Today in Worcester hockey history: October 27


1996 vs Portland 2-1 win OT
The Worcester IceCats got an overtime marker from Robert Petrovicky to defeat the Pirates 2-1, and for the first time in franchise history climbed to first place overall in the AHL. After a scoreless first period Portland got on the board at 14:24 of the middle period on an unassisted shorthanded goal by Stewart Malgunas. Petrovicky evened the score at 17:09 when he blasted a one-timer past Pirates netminder Martin Brochu. The game would stay tied through the rest of regulation and into overtime, when Petrovicky beat Brochu again, this time just under the crossbar for the 2-1 final. Jamie Rivers and Konstantin Shafranov assisted on the game winner. Brochu finished the game with 41 saves for Portland, while Mike Buzak had 35 for the ‘Cats.

2001 at Houston 5-4 OTL
(HOUSTON) The Worcester IceCats overcame mental mistakes and penalties to fight back against Houston, but it was Kevin Bolibruck goal 2:51 into overtime that sealed the Aeros’ second straight win, 5-4, last night at the Compaq Center. The IceCats sent the game into overtime when Barret Jackman rifled a shot past goaltender Derek Gustafson with a little more than three minutes remaining. The Aeros outshot Worcester, 20-8, in the second, but were lucky to retain a one-goal lead after Jame Pollock tied the game with a power-play goal at 5:46. The IceCats’ power play backfired about 90 seconds later when Darren Rumble and Pollock were caught playing catch with the puck in their own zone. Mark Beaufait just missed picking off a lazy pass, and several seconds and a couple of passes later, Richard Park succeeded. He faked Worcester goalie Cody Rudkowsky and tucked the puck around him for a shorthanded goal. The IceCats came out of the gate hard, and a wide-open first period allowed their power play a chance to shine. The Aeros put Worcester a man up only 43 seconds into the game, and Justin Papineau wasted no time in making them pay. Taking the puck off the face-off, he beat Gustafson to the short side just 51 seconds in. Worcester couldn’t hold off the Aeros, however. A fluke bounce in Houston’s favor knotted the game at 1 when Mike Matteucci flung the puck toward the Worcester net and Rudkowsky could only watch helplessly as it hit off Brett McLean’s shoulder and went past him. A tripping penalty on Igor Valeev then set up the Aeros on the power play that caused the ‘Cats such pain in Friday night’s 5-2 loss. Houston capitalized again when Travis Roche walked in and his shot appeared to be deflected by Shawn Carter into the low corner of the net. Marc Brown converted the IceCats’ second power play of the night when Gustafson misplayed a 50-50 puck and Davis buried it in the open net to knot the game, 2-2. However, Roche took the lead right back with his second goal of the night. Houston was 1-9 with the man advantage while the IceCats were 3 for 8.

2002 vs Providence 4-4 tie
(ICECATS) Sunday afternoon at Worcester’s Centrum Centre, the IceCats and Providence Bruins skated to a 4-4 tie. IceCats forwards Jason Dawe and Jeff Panzer both recorded one goal and one assist. Dawe’s goal was his first as a member of the IceCats. The IceCats fired a season-high 44 shots on net, including 23 in the second period. Greg Davis recorded his first goal of the season, while Sergei Varlamov registered two assists. Johnny Pohl had the other goal for Worcester.

2006 vs Portland 4-2 win
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks won their first home game of their inaugural season last night by topping the Portland Pirates by a score of 4-2. Forward Mathieu Darche recorded two goals while forwards Joe Pavelski, Graham Mink and Lukas Kaspar all registered two points on the night. The win upped Worcester’s record to 4-2-0-2, and handed the Pirates their first regulation loss of the season. The Sharks now lead the Unum Provident Cup 2-1.

