1-3-1 in the preseason after a loss yesterday to the Albany River Rats. With 2:43 left in the game, former IceCat Joe Hulbig came up with the puck during a scramble in front of the net and put it in for the win. Down 2-1, early in the second period, the IceCats tied the game at 6:29 when Trevor Baker scored his second goal. Igor Valeev had rocketed a one-timer off a pass from Chad Starling, and Baker was in front for the redirection. Albany (2-2-1) had scored midway through the first period and at 5:27 into the second to go up by one. Baker seemed to get Worcester off to a strong start, scoring his first goal just 55 seconds into the game. Baker got control of the puck in the midst of a scramble in front of the net, and sent it home. Tyler Beechey and Matt Walker assisted.

2004 2-1 exhibition OTL at Hartford (Champions Skating Center, Cromwell, CT)
The Worcester IceCats dropped a 2-1 preseason contest to Hartford. Alexei Shkotov opened the scoring for the ‘Cats with an unassisted goals at 6:00 of the opening period. Dominic Moore tied it on an unassisted shorthanded goal at 15:58 of the second. after a scoreless third period Blair Betts won it for the Wolf Pack at 1:07 of the extra session. Curtis Sanford got the start in net and made 14 saves in two period. Jason Bacashihua took the loss in overtime saving eight of nine shots.

2006 at Portland 4-3 win SO
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks opened their 2006-07 inaugural hockey season in Portland on Friday night. The Sharks trailed most of the game until defenseman Dan Spang scored from the blueline with just under a minute left. After a scoreless overtime, Sharks forward Mike Iggulden snapped home the winner in the shootout to give his Sharks the extra point. Dimitri Patzold was solid in net turning aside 32 shots for his first win of the season.

2007 at Springfield 4-2 win
The Worcester Sharks started off slowly but finally got their legs under them in a 4-2 win over the Falcons. T.J. Kemp put Springfield on the board at 2:11 of the first period on the power play, but on the WorSharks first attempt with the man advantage Graham Mink tied it when he tried to make a pass through the crease and a Falcons defender accidentally kicked it into his own net. Mike Iggulden and Tom Cavanagh had the assists on the goal. Nate Raduns gave Worcester the 2-1 lead on his first professional goal at 7:33 when he wheeled the net and his wrist shot went five-hole on Springfield goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers. Iggulden and Dan Spang had the helpers. In the third Lukas Kaspar, from Mink and Spang, made it 3-1 at 4:52. Jean-Francois Jacques got Springfield within one on the power play at 13:36, but Riley Armstrong’s empty net goal at 19:51 put the game in the win column for the WorSharks. Mink and Kaspar earned points on the play. Thomas Greiss made 27 saves.

2017 4-3 exhibition loss vs Manchester (Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center)
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (0-1-0-0, 0pts) gave up three third period goals and fell to the Manchester Monarchs (1-0-0-0, 2pts) by the score of 4-3 in front 606 fans at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center on Friday evening in the first game of exhibition play. Worcester outshot Manchester 29-23, and Josh Monk scored the first ever preseason goal for the Railers, but Worcester allowed three third period goals in the loss. TJ Syner and Kellen Jones also scored for Worcester and Ryan Lannon added two assists in the loss. Manchester broke a 3-3 tie with less than five minutes left in the third for the victory. Manchester grabbed a 1-0 lead at just 1:59 into the opening period after Tommy Kelley (1) found the top left of the net past goaltender Joe Fallon. Just after the Railers first power play expired, defenseman Josh Monk (1) sent a shot through a screen to tie the score at 1-1 at 15:02 assisted by Kyle McKenzie and Matt Lane. Both teams ended the first period with nine shots on net tied at 1. The Railers dominated the second period with two goals to break out to a 3-1 lead. Kellen Jones (1) ripped a shot off the post and into the net with a two man advantage to give the Railers their first lead of the game at 3:56. TJ Syner (1) made it 3-1 with a hard slap shot past goaltender Charles Williams at 15:46 with Ryan Lannon picking up his second assist of the game. Goaltender Joe Fallon came up with two big back to back saves mid-way through the period to keep the Railers ahead by two goals. Worcester outshot Manchester 8-4 in the second period and headed into intermission by a pair of goals. Manchester came out strong in the third with two goals to tie it up at 3-3. Cory Ward (1) scored first coming down the left wing side with a goal from 30 feet off the crossbar past goaltender Joe Fallon. Zac Lynch (1) tied it up 3-3 with a tip-in past Fallon at 4:28. Manchester scored the game winner at 15:49 when Kopitar Gasper (1) struck a slap shot from 15 feet out as the Monarchs power play expired. Worcester pulled goaltender Joe Fallon with 64 seconds left on the power play for a 6 on 4 advantage over Manchester. Worcester, however, could not convert any of their remaining shots on net, with a hard rip from Chris Langkow bouncing off of Manchester’s post. Manchester secured the remaining seconds of the period sending the puck across center ice for the 4-3 victory.

2018 5-0 exhibition win at Maine (Rinks at Exeter, NH)
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC scored three power play goals to defeat the Maine Mariners by the score of 5-0 in ECHL exhibition play at the Rinks at Exeter, NH on Saturday evening in their only exhibition game before the regular season. Barry Almeida scored twice, Josh Holmstrom, Nick Sorkin, and Trent Durocher also scored for the Railers while Evan Buitenhuis made 20 saves in net through 40 minutes for the victory. Charlie Millen made 11 saves in the third period in relief for Worcester while Tyler Barnes and Ryan MacKinnon each added a pair of assists in the Railers shutout win The Railers charged out to a 2-0 first period lead as rookie Even Buitenhuis made 12 saves in net for Worcester. Veteran Josh Holmstrom (1st) made it 1-0 on the power play after Portland netminder Brandon Halverson tried to clear the puck and hit Holmstrom in the chest and the puck ended up in the empty net at 11:54. Less than a minute later, Barry Almeida (1st) buried a loose rebound past the Portland goalie assisted by Tyler Barnes and Nick Sorkin at 12:46. Shots were 12-10 in favor of Maine through 20 minutes of play. Barry Almeida (2nd) ripped home a power play goal at 12:55 of the second period assisted by Ryan MacKinnon and Tyler Barnes to give Worcester a 3-0 edge through 40 minutes of play. Buitenhuis made 20 saves through 40 minutes before being replaced by Charlie Millen at the start of the third period. Worcester killed off a lengthy 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period to keep the Mariners at bay. Nick Sorkin (1st) would tack on another power play marker after a nice pass from David Quenneville at 15:23 to give Worcester a 4-0 lead. Trent Durocher (1st) went bar down at 17:48 with a rush down the middle to close out the scoring. Charlie Millen made 11 saves in net in the third period as Worcester took home a commanding 5-0 exhibition win to close out training camp.


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