Today in Worcester hockey history: October 9


1994 vs Binghamton 5-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats played forty good minutes and twenty bad ones, and that led to a 5-2 loss to the Rangers. Mostly due to the great play of Binghamton netminder Jamie Ram (47 saves for the game) the ‘Cats were down a goal heading into the third period. The first three quarters of that period were all Rangers as they opened up a five goal lead. The IceCats then got power play goals from Jason Widmer and Walt Poddubny for the 5-2 final. Les Kuntar was in goal for the ‘Cats.

1995 vs Syracuse 4-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats played a see-saw contest with the Crunch but lost their Columbus Day afternoon contest to Syracuse 4-3. Craig Darby opened the scoring just 1:05 into the game with an unassisted power play goal. Goals by Denny Felsner (7:09) and Adrian Aucoin (10:14) put the ‘Cats down 2-1 after twenty minutes. Darby once again tallied a power play goal, this one assisted by David Roberts and Jamie Rivers, at 2:33 of the middle period to tie the game. John McIntyre would score at 16:31 to put the IceCats down a goal again. One more time Worcester scored a power play goal to tie it, this time by Roberts at 8:52 of the third with Darby and Terry Virtue getting helpers. But Aucoin would score his second of the game at 10:26 for the 4-3 ‘Cats loss. Eric Fichaud made 36 saves in the game.

1999 at Springfield 4-4 tie
(ICECATS) Last night Bryan Helmer had a night to remember as he figured in all four Worcester goals, with two lamp-lighters and two assists. His goal with 3:22 sent the game to overtime. Ladislav Nagy (two assists) and Marty Reasoner (one goal and one assist) also registered multiple point nights. Peter Smrek scored his first professional goal. That tally tied the game at one. The power play was the story on both sides of the ice as Worcester went three for seven with the extra skater and Springfield was 2-5. The game was a case of punch-counter punch as the lead changed hands four times. Cody Rudkowsky was in goal for Worcester.

2004 3-1 exhibition win at Albany
(ICECATS) Colin Hemingway and Mike Glumac scored first-period, power-play goals to lead the IceCats to a 3-1 win at Albany in their final exhibition game last night. Curtis Sanford stopped 19 shots and Jeff Hoggan added an empty-net goal for Worcester.

2009 at Bridgeport 4-3 SOL
(WORSHARKS) Brandon Mashinter tied the score late for the Sharks but the Sound Tigers won the game in the shootout 4-3 at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport on Friday night. John McCarthy scored his first professional goal and gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead on a rebound chance in front after a turnover in the Sound Tigers zone at 8:46 as Andrew Desjardins and Dan DaSilva received assists. The Sound Tigers would score twice in the final 2:30 of the opening period as Andy MacDonald scored with a blister from the point and Greg Moore connect on a 5on3 power play from the right circle. The first period was a feisty one, with several after the whistle scrums and a total of four fighting penalties. Nicholas Petrecki fought Michael Haley at 6:46 and Brandon Mashinter fought former Shark Brett Westgarth at 10:42. The Sharks trailed 2-1 after twenty minutes. Each teamed scored early in the 2nd period as Trevor Smith gave Bridgeport a 3-1 advantage at :48 seconds. But Sharks captain Ryan Vesce got the score right back after a great feed by T.J. Trevelyan an 1:06. Vesce sent a back hand shot past Mikko Koskinen to get the Sharks back within one. Worcester trailed 3-2 after forty minutes. Brandon Mashinter scored his first professional goal to record the Gordie Howe hat trick at 14:36 with a bullet of a shot from the right circle to tie the score at 3-3 to force overtime. Each team had several chances in overtime but Alex Stalock and Mikko Koskinen held their ground in their creases. The Sound Tigers got goals from Trevor Smith and Greg Mauldin in the shootout while Koskinen denied Ryan Vesce, T.J. Trevelyan, Logan Couture, and Brandon Mashinter. With the loss the Sharks are now 1-0-0-1 this season.

