Today in Worcester hockey history: October 12

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1998 vs Adirondack 3-1 loss
The Worcester IceCats fired 40 shots on Red Wings netminder Norm Maracle but could only beat him once in a 3-1 loss to Adirondack. The Red Wings would have the only goal of the first 40 minutes, with Barry Potomski scoring on the power play at 7:27 of the opening period. Adirondack would make it a two goal lead 17 seconds into the third on a goal by Shane Hnidy. The ‘Cats would finally break through with a Terry Yake power play goal at 5:27, with Derek Bekar and Reed Low picking up assists. Darryl Laplante would ice the game for the Red Wings with an unassisted empty net goal at 19:54 for the 3-1 final. Brent Johnson had 25 saves in the loss.

2002 at Manitoba 6-4 loss
The Worcester IceCats played well enough in their Saturday night contest against the Moose to keep it close, but eventually fell 6-4. Herbert Vasiljevs made it 1-0 Manitoba at 5:04 on the power play, and Darrel Hay made it a two goal lead at 8:18. John Pohl cut that lead in half at 10:22 with a goal in his pro debut when he wheeled the net and fired a hard backhander into the far corner. Despite being outshot by a huge margin the IceCats tied it on a five on three power play goal by Mark Rycroft at 4:09 of the middle period when he tipped a slap shot from Jame Pollock into the net. Steve Kariya got the lead back for the Moose at 6:49, but Aris Brimanis would tie it again at 7:50 when he one-timed a Marc Brown pass. Jame Pollock was stopped on a partial breakaway but managed to get the puck to Brown. The next three goals belonged to the Moose, with Kariya connecting on a breakaway at 9:23, Randy Ready scoring at 12:52, and Nolan Baumgartner lighting the lamp at at 15:03. Rycroft added his second of the game at 6:22 for the 6-4 final. Curtis Sanford was in goal for the ‘Cats.

2012 at Norfolk 4-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) Rookies Travis Oleksuk and Sebastian Stalberg scored for the Sharks in the second period, but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks fell 4-2 to the defending Calder Cup champion Norfolk Admirals at the Norfolk Scope Arena on in the regular season opener on Friday night. Alex Stalock made 21 saves in goal in the loss and James Sheppard added two assists as Worcester dropped to 4-2-0-1 in seven career season openers (all on the road). The Admirals stormed out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with the majority of the action in the Worcester zone. John Mitchell (1st) converted a 2-on-1 rush into the Sharks zone after a nice feed by Devante Smith-Pelley at 2:07 to give Norfolk a 1-0 lead. After a 15 minute delay due to broken glass midway through the first period, the Admirals went ahead 2-0 after a quick shot from the left circle by Peter Holland (1st) past Alex Stalock at 12:47. The Admirals held a 10-5 shot advantage through 20 minutes of play. Worcester came out buzzing in the second period and tied the score at 2-2 after two quick strikes by rookies Travis Oleksuk and Sebastian Stalberg. The Sharks got on the board at 15:41 after a Matt Irwin blast from the left point was deflected home by Travis Oleksuk (1st) and past Admirals netminder Frederik Anderson to cut the Sharks deficit in half. Minutes later, Stalberg (2nd) sent a laser shot from 50 feet just inside the crossbar at 18:33 assisted by James Sheppard and Alex Stalock to tie the score at 2-2. Worcester outshot Norfolk 11-6 in the middle frame. Matt Pelech (1st FM) and Troy Bodie (1st FM) dropped the mitts and had a long heavy weight battle at 2:36 of the third period for the first scrap of the young season. After Bodie (1st) served his major, he deflected home the eventual game winning goal after a nice effort by Admirals tough guy Jay Rosehill down the right side and eventual centering feed to Bodie at 10:41. Kyle Palmieri (1st) slammed the door shut on Worcester with an empty net goal with seconds to go as the Sharks dropped the season opener 4-2. The Sharks overall record falls to 0-1-0-0 and 0-1-0-0 on the road.

2013 at Springfield 4-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) Eriah Hayes, Brodie Reid, and James Livingston scored for Worcester, but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks (0-1-0-0) fell 4-3 to the Springfield Falcons (2-0-0-0) at the Mass Mutual Center in the regular season opener on Saturday night. Harri Sateri made 15 saves in goal in the loss while Daniil Tarasov and Bracken Kearns each added two assists as Worcester dropped to 4-3-0-1 in eight career season openers (all on the road). Jake Hansen scored twice for the Falcons and Tim Erixon added three assists for Springfield in the win. The Falcons grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening period with a pair of deflections that found their way past starting netminder Harri Sateri. Lukas Sedlak (1st) scored his 1st professional goal at 3:05 on the game’s first shot with a nice deflection from the left circle after a quick snap shot by Tim Erixon from the left point to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Jake Hansen (1st) redirected another Erixon shot past Sateri at 15:07 to put the Sharks down 2-0. Jimmy Bonneau (1st FM) dropped the mitts with Dalton Smith (1st FM) in a good scrap at 17:16 as the Sharks enforcer tried to get his team going. Brodie Reid almost got the Sharks on the board late on the power play but his point blank try was denied by goaltender Jeremy Smith with 3.7 seconds remaining. The Sharks trailed 2-0 after twenty minutes as the Falcons outshot Worcester 9-7. A wild second period saw four total goals and 50 combined penalty minutes between the two clubs. Rookie Eriah Hayes (1st) scored Worcester’s 1st goal of the season banging home a loose rebound after a nice rush and shot down the left wing by Daniil Tarasov. Moments later, a wild scrum broke out that saw Bracken Kearns (1st FM) and Rob Davison (1st FM) engage in two separate scraps with Will Weber (1st FM) and Darryl Boyce (1st FM) at 3:43. Davison and Boyce were given the gate for their secondary fighting majors. The Falcons went ahead 4-1 as Jonathan Marchessault (1st) struck with a 5-on-3 power play at 14:39 followed by a shorthanded rebound score by Jake Hansen (2nd) at 16:16. Worcester trimmed the lead to 4-2 with a Brodie Reid (1st) power play strike from the right circle at 17:41 as the Sharks trailed by two after 40 minutes of play. James Livingston (1st) got the Sharks within a strike at 5:22 of the third period with a nice finish in front of the Springfield net after a nice fore-check by Bracken Kearns and John McCarthy. Worcester outshot the Falcons 9-4 in the third period but could not find the back of the net again as the Falcons held on for the 4-3 win. The Sharks overall record falls to 0-1-0-0 and 0-1-0-0 on the road.

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