Today in Worcester hockey history: November 13


1995 vs PEI 1-1 tie
The Worcester IceCats and Prince Edward Island Senators skated to a 1-1 tie in an overtime contest. The ‘Cats got their goal on the power play at 5:58 when Derek Armstrong connected with Lindsay Vallis and Jason Widmer assisting. The Senators would tie it at 17:46 of the third on a Jean-Yves Roy goal. Mike Buzak made 34 saves in the contest for Worcester while Lance Leslie made 30 for PEI. Both made two saves in the overtime.

1999 vs Hershey 7-4 loss
(TICKER) Christian Matte and Brian White each scored in a four-goal third period as the Hershey Bears rallied for a 7-4 victory over the Worcester Ice Cats. Matte, who has 13 goals on the season, tied the game at 4-4 at 13:42 of the third and White notched the game-winner with three and half minutes remaining. Serge Aubin tallied 49 seconds later and Brad Larsen closed the scoring in the final minute for Hershey, which evened its road record to 4-4-0. Frederic Cassivi stopped 32 of 36 shots for the Bears. Trevor Wasyluk had a pair of goals for Worcester, which had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped.

2001 at Hamilton 3-0 loss
(HAMILTON) The ‘Dogs are hot, the ‘Cats are not. The Worcester IceCats’ 3-0 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs last night snapped a modest two-game unbeaten streak, and right winger Eric Boguniecki had his point-scoring streak stopped at 11 games. Brian Swanson, Kevin Brown and Ales Pisa scored for Hamilton. Hamilton outshot the IceCats, 11-6, in the first period and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission when Swanson poked in the rebound off a Fernando Pisani wrister at 6:26. If the first period went by with barely a whistle, the second made up for it with plenty of ill will on the ice and 11 penalties handed out. Worcester was awarded a two-man advantage for 80 seconds early in the period after Hamilton was handed consecutive penalties for hooking and holding. However, 18 seconds later, Marc Brown was sent off for tripping and the IceCats were just one man up. They got nothing, although they caught up to Hamilton in shots on goal. They outshot Hamilton, 13-7, in the second, but it was the Bulldogs who scored the next goal. The IceCats got themselves into penalty trouble late in the period, starting when Boguniecki appeared to cross-check Swanson from behind. After the ensuing melee, Boguniecki was given five minutes for high sticking and Barret Jackman was given five minutes for fighting. Hamilton’s Swanson got two minutes for roughing and Alain Nasreddine five minutes for fighting. It all meant that Hamilton, with the fourth-best power play in the AHL, enjoyed a man-advantage for almost three minutes. The penalties cost the ‘Cats. Brown, Hamilton’s top scorer, took the pass from Jani Rita while racing up the right wing and his slapper from the circle went right under Divis to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead at 17:23. Pisa made it 3-0 at 8:15 of third on a slapshot from the point. Reinhard Divis had 29 saves for Worcester.

2002 vs Saint John 5-3 loss
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats dropped their second game is as many tries with a 5-3 loss against the Saint John Flames Wednesday night at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. The teams traded first period goals, with the Flames adding an extra to take a 3-2 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes. Justin Papineau and Marc Brown both scored for Worcester. The Flames’ Oleg Saprykin gave his club a two-goal lead just 20 seconds into the middle period with his second goal of the night. Worcester outshot the Flames 10-5 but were unable to turn that momentum into goals. Worcester held the Flames to a 4-2 lead until mid-way through the third period, when Saprykin converted for the hat trick. It was the first hat trick the ‘Cats have allowed this season. With the IceCats on the power play and goalie Phil Osaer pulled, the ‘Cats made the most of a two-man advantage when Marc Brown found the net for his second goal of the game.

