Today in Worcester hockey history: November 9


1994 vs PEI 7-1 loss
The IceCats allowed five second period goals on their way to a 7-1 blowout loss to Prince Edward Island. Claude Savoie got the Senators on the board at 8:47 of the first, and at 17:43 Ross Wilson would tie it with Jim Nesich getting the assist. But that was all for Worcester as they would allow five goals on 12 shots in the middle frame, three of which came while they were down two skaters.

2001 vs Lowell 5-2 win
The Worcester IceCats used three third period goals to outdistance the Lock Monsters in a 5-2 win. Mark Rycroft got the IceCats on the board at 10:07, with Justin Papineau and Darren Rumble assisting. Former ‘Cats defenseman Jeremiah McCarthy got Lowell even at 12:45 with a power play goal. Jeff Heerema would give the Lock Monsters the lead at 12:48, but Papineau grabbed a power play goal for Worcester at 16:37 to tie it. Jame Pollock and Rycroft had the helpers on the play. In the third period Eric Boguniecki put the ‘Cats in the lead again with a power play goal at 6:45, with Pollock and Jeff Panzer assisting. Pollock then made it 4-2 at 10:18, with Igor Valeev and Dale Clarke picking up points. Eric Nickulas capped the scoring at 19:19 into an empty net, with Boguniecki and Daniel Tkaczuk providing assists. Reinhard Divis only had to make 13 saves for the win.

2002 at Springfield 7-4 win
(ICECATS) Greg Davis, Blake Evans, Christian Backman, Jame Pollock, Jeff Panzer, Steve Bancroft and Justin Papineau all scored for the Worcester IceCats in their 7-4 win over the Springfield Falcons. Bancroft, Davis, Papineau, and Panzer all had assists for two-point games. Evans’ goal was shorthanded, and Davis, Panzer, and Backman had power play goals. Papineau’s was into an empty net. Twelve of the 17 IceCats skaters had points in the contest. Jason Bonsignore had two goals for Springfield. Jason Jaspers and Jeff Taffe also scored for the Falcons. Phil Osaer got the win in net. Zac Bierk started in goal for the Falcons and was relieved by Evgeny Konstantinov.

2007 at San Antonio 5-4 win OT
(WORSHARKS) Worcester Sharks Forward Tom Cavanagh scored a power play goal with :18 seconds left in overtime, his second goal of the game to propel the Sharks to a 5-4 OT win in San Antonio on Friday night. After a scoreless first period, Worcester (6-3-1-0) trailed 1-0 after a power play goal by Rampage Defenseman Brendan Bell at :17 seconds of the second period. It was the 9th time in ten games the Sharks allowed the first goal of the game. Riley Armstrong tied the game at 1-1 after a blast from Craig Valette on a clean face off win by Ashton Rome at 5:20. Worcester took a 2-1 lead after Mike Iggulden scored on a nice setup from Lukas Kaspar at 7:48. The goal was Iggulden’s 7th of the season. Former Worcester Ice Cat Jon DiSalvatore scored on a breakaway at 8:52 to tie the game at 2-2. Graham Mink would score his 4th goal of the season, a power play goal at 17:56 to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. San Antonio would tie the game twice more in the third period, sandwiched between was Tom Cavanagh’s 4th goal of the season at 9:31. Cavanagh was not finished as he scored again in OT on the power play after a goal mouth scramble resulted from a shot by Tom Walsh with just 18 seconds left. It was the 3rd power play goal scored by the Sharks in the hockey game. Thomas Greiss was stellar all night as he made 37 saves for his 5th win of the season. Tom Walsh recorded his first three points of the season, including an assist on the OT GWG. The Sharks were 3-3 on the power-play and 2-4 on the penalty kill. Rampage Goaltender Josh Tordjman (6-1-0) was defeated for the first time all season allowing five goals on 28 shots. The Sharks ended San Antonio’s four game winning streak. Notes: Mike Iggulden celebrated his 25th birthday with two points (1-1-2). Ten different Sharks players recorded a point in the victory. After recording zero points in his first eight professional games, Defenseman Derek Joslin has four points in his last two games. Craig Valette was a goal short of the Gordie Howe Hat trick, having recording an assist and a fighting major.

2012 vs Portland 3-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Alex Stalock turned aside 25 out of 26 shots that he faced to pick up his fifth straight win in net in the Sharks (5-4-1-1) exciting 3-1 comeback win against the Portland Pirates (4-4-1-0) on Friday night in front of 2,026 fans at the DCU Center. Rookie forward Freddie Hamilton scored the game-winner for the Sharks, burying his first professional goal of his young career. Veteran forwards Bracken Kearns (PPG) and Jon Matsumoto (EN) also had goals to secure the victory as Worcester improved to 4-1-1-0 on home ice at the DCU Center and 4-0-1-0 in their last five games overall. The Pirates got on the board first at 1:02 of the first period when Andy Miele slipped a pass from the blue line to a wide open Chris Brown (3rd) in front, who snuck a backhander through the pads of Stalock, putting Portland up 1-0 early. There was a lot of chippy play in the first, with Brandon Mashinter (2nd FM) and Mark Louis (1st FM) squaring off, before Jimmy Bonneau (2nd FM) and Joel Rechlicz (1st FM) went toe-to-toe at center ice in a great bout. There were 44 totals penalty minutes in the first period. There wasn’t too much action in the second period. The best chance came when Bonneau tipped a shot from the point that zipped past Portland goalie Chad Johnson and rang the pipe. Portland outshot the Sharks 11-7 in the period. The Sharks tied the game only 46 seconds into the third period on a 5-on-3 power play when Tim Kennedy found Kearns (4th) on the doorstep who tapped it past Johnson for the equalizer. That set the stage for Hamilton (1st) to bury his first professional goal at 8:36 of the third period when he backhanded a shot past Johnson after collecting his own rebound, putting the Sharks up 2-1. Matsumoto (3rd) then sealed the deal, burying an empty net goal at 19:21, giving the Sharks a 3-1 final. The Sharks overall record improves to 5-4-1-1 (12pts in 11gp) and 4-1-1-0 (9pts in 6gp) at the DCU Center this season.