2010 at Bridgeport 5-4 SOL
(WORSHARKS) Jonathan Cheechoo scored in his return to the Sharks organization, but the Worcester Sharks dropped their 2010-11 season opener in the shootout, 5-4, to the Sound Tigers at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Saturday night. Brandon Mashinter scored twice added a goal in the shootout while Cory Quirk also scored for the Sharks. Worcester trailed 1-0, 2-1, led 3-2, and trailed 4-3, before Quirk tied the score in the third period. The Sharks fall to 3-1-0-1 in five season opener games. Michael Haley (1st) gave Bridgeport a 1-0 lead at 2:57 of the opening period after he intercepted a pass in the high slot in the Sharks zone, broke in on Alex Stalock, and snapped the puck top shelf to put Worcester down early. Jonathan Cheechoo (1st) tied the game at 1-1 after a bouncing puck at the side of the net deflected off his skates and twirled past goaltender Mikko Koskinen at 5:25. Michael Haley (1st) scored on a shorthanded rush after a turnover at center ice to put Bridgeport ahead at 8:18. After Dan DaSilva was sent flying into the Sound Tigers bench, Garet Hunt and Jean Bourbeau dropped the mitts in a lengthy battle at 9:09. The Sharks trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes with the Sound Tigers holding a 12-7 shot edge. Brandon Mashinter (1st and 2nd) struck twice to open the middle period for the Sharks. Mashinter deflected a bomb from the point by Justin Braun on the power play at 8:03 to tie the score at 2-2. At 16:44, Mashinter snuck the puck into the net on the back door after a great look by defenseman Nick Schaus to end an odd man rush to give Worcester their first lead of the night at 3-2. The Sound Tigers tied the score at 3-3 with 15.3 seconds remaining after a terrific tough angle shot by Matt Martin (1st) from the left side after a feed by rookie David Ullstrom. Shots were 21-18 in favor of the Sound Tigers after two periods. Robin Figren (1st) scored just 28 seconds into the third period after a turnover deep in the Sharks zone to give the Sound Tigers a 4-3 lead. Cory Quirk (1st) knotted the score at 4-4 at 8:46 after a scramble in front of the Sound Tigers crease to force overtime. After a scoreless overtime, the Sharks went 3-for-7 in the shootout, but the Sound Tigers Tomas Marcinko ended the game in round 7 of the shootout for their 4th strike as Bridgeport won their home opener 5-4 in the shootout. The Sharks record falls to 0-0-0-1 (1 pt).

2011 at Providence 4-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Tyson Sexsmith made 20 saves and the Sharks got goals from four different players in a complete team effort as Worcester defeated the Providence Bruins 4-1 in the Sharks season opener at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon. Worcester received goals from Curt Gogol, Sean Sullivan, Brandon Mashinter, and Benn Ferriero as the Sharks improve to 4-1-0-1 in openers in their six year history in the AHL. The Sharks came out buzzing in the opening period out shooting the Bruins 14-4 and taking a 1-0 lead. Curt Gogol (1st) scored his first professional goal with a terrific shot from the left circle at 14:35 that beat Anton Khudobin through the pads after a great feed into the zone by Ryan Del Monte. Nick Petrecki received the secondary assist with a smart first pass out of the Worcester zone. Worcester grabbed a 2-0 lead after a Sean Sullivan (1st) blast from 40 feet screamed through traffic and into the back of the net at 4:10. Minutes after the goal, the Sharks’ new enforcer, Jimmy Bonneau dropped the mitts in a lengthy battle with Lane MacDermid at 6:36. The Sharks went ahead 3-0 at 15:37 on the power play after rookie Nathan Moon found Brandon Mashinter (1st) alone in front of the net. Mashinter ripped the puck top shelf for the Sharks first power play goal of the season. The Bruins got on the board late in the middle frame after Lane MacDermid (1st) sent a wrist shot from 15 feet top shelf past Tyson Sexsmith at 18:54. The Sharks led 3-1 after two periods of play outshooting the black and gold 24-10. Benn Ferriero (1st) gave the Sharks a 4-1 edge early in the 3rd period with a nice deflection on Nick Petrecki’s shot from the point after a faceoff win deep in the Bruins zone. Tyson Sexsmith made 10 saves in the third period to seal the Sharks victory.


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