Today in Worcester hockey history: October 21


1994 at Portland 7-0 loss
(PORTLAND) Jeff Nelson’s first-period hat trick propelled the unbeaten Portland Pirates to a 7-0 victory over the winless Worcester IceCats last night at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Rookie goalie Jim Carey stopped 23 shots for his first professional shutout before a crowd of 7,251, the largest this season. The IceCats had five new players in the lineup: centers Mark Ouimet and Cal McGowan, wings Ross Wilson and David Haas and defenseman Terry Virtue, all acquired from the International Hockey League earlier in the week. Portland had a 5-0 lead on just 16 shots before Roberts replaced Les Kuntar with Tom Cole in goal. Nelson, who led Portland with 107 points last year, scored his three goals in a span of 4:58. Two of the goals came on the power play. Worcester (0-7-1) controlled the first eight minutes of the game before Portland (7-0-2) took over. Nelson gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead when he batted Mike Boback’s blocked shot past Kuntar at 13:07. He made it 2-0 at 14:22, taking a cross-ice pass from Mike Boback and sliding the puck into the open right corner of the net. Nelson scored again at 18:05. With Portland on the power play, Chris Jensen’s shot from the point deflected off Andrew Brunette’s skate – right to Nelson. He put the puck into the open left corner. Ken Klee and Mike Boback scored within 2:01 of the second period to make it 5-0. Stefan Ustorf and Kevin Kaminski scored in the third period for Portland. The Pirates were 3 for 4 on the power play. Worcester went 0 for 4.

1995 vs Springfield 3-2 win
The Worcester IceCats had an early period three goal lead and then had to hold on for a 3-2 win over the Falcons. Roman Vopat gave the ‘Cats a first period lead with a goal at 14:19, assisted by Lindsay Vallis. Christer Olsson made it 2-0 with a power play goal at 8:46 of the middle period, with Jamie Rivers and Fred Knipscheer providing the helpers. Jarrett Deuling added a shorthanded goal, assisted by Derek Armstrong, just 30 seconds into the final period as it looked like the ‘Cats would cruise to victory, But Springfield had other ideas and made a game of it with goals by Andre Faust (2:28) and Jeff Finley (18:53), but Eric Fichaud held the line for for the 3-2 win. Fichaud finished the game with 30 saves.

2000 vs Lowell 4-1 win
(TICKER) Andrei Troschinsky scored two goals and Cody Rudkowsky made 30 saves as the Worcester Ice Cats beat the Lowell Lock Monsters, 4-1. Troschinsky’s markers came eleven minutes apart in the third stanza to help Worcester snap Lowell’s two-game win streak. Darren Rumble and Justin Papineau assisted on Dan Corso’s eventual game-winning goal with 2:48 left in the second period for the Ice Cats. Papineau, Ladislav Nagy and Mark Rycroft each had a pair of helpers as Worcester won its second straight game. Rudkowsky made 30 saves and helped the Ice Cats thwart all eight of the Lock Monsters’ power play chances. Chris Schmidt tallied the lone score for Lowell. Marcel Cousineau made 25 saves in the loss.

2006 vs Lowell 3-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) In the Sharks second home game in franchise history, the Lowell Devils edged Worcester by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night at the DCU Center in front of a crowd of 5,070. Defenseman Doug Murray and forward Mike Iggulden tallied the goals for the Sharks as their record dropped to 3-2-0-1 on the season. Netminder Thomas Greiss made 24 saves in his second loss of the season. Lowell jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead while on the power play at 4:48 of the first period. Devils forward Nicklas Bergfors swatted home a loose puck in front of Sharks netminder Thomas Greiss for his third goal of the season. The Devils lead didn’t last long though. Worcester rookie forward Joe Pavelski won a clean draw back to defenseman Doug Murray on the point. Murray ripped a slapper that beat Lowell goalie Frank Doyle on the high stick side at 12:48 of the first to tie the game up at one apiece. Both teams had opportunities early in the second to take the lead. Just a minute into the session, Lowell’s Tuomas Pihlman missed a wide open net. Then the Sharks were granted a two-man advantage for 1:15 and peppered Doyle with shots, but he stood tall to keep the game tied. With Worcester’s Scott Ferguson off for tripping, it took the Devils just eight seconds into their power play to take the lead, 2-1. Devils defenseman Dan McGillis’ slap shot from the point beat Greiss at 8:29 of the second. Andy Greene won the face off and sent the puck back to McGillis for the shot. Skating four aside, the Sharks showed off great passing when forward Grant Stevenson lobbed the puck over to Mike Iggulden in the slot who made a nifty move around the defense and slammed it home at 12:34 of the middle stanza to tie the game 2-2. It was Iggulden’s fifth goal on the young season. After both teams spent time in their own end exchanging shots early in the third, McGillis fired shot from the point and found the back of the net at 7:39 of the third period. It was his second goal on the night and third of the season that put the Devils on top 3-2. Greene and Peter Vrana assisted on the play. With the Sharks Griess pulled out of his net in favor of an extra attacker, the Sharks put a flurry of shots on the Lowell netminder. Even though the Sharks had a number of “Grade-A” opportunities, Doyle held on for the win with 30 saves on the night for Lowell. The Devils went 3 for 9 on the power play, while the Sharks went 0 for 5.