2007 vs Hartford 2-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) For the first time in six games this season the Worcester Sharks failed to earn a point in the standings, as they fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack in regulation time by a 2-1 score on Saturday night at the DCU Center. Both teams played conservatively during a first period that saw just 16 total shots. Six of those came from Worcester, whose best chance of the period came when a backhander from Lukas Kaspar caromed off the shoulder of Hartford netminder Chris Holt, who had to scramble to deny Riley Armstrong’s rebound try. Eight minutes into the second period, Hartford finally opened the scoring. Brodie Dupont fed line mate Pierre-Alexadre Parenteau behind the goal line to the left of Sharks rookie goaltender Taylor Dakers, and Parenteau looped through the faceoff circle before beating Dakers to the near glove side. Worcester struck back 36 seconds later, when Mike Iggulden picked up his fourth goal and team-leading ninth point of the season. Craig Valette fought off a check behind the Hartford goal and fed Iggulden, who slipped the puck between Holt’s outstretched skate and the post to tie the game at 1-1. A hard-hitting but relatively clean game turned violent halfway through the second, when Sharks enforcer Brennan Evans and Wolf Pack winger Francis Lessard dropped their gloves behind the Worcester net. The Sharks earned two power plays before the pair were released from the penalty box, but the Sharks power play generated just two shots on net. As the second man advantage expired, Hartford’s Greg Moore picked up a loose puck in neutral ice and finished off a sprint into the Worcester zone by beating Dakers with a slap shot, giving the Wolf Pack a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission. Just 45 seconds into the third period, Tom Cavanagh finished off a scrum in front of the Hartford net by poking the puck across the goal line, but referee Francois St. Laurent disallowed the would-be tying goal and sent Nate Raduns to the penalty box for goaltender interference. Midway through the period, Hugh Jessiman checked Armstrong into the boards, prompting Brad Staubitz to tangle with Jessiman and raise the temperature of the game up heading into the final minutes. Staubitz received a ten minute misconduct along with instigating and fighting calls. The Sharks peppered Holt with 11 shots over the final frame but were unable to pull even.

2012 at Manchester 5-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (1-4-0-1) dropped their 12th straight road game dating back to last season with a 5-1 loss to the Manchester Monarchs (4-1-0-0) on Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Five different skaters scored for the Monarchs as Sharks netminder Harri Sateri was pulled early in the 2nd period in the loss. A fast moving first period saw the Monarchs grab an early 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Defenseman David Kolomatis (3rd) scored his 3rd power play goal of the season with a seeing eye wrist shot from on top of the right circle trough traffic and goaltender Harri Sateri at 6:10 to give Manchester a 1-0 advantage. After Dwight King hit the post, he swung the puck through the crease to Brandon Kozun (1st) who then slipped the puck through Satari’s skates at 17:14. Worcester trailed 2-0 after the first period with the Monarchs holding a 9-6 shot advantage through 20 minutes. The Monarchs grabbed a 3-0 lead with a wicked shot of the cross bar by Marc Andre Cliché (1st) at 26 seconds of the 2nd period which ended the night for Sharks netminder Harri Sateri. Alex Stalock replaced Sateri who allowed three goals on ten shots. Alex Stalock was greeted rudely as Manchester struck with a shorthanded goal by Slava Voynov (2nd) ant 2:19 followed by another score at 10:05 by Andy Andreoff (2nd) at 10:05 to put Manchester ahead 5-0. Sebastian Stalberg (4th) got the Sharks on the board with his team leading 4th goal of the season at 19:06 with a wicked shot from the left circle that was originally stopped by Martin Jones but then deflected off a Monarchs defenseman in front. James Sheppard and Mike Banwell assisted on the lone Worcester score as the Sharks trailed 5-1 after 40 minutes. Neither team found the back of the net in the third period that saw just a total of 15 shots on goal as the Monarchs held on for a 5-1 victory over the Sharks. The Sharks overall record improves to 1-4-0-1 (3pts in 6gp) and 0-3-0-1 (1pt in 3gp) on the road this season.

2017 at Utah 5-4 OTL
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (2-1-1-0, 5pts) grabbed a point in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Utah Grizzlies (3-4-0-0, 6pts) in front 3,115 fans at the Maverik Center on Friday evening. TJ Syner (0-3-3), Barry Almeida (0-2-2), and Wade Murphy (1-1-2) all had multi-point games for the Railers while Patrick McNally extended his point streak to four games (3-2-5) with his third goal of the season. Eamon McAdam made 27 saves in his return to the net for Worcester as the Railers are now 1-1-1-0 on their four-game road trip. The Railers played well in the first period outshooting the Grizzlies 12-9 but former Worcester Shark Michael Pelech (4th) fired home a centering feed past goaltender Eamon McAdam at 14:04 to give the Grizzlies a 1-0 advantage. Grizzlies goaltender Kevin Carr made several great stops including a left pad save on Chris Langkow at the 11-minute mark. Chris Langkow (1st) tied the score at 1-1 at 48 seconds of the second period after he rushed down the right wing and snapped a snap shot from 35 feet over the shoulder of Kevin Carr. Wade Murphy appeared to have given the Railers a 2-1 lead with a nice deflection but the goal was waved off by referee Liam Sewell for an apparent high stick. With .3 seconds remaining in second frame, Cliff Watson (2nd) fired a shot through a screen and past Eamon McAdam to give the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. A wild third period saw five goals scored, three by the Railers. Ashton Rome (3rd) scored at 28 seconds and Patrick McNally (3rd) ripped one the power play at 2:08 to give Worcester a 3-2 lead. The Grizzlies tied the score at 4:45 before Wade Murphy (2nd) put the Railers back ahead just 35 seconds later with a breakaway strike. Ryan Olsen (1st) tied the score again at 15:55 and Eamon McAdam made a sliding stop with six seconds left to force overtime. With Michael Pelech in the Railers crease, Taylor Richart (4th) scored from 40 feet at 1:08 of the overtime period to give the Grizzlies a 5-4 victory.

