Today in Worcester hockey history: November 11


1994 at Rochester 4-2 loss
(ICECATS) The Rochester Americans struck early, scoring three first-period goals on its way to a 4-2 victory over the Worcester IceCats before about 6,300 fans at War Memorial Auditorium. The host Amerks extended their advantage to 4-0 before the IceCats got on the board on a Terry Virtue goal. David Haas set up the score, which came with 2:14 left in the middle period. A Walt Poddubny goal with less than a minute left accounted for the final margin. The IceCats held the advantage in shots on goal, 32-26.

1996 vs Providence 5-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats were down 3-0 after the first 21 minutes of the game, and despite outshooting the Baby-Bs 41-13 the rest of the way couldn’t dig themselves out if that hole in a 5-3 loss to Providence. Brett Harkins opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 2:42, and John Gruden put one in at 19:01 to make it 2-0 after one period. Fifty-five seconds into the middle stanza Davis Payne made it a three goal lead for the Bruins. From there it was all Providence netminder Rob Tallas, who made 38 saves the rest of the way to keep his team in the lead He finished the game with 47 stops. In the third period Stephane Roy finally broke through the Tallas wall, with assists to Patrick Traverse and Jason Zent, at 6:24. Zent then scored on the power play at 12:12 to make it 3-2. Daniel Guerard and Roy had the helpers. At 12:46 Tim Sweeney scored to make it a two goal Bruins lead again. Mike Maneluk scored an extra attacker goal at 19:33, with Nick Naumenko and Alex Vasilevskii picking up assists. But Harkins would hit an empty net from 150′ away for the unassisted goal at 19:55 to ice the game for Providence. Jamie McLennan had 21 saves in the loss, his first of the season.

1998 vs Providence 5-0 loss
The Worcester IceCats fired 30 shots on Providence netminder John Grahame but couldn’t beat him once in a 5-0 loss to the Baby-Bs. Providence got three goals in the first period with Landon Wilson (1:16), Eric Nickulas (3:08), and Antti Laaksonen (13:18) all lighting the lamp. In the second period Laaksonen would score again, at 14:13, on one of the two shots the P-Bruins fired on net in the frame. Marquis Mathieu made it 5-0 with a goal at 3:43 of the third period. Dan Murphy made 22 saves in the loss.

2000 vs Hartford 4-3 win
(HARTFORD) The Wolf Pack remembered the score and did a commendable job trying to settle it. But a soft goal by Jaroslav Obsut and Jame Pollock’s rising wrist shot off a face-off in the final 6:12 enabled the Worcester IceCats to beat the Wolf Pack 4-3 Saturday night. It was a far cry from the Wolf Pack’s last visit to the Centrum Oct. 22, when the IceCats scored the first eight goals in an 8-2 victory. Obsut’s shot through a screen from the top of the right face-off circle, after Manny Malhotra over skated the puck and failed to clear the zone, regained the momentum for the IceCats (8-4-1-1) with 6:12 left. Obsut’s tiebreaker came only 62 seconds after Brad Smyth’s second bad-angled goal, his 11th of the season. Then 3:41 after Obsut regained the lead, Andrei Troschinsky won a faceoff across the slot to Pollock, who one-timed a shot under the crossbar for the winner. Johan Witehall scored a 6-on-4, power-play goal off Derek Armstrong’s second assist with 11 seconds left. The Wolf Pack began to try to avenge the earlier debacle off the opening face-off as Ryan Bast instigated a fight with IceCats tough guy Brandon Sugden, who had run captain Ken Gernander in the first game. The two exchanged several blows from their knees, with Sugden getting a decision, probably for good reason. He teaches boxing at a local Boys Club, and his father was a pro who sparred with Muhammad Ali. The IceCats spent much of the first period on a power play, and they scored at 2:10 when Daniel Corso put in a rebound of former Whalers right wing Chris Murray. After Holmqvist (23 saves) made a big stop off Marc Brown from in close, Smyth tied it at 13:07 as his wrist shot from the right face-off circle squeezed between the pads of Dwayne Roloson (33 saves) for Smyth’s first goal in five games. The Wolf Pack, who killed a 5-on-3 power play at the end of the first period, allowed wide-open Doug Friedman to score his first goal off Troschinsky’s rebound at 14:18 of the second period. Smyth tied it at 2 with 7:11 left when he took a pass from Armstrong and one-timed a bad-angled shot from the left face-off circle that squeezed past Roloson midway through the second.

