Today in Worcester hockey history: October 26


1994 vs Binghamton 4-0 win
The Worcester IceCats got 21 saves from netminder Wayne Cowley as they defeated the Binghamton Rangers 4-0 in the franchises first ever shutout win. Ross Wilson put the ‘Cats ahead when he flipped a rebound in at 13:55 of the first period on the power play. Jarrett Deuling made it 2-0 at 18:09 when he went five-hole on Rangers netminder Jamie Ram. Mark Ouimet made it 3-0 at 2:09 of the second period when he stole the puck in the neutral zone and broke in alone on Ram, going to the backhand to light the lamp. Deuling got the fourth goal of the game at 16:19 on the power play when he tipped Shaun Kane’s blast from the point.

1996 vs Syracuse 4-2 win
The Worcester IceCats got two goals from Scott Pellerin and survived a wild third period to defeat the Crunch 4-2. After a scoreless opening period Pellerin had the only goal of the middle stanza, at 3:17 assisted by Konstantin Shafranov. Tyson Nash tied the game for Syracuse at 7:32 of the third period, but Bob Lachance got Worcester it’s lead back when he converted a two on none rush for an unassisted goal at 9:44. Jason Zent made it 3-1 ‘Cats at 10:17, with Jamal Mayers and Chris Kenady picking up the assists. Pellerin picked up his second of the game at 12:52, assisted by Jamie Rivers and Shafranov. Mark Krys added a goal at 14:28 to make it a 4-2 game. Jamie McLennan made 21 saves for the win.

2001 at Houston 5-2 loss
(HOUSTON) The IceCats’ first venture into the now far-flung reaches of the AHL started inauspiciously as they fell to the Houston Aeros, 5-2, in front of 4,555 last night at the Compaq Center in Houston. In only their second home game in the AHL, the Aeros showed they had leaned how to play the AHL style. Their forwards buzzed the shorthanded IceCats for the win. Eric Boguniecki had two goals for the IceCats on former Worcester goalie Jamie McLennan (31 saves). The teams looked ragged at the beginning, combining for eight penalties in the first period. However, the IceCats continued to commit penalties and give the Aeros the man-advantage. The Aeros broke open a 2-2 game with a three-goal second period. The outburst included two goals in 24 seconds as the period wound down. Stephane Veileux put Houston ahead, 3-2, when he finished a 3-on-2 break by beating Worcester’s Reinhard Divis at 12:38. Brett McLean and Brendan Yerema then added a pair of goals as the IceCats scrambled to hold off Houston forwards crashing the Worcester net. McLean slammed home a rebound of a Shawn Carter shot on the power play at 16:51. Then the IceCats had barely turned around on the ensuing face-off when Yerema beat Divis top corner for a 5-2 lead. The fifth goal chased the young goalkeeper and Cody Rudkowsky came in for the third period. Rudkowsky shut out the Aeros down the stretch, making 12 saves. Divis finished with 20 saves on 25 shots. The IceCats, however, couldn’t break through the Houston defense. Each team started strongly, converting its first power-play chance. Boguniecki netted two goals, the first one coming on the power play at 3:41 of the first period. His second was an unassisted breakaway at 7:21 that sent the IceCats out to an early 2-1 lead. Houston answered when Mark Beaufait fought off a check at the Worcester blue line and fed Roman Simicek in the slot for a deflection goal at 17:55 of the first. The IceCats managed only 33 shots on McLennan. Meanwhile, the Aeros had 37 on Divis and Rudkowsky. Worcester started short as defenseman Ed Campbell was held out in anticipation of a call from St. Louis. Eric Nickulas was then injured midway through the second period.

2007 at Portland 3-2 OTL
(WORSHARKS) For the first time this season, the Worcester Sharks could not manage two points, as they fell to the Pirates 3-2 in OT in Portland on Friday night. The Sharks (4-0-1-0) fell behind early, as Rookie Matt Christie got the Pirates (4-4-0-0) on the board at 12:06 of the first period with his first goal of the season. The Sharks got two goals in the second period with goals from Mike Iggulden and Riley Armstrong as the Sharks led 2-1 after forty minutes. Portland Pirate Forward Bobby Ryan scored his first goal of the season on the power play, after a scrum on a face-off deep in the Sharks zone to tie the game at two. After the Sharks killed a penalty in OT, Andrew Ebbett went coast to coast and beat Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss on a snap shot from 45 feet for the OT game winner at 3:26. Thomas Greiss played excellent in the loss, stopping 36 Pirates shots on goal. Jonas Hiller recorded the win for Portland in his first start of the season for the Pirates. With his goal in the second period, Mike Iggulden extended his point streak to five games, the only Shark to have recorded a point in all five games this season.

