Today in Worcester hockey history: October 16


1994 vs Portland 6-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats played the Pirates tough but two third period goals from Chris Jensen were the turning point as the ‘Cats dropped the contest 6-3. Mike Boback and Sergei Gonchar scored to give Portland a 2-0 edge in the first 10 minutes of the game before Shawn Heaphy put the IceCats on the scoreboard at 19:49 when he jammed a rebound of a John Carter shot into the net. Martin Gendron then made it 3-1 at 3:31 of the second period on the power play. Sean Whyte got the ‘Cats within a goal at 9:08 on the power play, but Andrew Brunette made it 4-2 at 17:22 with a five on three power play goal. Carter then took a drop pass from Martin Mercier and wristed a shot past Portland netminder Carey with 37 seconds left in the second period to make it 4-3. Jensen then tacked on his two goals for the 6-3 final. Les Kuntar had 39 saves in the loss.

1999 at Lowell 6-3 loss
(ICECATS) Saturday night at the Tsongas Arena the IceCats were defeated by the Lowell Lock Monsters 6-3. Two of the three ‘Cats goals came from the stick of Daniel Corso, including one on a penalty shot. It was the second penalty shot attempt for Worcester so far this season, the first was by Ladislav Nagy on opening night. Marty Reasoner had the third goal for the ‘Cats. He has points in five of the six IceCats games (2 goals and 4 assists) so far this season.

2004 vs Springfield 7-2 win
(ICECATS) In front 8,847 at Worcester’s home opener, the IceCats flattened the Springfield Falcons, 7-2. Rookie defenseman Dennis Wideman scored two goals and added three assists in his Worcester debut. The IceCats were twice answered by the Falcons, as the score was tied at two in the second period. Wideman then took over with back-to-back power play goals. The first was a blue line blast, while the second was unleashed from the top of the left wing faceoff circle. In addition to assisting on Jay McClement’s first period goal, Peter Sejna added helpers on both Wideman goals. Sejna later went on to score his first of the season to make it 6-2 late in the third. Worcester’s other goals were collected by Johnny Pohl (1 goal and 2 assists) and rookie Alexei Shkotov (1 goal and 1 assist). The ‘Cats outgunned the Falcons by a jaw-dropping 38 shot margin, as Worcester finished with 54 shots to Springfield’s 16. Curtis Sanford tended the Worcester’s net and made 14 stops. After turning away 43 shots and allowing six goals, Jamie Storr was relieved late in the third by Brian Eklund. Eklund granted Worcester’s fourth power play goal, the last marker of the night.

2010 at Norfolk 7-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) Three Norfolk Admirals scored two goals and the Sharks allowed 56 shots on goal in a 7-2 loss to the Admirals at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday night. Benn Ferriero (3rd) and James Marcou (2nd) scored for the Sharks and Carter Hutton made 47 saves in relief of Alex Stalock who was pulled after allowing three goals on five shots in the first 5:11 of the first period. The Admirals improved to 3-0-0-0 for the 2nd time in their 11th year history in the AHL in front of 3,330 fans. The Admirals scored three quick goals in 4:11 to open up the first period on Alex Stalock for a quick 3-0 lead. Paul Szczechura (2nd), Johan Harju (1st), and Chris Durno (1st) gave the Admirals an early 3-0 lead on five shots on goal. Carter Hutton replaced Alex Stalock, and the Sharks responded with two goals to close out the period. James Marcou stole the puck away from two Admirals defenders behind the Norfolk net and found Benn Ferriero (3rd) at the side of the cage at 10:58 to get the Sharks on the board. James Marcou (2nd) struck on the power play as he rushed down the right wing, used a defender as a screen, and sent a 45 foot snap shot past Dustin Tokarski at 13:59 to get Worcester within one goal. The Sharks trailed 3-2 after twenty minutes of play outshooting Norfolk 14-12. Paul Szczechura (3rd) struck again at 2:39 to give the Admirals a 4-2 advantage. Norfolk would regain their three goal lead as Marc-Antoine Pouliot (1st) jammed a power play goal past Carter Hutton at 3:46. The physical play picked up at the end of the period as Blair Jones hit T.J. Trevelyan with a high check and Chris Durno drilled Nick Schaus on a waved-off icing behind the Sharks net. The Sharks allowed a season high 23 shots against in the second period and trailed 5-2 after 40 minutes of play. Norfolk scored twice more in the third period as Johan Harju (2nd) and Chris Durno (2nd) each scored their second goals of the contest as the Admirals continued to control the tempo of the game. T.J. Trevelyan received a game misconduct after a spearing major at 4:38 and Sharks captain Jay Leach went toe-to-toe with Mathieu Roy at 11:42. The Sharks were outshot 21-14 in the third period and 56-36 in the game. The Sharks record falls to 1-2-0-1 (3 pts).