2002 at Lowell 5-3 loss
(ICECATS) Monday afternoon at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, the IceCats were defeated by the Lock Monsters 5-3, with the fifth goal coming via the empty net. Jason Dawe, Justin Papineau and Jeff Panzer tallied for Worcester. John Pohl picked-up an assist on Jeff Panzer’s goal. For Pohl, it was his ninth assist and 15th point overall in 12 games.

2006 vs Providence 6-3 win
(BRUINS) The Providence Bruins fwll to the Worcester Sharks 6-3 Saturday at the DCU Center. The P-Bruins got goals from Ryan Glenn, Martins Karsums and Jeremy Reich. In the first period, the Sharks opened up the scoring at the 7:01 mark, when Grant Stevenson took a shot from the high slot and snuck the puck past P-Bruins goaltender Hannu Toivonen to take the 1-0 lead. Joe Pavelski and Mathieu Darche had the assists. Worcester went on the power play and scored their second goal of the game at the 14:00 mark from Craig Valette. Ashton Rome and Scott Ferguson recorded the assists. The Sharks went into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead after Pavelski scored through traffic in front of the net at the 15:41 mark. Darche and Stevenson tallied the two assists. The P-Bruins got on the board in the second period with a power play goal from Glenn at the 4:59 mark. Kris Versteeg and Pascal Pelletier worked the puck in front of the net before Glenn put under the crossbar. Worcester retook a three goal lead heading into the second intermission with a goal from Lukas Kaspar at the 18:14 mark. Justin Kurtz and Mathieu Biron had the assists. The P-Bruins scored twice quickly in the third period to pull within a goal. At the 3:20 mark, while on the power play Glenn sent the puck from the left point along the boards to Tyler Redenbach. He sent the puck towards the net where Karsums awaited to tip it into the net. Providence score its only even strength goal of the game at the 11:17 mark, when Reich banked the puck off the crossbar, right goal post and into the net. Glenn and Karsums had the assists. With the P-Bruins within a goal, the Sharks answered with two unanswered against Jordan Sigalet, who entered the game in place of Toivonen midway through the third period. At the 11:50 mark, Pavelski scored his second goal of the game with Stevenson and Kurtz picking up the assists. Worcester added one more insurance goal at the 16:20 mark from Vilette, his second of the game, while Mike Iggulden and Kurtz had the assists. In net for the P-Bruins Toivonen and Sigalet combined to stop 16 of 22 shots, while Nolan Schaefer made 22 saves for the Sharks. Providence was 2 for 5 on the power play, while Worcester was 1 for 5 on the man advantage.

2008 vs Springfield 2-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) When an offense is able to put 46 shots on goal, it’s usually the sign of an overpowering offensive effort. But that wasn’t the case on Veteran’s Day 2008, as the Sharks fell to Springfield 2-0. The Falcons struck first with 8:31 left in the first period. Rob Bina tossed the puck up ice, where Tyler Spurgeon won the race to the puck on the right wing side and found Derek Bekar through traffic in front of the net. Bekar corralled the puck and flicked it past Sharks goalie Gerald Coleman as he fell to the ground on the left side of the goal. Frazer McLaren and Theo Peckham lifted the game’s intensity early on, throwing fists just under four minutes into the match. Not many blows were landed by either enforcer, but the two set the game’s tone almost immediately. The physical play continued throughout the match, with three separate scuffles having to be broken up by officials throughout the second period and twice again in the third. Springfield goalie Devan Dubnyk was obstinate in clogging the net, stopping 42 shots and possessing a knack for placing himself in the perfect position to stop each and every Worcester shot. It was Dubnyk’s first career AHL shutout. The Sharks outshot the Falcons 46-16. The loss brings Worcester’s record to 5-7-0-0, while the win gives the Falcons a 6-3-2-1 record.