2012 vs Bridgeport 5-1 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (1-3-0-1) kicked off their first 3-in-3 weekend with their first win of the 2012-13 season with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (3-1-0-0) on Friday night at the DCU Center. Alex Stalock made 18 saves in the win for Worcester and five different players scored for the Sharks first win at home and for the season. Tim Kennedy (1-2-3) and James Sheppard (1-2-3) each picked up three points and Curt Gogol grabbed the game winner in the four goal victory. The Sharks outshot the Sound Tigers 11-5 in a scoreless first period. Jimmy Bonneau, playing in his first game of the season, had a solid bout against Bridgeport’s Brett Gallant at 6:45 to set the temp for a physical first period. The Sharks were 0-1 on the power play in the first period, while the Sound Tigers were 0-2. The Sharks came out firing in the second period. They got on the board first at :29 of the second period on a nice shot by Tim Kennedy (2nd), with assists going to John McCarthy and Bracken Kearns. The Sharks added to their lead when Curt Gogol (1st) one-timed a shot from the slot past Bridgeport goalie Kevin Poulin, giving Worcester a 2-0 lead. Kennedy and Kearns picked up assists on the goal. Sena Acolatse (2nd) then blasted a slap shot home at 15:28, to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead. Freddie Hamilton and Travis Oleksuk picked up the assists on the Sharks third goal. The Sharks led 3-0 after 40 minutes and held a 24-13 shots advantage. In the final frame, Bridgeport cut into their deficit when Brock Nelson (2nd) got a nice pass from Jon Landry and fired it past Alex Stalock, making it a 3-1 game. The Sharks answered twice late in the third period with power play goals by Matsumoto (1st) and Kearns (1st) at 18:32 and 19:02 to put the Sound Tigers away 5-1. The Sharks overall record improves to 1-3-0-1 (3pt in 5gp) and 1-1-0-0 (2pt in 2gp) on home ice.

2013 at Springfield 3-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Daniil Tarasov recorded the first Worcester Sharks hat trick in 263 games as the Sharks (2-3-0-0, 4pts) gave the Springfield Falcons (5-1-0-1, 11pts) their 1st regulation loss of the season at the MassMutual Center on Saturday night. Daniil Tarasov extended his point streak to four games (5-2-7) with three goals and Bracken Kearns extended his point streak to five games (2-7-9) with two assists. Harri Sateri made 17 saves in his 1st win of the season as the Sharks won their first road game of the season. The Sharks played a fantastic opening road first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission. Daniil Tarasov (3rd) struck on the power play after he found a loose puck on top of the crease and fired the puck home through the pads of Mike McKenna at 5:44 to give Worcester a 1-0 edge. Worcester outshot the Falcons 13-7 in the opening frame. The second period saw a little bit of everything with three goals, a penalty shot, a hat trick, and two scraps as the Sharks came out on top 3-1 after 40 minutes. Jake Hansen (3rd) scored on a breakaway rush at 1:54 with a shot that broke off the glove of Harri Sateri to tie the score at 1-1. Jake Hansen was denied on a penalty shot at 7:24 after he was slashed at on another shorthanded rush. Daniil Tarasov (4th) put Worcester ahead 2-1 at 11:26 after he found a loose puck during a goal mouth scramble and fired it past the Falcons’ netminder. Tarasov (5th) recorded the hat trick at 15:22 with a breakaway rush and slid the puck on the backhand through the pads of McKenna to put the Sharks ahead 3-1. Worcester led 3-1 after 40 minutes and outshot the Falcons 24-12 through two periods. Neither team found the back of the net in the third period as the Sharks killed off three power plays for the 3-1 victory. The Sharks overall record improves to 2-3-0-0, 4pts and 1-1-0-0, 2pts on the road.

