Today in Worcester hockey history: November 1

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1994 vs Saint John 1-0 win
Worcester IceCats goaltender Les Kuntar made 30 saves in a 1-0 whitewash of the Flames. Saint John goaltender Dwayne Roloson was nearly as good, making 27 saves, but a first period bid by Davis Haas beat him for what turned out to be the only goal in the game. Jason Widmer and Shawn Heaphy had the assists on the goal.

1995 vs Springfield 2-1 win
The Worcester IceCats got two goals from Craig Johnson and 34 saves from Eric Fichaud in a 2-1 win over the Falcons. Johnson’s first goal came at 18:16 of the second period, assisted by Roy Mitchell. After Jeff Finley tied the game at 9:39 Johnson scored again at 13:50 with Lindsay Vallis and David Roberts getting the assists.

1996 vs Kentucky 3-2 win
The Worcester IceCats were thoroughly outplayed by the Thoroughblades for the first 55 minutes of their game against Kentucky, but woke up in the final five to steal a 3-2 victory. IceCats netminder Mike Buzak kept them in the contest, making several big saves in a scoreless opening period. The ice was tilted toward the Worcester end even more in the second period, but it took a lucky bounce for Kentucky to get on the board. After a high shot hit the glass behind the net the puck bounced to the near post where Buzak was unable to handle the odd carom. Steve Webb was there to bang the puck into the open net for the 1-0 lead. Jason Zent tied the game on the power play at 11:12 when he was hit by Alex Vasilevskii’s shot that was going well wide and the puck ended up in the net. Late in the second Buzak injured a knee and couldn’t start the third, and was replaced by Travis Scott. Steve Guolla got the Thoroughblades their lead back with a power play goal at 5:09, but Scott Pellerin tied the game for the ‘Cats when he banged home a loose puck at 16:28 after a long flurry by Worcester. Rob Pearson and Zent had the helpers. Just when it looked like the game was going to overtime Bob Lachance deflected a feed from Pellerin at 19:30 for the game winner. Justin Hocking had the secondary assist on the play. Buzak made 25 saves in the contest, and Scott earned the win making eight in the third period.

1997 vs Hartford 6-3 win
The Worcester IceCats used three third period goals to defeat the Hartford Wolf Pack 6-3. Shayne Toporowski got the ‘Cats on the board with a first period goal assisted by Dennis Wright and Stephane Roy. Chris Winnes tied it for Hartford at 6:16, and 55 seconds into the middle period Vladimir Vorobiev gave the Wolf Pack the lead. Roy would get Worcester back to even, with assists by Toporowski and Ivan Ciernik, at 13:21. Robert Petrovicky put the ‘Cats in front with a goal at 15:44, with Justin Hocking and Wright getting helpers. In the third period Rory Fitzpatrick made it 4-2 on a power play tally at 5:17, with Petrovicky and Mike Prokopec assisting. Chris Kenady tacked one on, from help Jason Zent, at 6:49. Marc Savard had Hartford’s third goal at 8:32 on the power play, Petrovicky’s second of the game at 14:06 ended any hopes of a comeback for the Wolf Pack. Terry Virtue had the lone assist on the goal. Frederic Cassivi had 35 saves in the win.

1998 vs Saint John 3-2 win
The Worcester IceCats scored three times in the first period and then withstood a furious third period Flames charge to beat St. John 3-2. Terry Yake opened the scoring on a goal at 7:50 assisted by Lubos Bartecko and Matt Smith. Stephane Roy made it 2-0 with a power play goal at 14:29, with Derek Diener and Jochen Hecht picking up helpers. Andrej Podkonicky made it a three goal game with a power play goal at 15:19, with Bartecko and Yake picking up their second points of the game. In the third period Rocky Thompson would get the Flames on the board at 1:49, and then Eric Charron would score a five on three power play goal at 6:26 to make it 3-2. But that’s how the game would end, with the ‘Cats earning the two points. Rich Parent had 25 saves in the victory.