2009 vs Lowell 7-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Lowell Devils beat the Worcester Sharks 7-3 during a Veteran’s day matinee showing at the DCU Center on Wednesday. Frazer McLaren scored his first goal of the season, while Logan Couture extended his point streak to six games with a goal and two assists (5-8-13) and is now tied for first in points among rookies in the AHL. Down two men on the power play, Worcester couldn’t hold off Lowell’s Matt Taormina who scored at 6:56 in the first. At 7:39, Nathan Perkovich took advantage of the power play again to put Lowell up 2-0. The Sharks fought back at 17:33 when Brandon Mashinter grabbed a pass from Logan Couture at the top of the circle and scored on Jeff Frazee, bringing the score to 2-1. The Devils’ Nick Palmieri grabbed the first goal of the second period at 6:03. Minutes later at 9:45, Vladimir Zharkov scored again for Lowell to make it 4-1. After the fourth goal of the game, Coach Roy Sommer replaced Stalock with Tyson Sexsmith in net. During the faceoff that followed, Brandon Mashinter dropped the gloves and went after Lowell’s Nathan Perkovich. In the resulting power play, Frazer McLaren scored Worcester’s second goal of the game with the help of Logan Couture and Benn Ferriero. Sexsmith let up his first goal of the game to Trevor Kell at 18:14. The Sharks trailed 5-2 after forty minutes. The Devils started the scoring at 1:29 in the third with a rebound that was deflected in by Vladimir Zharkov for his second goal of the game. Lowell’s Matt Cohen continued the Devils’ rally at 6:02 to put the Sharks down 7-2. Logan Couture added to the Sharks’ score at 16:10 in the third to lessen the gap to 7-3. With the loss, the Sharks move to 8-5-0-1 (17 points) on the season.

2011 vs. Bridgeport 3-2 win
(WORSHARKS) John McCarthy scored his first goal of the season and added an assist as the Sharks defeated the Sound Tigers 3-2 at the DCU Center on Friday afternoon. Harri Sateri was solid in goal for Worcester making 23 saves. John McCarthy (1st) gave Worcester a 1-0 lead after he scored while the Sharks were shorthanded by two men with a terrific rush down the left side and snapped a shot through Bridgeport netminder Anders Nilsson at 8:32. Bridgeport tied the score after rookie David Ullstrom skated down the left side and wristed a shot from the circle off the glove hand of Harri Sateri and into the net at 18:25. Bridgeport outshot Worcester 8-6 in the opening frame. Physical play picked up in the middle frame as Sharks captain Mike Moore (2nd FM) dropped the mitts with Sound Tigers agitator Michael Haley at 4:36. After a brief delay due to a power surge at the DCU Center, Cam MacIntyre (3rd) deflected a Matt Irwin shot from the point into the net at 7:48 to give the Sharks a 2-1 advantage. John McCarthy received the secondary assist after a clean faceoff win in the Bridgeport zone. There were plenty of post whistle scrums the rest of the period as Worcester outshot Bridgeport 14-7 in the middle frame. In the third period, rookie Brodie Reid (2nd) scored in his 2nd straight game at 4:43 after Benn Ferriero blocked a shot inside the Sharks zone and the puck punched out to Reid on the left wing. Brodie flew down the left side and snapped a quick shot past the glove hand of Nilsson to put Worcester ahead 3-1. Nino Niederreitter (1st) blazed a shot from the right slot through a screen to get the Sound Tigers within one score at 17:01. The Sound Tigers pulled the goaltender with 90 seconds remaining and had several chances to tie the score late but Harri Sateri stood tall for his 3rd victory of the season. The Sharks record improves to 5-2-0-2 with 12 points and to 3-2-0-1 at the DCU Center.

2012 at Providence 4-3 win SO
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (6-5-1-1) finished off their third consecutive 3-in-3 weekend with a hard fought come from behind 4-3 shootout win over the Providence Bruins (4-6-0-1) on Sunday afternoon in front of 6,201 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Alex Stalock made 34 saves in the win for Worcester to improve to 6-0-0 in his last six starts. Bracken Kearns (6th) and Brandon Mashinter (1st) scored third period power play goals and Yanni Gourde scored his (3rd) of the season in the victory as the Sharks took four out of a possible six points this weekend. It was a physical start to the first period with James Livingston and Kevan Miller receiving four minutes each for roughing at 2:11 followed by Matt Pelech (3rd FM) and Bobby Robbins (6th FM) dropping the mitts at 3:07. The Sharks went ahead 1-0 at 11:11 after Yanni Gourde (3rd) intercepted a Matt Bartowski pass in front of the Bruins net and ripped the puck past goaltender Michael Hutchinson. Providence tied the score on the game’s first power play chance as Jamie Tardif (3rd) tapped a centering pass past Alex Stalock at 16:05. The Bruins held a 11-8 shot advantage through 20 minutes with the score tied at 1-1. The Bruins took little time taking a 2-1 lead early in the second period at 1:06 after an unassisted Ryan Spooner (2nd) backhand goal over Stalock’s right shoulder. Providence extended their lead to 3-1 at 7:18 with a blast from defenseman Garnet Exelby (2nd) coming from the left point through a screen past Stalock down low. Curt Gogol and Zack Trotman briefly dropped the gloves resulting in roughing penalties at 18:14. Providence outshot Worcester 13-3 in the second period and 24-11 advantage through 40 minutes. The Sharks came out flying in the third period registering three shots on a power play continuing from the second period but were unable to beat Hutchinson. Worcester cut the lead to 3-2 with a Bracken Kearns (6th) deflection from a Matt Tennyson shot at 6:26 on the power play. The Sharks tied the game at 3-3 at 11:22 on the power play a Brandon Mashinter (1st) tip in from a Matt Irwin blast coming from the right point. Worcester outshot Providence 15-11 in the third period as the Sharks forced overtime tied at 3-3. Worcester outshot Providence 6-2 in the scoreless overtime period sending the game into a shootout. The final game shot total was in favor of the Bruins 37-32. In the shootout, Worcester defeated Providence (3-2) and came out with the victory 4-3. The Sharks got goals from John McCarthy, Jon Matsumoto, and Brandon Mashinter – who had the game winner. Alex Stalock stopped 4 out of 6 shots in the shootout. The Sharks overall record improves to 6-5-1-1 (14pts in 13gp) and 2-3-0-1 (5 pts in 6gp) on the road this season.