2004 at Springfield 4-2 loss
(FALCONS) Right wing Shane Willis scored two goals and goaltender Jamie Storr made 40 saves to lead the Springfield Falcons to a 4-2 win over the Worcester IceCats at the Springfield Civic Center on Saturday night. Forwards Nikita Alexeev and Evgeni Artukhin also scored for the Falcons. The Falcons became the first team to defeat Worcester in regulation in the IceCats’ last nine games. With 7:47 remaining in the first period, Alexeev scored off the rebound of his own shot to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. The goal was Alexeev’s first of the season and came in his second game back in the Falcons’ lineup after he had missed three weeks with an injury. The Falcons doubled their lead with a power-play goal 3:34 later. On the tally, defenseman Brian Chapman aimed a shot from the point toward Willis at the far edge of the crease. The Springfield right wing redirected the puck over IceCats goaltender Curtis Sanford for his fourth goal of the season. Artukhin poked a bouncing puck past Sanford 1:49 later to make the score 3-0 at the end of the opening frame. Chapman collected his second assist of the game on the goal. The IceCats put the puck in the net with 5:21 remaining in the second period, but the goal was waved off when right wing Mike Glumac was penalized for interfering with Storr in the goal crease. However, an unassisted shorthanded goal at 15:59 by Worcester center Jay McClement counted. The persistent McClement carried the puck to the front of the Springfield net from the left wing and scored on a second effort after Storr made an initial save. Worcester narrowed the Falcons lead to one with 8:29 remaining in regulation. ‘Cats left wing Erkki Rajamaki’s sharp-angled wrist shot squeaked between Storr and the post to make the score 3-2. Willis scored into an empty net from center ice with seven seconds left to seal the win for Springfield. The Falcons converted one of five power plays in the game while killing off all five Worcester chances with the man advantage. After the Falcons’ three-goal first period, Worcester head coach Don Granato pulled Sanford from the net in favor of Dallas Stars’ former first-round draft pick Jason Bacashihua. The 22-year-old stopped all nine shots he faced from the Falcons.

2009 at Lowell 5-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) Michael Wilson scored his 2nd goal of the season in the third period but the Sharks dropped their third straight decision in a 5-1 loss to the Devils in Lowell on Friday night. Tyler Eckford scored twice on the power play and Jeff Frazee made 20 saves in net for the Devils for their 4th straight victory. After 31 goals scored between the clubs in the first three games, each team turned up the defense in period one. The Devils outshot the Sharks 11-6 through twenty minutes in a scoreless period. Brandon Mashinter picked up his 7th fighting major of the season in a rock’em sock’em brawl against Louis Robitaille at 9:32 which ended after a right hand set down Robitaille. In the 2nd period, Ben Walter gave the Devils a 1-0 lead after he picked up his own rebound and roofed the puck on the backhand from on top of the crease to beat Tyson Sexsmith at 1:03. Vladimir Zharkov made it 2-0 Devils with a rap-a-round attempt at 18:21. Shots were 13-5 in favor of the Devils as the Sharks went ten minutes without a shot in the middle period. After Alexander Vasyunov made it 3-1 Devils just :32 seconds into the third period, Michael Wilson connected on a rebound for a shorthanded goal at 5:32 to get the Sharks on the board. Kevin Henderson assisted on the goal after a nice rush and feed to Frazer McLaren. But 23 seconds later, Tyler Eckford fired a shot from the point through a screen to give the Devils a 4-1 lead. Exactly two minutes later, Eckford struck again on the power play to round out the scoring. With the loss, the Sharks fall to 8-6-0-1 (17 points) on the season.

2010 vs W-B/Scranton 2-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) Special teams and goaltending was the difference on Saturday night in Worcester. Brad Thiessen recorded a shutout while Ryan Craig scored on the power play and Tim Wallace scored short-handed for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as the Penguins defeated Worcester 2-0 in front of 5,007 fans at the DCU Center. Alex Stalock made 24 saves on his bobblehead night and the Sharks hit the post and the crossbar in front of a filled DCU Center. The two teams combined for a very hard hitting, but turnover filled, first period of play. The Sharks played the early part of the period in their own end, but began to put some pressure on Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen mid-way through the period. The game remained scoreless until late in the period, as the Penguins struck first on a power play. Forward Ryan Craig (3rd) converted on a turnover in the slot, with assists by Geoff Walker and Keven Veilleux, to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. Shots in the period were 12-10 in favor of Worcester. The second period produced the same hard hitting and turnover prone play as the first period. Worcester began the second period on a power play but failed to convert on several scoring chances. Both teams had trouble gaining momentum and creating offense off the rush. The Sharks got another chance on the power play midway through the period but instead gave up a goal as the Penguins netted a shorthanded tally by forward Tim Wallace. The shorthanded goal was his 6th of the season and was assisted by Robert Bortuzzo and Dustin Jeffrey. The rough play between the two teams resulted in a fight late in the period as Sharks defenseman Nick Petrecki squared off with Keven Veilleux on a delayed penalty call. The period ended with the score 2-0 in favor of Scranton and the shots in the period were 11-10 in favor of Worcester. The Sharks began to awake from their offensive slumber in the third period. While the Penguins defensive game contained the Sharks attack for most of the night, Worcester controlled the third period as they peppered the Scranton net with 15 shots in the period. However, Penguins goalie Brad Thiessen continued his stellar play as he turned away every offensive chance for Worcester. The Sharks attempted rally came up short as the Penguins skated away with the 2-0 victory. The Sharks overall record falls to 6-4-1-2 (15pts) and to 3-2-1-1 (8pts) on home ice.