2013 vs Providence 5-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) Bracken Kearns and Eriah Hayes scored for the Worcester Sharks (3-6-0-0, 6pts) but it wasn’t enough in a 5-2 loss to the Providence Bruins (6-4-0-2, 14pts) in front of 5,616 at the DCU Center on Saturday during Autism Awareness Night to benefit the Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts. Troy Grosenick made 24 saves in his first professional loss. A slew of penalties and strong goaltending from Bruins rookie goaltender Malcolm Subban contributed to the Sharks loss in their first game against division rival Providence. Both the Sharks and the Bruins played tight defense in the opening period and goaltending was strong on both sides. Bruins starting goaltender Malcolm Subban went 7-for-7, and Troy Grosenick, Worcester’s starting goaltender went 12-for-13. The only goal allowed in the period came at 16:15 when Carter Camper (1st) wristed one high past Grosenick on a 5-on-3 to put Providence up 1-0. The Bruins outshot the Sharks 13-7. A flurry of penalties in the middle frame put the Sharks at a disadvantage throughout the whole period. The first fight of the game broke out early in the second period at 2:44 when Rob Davison (2nd FM) took on Anthony Camara (1st FM) with Mike Moore also getting in on the action, earning him a game misconduct. The Bruins added to their lead at 6:30 when Craig Cunningham (6th) snuck the puck past Grosenick on a feed right in front of the net from Alexander Khokhlachev putting the Bruins up 2-0. A second 5-on-3 opportunity for the Bruins came in the middle period, to the same result as the first. Carter Camper (2nd) netted his second goal of the game at 13:27 with a slap shot from the top of the circle, assisted by Ryan Spooner. Worcester outshot Providence 10-5. Offensive production picked up for the Sharks in the closing period. Worcester got their first goal of the game at 4:16 when Eriah Hayes (2nd) deflected a shot from Taylor Doherty past Subban to make the score 3-1 Providence. Another fight broke out at 5:39 when Tommy Cross (1st FM) and Matt Pelech (2nd FM) went toe-to-toe. Each received a fighting major and Pelech earned an additional penalty for checking to the head. The Bruins scored their first goal of the period at 7:59 when Matt Lindblad (1st) exhibited some stick skills and worked the puck around Grosenick, extending the Providence lead to 4-1. The Sharks managed to convert on the power play at 15:09 when Bracken Kearns (3rd) forced the puck in amidst a scrum in front of the net making the score 4-2. Following this the Sharks were unable to produce offensively despite pulling their goaltender, and Bobby Robins (1st) scored an empty netter at 19:58 to give the Bruins the 5-2 lead as the clock wound down. The Sharks outshot the Bruins 10-9 in the final frame. The Sharks overall record falls to 3-6-0-0, 6pts and 2-4-0-0, 4pts on home ice.

2018 vs Maine 3-2 OTL
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (3-7-1-0, 7pts) dropped their franchise high sixth straight game with a 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Maine Mariners (4-5-0-1, 9pts) in front of 2,573 fans at the DCU Center on Friday evening. Barry Almeida and Dylan Willick scored for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis made 34 saves in net as the Railers surrendered 1-0 and 2-1 leads before falling in overtime. Brandon Halverson made 30 saves in net for the Mariners in his first win of the season and Shawn St. Amant (1st) scored just 29 seconds into overtime as the Railers dropped to 0-5-1-0 in their last six games. Barry Almeida (3rd) gave the Railers a 1-0 lead in the first period after a nice rush into the offensive zone on a 3-on-2 and shuffled in his own rebound past Brandon Halverson at 12:52 for the only score of the opening frame as Nick Sorkin and Woody Hudson picked up assists. Shots were 13-9 in favor of Maine as Evan Buitenhuis stood tall in net. Maine would tie the score at 1-1 as Terrence Wallin (3rd) as he deflected home a shot from Ryan Culkin at 6:46 of the second period. After great work behind the offensive net by Austin Block, Dylan Willick (2nd) sent a quick shot from the left circle that found the back of the net at 10:15 to give Worcester the 2-1 lead. Maine would tie the score again on their third power play as Alex Kile (7th) zipped a one-timer from the right circle at 12:27 after a nice feed from Dawson Leedhal. The score was tied 2-2 through 40 minutes as Maine held a 30-21 shot advantage. Neither team would score in the third period, but Worcester had several great chances and had a goal disallowed with under two minutes left due to an apparent high stick. Shots were 11-6 in favor of Worcester in the third frame as the two clubs went to overtime tied 2-2. It did not take long for Maine to win the game at Shawn St. Amant (1st) raced down the left wing, cut on top of the crease and snapped a shot past the glove of Buitenhuis at the 29 second mark for the first overtime winner in Mariners franchise history.


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