2014 vs Portland 4-1 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (4-1-1-0, 9pts) improved to 2-1-1-0 on their season long six game home stand following a 4-1 victory over the visiting Portland Pirates (2-5-0-0, 4pts) in front 2,559 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Freddie Hamilton scored his first three goals of the season, all within a 5:12 stretch early in the third period to lead the way offensively. Daniil Tarasov (0-3-3) and Evan Trupp (1-2-3) also added three points while Troy Grosenick made 28 saves in net for the victory. Evan Oberg scored the only Pirates goal while Mike McKenna allowed three goals on 34 shots in the loss. Portland took an early 1-0 lead at 4:16 as defenseman Evan Oberg (1st) fired a shot past the glove of Troy Grosenick from 40 feet as the Sharks allowed the first goal of the season for the first time this season. Jimmy Bonneau (2nd FM) fought Mark Louis (3rd FM) at 8:56 in a long battle in the Pirates zone. Worcester trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play as Portland held an 11-9 shot advantage. Neither team found the back of the net in the second period as the Sharks had more jam in the middle frame. Mike McKenna made 11 second period saves for the Pirates while Troy Grosenick made eight saves for Worcester as the Pirates took a 1-0 lead into the second intermission. It was the Freddie Hamilton show in the third period as the third year pro scored three goals in the first 7:53 of the final frame. Hamilton (1st) tied the score at 1-1 with a snipe from the right circle at 2:41. Freddie (2nd) put the Sharks ahead 2-1 at 6:48 with a power play goal from the left circle. Hamilton (3rd) scored his third goal of the period after Konrad Abeltshauser fired the puck from the left wall and Hamilton jammed home a loose puck in front to put Worcester ahead 3-1. Evan Trupp (1st) finished the game off with an empty net goal at 18:33 as the Sharks scored four unanswered goals for the 4-1 victory. The Sharks overall record improves to 4-1-1-0, 9pts and 2-1-1-0, 5pts at the DCU Center

2018 at Manchester 4-3 win
(RAILERS) Woody Hudson (1-2-3) recorded three points and Evan Buitenhuis made 33 saves in his first professional start as the Worcester Railers HC(3-2-0-0, 6pts) defeated the host Manchester Monarchs (2-3-0-1, 5pts) by the score of 4-3 in front of 1,668 fans at the SNHU Arena on Friday evening. Nick Bligh, Josh Holmstrom, Woody Hudson, and Bryan Arneson all found the back of the net for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis made 33 saves in net in his first professional start for his first pro win. Worcester trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before taking a 4-2 lead and held on late for a thrilling one goal road victory. Manchester grabbed the only goal in the opening frame as Tony Cameranesi (5th) with a quick shot as the power play expired from the left slot at 5:25. Evan Buitenhuis made 11 first period saves as the Railers headed into the first intermission down 1-0 through 20 minutes of play. Nick Bligh (2nd) tied the score at 1-1 with a rebound strike from the side of the crease at 11:23 with the Railers on a two-man advantage assisted by Woody Hudson and Alex Vanier. Manchester would answer back with a two-man advantage goal of their own as Tony Cameranesi (6th) ripped home another strike at 17:27. Just 70 seconds later, captain Mike Cornell steamed down the left wing side and sent a pass in front that found Josh Holmstrom (3rd) racing down the middle and flipped a shot over the glove of goaltender Charles Williams to tie the score at 2-2. Shots were 23-17 in favor of Manchester through 40 minutes of play. Woody Hudson (1st) gave the Railers their first lead of the game with a rebound score at 3:35 of the third period. Bryan Arneson (1st) added an insurance marker at 10:08 after a nice entry into the zone by Woody Hudson to give the Railers a 4-2 lead. Evan Buitenhuis was spectacular down the stretch with 12 more saves in the third period as Colton Saucerman (1st) added a goal late for the Monarchs as Worcester held on for the 4-3 road victory.