2011 vs Providence 3-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) A night after firing 47 shots on goal in a 2-1 loss to the Monarchs, the sharks added two more for a total of 49 shots but fell again by a single goal in a 3-2 loss to the Providence Bruins in front of 5,402 at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Benn Ferriero and John McCarthy scored for the Sharks and Harri Sateri made 23 saves in a game that featured 78 penalty minutes. The Sharks finished 1-4-0-1 on their season long six game home stand. Worcester came out right where they left off on Saturday night and took a 9-0 shot advantage early in the opening frame but Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin stood tall for Providence. There was no scoring in the first period but there was plenty of rough stuff highlighted by Curt Gogol (4th FM) and Jamie Tardif (1st FM) in a spirited bout inside the Bruins zone at 13:02 during a ten player scrum. The Sharks outshot the Bruins 15-6 in a scoreless first period. Zach Hamill (6th), fresh off an NHL recall, gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead after he snuck the puck past Harri Sateri at 4:41 at the side of the net after a terrific centering feed from Zach McKelvie. The Sharks tied the score at 1-1 after a great rush and pass by Tommy Wingels at 10:08. Wingels entered the Bruins zone down the right side, centered the puck in front for Mike Connolly and Benn Ferriero (3rd) fired in a loose rebound past Khudobin after an initial save on Connolly’s scoring chance. Providence struck again at 18:37, after rookie defenseman Kevan Miller (1st) scored his first pro goal after the Sharks turned the puck over at their own blue line and Miller was left alone in front of the Worcester net. Miller slid a backhand through the pads of Sateri to give the Bruins a 2-1 edge through 40 minutes. John McCarthy (2nd) tied the score at 2-2 after he was the trailer on a 3-on-2 rush into the Bruins zone and drilled the puck past Khudobin after a great back feed by Benn Ferriero at 9:47. But just 17 seconds later, Carter Camper (4th) deflected a shot from the point by Andrew Bodnarchuk at 10:04 past the glove of Sateri to give the Bruins a 3-2 advantage. The Sharks would pepper the Bruins netminder with 21 shots in the third period but could only muster the one score in the 3-2 loss to Providence. The Sharks record falls to 5-4-0-2 with 12 points and to 3-4-0-1 at the DCU Center.

2013 at St. John’s 3-2 OTL
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (3-7-1-0, 7pts) squandered a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play and eventually fell in overtime to the St. John’s IceCaps (7-7-1-0, 15pts) by the count of 3-2 in front of 6,287 at the Mile One Centre on Wednesday night to kick off a three game series north of the border in St. John’s. Rylan Schwartz scored his 1st goal of the season for the Sharks while Daniil Tarasov scored his team leading 7th goal to lead the way offensively as Worcester dropped their fourth straight game. Andrew Gordon and Jerome Samson scored in the third period for the IceCaps to force overtime before Samson won the game at: 26 for St. John’s in the extra frame. Rylan Schwartz (1st) gave the Sharks an early 1-0 advantage with a beautiful shorthanded breakaway backhand finish at 2:03 past netminder Eddie Pasquale. Each team fired eight shots on goal as Worcester took a 1-0 advantage into the 1st intermission. The Sharks struck on the power play in the 2nd period with a rebound score by Daniil Tarasov (7th) at 6:58. Tarasov scored on a second rebound try from the right side after Eddie Pasquale stopped Marek Viedensky and Freddie Hamilton on a flurry in front of the IceCaps net. The middle frame was a feisty one with a scrap between Rob Davison (3rd FM) and Ryan Schnell (4th FM) as the two teams combined for 11 penalties as the Sharks took a 2-0 lead into the 2nd intermission. Rookie netminder Troy Grosenick had 16 saves through 40 minutes. The IceCaps came out charging in the third period and scored their 1st goal of the evening on a 5-on-3 power play at 5:32 off the stick of Andrew Gordon (3rd) to cut the Sharks lead to 2-1. With the Sharks on the power play, Jerome Samson (3rd) had a nice individual effort with a shorthanded wrap around score past Troy Grosenick at 18:15 to tie the score at 2-2. Worcester was outshot 12-6 in the third period as the game headed to overtime. In the extra frame, it did not take long for Jerome Samson (4th) to bury a rebound score past Grosenick at: 26 after the Sharks fumbled the puck behind their net to give St. John’s a 3-2 win. The Sharks overall record falls to 3-7-1-0, 7pts and 1-2-1-0, 3pts on the road.