2018 at Adirondack 2-1 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC(3-3-0-0, 6pts) ended their three-game road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Adirondack Thunder (6-2-0-0, 12pts) in front of 4,108 fans at the Cool Insuring Arena on Saturday evening. Josh Holmstrom was the only goal scorer for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made 23 saves in net in the loss. James Henry had a goal and an assist for the Thunder while former Railers netminder Alex Sakellaropoulos made 33 saves in net for the win as the Railers fell to 2-3-0-0 on the road this season. Neither team scored in the first period as each team fired six shots on goal, unable to score on the power play, and each team dropped the mitts twice in the opening frame. Tommy Tsicos and Josh Holmstrom each picked up their first fighting majors of the season as the two clubs headed into first intermission scoreless. Peter MacArthur (3rd) extended his point streak to five games with a shot from behind the goal line that banked off Mitch Gillam and into the net at 11:29 of the second period. Worcester outshot Adirondack 16-9 in the middle frame but were unable to find the back of the net on Alex Sakellaropoulos. Worcester trailed 1-0 after 40 minutes of play. Josh Holmstrom (4th) tied the score at 1-1 with a loose puck battle at the side of the net and shuffled past the Thunder netminder at 10:21 of the third period assisted by Austin Block. After a turnover in the neutral zone, James Henry (2nd) broke in down the left wing and fired a shot from on top of the left circle top shelf for the game winner at 18:46.

2019 at Brampton 6-0 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (3-3-0-0, 6pts) finished their four game road stretch with a 6-0 loss to the host the Brampton Beast (4-2-0-0, 8pts) on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,029 fans at the CAA Centre. The Railers are back in action on Friday, November 1 at the DCU Center for Hockey Fights Cancer Night hosting the defending Kelly Cup Champions the Newfoundland Growlers at 7pm. The Railers were shutout for the first time this season as the Brampton Beast prevailed 6-0 with six different goal scorers. Worcester was unable to score on the power play despite having seven opportunities. Evan Buitenhuis came in relief for Linus Soderstrom with just 5:28 left in the second period and made 13 saves on 14 shots in a game that featured 66 PIMS. It was a fast and physical first period with 12 total penalties assessed and the Beast would score the only goal of the frame after Linus Soderstrom stopped Chris Clapperton on a breakaway, Matt Mcleod (1st) was able to slam home the rebound shorthanded giving the Beast a 1-0 lead at 18:05. Worcester was able to kill off all five shorthanded chances and outshot Brampton 10-5 through 20 minutes of play. Things did not go the Railers way in the second period as Nathan Todd (4th) and Jackson Leef (1st) each struck on the power play giving Brampton a 3-0 lead just 4:05 into the frame. The Beast would add onto their lead as Francois Beauchemin (3rd) beat Linus Soderstrom glove side from the left circle at 11:20. Just 3:12 later Lindsay Sparks (2nd) tapped home a rebound as Linus Soderstrom’s night came to an end allowing five goals on 16 shots at 14:32. Despite being down 5-0 the Railers outshot the Beast 19-17 through 40 minutes of play. The power play answered once again for Brampton in the third period as the Beast scored their third power play goal of the game courtesy of TJ Melancon (2nd) who received a feed at the bottom of the left circle and jammed it home making it a 6-0 lead at 16:10. Seven more penalties were called in the third period as Worcester was shutout for the first time this season. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: TJ Melancon (1-2-3) 2nd star: Michael Mcleod (1-1-2) 1st star: Alex Dubeau (27 saves, win, shutout) final shots were 30-27 in favor of Brampton…Alex Dubeau (2-0-0) made 27 saves on 27 shots for Brampton … Linus Soderstrom (1-1-0) made 11 saves on 16 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis served as the backup and came in relief in the second period and finished the game with 13 saves on 14 shots…. Worcester went 0-for-7 on the power play while Brampton went 3-for-9…. Henrik Samuelsson (inj), Ivan Chukarov (inj), Cody Payne (inj), Anthony Florentino (inj), and Chris Rygus, did not dress for Worcester…. Barry Almeida and Nic Pierog tied for a team high with four shots on goal….Worcester allowed their first short handed goal of the season…. Justin Murray tied for a game high 10 PIMS…. Worcester is now 7-7-1-2 all-time vs. the Beast and 2-4-0-2 at the CAA Centre.