2014 at Springfield 4-2 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (8-3-1-0, 17pts) scored four goals in the third period to defeat the Springfield Falcons (6-7-1-0, 13pts) by the score of 4-2 in front of 2, 009 fans at the Mass Mutual Center on Tuesday afternoon. Matt Tennyson, Evan Trupp, Bryan Lerg, and Jeremy Langlois all scored in the third period for Worcester while JP Anderson made 30 saves in net for his first AHL victory. Chris Tierney added two assists while the first place Sharks have won three straight games headed into this weekend’s action at the DCU Center on Friday and Saturday. Neither team scored in a fast paced first period as Worcester outshot Springfield 11-10. JP Anderson made 10 saves for the Sharks including five saves on two power play chances against. Oscar Dansk kept Worcester at bay with 11 first period saves as the two teams headed to the first intermission scoreless. The Falcons controlled the second period outshooting Worcester 15-3 and scored the period’s only goal at 9:04. Sean Collins (3rd) one timed a cross the crease pass past Anderson to give Springfield a 1-0 advantage. JP Anderson was super in the second period as he added 14 more saves in the middle frame. Worcester exploded for four goals in the third period for another come from behind victory. Matt Tennyson (2nd) tied the score at 51 seconds with a quick shot from the right wall that broke off the Falcons netminder and just inched past the goal line to begin the onslaught. Evan Trupp (2nd) gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead with a bullet from the left circle at 2:21 to put Worcester ahead for good. Former Falcon Bryan Lerg (1st) scored the eventual game winner with a nice backhander from in tight at 6:59 to put the Sharks ahead 3-1. Springfield would cut the lead to 3-2 with a power play goal by Ryan Craig (7th) at 11:12 with a deflection from in front of the Sharks net. Jeremy Langlois (2nd) fired the puck into an empty net at 19:19 to seal the victory for the Sharks in a 4-2 road win. The Sharks overall record improves to 8-3-1-0, 17pts, and 3-1-0-0, 6pts on the road this season

2017 vs Manchester 6-3 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (5-4-1-0, 11pts) closed out a five game homestand after a 6-3 loss to the visiting Manchester Monarchs (7-3-1-1, 16pts) in front 4,704 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening. Barry Almeida, Kellen Jones, and Kyle McKenzie scored for Worcester but Kevin Morris scored three for Manchester. Patrick McNally recorded a season high 10 shots on goal as the Railers ended 2-3-0-0 on their five game homestand. A slew of penalties slowed down the first period as the Monarchs took a 2-0 edge into the first intermission with a pair of power play goals. Kevin Morris (4th) tapped home a centering feed at 9:59 followed up by Tony Cameranesi at 11:47 past goaltender Mitch Gillam. Shots were 15-10 Worcester through 20 minutes of play. Manchester went ahead 4-0 as Kevin Morris (5th) finished off a 2-on-0 at 3:17 and Michael Doherty (3rd) kicked in a puck at 6:31 to put Worcester in trouble. The Railers would net the next two as Barry Almeida (3rd) first home a power play goal at 16:23 and Kellen Jones (3rd) scored the first shorthanded goal in Railers history with a terrific individual effort at 17:12. But Kevin Morris (6th) recorded a hat trick goal at 18:54 finishing off a 2-on-1 rush with another power play goal. The Railers trailed 5-2 after 40 minutes of play despite outshooting Manchester 28-20. Kyle McKenzie (1st) scored his first professional goal at 2:07 of the third period as his shot from the point bounced through a sea of skates and past netminder Charles Williams to make it 5-3 Monarchs. Manchester was able to hold off a late charge and Monarchs captain Jordan LaVllee-Smotherman (6th) found an empty net at 19:09 to seal a 6-3 Manchester road victory.

