Today in Worcester hockey history: October 22


1994 vs Providence 5-2 win
The Worcester IceCats built a 3-0 lead and then held on for a 5-2 victory in the franchise’s first ever win. Martin Mercier scored two goals and center Mark Ouimet, added a pair of assists. Terry Virtue , Jason Widmer, and Ross Wilson had the other IceCats goals. Mercier opened the scoring when Roy Mitchell threw a perfect pass to the streaking forward, who skated through the P-Bruins defenders and beat Providence netminder Chad Erickson with a wrist shot at 2:43. The ‘Cats made it 2-0 at 5:26 of the second period when Wilson gathered the puck out of a wild goalmouth scramble and poked it past Erickson. Ouimet and Rob Melanson had the helpers on the play. Later Ouimet sent Virtue away on a 2-on-1 break. Virtue kept the puck all the way and drove in on Erickson to flip a wrist shot under the crossbar for a 3-0 lead at 11:34. John Pratt ended Kuntar’s shutout bid at 2:49 of the third. The ‘Cats were awarded a penalty shot after Brett Harkins threw his stick nearly the width of the rink at an IceCat stick-handling into the Bruins’ zone. Widmer took it and scored at 18:28. Providence’s Fred Knipscheer made it 4-2 at 18:58, but Mercier hit the empty net at 19:51 for the 5-2 final. Les Kuntar made 27 saves for the victory.

1999 vs Hartford 4-2 win
The Worcester IceCats used two third period goals to help defeat the Wolf Pack 4-2. Ladislav Nagy got the ‘Cats on the board with a power play goal at 8:57, assisted by Jame Pollock and Marty Reasoner. Former ‘Cats forward Chris Kenady tied it for Hartford at 19:44. Nagy struck again on the power play at 9:54 of the middle period, with Tyler Rennette and Bryce Salvador helping. In the third period Derek Bekar scored an unassisted shorthanded goal to make it 3-1, and Rennette followed with a power play marker at 11:54, with Reasoner and Nagy assisting. Ben Carpentier closed out the scoring at 16:00 for the 4-2 final. Brent Johnson had 42 saves in the win, and registered a second period shot on goal.

2000 vs Hartford 8-2 win
(TICKER) Tyler Willis recorded a hat trick and Andrei Troschinsky scored a pair of goals as the Worcester Ice Cats downed the Hartford Wolf Pack, 8-2. Willis netted his first goal of the season at 10:08 of the first period, added a marker three minutes later, and completed the hat trick 4:40 into the second. Troschinsky tallied with 10 seconds remaining in the second period and scored his second goal with 4:02 left in the third to give Worcester a commanding 8-0 lead. Dwayne Roloson recorded 38 saves to earn the win for the Ice Cats. Brad Smyth’s tally with 1:44 remaining in the third period and Derek Amrsrtong’s goal with one second left prevented the shutout for Hartford. Jean-Francois Labbe allowed eight goals to suffer his second loss for the Wolf Pack.

2004 at Hartford 2-1 loss
The Worcester IceCats fell behind early and despite throwing 37 shots on Wolf Pack netminder Jason LaBarbera couldn’t make up the two goal deficit in their 2-1 loss to Hartford. Bryce Lampman gave the Wolf Pack the lead 1:04 into the contest with an unassisted goal, and Chad Wiseman connected at 14:25 to make it 2-0. Only Jon DiSalvatore’s unassisted tally at 15:07 of the middle stanza beat LaBarbera. Curtis Sanford had 31 saves in a losing effort.

