Today in Worcester hockey history: October 25


1996 at Springfield 4-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats allowed an early goal and then couldn’t overcome a two-goal deficit in a 4-2 loss to the Falcons. Just one minute into the contest Falcons forward Jeff Daniels stole the puck away from the ‘Cats defense and scored an unassisted goal. Daniels scored again at 8:47 of the middle period to put Worcester down 2-0. Stephane Roy cut that lead in half with a power play goal at 16:37 assisted by Radim Bicanek and Nick Naumenko. The IceCats had a goal disallowed at the 10 minute mark of the frame when referee Dan O’Halloran ruled the net was off the pegs before Scott Pellerin’s shot went in. In the third period Brad Isbister made it 3-1 Springfield at 6:06, and Roy once again got his team within a goal at 8:48. Jamie Rivers had the lone assist on the play. The Falcons would grab an empty net goal by Steve Martins at 19:56 for the 4-2 final. Mike Buzak made 25 saves in the game.

2002 at Providence 5-2 win
(ICECATS) Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, the IceCats earned their second win of the season as they defeated the Bruins, 5-2. Five IceCats players recorded two points: Aris Brimanis (1/1/2), Jason Dawe (0/2/2), Mark Rycroft (0/2/2), Justin Papineau (2/0/2) and Sergei Varlamov (0/2/2). Defenseman Christian Backman recorded his first North American professional goal. Justin Papineau’s second goal and Blake Evans’ goal came only 20 seconds apart in the second period.

2003 vs Portland 3-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats jumped out to an early lead but three Pirates goals gave Portland enough to beat the ‘Cats 3-2. Sergei Varlamov opened the scoring with a goal at 3:02 of the first period, with Aaron MacKenzie and Steve McLaren picking up assists. With time winding down in the frame Rick Berry got the Pirates back to even with a goal at 19:19. Berry would have the only goal of the middle period, at 14:45, to give Portland the edge after 40 minutes. Owen Fussey provided the eventual game winner at 2:29 of the third. Johnny Pohl made it a one-goal game again at 6:04, with Steve Martins and Terry Virtue earning points, but that was as close as the ‘Cats would get. Reinhard Divis had 22 saves in the loss.

2008 vs Bridgeport 2-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) When an opponent is capable of stabilizing a team’s biggest strength, the chances of victory often turn bleak. That’s exactly what happened at the DCU Center Saturday night, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers used their physical play to knock off the Sharks 2-0 in Mike Iggulden’s return to Worcester. Bridgeport struck first midway through the second period, when Tim Jackman edged past Derek Joslin on the right side and wristed a shot it past Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss into top left corner of the net. The goal was Jackman’s third of the season. The Sound Tigers solidified their lead midway through the final period when Tomas Marcinko led Sean Bentivoglio, who won the tussle to pick up puck, skated across Greiss and put it past him for his second goal this year. Worcester began the match consistent to their style of play, firing 15 shots to Bridgeport’s six through the first period. The Sound Tigers, however, were able to pacify the fast-paced Sharks in the second, holding the home team to just six shots and 10 in the third. The loss drops Worcester to 2-4-0-0. The Sound Tigers will head back to Bridgeport with a 5-2-0-1 record.

2009 at Hartford 4-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) T.J. Trevelyan scored his 4th and 5th goals of the season but PA Parenteau and Evgeny Grachev each tallied twice for Hartford as the Sharks fell 4-3 to the Wolf Pack at the XL Center on Sunday afternoon. For the 7th time in eight games, the Sharks struck first to take a 1-0 lead. T.J. Trevelyan scored his 4th goal of the season as he scooped up a loose puck and sent it over the shoulder of goaltender Miika Wiikman from in tight on the power play at 6:49. 19-year-old rookie Evgeny Grachev scored back-to-back goals to give the Wolf Pack a 2-1 lead through twenty minutes of play. The Sharks were outshot 13-10 through the first period. Neither team would find the back of the net in the middle period as Worcester outshot the Wolf Pack 14-7 in the 2nd. The Sharks had an early 5-on-3 power play chance but were not able to convert. Miika Wiikman and Tyson Sexsmith each made several key saves to keep the score 2-1 Hartford after forty minutes of play. Each team would tally two goals in the third period, the first of which came off the stick of Sharks killer PA Parenteau at 1:45 on the power play. Andrew Desjardins would get the goal right back after a nice feed from Dan DaSilva in the right corner at 4:04. Desjardins was set up in front of the net and blisted a wrist shot top shelve to cut the score to 3-2. PA Parenteau scored again, this time on the power play after his shot from the left circle found the back of the net at 14:09. But the Sharks did not give up and Trevelyan scored his second of the game at 16:30 after a scramble on top of the crease to cut the lead to 4-3. The Sharks pulled their goaltender late but the Wolf Pack held their ground for the 4-3 victory. With the loss, Worcester’s record falls to 5-2-0-1 (11 points).