2019 vs Reading 6-4 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (4-7-0-0, 8pts) dropped their third straight home game in a 6-4 loss to the first place Reading Royals (8-4-2-0, 16pts)on Wednesday morning in front of 6,718 at the DCU Center on the annual School Day Game. The Railers are back at home Thursday night at 7pm vs. the Brampton Beast for College Night. Ryan Mackinnon (1-2-3), Kyle McKenzie, Matt Schmalz, and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (1-1-2) all scored goals for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis made 27 saves in net for the loss. Ralph Cuddemi and Hayden Hodgson each scored two goals for the Royals while Kirill Ustimenko made 36 saves to pick up his fourth win of the season. Barry Almeida added three assists and Cody Payne extended his point streak to three games as Worcester fell to 2-3-0-0 on home ice this season. Reading would net the first goal of the game off a funky deflection in front from Hayden Hodgson (4th) at 6:35 of the first period. The Railers capitalized on a five on three advantage at 16:06 thanks to a heavy blast off the stick of Ryan Mackinnon (1st) in the high slot tying the game at 1-1. The Royals regained the lead with a power play score of their own thanks Ralph Cuddemi (9th) who snuck one by Evan Buitenhuis from the right circle. Despite outshooting the Railers 16-8 in the first 20 minutes, Reading led 2-1. Frank Dichiara (7th) gave Reading a 3-1 lead with a laser of a wrist shot from the high slot beating Evan Buitenhuis low side just 1:22 into the second period. Just 3:34 later Worcester would decrease the deficit back to one as Matt Schmalz (3rd) scored for his second time in just as many games.It was Hayden Hodgson (5th) who netted his second score of the game just 42 seconds after the Schmalz tally making the Royals lead 4-2. A scary moment midway through the second period after Hayden Hodgson and Connor Doherty collided in the corner, Hodgson was slow to his feet and stretched off by team doctors and did not return. Kyle McKenzie (1st) in his 100thpro game made it 4-3 with a blast from the top of the point at 9:12 after a clean face off win from Cody Payne. Reading took a 4-3 lead into the locker room after 40 minutes of play but with Worcester holding a 28-21 shot advantage. Midway through the final period, Reading would regain a two-goal lead as Trevor Yates (3rd) was able to sneak one past Evan Buitenhuis in the high slot at 10:35. With Buitenhuis out of the net, Worcester would capitalize when Jordan Samuels-Thomas (4th) sent a laser beam over the left shoulder of Kirill Ustimenko making it a 5-4 game with just 3:02 to play. Despite some quality chances with the goaltender pulled, the Railers surrendered an empty net score with just 33 seconds left thanks to Ralph Cuddemi (10th) as Reading took a way the 6-4 road victory. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star…. Frank DiChiara (1-1-2) 2nd star: Ryan MacKinnon (1-2-3) 1st star: Hayden Hodgson (2-0-2) final shots were 40-33 in favor of Worcester…. Kirill Ustimenko (4-1-2) made 36 saves on 40 shots for Reading.… Evan Buitenhuis (1-4-0) made 27 saves on 32 shots for Worcester while Linus Soderstrom served as the backup…. Worcester went 1-for-5 on the power play while Reading went 1-for-3…. Cody Payne and Jordan Samuels-Thomas extended their point streaks to three games…. Barry Almeida registered three assists for his fifth multi-point game of the year…. Kyle Thomas led all skaters with seven shots… 6,718 were in attendance for the annual School Day Game which was the largest attendance for a Worcester Railers School Day Game…. Tanner Pond (inj), Shane Walsh (inj), Jack Stander, Jake Bolton, and Chris Rygus did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell, Nic Pierog, and Jakub Skarek are currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Ryan MacKinnon was returned from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers before the game and recorded three points Worcester is now 11-9-1-0 all-time vs. the Royals and 7-2-1-0 at the DCU Center.