2008 vs Hartford 5-4 win SO
(WORSHARKS) Coming off a thrilling home opener, the Worcester Sharks offered an encore performance in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the DCU Center on Wednesday evening. Rookie Jamie McGinn continued his torrid pace, notching his third and fourth goals of the year for Worcester. Both teams began the game cautiously, but fireworks began in earnest after eight minutes of play. Steven Zalewski corralled a diagonal pass from Mike Morris and fed line mate Jamie McGinn across the crease. McGinn touched the puck past Hartford netminder Miika Wiikman for his third goal of the season. A mere 22 seconds later, Worcester took advantage of a goal-mouth collision and jumped out to a two goal lead. Tom Cavanagh found Patrick Traverse forty feet from net, and the veteran roofed the puck past a screened Wiikman at 8:24. Tempers flared following the second goal, as Worcester’s Frazer McLaren and Hartford’s Justin Soryal took part in a spirited altercation in the Wolf Pack zone at 9:01. Both parties landed heavy hits before tumbling to the ice. Three straight penalty calls led to plenty of shorthanded time for the Sharks, including 1:21 of a 5-on-3 disadvantage. Hartford peppered Worcester backstop Thomas Greiss before Wolf Pack forward Dane Byers struck twine to bring Hartford within one goal heading into the intermission. Worcester had a 5-on-3 chance of its own, this one for a full two minutes, following a scrum at the beginning of the middle frame. A tripping penalty to Brandon Sugden and roughing minor to Devid DiDiomete at the ensuing stoppage produced the advantage, but the Sharks were unable to capitalize. Worcester defenseman Brett Westgarth dropped the gloves with Sugden upon his return to the ice, setting the tone for a physical but scoreless period. McGinn started the third period in style, joining Morris up the left wing on a 2-on-1 and flicking a wrist shot to the short side of Wiikman to give the Sharks a 3-1 advantage. Hartford surged back, however, undoing it all in a matter of seconds. Wolf Pack winger Dale Weise beat Greiss from close range at 2:30 of the third period, and Pierre Parenteau touched home a perfect feed from Byers at 2:47 to knot the game at three goals apiece. The Sharks struggled to produce shots over the next few minutes, and an unfortunate carom as Greiss dove for a loose puck produced a go-ahead goal for Hartford, which was credited to Jordan Owens. A minor penalty to Hartford red liner Hugh Jessiman gave the Sharks a late power play, and Cory Larose lit the lamp at 16:03 to force overtime. After a scoreless extra period, Larose and Zalewski came through for Worcester in the shootout as Greiss denied all four Hartford skaters to seal the victory.

2011 vs Manchester 4-2 win
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks continued their undefeated streak in regulation to begin the 2011-12 season as they defeated the Manchester Monarchs, 4-2, at the DCU Center Saturday night. Mike Connolly scored twice with Matt Irwin and Nathan Moon adding tallies. Harri Sateri made 25 saves in his first start of the season for Worcester as the Sharks improved to 3-0-0-1 this season. The opening period between the two rivals opened up late after tight defensive play to start. Nathan Moon (2nd) got the scoring started at 13:43 of the period with his 2nd goal of the year to put Worcester up 1-0. But Manchester would answer right back as 0:17 later Cam Paddock (1st) put home a loose puck to tie it 1-1. Monarchs forward Jordan Nolan received a five minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct on a hit to Matt Irwin late in the first. Shots were 7-5 in favor of the Sharks after twenty minutes. Both teams saw their offensive flow and physical play pick up in the second period. Jake Muzzin (3rd) scored on the power play for Manchester after a scrum resulted in a fight between Ryan Del Monte and David Meckler, which also saw Nick Petrecki pick up the extra minor to put the Monarchs on the power play. Mike Connolly (3rd) would knot the game up at 2-2 late in the second period on a strong individual effort with 1:52 remaining as he stole the puck behind the net and tip toed at the top of the crease before sliding the puck past Zatkoff. The period ended tied at 2-2 heading to the third. Worcester controlled play in the third period and turned on the offense to skate away with the win. Matt Irwin (3rd) scored on a power play, the Sharks have scored a PP goal in all four games this season, to put Worcester ahead to stay at 3-2 8:05 into the third. Monarchs’ goalie Jeff Zatkoff stood tall in goal to keep Manchester in the game as he made 14 third period saves. The Sharks would add the insurance goal as Mike Connolly (2nd of game, 4th of season) potted the empty netter to seal the win. The Sharks record improves to 3-0-0-1 with 7 points and to 2-0-0-0 at the DCU Center.


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