2022 at Adirondack 4-3 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (9-1-0-0, 18pts) fell to the Adirondack Thunder (2-4-1-0, 5pts) on Friday evening by the final score of 4-3 in front of a crowd of 4,697 at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, NY. The Railers are back in Glens Falls, NY at Cool Insuring Arena on Saturday, November 12th to take on the Adirondack Thunder at 7:00 p.m. It was the sixth time this season that Worcester scored the game’s first two goals. Quin Ryan (1-0-1) and Jared Brandt (1-0-1) came out in the first and netted their second goal of the season each to make it 2-0 Worcester 11:21 into the period. Adirondack then answered back with four unanswered goals, including two from some homegrown talent. Matt Steif (1-0-1), Adirondack’s newly acquired defenseman from Idaho scored in the first to make it 2-1 heading into the second. Glens Falls, NY native Shawn Weller (2-0-2) then found the back of the net twice in the second, tying the game and then giving the Thunder the lead at 3-2 ahead of the third period. Former Railer Grant Jozefek (1-0-1) put the final nail in the coffin as he broke free on a one-man rush and beat Ken Appleby glove side to make it 4-2 Adirondack. Steve Jandric (1-2-3) found the back of the net with just 22 seconds remaining on a flip pass from Collin Adams which Jandric then batted into the net to give the game its final score of 4-3. Quin Ryan (2nd) scored for the second time all season long off an impressive one-man effort in which he wrestled through the Adirondack defense, then beat Jake Theut far side to make it 1-0 Worcester. Jared Brandt (2nd) then made it 2-0 off a one-timer. Brandt released a slapshot from the point where he hammered one past Thuet through traffic to open Worcester’s lead. The Thunder struck back thanks to Matt Steif (1st) beating Appleby to cut into the Railers lead and make it 2-1 Worcester going into the first intermission. Shots favored Adirondack 14-8 through the game’s first 20 minutes. Glens Falls’ very own, Shawn Weller (1st) got on the score sheet for the first time in his season debut for Adirondack, tying the game 2-2 4:49 into the second period. Weller (2nd) continued his offensive touch in the period, as both he and Ryan Smith broke down ice on a two-on-one. From the near corner, Smith sauced a perfect pass onto the tape of Weller to find him back-door to tap it home and put Adirondack up 3-2 headed into the 3rd. Shots in the second were nodded up at 9 apiece, while Adirondack continued to outshoot Worcester 23-17. Worcester was met with a familiar face on Friday night in Grant Jozefek. The forward played in 14 games last season for the Railers, scoring a single goal and tallying three assists. Jozefek (1st) sprung down the ice on a perfect feed from Noah Corson, then proceeded to beat Appleby’s glove side and make it 4-2 Thunder. With the Railers on the power play and net empty, Steve Jandric (1st) batted a flip pass from Collin Adams past Theut to get the Railers back to within one with 22 seconds left. Off the draw, Worcester failed to get the puck back into the attacking end, as the game ended with the final score of 4-3. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd Star: Steve Jandric (1-2-3, +2, 2 shots), 2nd Star: Jake Theut (22 saves, 3 GA, .880 SV%), 1st Star: Shawn Weller (2-0-2, +2, 3 shots), Final shots were in favor of Adirondack 33-25… Jake Thuet made 22 saves on 25 shots for the Thunder while Talor Joseph served as the backup… Ken Appleby (5-1-0) made 29 saves on 33 shots for Worcester, while Henrik Tikkanen served as the backup… Worcester went 1-for-5 on the power play while Adirondack went 0-for-1… Blake Christensen (DNP), Nolan Vesey (DNP), Conor Breen (IR), Jack Quinlivan (IR), and Zack Bross (IR) did not play for Worcester… Reece Newkirk and Brent Beaudoin led the Railers in shots with 4… The Railers are now 33-17-2-0 all-time vs. the Thunder and 18-9-1-0 at Cool Insuring Arena against Adirondack.


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