2019 at Brampton 5-2 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (3-2-0-0, 6pts) fell 5-2 to the host the Brampton Beast (3-2-0-0, 6pts) on Saturday evening in front of 2,172 fans at the CAA Centre. The Railers are back in action on Sunday, October 27 with a 2pm battle back at CAA Centre in Brampton, ON vs. the Brampton Beast. Jordan Samuels-Thomas (1-1-2) and Cody Payne scored power play goals for Worcester while the Railers finished the night two for six on the man advantage. Brenden Miller picked up the Gordie Howe hat trick for the Beast and Chris Clapperton finished with two goals and two assists while Joey Daccord made 27 saves in net for Brampton for the win. Evan Buitenhuis made 19 saves in the loss for Worcester while Cody Payne, Barry Almeida, and JD Dudek all extended their point streaks as Worcester fell to 1-2-0-0 on their four game road trip. The Beast would score the only goal of the first period which came on a five on three power play courtesy of Chris Clapperton (2nd) who was able to sneak one past Evan Buitenhuis at 17:13. Worcester outshot Brampton 12-9 through the first frame as Evan Buitenhuis made eight saves on nine shots. After a physical start to the second period Justin Murray (1stFM) recorded his first professional fight at 6:33 when he dropped the mitts with Brenden Miller (1stFM) and from there the sparks would fly as the teams combined four goals in 4:49 with Jordan Samuels-Thomas (2nd) going bar down on the power play at 14:02 tying the game at 1-1. Just 34 seconds later Chris Clapperton (3rd) notched his second goal of the gain giving Brampton a 2-1 advantage. The home team would increase their lead to 3-1 with a tally from Brenden Miller (1st) at 16:05 also making it a Gordie Howe hat trick for the Orangeville, ON native. Worcester headed back on the power play for the third time of the evening and a beautiful tic tac toe play would be finished off by Cody Payne (2nd) with Barry Almeida picking up the primary assist and Jordan Samuels-Thomas the secondary at 18:51. The Railers headed into the locker room down 3-2 after 40 minutes of play outshooting Brampton 21-18. Brampton would score their second power play goal of the night thanks to Daniel Leavens (1st) at 12:33 of the third period making it a 4-2 Beast lead. The Railers had many good chances on their two power play chances in the third period but were unable to find the back of the net. The Beast tacked on an insurance goal from David Pacan (2nd) finding the back of the empty net with Evan Buitenhuis watching from the bench with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Nic Pierog (0-0-0, 6 shots) 2nd star: Brenden Miller (1-1-2) 1st star: Colin Clapperton (2-2-4) …. final shots were 29-24 in favor of Worcester…Joey Daccord (2-2-0) made 27 saves on 29 shots for Brampton … Evan Buitenhuis (0-2-0) made 19 saves on 24 shots for Worcester while Linus Soderstrom served as the backup…. Worcester went 2-for-6 on the power play while Brampton went 2-for-6…. Cody Payne (2-2-4) extended his point streak to four games with a goal…. Barry Almeida (0-3-3) extended his point streak to two games with two assists…. JD Dudek (0-2-2) extended his point streak to two games with an assist…., Henrik Samuelsson (inj), Bo Brauer (inj), Ivan Chukarov (inj) Chris Rygus, and Matt Schmalz, did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell picked up a game high 12 PIMS…. Worcester is now 7-6-1-2 all-time vs. the Beast and 2-3-0-2 at the CAA Centre. The Railers did not arrive in Brampton until 5am this morning after a seven-hour bus trip from Adirondack…. Big shout out to Equipment Manager Jeremy ‘Turtle’ Holloway and Athletic Trainer Nick Kieswether for unloading the equipment from the bus at the rink to allow the players to sleep at the hotel.