2017 at Colorado 5-1 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (2-1-0-0, 4pts) dropped their first game in franchise history after a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Eagles (5-0-0-0, 10pts) in front 4,421 fans at the Budweiser Events Center on Wednesday evening in a game that featured 182 penalty minutes and a wild third period brawl. Patrick McNally scored the only goal for the Railers as the Railers picked up 101 penalty minutes and seven fighting majors. A wild brawl broke out at the 17:41 mark of the third period that featured several altercations and 124 penalty minutes dolled out. In all, 14 fighting majors were dished out during the hockey game and Railers rookie Yanick Turcotte picked up a season high 34 penalty minutes. The first period featured several fights and a total of 13 penalties dished out but the Railers trailed 2-0 through 20 minutes. Joey Ratelle (1st) buried a cross ice feed top shelf past goaltender Mitch Gillam at 12:59 while the Eagles were shorthanded for his first professional goal. Just 62 seconds later, Jake Marto (2nd) buried a pass from behind the net to give Colorado a 2-0 lead. Yanick Turcotte (4th FM) and Mike Cornell (1st FM) each picked up fighting majors in a feisty frame. Colorado grabbed a 3-0 lead at 2:15 of the second period as Drayson Bowman (2nd) sent a one timer past Gillam from 20 feet. The Railers would pick up the pressure in the final 15 minutes of the period but were unable to find the back of the net past goalie Joe Cannata. Shots were 22-21 in favor of Worcester through 40 minutes of play. Patrick McNally (2nd) got the Railers on the board at 2:49 but the Eagles would strike right back at 5:24 from Brady Shaw (4th) and Michael Joly (4th) at 15:20. A wild brawl in front of the Eagles bench at 17:41 lasted several minutes with a total of 124 penalty minutes and several game misconducts. Mike Cornell, Jeff Kubiak, Yanick Turcotte, and Woody Hudson all picked up fighting majors and game misconducts in the fight as the Railers fell 5-1 in the game.

2019 at Adirondack 4 -1 Win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (3-1-0-0, 6pts) kicked off their three in three weekend with a 4-1 win over the host the Adirondack Thunder (3-2-0-1, 7pts )on Friday evening in front of 4,326 fans at the Cool Insuring Arena. The Railers are back in action on Saturday, October 26 with a 7pm battle back at CAA Centre in Brampton, ON vs. the Brampton Beast. Kyle Thomas, Matt Schmalz, and Nic Pierog (2) all scored goals for Worcester while Linus Soderstrom made 25 saves in his North American pro debut as the two teams combined for 66 PIMS in a feisty affair. Charlie Curti scored for Adirondack while Eamon McAdam made 26 saves in net for the loss for the Thunder. Tanner Pond extended his point streak to four games and picked up a fighting major while Ryan Hitchcock picked up two assists in Worcester’s first road victory of the season. It did not take long for the Railers to get on the board as Kyle Thomas (3rd) buried home a loose rebound past Thunder netminder Eamon McAdam just 20 seconds into the first period giving Worcester a 1-0 lead. After Kyle Thomas was hit from behind in the offensive zone, Tanner Pond (1stFM) stepped up for his teammate and squared off against Michael Sdao (1stFM) as both would serve five minutes for fighting at 7:59. On the ensuing faceoff chaos broke with a line brawl at 8:16 in which Kyle Thomas was ejected while Connor Doherty, Ross Olsson, and Mike Cornell all dropped the mitts for Worcester. Matt Schmalz (1st) made it a 2-0 game on the power play at 17:09 deflecting a JD Dudek blast from the point past McAdam with Barry Almeida picking up the secondary assist. Linus Soderstrom stopped all nine shots he faced in the first period as the Railers outshot the Thunder 16-9 through 20 minutes of play. The Railers had eight infractions for 38 PIMS while the Thunder had six infractions for 18 PIMS in a fight filled first period. In the second period the Thunder would decrease the deficit to 2-1 as Charlie Curti (3rd) was able to sneak one past Soderstrom at 4:45 as he finished off a two on one break. The Railers had multiple chances on the power play in the middle frame and Nic Pierog (1st) would score his first goal as a Railer on the five on three at 7:33 giving Worcester the 3-1 lead. Linus Soderstrom stopped 10 of 11 shots he faced and the Railers outshot the Thunder 24-20 through 40 minutes of play as the Railers lead 3-1. Nic Pierog had a chance to put the Railers ahead with a penalty shot opportunity but Eamon McAdam made a big save at 7:14 of the third period. Worcester would score the only goal of the period thanks to an empty net tally from Nic Pierog (2nd) with just three seconds left in the game. Soderstrom stopped all six shots he faced in the final frame while the Railers were able to kill off two penalties. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Charlie Curti (1-0-1) 2nd star: Barry Almeida (0-1-1) 1st star: Linus Soderstrom (25 Saves, Win) …. final shots were 30-26 in favor of Worcester…Eamon McAdam (2-1-1) made 26 saves on 29 shots … Linus Soderstrom (1-0-0) made 25 saves on 26 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis served as the backup…. Worcester went 2-for-5 on the power play while Adirondack went 0-for-4…. The Railers remain perfect on the penalty kill killing of all 17 chances…. Tanner Pond (2-2-4) extended his point streak to four games with an assist…. Cody Payne (2-1-3) extended his point streak to three games with an assist…. Nic Pierog scored his first goal as a Railer and finished with two goals and a team high seven shots…. Ryan Hitchcock picked up two assists….., Henrik Samuelsson (inj), Bo Brauer (inj), Chris Rygus, Justin Murray and Drew Callin did not dress for Worcester….. Anthony Florentino made his debut for Worcester and finished with two shots…. Kyle Thomas picked up a game high 20 penalty minutes…. Worcester is now 17-7-2-0 all-time vs. the Thunder and 10-4-1-0 at the Cool Insuring Arena.


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