2021 at Adirondack 6-2 loss
The Worcester Railers HC (1-2-0-0, 2pts) dropped their first trip of the season at the Cool Insuring Arena, losing 5-2 to the Adirondack Thunder (1-1-0-0, 2pts) on Wednesday night. The Railers are back at the DCU Center against the Florida Everblades on Saturday, November 6th at 7:05 p.m. for Worcester IceCats Night. The Railers went to the box six separate times on Wednesday night, paving the way for Adirondack to score three powerplay goals. Four Thunder had multi-point efforts, as Colin Long (1-1-2), Alexandre Carrier (2-0-2), Blake Thompson (0-2-2) and Joe Masonius (1-1-2) each found the scoresheet multiple times. Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman and Brent Beaudoin each scored goals while Colten Ellis made 29 saves in the loss for Worcester. Just 2:16 into the first period, Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman (1st) put home the rebound of a Karl Boudrias point blast on the powerplay to give the Railers the early 1-0 lead. Adirondack would tie the game nine minutes later, as Colin Long (1st) put away the puck out in front at 11:13 into the period. Just two and a half minutes later, Alexandre Carrier (1st) crashed the net to tap in the second goal of the period for the Thunder at 13:42 into the period. Then, on their first powerplay of the night, Patrick Grasso (1st) would extend the Thunder lead on a tip-in in front of the net to beat Colten Ellis, and make it a 3-1 game with 3:52 to go in the frame. The Railers trailed 3-1 going into the first intermission, while shots were even through the first period at 11-11. The Railers scored first in the second period as Brent Beaudoin (1st) lifted home a rebound off of a Mike Cornell shot to make it a 3-2 game with 6:16 to go in the period. Just 75 seconds later, Adirondack got one back as a Joe Masonius (2nd) slapshot from the point put the Thunder up 4-2 with 5:01 to go in the second. Worcester trailed 4-2 after the first two periods of play. The Thunder struck first in the third, as Tyler Irvine (1st) deflected a puck thrown toward the net from the left wing to make it 5-2 Adirondack 4:13 into the period. Alexandre Carrier (2nd) would cap off the scoring for the night with an empty-net goal at 18:44 into the third period. Worcester would end up falling 6-2 to the Thunder. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd: Star: Mareks Mitens (25 saves, 2 GA, .926 SV%) 2nd Star: Colin Long (1-1-2, 4 shots) 1st Star: Joe Masonius (1-1-2) … final shots were 35-27 in favor of Adirondack … Mareks Mitens made 25 saves on 27 shots for Adirondack…. Colten Ellis made 29 saves on 35 shots for Worcester while Justin Kapelmaster served as the backup…. Worcester went 1 for 2 on the power play while Adirondack went 3 for 6… Liam Coughlin (IR), Collin Adams (INJ), Charlie Spetz (IR), Paul Thompson (SUSP), Tyler Poulsen (Reserve), John Furgele (Scratched), Ross Olsson (IR), Anthony Repaci (INJ) did not dress for Worcester … Jordan Lavalle-Smotherman scored his first goal as a Railer in his third game for Worcester …. Karl Boudrias extended his point streak to two games with an assist … Blake Christensen led all Worcester skaters with five shots on net … Mike Cornell recorded a game-high 14 penalty minutes and received a game misconduct for fighting (continuing altercation) … Nolan Vesey has now played in 50 ECHL games … Nic Pierog has now played his 50th game as a Railer … Worcester has 69 games left on the regular season thirty-five of which are at the DCU Center. The Railers are now 21-13-2-0 all-time vs. the Thunder and 13-7-1 on the road.


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