Today in Worcester hockey history: October 15


1999 vs Lowell 4-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats held the Lock Monsters to just seven shots over the final 40 minutes of the game but that still wasn’t enough in a 4-2 loss to Lowell. Jason Podollan gave the Lock Monsters the lead just 37 seconds into the contest. Jame Pollock tied it at 9:21, with assists going to Andrej Podkonicky and Lubos Bartecko. Donald MacLean scored at 16:59 to give Lowell the lead, and Evgeny Korolev made it 3-1 with a shorthanded goal at 4:51 of the middle period. Pollock hooked up with Podkonicky and Bartecko again at 10:18 of the third, but an empty net goal by David Hymovitz at 19:18 slammed the door shut on a ‘Cats comeback. Brent Johnson took the loss.

2004 at Manchester 5-2 loss
(MONARCHS) Four early goals and stellar goaltending from goaltender Mathieu Garon spelled victory on Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena as the Manchester Monarchs opened the 2004-05 American Hockey League season with a 5-1 victory over the Worcester IceCats. The first goal of the season went to center Yanick Lehoux, who finished a breakaway by lifting his shot by goaltender Jason Bacashihua at 2:31. Right wing Tom Kostopoulos, appearing in his first Monarchs game after five seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, added the only assist on the play. The Monarchs doubled their lead less than a minute later with veteran right wing Brad Smyth scoring his first goal of the season on the power play. Smyth scored by tipping a shot from left wing Dustin Brown past Bacashihua at 3:24. Lehoux collected his second point of the period with an assist on the play. Center Michael Cammalleri added his first of the season 10:32 later, with defensemen Troy Milam and Denis Grebeshkov assisting, and Lehoux completed the four-goal first period outburst with his second goal of the season, scored at 19:18 with left wing Noah Clarke and Kostopoulos each notching assists on the play. After a scoreless middle period, the Monarchs stretched their lead to 5-0 with rookie center Matt Ryan’s first professional goal. Right wing Petr Kanko and left wing Chris Schmidt registered assists on the play. The IceCats closed the gap with two power play goals in the final period, one from former Dartmouth College defenseman Trevor Byrne (5:59), the other from right wing Mike Glumac (15:08). Garon had 28 saves in his Monarchs debut. Goaltender Curtis Sanford (10 shots, nine saves) replaced Bacashihua (13 shots, 9 saves) in the Worcester net after the first period.

2006 at Lowell 6-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Six consecutive goals by the Sharks secured their first regulation win of the season. Mathieu Darche scored two goals and Nolan Schaefer made 26-saves leading the Sharks to a 2-1-0-1 record. The victory snapped a three game winless (0-1-0-2) stretch for the Sharks who earned a victory in regulation for the first time this season. The Sharks were plagued by a slow start for the third game in a row surrendering the day’s opening two scores to Lowell. The Devils first tally came from Barry Tallackson just 2:03 into the game. Lowell padded their lead with another score at the 8:07 mark on a power play score from Olli Malmivaara. But, with the Sharks needing some offense to get back in the game, they looked to none other than the AHL’s leading goal scorer, Mathieu Darche. The Sharks forward scored his 6th goal of the season, extending his streak to five games, on assists from Joe Pavelski and Scott Ferguson while they enjoyed a man advantage. Mike Iggulden added his third goal in the last two games with a deflection power play goal at the 15:19 mark to close out first period scoring. Mathieu Biron and Garrett Stafford assisted on the tally. The second period saw just one goal scored, coming off the stick of Darche for his second of the night and seventh of the season. Joe Pavelski and Grant Stevenson assisted on the goal giving the Sharks a lead for the second time this season. Three unanswered goals by Sharks in the third period concluded the offense on the day and secured a 6-2 win for Worcester. Pavelski, Tomas Plihal and Ashton Rome all scored the goals. Plihal’s tally, a slap shot along the left wing, was his first of the year while Rome scored his first professional goal with just 6:42 remaining. Lowell goaltender, Justin Parise, suffered the loss with a 26-save performance in his professional debut.