2007 vs Providence 5-3 win
(BRUINS) The Providence Bruins fell to the Worcester Sharks 5-3 Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. The P-Bruins got a goal from Petteri Nokelainen and two goals from Jeff Hoggan. The Sharks took the 1-0 lead at the 13:56 mark of the opening period. Brad Staubitz took a shot and P-Bruin net minder Tuukka Rask made the save. The rebound landed on the stick of Ashton Rome and he scored. Craig Valette had the second assist. Providence tied the game at one with a power play goal with 7.7 seconds left in the period. Nokelainen put the puck past Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss while on the power play, off a shot from the right face off circle. Byron Bitz and Matt Lashoff recorded the assists as the game went into the first intermission tied at one. In the second period, Worcester scored twice to take a 3-1 lead. At the 9:09 mark, while on the power play Mike Iggulden scored his second goal of the season with Sandis Ozolinsh and Tom Cavanagh getting the assists. Less than two minutes later at the 11:06 mark, the Sharks took a two goal advantage when Nate Raduns scored his fourth goal of the season. Dennis Packard and Jonathan Tremblay picked up the assists. Providence went into the second intermission down only a goal after Hoggan scored at the 12:40 mark. Bitz had the puck behind the net and passed it in front to Hoggan who was parked just outside the crease. Brett Skinner grabbed the second assist. In the third period, the P-Bruins tied the game three at the 4:12 mark. Wacey Rabbit worked the puck out of the corner and sent it towards the net. Chris Collins took a shot and the rebound came to Hoggan, who scored. Worcester retook the lead at the 9:01 mark when the P-Bruins turned the puck over in their own end. It turned into a 2-on-1 for the Sharks with T.J. Fox scoring and Graham Mink and Packard recording the assists. The Sharks added an empty net goal with 5.5 seconds left in the game. Raduns scored it unassisted as Worcester went on to win by a 5-3 final. Rask played in net for the P-Bruins stopping 22 of 26 shots, while Greiss made 39 saves for the Sharks. The P-Bruins were 1-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.

2011 at Providence 4-3 SOL
(WORSHARKS) Rookie Nathan Moon scored his first professional goal and added a shootout tally but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks were downed by the Providence Bruins in a shootout 4-3 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. Worcester also received goals from Curt Gogol and Mike Connolly along with 32 saves in net by Tyson Sexsmith in the first blemish of the season by the Sharks (2-0-0-1). Worcester led 2-0 and 3-1 before the Bruins barreled back to force overtime and eventually won in the shootout. The Sharks came out charging hard in the first period and kept heavy pressure deep in the Bruins zone before getting a rebound score by Curt Gogol (2nd) at 10:31. The goal came after Nathan Moon pressured the Bruins defender into coughing up the puck resulting in a Worcester breakaway and eventual score by Gogol. Minutes later, Nathan Moon (1st) got his first professional goal, banging home a loose puck at 13:22 on the power play assisted by Brandon Mashinter and Mike Moore. Soon after, Curt Gogol (WOR) and Tyler Randell (PRO) dropped the mitts for a terrific battle at center ice. On the ensuing face-off, Brandon Mashinter (WOR) and Lane MacDermid (PRO) exchanged blows and wanted more as the referees stepped in. The Sharks entered the locker room with all the momentum leading 2-0 and outshooting the Bruins 18-13. The tempo was a bit slower in the second period as the Bruins found the net to cut on the Worcester lead to 2-1. Lane MacDermid (2nd) got the goal off a Worcester broken play at 6:17 of the second period. His rebound goal was assisted by Kirk MacDonald. Tempers flared as both teams had numerous scrums in front of both nets. The Sharks led 2-1 through 40 minutes of play. The action got started early as both teams got goals in the opening two minutes of the third period. Worcester took a 3-1 lead with a Mike Connolly (2nd) tally assisted by Brodie Reid and veteran Ben Guite. Providence responded just moments later when Calle Ridderwall (1st) got his first professional goal assisted by Craig Cunningham on a deflection past Sexsmith. With the extra attacker, Providence fought the rush and managed to deflect a point shot past Sexsmith with 29.1 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 3-3 to force overtime. Both teams gave valiant efforts in overtime but no one prevailed including a Sean Sullivan chance point blank on Anton Khudobin. In the shootout, Jamie Arniel (PRO) and Nathan Moon (WOR) were the only ones to score through 4 rounds. The fifth round saw Worcester’s Ben Guite get stopped by Bruins Goaltender Anton Khudobin and Connor Camper put the nail in the coffin with a 5th round shootout goal for the Bruins.