2021 3-1 exhibition loss vs Maine (Worcester Ice Center)
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC hosted the Maine Mariners at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center on Saturday night and came out on the losing end 3-1. The Railers and Mariners will start the regular season next Friday, Oct 22 up in Portland at the Cross Insurance Arena. Drew Callin (1-0-1) got the scoring started on Saturday night but the Mariners received goals from Brendan Robbins (1-0-1), Eduards Tralmaks (1-1-2), and Matthew Santos (1-0-1). Colten Ellis made 28 saves on 30 shots in his first appearance with the Railers while Zachary Bouthillier made 16 saves and collected the victory for Maine. Callin broke a scoreless game with 3:11 left in the first period receiving a feed from Erik Brown in the high slot. Callin then proceeded to spin around and fire it from his backhand over the glove of Zachary Bouthillier. Colten Ellis made nine saves on nine shots in the opening period. Maine grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second frame receiving goals at the 12:44 and 15:06 mark. Each team had a power-play in the period but neither team was able to capitalize on their opportunity up a man. Both the Railers and the Mariners exchanged chances in the final period of play but neither team would find the score sheet as the Mariners prevailed 2-1. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Drew Call in (1-0-1) 2nd star: Zachary Bouthillier (16 saves, win) 1st star: Eduards Tralmaks (1-1-2)….Final shots were 38-35 favor of Maine… Zachary Bouthillier (1-0-0) made 16 saves on 17 shots for Maine in 29:29 while Sean Bonar made 17 saves on 17 shots in 29:01 in relief… Colten Ellis (0-1-0) made 28 saves on 30 shots for Worcester… Worcester went 0-for-3 on the power play while Maine went 0-for-3…. Liam Coughlin, Nolan Vesey, Tyler Poulsen, JD Dudek, Ross Olsson, Charlie Spetz, and John Furgele did not dress for Worcester…. The Railers had five played on AHL contracts dressed; Blake Christensen (SPR), Felix Bibeau (BRI), Erik Brown (BRI), Connor McCarthy (BRI), and Mike Cornell (BRI)… The Railers had four players under NHL contracts dressed Collin Adams (NYI), Keean Washkurak (STL), Mathias LaFerriere (STL), and Colten Ellis (NHL)… Drew Callin scored goals in both pre-season games… Zach Malatesta and Karl Boudrias tallied assists… Blake Christensen, Keean Washkurak, Felix Bibeau led the Railers with four shots a piece.

2022 4-3 exhibition OT loss at Maine (Norway Savings Bank Arena )
Auburn, ME – The Worcester Railers HC (0-1-1-0) fell to the Maine Mariners (2-0-0-0) in overtime on Sunday evening by the final score of 4-3 at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, ME. The Railers will open the regular season with back-to-back home games against the Adirondack Thunder on Saturday, Oct. 22nd, and Sunday, Oct. 23rd. The first period of Sunday’s game had more action than all of Saturday’s tilt combined, with Worcester getting onto the score sheet twice, and a Railers rookie dropping the gloves for the first time. After Worcester went 0-2 on the power play on Saturday, Worcester finally broke though as Steve Jandric (1) notched the first goal of the preseason for the Railers. Jandric turned a rebound off the pads of Francois Brassard back on net and beat the netminder to make it 1-0 Worcester, 13:41 into the period. Just six seconds after Jandric’s goal, Railers Rookie Connor Breen dropped the gloves with Mariners veteran Cam Askew, marking the first professional fight in Breen’s career. 5:36 later, two of Worcester’s Bridgeport players Blade Jenkins and Collin Adams (1) connected on a tape-to-tape backdoor feed to make it 2-0 Railers. Shots through 20 minutes were tied 11-11. It didn’t take long for Worcester to extend their lead in the second period as Reece Newkirk (1) ripped a wrist shot just inside the blocker of Brassard, opening the game to a 3-0 score. Henrik Tikkanen was a wall in net for the Railers through two, making saves and limiting rebounds to keep Worcester ahead 3-0. Josh Boyko came in late in the second period in relief of Francois Brassard and was solid throughout the rest of Sunday’s action, not allowing a goal all night long. Worcester was outshot by Maine 10-9 in the second, and 21-20 after two. Worcester continued their excellent pace of play across the first ten minutes of the third. Midway through the period, Maine started to generate more offensive opportunities, culminating in a flurry of three goals scored in a span of 2:59. Tim Doherty (1 & 2) found the back of the net twice in 1:08, while Pat Shea put forth an impressive individual effort to tie the game. Shea first dumped then retrieved the puck, then found a seam under the right arm of Tikkanen to tie the game 3-3 at the 14:23 mark of the third. Worcester went on the power play with 1:30 left in regulation but failed to take advantage, as the third ended all nodded up at 3-3. Worcester failed to capitalize on their abbreviated powerplay to start overtime, then proceeded to get called on a goaltender interference call 56 seconds into the extra stanza. Reid Stefanson would capitalize on a rebound left nearside by Tikkanen to complete the comeback and win the game 4-3. Notes: Final shots were 39-32 in favor of Maine… Josh Boyko (1-0-0) made 17 saves on 17 shots, while Francois Brassard made 12 saves on 15 shots for Maine… Henrik Tikkanen (0-1-0) made 35 saves on 39 shots for Worcester, while Brent Moran served as the backup… Worcester went 1-for-6 on the power play while Maine went 1-for-6… Liam Coughlin (DNP), Bobby Butler (DNP), Nolan Vesey (DNP), Phil Beaulieu (DNP), Christian Evers (DNP), Blake Christensen (DNP), Myles McGurty (DNP), and Ken Appleby (DNP) did not dress for Worcester… Collin Adams led the Railers in shots with 5…


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