2010 at Norfolk 4-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) Cedrick Desjardins made 29 saves in his Norfolk Admirals debut as the Sharks were shutout for the first time on the road since March 22nd in 2009 in a 4-0 loss to the Admirals at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia on Friday night. The Sharks went 0-for-8 on the power play and Jonathan Cheechoo fired seven shots on goal but Worcester could not find the back of the net. The Admirals received goals from four different skaters and won their home opener in front of 4,835 fans. The Admirals came out flying in their home opener with two quick goals to open the first period. Former San Jose Sharks first round draft pick Ty Wishart (2nd) fired a seeing-eye wrist shot after a face-off win inside the Sharks zone that found its way through traffic and past Alex Stalock at 2:16. Mathieu Roy (1st) scored a shorthanded tally at 4:04 to finish off a 2-on-1 rush after a feed from former Worcester Sharks forward Matt Fornataro. Head Coach Roy Sommer used his timeout immediately after the Admirals went ahead 2-0 and the Sharks responded with some physical play. The rest of the period saw several post whistle battles and featured a spirited tussle between Garet Hunt (2nd FM) and Alex Berry (Danvers, MA)at 8:07. The Sharks trailed 2-0 after the first period but outshot Norfolk 12-10. After the Sharks were unable to convert back-to-back 5-on-3 power play chances and a four minute power play in the second period, James Wright (1st) deflected an Alex Berry shot past Stalock at 18:24 to give Norfolk a 3-0 lead. Worcester held a 21-14 shot advantage through two periods. Cedric Desjardins, making his debut with the Admirals, after an off-season trade brought him over from the Montreal organization, made several nice stops in the third period before Paul Szczechura (1st) closed the contest out at 15:06 of the third period with a wrister from the right circle to give the Admirals a 4-0 victory. The Sharks record falls to 1-1-0-1 (3 pts).

2011 vs Albany 6-1 win
(WORSHARKS) James Livingston scored his first two professional goals in the third period and the Sharks scored four power play goals in a complete team effort as Worcester defeated the Albany Devils in fine fashion by the score of 6-1 in the Sharks 6th season home opener at the DCU Center on Saturday evening. Worcester also received goals from Benn Ferriero, Matt Irwin, Ben Guite, and Mike Connolly as the Sharks improved to 3-1-1-1 in home openers in their six year history in the AHL. The game featured several fights and a combined 103 penalty minutes as the Sharks improved to 2-0-0-0. The Sharks came out buzzing in the opening period out shooting the Devils 10-5 and taking a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. Benn Ferriero (2nd) fired a shot from the right wall on a tough angle that snuck through the pads of Jeff Frazee at 6:07 to give Worcester a 1-0 lead. Just 2:45 later on the power play, Matt Irwin’s bomb from the blue line found its way through traffic and past Frazee for a 2-0 lead. Vladimir Zharkov (1st) got the Devils on the board at 15:39 with a rebound score at 15:39 after a nice initial stop by Tyson Sexsmith. The Devils did not register a shot on goal in the first 15 minutes of the opening period. Ben Guite (1st) scored his first goal in a Sharks uniform to give Worcester a 3-1 lead at 13:24 after a Sean Sullivan shot was deflected in front of the Albany crease on the power play. Tempers flared at 14:51 with a 10 player scrum which was highlighted by a Nick Petrecki take down of former Shark Jay Leach at center ice. The Sharks took a two goal lead into the 2nd intermission. James Livingston (1st) scored his first professional goal just 28 seconds into the third period to give Worcester a 4-1 advantage. Mike Connolly (1st) deflected home his first professional tally on a Matt Irwin shot from the point on the power play at 1:45 to give the Sharks a four goal edge. James Livingston (2nd) finished off the scoring at 5:32 with a nice jam in front past Frazee for a 6-1 advantage. Cam MacIntyre and Matthew Corrente dropped the mitts in a feisty third period that saw 54 minutes of penalties handed out.