2002 vs Manchester 3-2 loss
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats four-game unbeaten streak was broken Friday night as the Manchester Monarchs scored with just under three minutes to play at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. The Monarchs came in as advertised, utilizing the AHL’s best power play to score all three goals
Worcester’s Blake Evans put the ‘Cats on the board with a shorthanded goal at the 11:57 mark of the opening frame. With Chad Starling in the home team’s penalty box for a hooking infraction, Evans took a pass from Jeff Panzer for the early lead. Thirty-five seconds later, Manchester’s Steve Heinze took advantage of the same penalty and knotted the game at one before Mark Rycroft extended his scoring streak to five games at 5:45 of the second period, giving the ‘Cats a 2-1 lead. Rycroft’s persistent forecheck led to a turnover behind the Manchester net and he finished off his fourth of the season with a quick wrap-around. With his helpers on both Worcester goals, Panzer now has points in four of his last five games (1/5/6). Manchester’s Eric Healey went on to score two unanswered goals, his third and fourth of the season, including the game-winner at 17:14 of the final period. Mike Cammalleri assisted on all three Manchester goals. Phil Osaer was in the Worcester net and turned aside 23 of 26 shots, while Monarchs goaltender Cristobal Huet stopped 29 of 31. With the 3-2 loss, the ‘Cats’ record now stands at 3-4-1-0 for seven points in the American Hockey League’s North Division.

2003 vs Providence 4-4 tie
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats earned a point in a 4-4 tie with the Providence Bruins Saturday night at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. Providence goaltender Tim Thomas weathered a first-period storm in which the IceCats fired 16 shots. Three of those ended up in the back of the net as Mike Glumac, Blake Evans and Aaron MacKenzie combined to give Worcester a 3-2 lead. Providence actually lead twice in the opening 20 minutes on goals by Zdenek Kutlak (1-0) and Carl Corrazini (2-1). Worcester’s Sergei Varlamov made it a 4-2 game and extended his goals-streak to three games at 4:09 of the second. The ‘Cats appeared on their way to the win, but the Bruins edged their way back. Former Boston Bruin Ted Donato put the B’s within a goal on a shorthanded tally at 10:57 and ended goalie Curtis Sanford’s night (7 saves on 10 shots). Reinhard Divis came in and made 13 saves on 14 shots. Corrazini notched his second goal of the night 5:21 into the third to even the score at 4-4. A 42-save performance by Thomas, his second such game against the ‘Cats this season, back-boned the point for his club.

2008 vs Manchester 4-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Despite coming off of an exhausting battle the night before, the Sharks looked impressive at home, besting the Manchester Monarchs, 4-1. The scoring began only four and a half minutes into the match, when Cory Larose made the most of Tom Cavanagh’s shot on goal, by scooping up the rebound on the right wing side and putting the puck in the back of the net. Both Cavanagh and Ryan Vesce were credited with assists on the play. Worcester struck again when Cavanagh scored ten minutes later on the power play. After working the puck around the attack zone, Derek Joslin found Mike Morris in the slot, who lifted a wrist shot at Monarch goalie Jonathan Quick. Quick made the save, but Steven Zalewski corralled the rebound and allowed Cavanagh to toss a backhand by Quick for his third goal of the season. Zalewski and Morris assisted on the play. Manchester, however, would stay competitive when Denny Johnston scored on what would be a controversial goal. Johnston’s shot hit the horizontal post and the puck ricocheted back onto the ice. After a few minutes of discussion, the officials confirmed that the shot was a goal. Viatcheslav Voynov and Alec Martinez notched assists on the goal. After a scoreless second period, the Sharks countered with another power play goal six minutes into the third. After fighting through a scrum in front of net, Larose was able to secure the puck and, from his knees, deftly send a backhand pass across the ice to an open Lukas Kaspar, who wristed the puck into the open net. The Sharks would not relent in the third, as Mike Morris found himself in a one-on-one situation and was able to convert. The Massachusetts native edged past Manchester defenseman Alec Martinez and used the net as a shield when he circled the net and notched the wrap-around goal. With just seven minutes left in the contest, Monarch forward Kevin Westgarth targeted Frazer McLaren, wanting retribution for a hit McLaren landed on Manchester’s Josh Kidd just seconds earlier. Westgarth came from behind and started a fight against a defenseless McLaren. Westgarth received 19 minutes in penalties, including a game misconduct. The win brings Worcester to 4-4-0-0, while the loss drops Manchester to 2-5-0-1.