2021 at Newfoundland 5-2 win
(Railers) The Worcester Railers HC (2-4-0-1, 5pts) picked up their second victory of the season on Saturday night against the Newfoundland Growlers (7-2-0-0, 14pts), winning 5-2 in front of 1,168 fans at the Conception Bay South Arena. The Railers face off against the Newfoundland Growlers on Sunday, November 14that 2:30pm. Worcester trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play, but stormed back in the second as Blake Christensen (1-0-1) and Jacob Hayhurst (1-0-1) each scored to put Worcester up 2-1. Newfoundland tied the game 2-2 early in the third, but Ross Olsson (1-1-2), Drew Callin (1-2-3) and Liam Coughlin (1-1-2) all recorded their first goals of the season as the Railers would go on to win the game 5-2. Keith Petruzzelli made 35 saves in net for the Growlers, while Ken Appleby made 30 saves for Worcester to pick up his first victory of the season. Eight minutes into the first period, Matteo Pietroniro (2nd) picked up the rebound of a shot from the point and deked around the left side of Ken Appleby to give the Growlers the 1-0 lead. The Railers were aggressive throughout the period as they drew two penalties and led in shots 14-8, but were unable to put anything past Keith Petruzzelli. The first period would come to a 1-0 close with Newfoundland out in front. Despite trailing, Worcester kept their foot on the gas pedal in the second and were finally able to break through with a pair of goals. First, it was Blake Christensen (2nd) who raced into the slot and ripped one past Petruzzelli just 8:26 into the period. The Railers then capitalized on their third powerplay of the night, as Grant Jozefek would find Jacob Hayhurst (3rd) backdoor to give Worcester the 2-1 lead with 8:59 to go in the second. Neither team would score for the rest of the frame, as the second came to a 2-1 close. Worcester notched another 14 shots and continued to outshoot Newfoundland 28-21. Similar to Friday night, Newfoundland tied the game 2-2 early in the third period thanks to a goal from Trent Bourque just 2:38 in. Worcester would bounce back with 11:18 to go as Ross Olsson (1st) recorded the game winner on a three-on-one break, putting Worcester up 3-2. Three minutes later, Drew Callin (1st) and Liam Coughlin (1st) each scored fifteen seconds apart to extend the Railers lead, and give the game its final score of 5-2. Worcester outshot Newfoundland 40-32 at the end of the game, as Ken Appleby made 30 saves to pick up his first victory in a Railers jersey. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Matteo Pietroniro (1-0-1, 3 shots) 2nd star: Ross Olsson (1-1-2, +1) 1st star: Drew Callin (1-2-3, +2, 9 shots)… Final shots were 40-32 in favor of Worcester… Keith Petruzzelli (4-1-0) made 35 saves on 40 shots for Newfoundland… Ken Appleby (1-2-1) made 30 saves on 32 shots for Worcester while Justin Kapelmaster served as the backup… Worcester went 1-for-6 on the power play while Newfoundland went 0-for-4… Nolan Vesey (DNP), Jordan LeVallee-Smotherman (DNP), Karl Boudrias (DNP), JD Dudek (DNP), Tyler Poulsen (DNP), Brett Boudoin (IR) did not dress for Worcester… Colten Ellis, Nick Albano, and Nic Pierog are all up with the Springfield Thunderbirds… Jacob Hayhurst scored in back-to-back games, and now has points in five of seven games for Worcester this season… Grant Jozefek tallied his second professional point in his second straight game with an assist… Ross Olsson, Drew Callin, and Liam Coughlin each scored their first goals of the season… Drew Callin led the Railers with 9 shots… Five goals is the most the Railers have scored in a game all season… Worcester has 65 games left on the regular season 33 of which are at the DCU Center… The Railers are now 5-12-1-1 all-time vs. the Growlers and 2-6-1-1 at Newfoundland.


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