2014 vs Hartford 5-4 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (3-1-0-0, 6pts) allowed a late goal by Mat Bodie as the Hartford Wolf Pack (3-0-1-0, 7pts) took a 5-4 victory in front 1,488 fans at the DCU Center on Tuesday evening. Melker Karlsson (1-2-3) and Micheal Haley (1-1-2) each had multiple point games for the Sharks in a see-saw affair. Worcester led 1-0, trailed 2-1, and trailed 4-2, before tying the score with two quick goals early in the third period. Petter Emanuelsson and Taylor Fedun also scored for Worcester while Troy Grosenick allowed five goals on 27 shots in the first loss of the season. Rookie defenseman Mat Bodie scored the game winner with 18 seconds left in the third period as Danny Kristo had a three point game (1-2-3) for the Wolf Pack. Hartford goaltender Jason Missiaen picked up the win in the relief of an injured Cedric Desjardins as the Sharks fell to 1-1-0-0 during their season long six game home stand. Petter Emanuelsson (3rd) gave Worcester an early 1-0 lead after he intercepted a clearing attempt and fired a wicked shot from 35 feet that made it through goaltender Cedric Desjardins at 2:05. Hartford tied the score after a Sharks turnover in the neutral zone and Conor Allen finished off a 3-on-2 rush with a shot from the right slot at 11:30. The Sharks had several chances to score on a late power play but Cedric Desjardins stood tall. Hartford would take a 2-1 lead late in the period as Oscar Lindberg (3rd) fired a shot top shelf from 25 feet at 19:15. The Sharks trailed 2-1 through 20 minutes despite holding an 11-8 shot advantage. The Sharks finally scored a power play goal on their 15th opportunity of the season as Melker Karlsson (2nd) scored in his second straight game after a goal mouth scramble and a great feed by Matt Tennyson at 7:54 of the second period. On the play, goaltender Cedric Desjardins left the game with an apparent injury and was replaced by Jason Missiaen. Hartford would retake the lead after another Sharks turnover as Nick Tarnasky set up Danny Kristo (1st) for a quick strike at 11:39. Hartford took a 3-2 advantage into the second intermission as Worcester held a 25-19 shot advantage through two periods. Hartford went ahead 4-2 as the Sharks allowed their first power play goal of the season as Ryan Bourque (1st) finished one off at 1:52 of the third period. The Sharks responded with two quick goals as Michael Haley (3rd) fired one home at 2:30 followed by Taylor Fedun’s (1st) equalizer at 4:25 to tie the score at 4-4. It looked like the game was going to head to overtime but rookie Mat Bodie and the Wolf Pack had other ideas. Mat Bodie (1st) fired a rocket past former Union teammate Troy Grosenick at 19:42 for the game winner and sent the Wolf Pack home a 5-4 winner. The Sharks overall record falls to to 3-1-0-0, 6pts and 1-1-0-0, 2pts at the DCU Center

2017 at Manchester 2-0 win
(RAILERS) Rookie netminder Mitch Gillam made 28 saves in his first professional win to lift the Worcester Railers HC (2-0-0-0, 4pts) over the Manchester Monarchs (2-2-0-1, 5pts) by the score of 2-0 in front 3,019 fans at the SNHU Arena on Saturday evening. Defenseman Mike Cornell had the game winner at 5:27 of the third period and Ashton Rome added an empty netter as the Railers improved to 2-0-0-0 in the young season. Neither team found the back of the net in a rather ho-hum first period of play as Manchester led the shot docket 9-6. Railers rookie netminder Mitch Gillam made a pair of left pad saves to keep the game scoreless through 20 minutes of play. Each team had a 5-on-3 power play in the middle frame but again came up empty in the second period. Yanick Turcotte (3rd FM) and Colton Saucerman (1st FM) dropped the mitts at 12:23 with Turcotte getting the KO with a series of lefts and rights. Shots were 19-14 in favor of Manchester through 40 minutes. The Railers would score twice in the third period to take home a 2-0 victory. Mike Cornell (1st) scored the game winner at 5:27 with a quick snap shot from 58 feet through a screen and past goaltender Charles Williams assisted by Kellen Jones. The Monarchs would put some pressure on late but Mitch Gillam stood tall with nine more saves before captain Ashton Rome (2nd) buried an empty netter from 120 feet at 19:01 to seal the victory.


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