2009 vs Springfield 4-1 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks defeated the Springfield Falcons 4-1 in a game that featured 146 penalty minutes as Head Coach Roy Sommer recorded his 400th career AHL victory at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Andrew Desjardins started the scoring with a shorthanded rebound goal: 37 seconds into the first period. In the final minute, Matt Jones tipped a Danny Groulx shot to put the Sharks ahead 2-0 at 19:14. After twenty minutes of play the Sharks led 2-0 outshooting the Falcons 17-6. The Falcons cut into the lead early in the second period when Chris Linglet scored a shorthanded goal at 3:30. At the 8:05 mark, the Sharks extended their lead when Steven Zalewski sent a blistering wrist shot over the shoulder of Falcons goaltender Devan Dubnyk. Tempers flared when the period ended, as the benches cleared for a scrum at center ice. Forty minutes of penalties were handed out at the 20:00 mark as the period ended with the Sharks on top 3-1. The third period was a vicious one with many big hits and fights, but the Sharks were able to keep their composure to secure the win. After another brawl at 8:25, Dan DaSilva added an empty netter at 18:26 to extend the score to 4-1, where it would finish. With the win the Sharks move to 7-3-0-1 on the season.

2011 vs St. John’s 6-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) Matt Irwin scored his AHL leading 4th goal from the blue line for Worcester but the Sharks sunk for the first time in regulation, 6-3, to the visiting St. John’s IceCaps to kick off the month of November at the DCU Center on Tuesday night. Mike Connolly extended his point streak to six games with as assist (5-6-11) and Harri Sateri made 28 saves for Worcester as the Sharks fell behind 3-0 in the opening 12 minutes and were never able to recover. St. John’s came flying out of the gate aided by a four minute power play in the opening minute and took a 3-0 lead. Jason King (5th) deflected a shot/pass from Marco Rosa past Harri Sateri at 2:38. Aaron Gagnon (2nd) made it 2-0 at 4:21 with another power play strike finishing off a rebound chance. Kevin Clark (2nd) sent a quick shot from the right circle on a 2-on-2 rush to give the IceCaps a 3-0 lead. Cam MacIntyre (2nd) got the Sharks on the board after a terrific rush by Sena Acolatse down the left wing at 17:39. MacIntyre rushed towards the front of the net and poked the puck past Edward Pasquale to cut the deficit to two goals. The Sharks trailed 3-1 after the first period as both teams fired 10 shots on goal. Worcester struck early in the 2nd period as Sena Acolatse (1st) slapped a bullet past Pasquale from on top of the left circle for his first professional goal at 1:15 of the 2nd period to get the Sharks within a goal. But the IceCaps scored the next two goals, with Kevin Clark (3rd) sneaking a rebound past Sateri at 3:02 and Patrice Cormier (1st) at 17:26 giving St. John’s a 5-2 lead through 40 minutes of play. Matt Irwin (4th) extended his point streak to four games with a power play tally strike with a rocket from the left circle at 3:43 to cut the IceCaps lead to 5-3. Riley Holzapfel (5th) sealed the deal for the IceCaps with an empty net goal at 18:15 as the Sharks fell for the first time in regulation by the count of 6-3. The Sharks record falls to 4-1-0-2 with 10 points and to 2-1-0-1 at the DCU Center.