2021 5-3 exhibition win at Maine (The Colisee, Lewiston, ME)
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC traveled to Lewiston, ME on Friday night to square off against the Maine Mariners in their first of two pre-season games this season and came away victorious 5-3. The Railers will host the Mariners tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center for their final pre-season game of the year. Drew Callin (1-1-2), Ross Olsson (2-0-2), and Nolan Vesey (1-1-2) all recorded multi-point games while Justin Kapelmaster made 16 saves on 17 shots in 25:30 minutes of play for the victory. Corbin Kaczperski made 19 saves in relief for Worcester while also registering an assist. Callin drove the puck down the right-wing wall and from below the right dot shot it off the defender’s stick in front and then the puck found its way into the back of the net to give the Railers a 1-0 lead at 9:17 of the opening period. Maine tied the game at 1-1 with just 1:53 with an obscure bounce in front of the blue paint. With just a minute left in the period forward Ross Olsson skated across the blueline and from the high slot fired a wrister and the puck dribbled its way across the goal line as Olsson’s stick proceeded to break right at the bottom of the shaft. Worcester took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes of play although the Mariners held the edge in shots 12-10. Back deep in his own zone defenseman Charlie Spetz sent a cross-ice pass up to Vesey who caught the puck just at the blue-line and at the top of the left circle he sent a wrist shot beating the goaltender Callum Booth low far side increasing the Railers lead to 3-1. Maine capitalized on a two-on-one rush to cut their deficit down to 3-2. Maine held the edge in shots 16-14 in the second period but Worcester possessed a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes of play. Maine tied the game at 3-3 just 3:54 into the third period. Olsson (2) netted his second of the game when he received a beautiful feed from the far post and Olsson would bang it home at the top of the blue paint to hand Worcester a 4-3 lead with 9:32 left in the third period. Brent Beaudoin provided an empty-net tally with just 26 seconds left in regulation to give the Railers a 5-3 victory. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star Brycen Martin (0-2-2) 2nd star: Nolan Vesey (1-1-2) 1st star: Ross Olsson (2-0-2)….Final shots were 38-35 favor of Maine… Callum Booth (0-1-0) made 30 saves on 34 shots for Justin Kapelmaster made 16 saves on 17 shots in 25:30 minutes of play, Corbin Kaczperski 19 saves on 21 shots in relief in 30:20 minutes of play and also recorded an assist… Worcester went 1-for-5 on the power play while Maine went 0-for-4…. Blake Christensen, Collin Adams, Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman, Felix Bibeau, Erik Brown, Anthony Repaci, Zach Malatesta, Mike Cornell, Karl Boudrias, and Colten Ellis did not dress for Worcester…. Ross Olsson led all skaters with five shots… Myles McGurty finished with a game high +3 rating… Liam Coughlin, Charlie Spetz, Nolan Vesey, Connor McCarthy, Jake Coleman, Myles McGurty, Drew Callin, and Corbin Kaczperski.

2022 1-0 exhibition loss vs Maine (Worcester Ice)
(RAILERS) Worcester, MA – The Worcester Railers HC (0-0-0-0) lost to the Maine Mariners (0-0-0-0) on Saturday evening by the final score of 1-0 in front of a crowd of 624 at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center. The Railers will travel to Auburn Maine to face off against the Mariners in the second half of the two-game home-and-home set for a 5:00 puck drop. Both teams showed signs of sloppiness throughout the first, with passes through the neutral zone getting picked off both ways consistently. Worcester got the brunt of the offensive looks in the first period, as they outshot Maine 7-5. Both Ken Appleby in net for Worcester, and Brandon Bussi were solid through 20 minutes. Out of the gate in the second, Maine held possession of the puck in the attacking end for almost the entirety of the frame’s first seven minutes. Maine took until the 10:11 mark of the second period to break the ice and notch the game’s first goal. Nick Master (1st) came striding down the left side of the attacking end on Ken Appleby, took a shot off his left pad, then collected the rebound and potted it for the game’s first goal. and wrapped it around the outstretched Appleby to open scoring 1-0. Worcester Failed to record a shot on net in the second period across the first 13 minutes of the frame. Maine outshot Worcester 12-2 in the second, and 19-9 entering the third. Maine continued to dominate puck possession in the third period, limiting Worcester’s offensive opportunities. Neither team found the back of the net in the period, as the game reached its final score of 1-0 after sixty minutes of play. Maine outshot Worcester 8-6 in the period and 25-15 in the game. Notes: Final shots were 25-15 in favor of Maine… Brandon Bussi (1-0-0) made 15 saves on 15 shots for Maine… Ken Appleby (0-1-0) made 24 saves on 25 shots for Worcester, while Henrik Tikkanen served as the backup… Worcester went 0-for-2 on the power play while Maine went 0-for-5… Connor McCarthy (DNP), Noah Delmas (DNP), Blade Jenkins (DNP), Trevor Cosgrove (DNP), Collin Adams (DNP), Brent Moran (DNP), and Reece Newkirk (DNP) did not dress for Worcester… Anthony Repaci, Zack Bross, Phil Beaulieu, and Connor Breen each led the Railers in shots with 2…


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