2022 at Trois-Rivières 6-3 Win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (3-0-0-0, 6pts) dispatched the Trois-Rivières Lions (1-2-1-0, 3pts) on Wednesday night by the final score of 6-3 in front of a crowd of 1,826 at Colisée Vidéotron. The Railers are in Glens Falls, NY at Cool Insuring Arena on Saturday, October 29th, and Sunday, October 30th to take on the Adirondack Thunder at 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. Worcester trailed to start the game for the first time all season when Trois-Rivières’ Anthony Beauregard (1-1-2) slapped one top shelf past Ken Appleby on the power play to make it 1-0 Lions. Worcester answered with three straight goals from Reece Newkirk (1-1-2) and Steve Jandric (1-1-2) in the first, and Bobby Butler (2-1-3) in the second. At the 12:04 mark of the second, the Lions cut into the Worcester lead with Colin Bilek’s (1-0-1) third of the season and first of the game on the power play. The Railers responded with two unanswered goals from Nolan Vesey (1-0-1) later in the second, and Bobby Butler early in the third. Trois-Rivières tacked on one more with their third power-play goal of the night from William Leblanc (1-0-1), before Brent Beaudoin (1-0-1) notched his second empty net goal in two games, and third goal in three games to give the game its final score of 6-3. The Railers struggled on the penalty kill on Wednesday night, with all three of their goals against coming while down a man. Trois-Rivières would start the scoring with their first power-play goal at the 8:48 mark on a well-timed one-timer from Anthony Beauregard (2nd). Beauregrad received a perfect pass from Olivier Galipeau to set him up for the blast and put Trois-Rivières up 1-0. Reece Newkirk (2nd) would clean up a messy puck out in front of the net after several missed opportunities for the Railers to tie the game at 1-1 at the 12:05 mark of the first. Just 15 seconds later, Steve Jandric (3rd) proved his legs and blazed down the right side of the ice to sneak one past Joe Vrbetic to put Worcester in front for the first time on the night, 2-1. This would be the third time in Worcester Railers history that two goals would be scored just 15 seconds apart. The goals were tied for the fastest two goals scored in franchise history. Shots in the first favored Trois-Rivières 14-9. Worcester scored their third straight goal midway through the second as Bobby Butler (1st) found some room up the left side and sniped the bottom corner far side of the net to put Worcester ahead 3-1. Trois-Rivières went back on the powerplay with 9:37 to go in the second thanks to a Myles McGurty cross-checking penalty. 1:41 into the man advantage, Colin Bilek (3rd) finished off a clean offensive passing sequence for Trois-Rivières by putting one top shelf past Appleby to reduce the Worcester lead back down to one at 3-2. Nolan Vesey (1st) worked a give-and-go with Anthony Repaci down the left side with 3:55 to go in the period and made his way to the front of the net. Vesey’s initial shot was saved by Trois-Rivières’ Joe Vrbetic, but squeaked through just enough for Vesey to tap home the rebound on the other side, making it 4-2 Railers. Shots in the second again favored Trois-Rivières 9-6, while the Lions led in shooting through 40 minutes at 23-15. Bobby Butler (2nd) developed a two-man rush down ice with Steve Jandric, who placed a perfect feed for Butler to be able to slip the puck between the legs of the new Lions goalie Phillippe Desrosiers. Trois-Rivières headed to the power play for the fourth time on the night after a Myles McGurty tripping call. William LeBlanc (2nd) finished a dirty goal out in front of Appleby with 10:08 to go in regulation to make it a 5-3 game. The Lions were 3/4 on the power play against Worcester after going 1/7 on the man advantage across their first three games against the Maine Mariners. Trois-Rivières’ James Phelan committed an interference penalty with 3:36 left in the game and put the Lions down a man for most of the time remaining in regulation. Trois-Rivières would pull Desrosiers with 3:31 left so that they could play even strength. The attempt to generate a late comeback fell short as Brent Beaudoin (3rd) potted his second empty-net goal in two games, and third goal in three games to give the Railers the victory by the final score of 6-3. Worcester was outshot 13-9 in the third, and 36-24 for the game. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd Star: Ken Appleby (33 saves, 3 GA, .917 SV%), 2nd Star: Colin Bilek (1-0-1, -1, 6 shots), 1st Star: Bobby Butler (2-1-3, +3, 3 shots)…Final shots were 36-24 in favor of Trois-Rivières… Joe Vrbetic made 11 saves on 15 shots for Trois-Rivières, while Phillippe Desrosiers made 7 saves on 8 shots for the Lions… Ken Appleby (2-0-0) made 33 saves on 36 shots for Worcester, while Henrik Tikkanen served as the backup… Worcester went 1-for-2 on the power play while Trois-Rivières went 3-for-4… Liam Coughlin (DNP), Connor McCarthy (DNP), Conor Breen (IR), Christian Evers (DNP), Jacob Hayhurst (DNP), Jack Quinlivan (IR), and Zack Bross (IR) did not play for Worcester… Myles McGurty (0-2-2) recorded a multipoint game for the first time since March 6th, 2022… Anthony Repaci led the Railers in shots with 4… The Railers are now 6-4-1-0 all-time vs. the Lions and 4-1-1-0 at the Colisée Vidéotron against Trois-Rivières.


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