2013 vs Bridgeport 7-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) Freddie Hamilton returned from San Jose and netted a goal, but it wasn’t enough to put the Sharks on top, as the Worcester Sharks (2-4-0-0, 4 pts) fell 7-1 to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2-5-1-0, 5 pts) on Friday night at the DCU Center. Of the eight goals scored, five came from power plays, with the Sound Tigers converting on four of nine opportunities. Bridgeport starting goaltender Anders Nilsson had a strong outing, going 27-for-28 in the win for the Sound Tigers. Both Sharks goalies saw action tonight with starting goaltender Harri Sateri going 23-for-29 and Troy Grosenick going 6-for-7. Physicality was the name of the game in the opening period with both teams hitting hard. Ryan Strome (2nd), the star rookie for Bridgeport, gave the Sound Tigers the lead when he wristed a shot past Sateri from the top of the left circle at 15:51, assisted by Anders Lee and Joe Diamond. The period ended with Bridgeport leading 1-0 but the Sharks outshot the Sound Tigers 12-9. The game erupted in the middle period with a flurry of fights and goals for the Sound Tigers, who scored four times in the period, putting them up 5-0. The first goal of the period at 3:17 was the second of the night for Ryan Strome (3rd) who took advantage on the power play of a blocked shot floating in front of the net, putting the puck in the five hole to make the score 2-0 Bridgeport. Nick Larson (1st) got his first goal of the season when he found himself right in front of the net with the puck at 10:52 and flipped it past Sateri, which gave Bridgeport the 3-0 advantage. The second power play goal of the game came at 16:47 when Mike Halmo (3rd) got in on the scoring action off a feed from Strome. Less than two minutes later at 18:41 Halmo (4th) got his second power play goal of the night putting the Sound Tigers up 5-0. At 16:54 Taylor Doherty (2nd FM) and Brett Gallant (3rd FM) dropped the gloves in a heated fight ending in 10 minute misconducts for Gallant and Justin Johnson and five for fighting on Doherty. Bridgeport ended the period 3-5 on the power play and outshot Worcester 17-9. A change was made by Worcester midway through the third period, after the Sound Tigers netted their sixth goal. Joe Diamond (2nd) deflected a shot from Alan Quine over Sateri at 4:39, putting Bridgeport up 6-0. Sateri was then taken out, replaced by rookie goaltender Troy Grosenick. At 6:12 John Persson got one by Grosenick off the face-off on a five-on-three, but after that Grosenick was strong, making 6-of-7 total. The lone goal for the Sharks came at 13:03 when Freddie Hamilton (2nd) scored a power play goal from the top of the right circle to make the score 7-1. The game ended with a slew of penalties as a brawl broke out by the benches. Gallant was given his second misconduct of the game at 19:30 and a number of other players were penalized. However it didn’t make much of a difference, as the game ended 30 seconds later with a final score of 7-1.

2014 vs Hershey 5-4 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (5-2-1-0, 11pts) finished up their season long six game home stand (3-2-1-0) with an exciting 5-4 victory over the visiting Hershey Bears (6-3-0-0, 12pts) in front 3,263 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening. Daniil Tarasov (2-0-2), Konrad Abeltshauser (0-2-2), Matt Taormina (0-2-2), and Jeremy Langlois (0-2-2) all had multi point games for Worcester while Troy Grosenick picked up his 5th win of the season in his 8th straight start in goal. Tyler Kennedy, Freddie Hamilton, and Micheal Haley also scored for the Sharks in an entertaining game as the Bears three game winning streak came to an end. The Bears gave up the first goal of the game for the first time this season as Daniil Tarasov (1st) fired home a loose puck past goaltender Pheonix Copley at 1:50. Hershey tied the score just 14 seconds later after what appeared to be a high stick in front of the Worcester net as Joel Broda (2nd) was credited with the goal. On a conditioning assignment from the San Jose Sharks, Tyler Kennedy (1st) fired a backhander from the right circle into the net after the Hershey netminder misplayed the puck behind the cage at 8:57. No penalties were called in a fast moving opening period as the Sharks took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission as Hershey held an 11-10 shot advantage. Hershey tied the score again at 5:15 of the 2nd period as defenseman Cameron Schilling (1st) fired a hard low shot through the pads of Grosenick after a face-off win inside the Worcester zone. Just 62 seconds later, Freddie Hamilton (4th) extended his point streak to four games with a rocket of a shot on a rush from the left wing at 6:17 to put Worcester back ahead 3-2. After a series of heavy checks, Micheal Haley (2nd FM) fought former Shark Mike Moore (2nd FM) in a long scrap at 10:35 in a physical middle frame. Worcester took a 4-2 lead after Daniil Tarasov (2nd) roofed a backhander inside the crossbar from on top of the Hershey crease at 16:30. Worcester outshot Hershey 11-5 in the second period and took a 4-2 advantage into the 2nd intermission. Worcester went ahead 5-2 as Micheal Haley (5th) struck at 2:00 with a power play goal from on top of the crease which turned out to be the game winner. Kris Newbury (5th) deflected a shot past Grosenick at 4:46 to cut the Sharks lead to 5-3. With the extra attacker on, Steve Oleksy (3rd) got the Bears within a goal with a blast at 18:44. Bears defenseman Tomas Kundratek hit the post with 20 seconds remaining as the Sharks held on for the 5-4 win. The Sharks overall record improves to 5-2-1-0, 11pts and 3-2-1-0, 7pts at the DCU Center.

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