Today in Worcester hockey history: November 14

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1998 at Hartford 6-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats were completely outplayed by the Wolf Pack in a 6-3 loss that wasn’t as close as the score might indicate. Christian Dube (10:37pp, 1st; 4:29, 3rd), Daniel Goneau (5:10, 2nd), Jeff Finley (12:39pp, 2nd) and Vladimir Vorobiev (16:33, 2nd) made it 5-0 Hartford. Tyler Willis made it 5-1 at 9:50 of the third and Jeremiah McCarthy made it 5-2 at 10:06. Todd Hall put an end to any thoughts of a miracle comeback when he scored 10 seconds later at 10:16. Stephane Roy got the final goal at 13:05. Brent Johnson was in goal for the game, and had no chance on most of the Hartford goals.

2003 at Springfield 3-3 tie
(FALCONS) The Springfield Falcons skated to a 3-3 deadlock with the Worcester IceCats before a sold-out crowd of 5,200 at the Springfield Civic Center on Friday night. Falcons goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier made 34 saves while center Jeff Taffe scored the game-tying goal late in the second period. Springfield rookie Frantisek Lukes net his first goal as a professional and blue liner Mike Wilson scored his first of the campaign. The tie ended Springfield’s four-game losing streak. Taffe’s goal to tie the contest came just 39 seconds after center Johnny Pohl had scored to give Worcester a 3-2 lead. Taffe connected with a snap shot from the left wing that deflected off an IceCats defender and past netminder Reinhard Divis with 2:54 remaining in the middle frame. The tally marked Taffe’s ninth goal of the season, currently third-most in the AHL. Pelletier and Divis prevented either club from collecting a game-winner in the third period or the overtime session. The IceCats opened scoring in the game when center Steve Martins, a former Falcon, redirected a pass from the corner by wing Mike Glumac at 8:41 of the first period. Wilson and Lukes notched back-to-back goals 37 seconds apart later in the first period to provide the Falcons with a 2-1 lead. Wilson scored with a slap shot that rang off the post to Divis’s right and in during a Springfield power play at the 16:14 mark. The persistent Lukes then shoveled a rebound from the top of the crease past Divis at 16:51. The IceCats pulled even at two goals apiece when forward Steve McLaren knocked in a centering feed from the side of the net by Pohl. It was the second goal of the season for McLaren, who came into the game leading the league in major penalties (9). The Falcons converted one of two power-play chances on the night, while killing off all five of Worcester’s opportunities with the man advantage.

2008 at Providence 8-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks allowed a season high eight goals and fell for the third straight game as the Providence Bruins defeated the Worcester Sharks 8-3 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence on Friday night. Andrew Desjardins and Jordan Knackstedt would drop the gloves on the opening face-off and square away in a lengthy battle won by Desjardins which would set the tone for the rest of the first period. The Bruins would take a 2-0 lead just 3:57 into the first period with an even strength goal by Martins Karsums and a power play tally by Matt Lashoff. The Sharks would cut the lead in half after a great snap shot by Steven Zalewski inside the right wing circle beating Tuukka Rask glove side for Zalewski’s 2nd goal of the season. Mike Morris had the lone assist on the goal. The Bruins would regain their two goal lead however, as Vladimir Sobotka connects on a give and go with Martin St. Pierre and finished a backhander past Gerald Coleman to give the Bruins as 3-1 advantage at 16:40. Worcester outshot the Bruins 17-10 after twenty minutes. Worcester would score the first goal of the second period as Cory Larose deflected an initial blue line shot from Derek Joslin shot past Tuukka Rask at 2:15. But the Bruins would fire back with two straight goals to close out the period, as rookie Matt Marquardt and Johnny Boychuk gave the Bruins a three goal cushion. Head Coach Roy Sommer would pull netminder Gerald Coleman for Kyle Jones after the 5th Providence goal at 12:57. Coleman allowed five goals on 21 shots on goal. The Sharks trailed 5-2 after forty minutes of play outshooting the Bruins 27-23. Riley Armstrong would get the Sharks going in the third period by scoring his 5th goal of the season, drilling the puck off the cross bar and in after a nice feed from the right side by Tom Cavanagh at 4:18. The Bruins would score the final three goals of the hockey game, however, with Matt Marquardt recording his 3rd goal of the season and second of the game at 6:21. Mikko Lehtonen would score back-to-back goals to end the game, with final goal at 18:40 of the third period for a 8-3 advantage. The Sharks outshot the Bruins 35-30. The loss brings Worcester’s record to 5-8-0-0, while the win gives the Bruins a 8-4-1-0 record.

2009 vs Hartford 4-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) Chad Johnson earned his 2nd straight shutout with 35 saves and Ilkka Heikkinen scored the game winning goal as the Wolf Pack beat the Sharks 4-0 at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday night in front of 5,107. Looking to avenge an early season loss to the Wolf Pack, the Sharks came out flying in the first period but were unable to put one past goaltender Chad Johnson. Final shots were 14-8 in favor of Worcester after the first twenty minutes. The Wolf Pack notched the first goal of the game 49 seconds into the second period when Ilkka Heikkinen fired a snap shot over the glove of Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock. The Sharks were unable to capitalize on three power plays in the period, but outshot the Wolf Pack 13-10 in the second. At the 3:16 mark of the third period, Brodie Dupont added to the Wolf Pack lead banging home a rebound off a Jordan Owens shot. The Wolf Pack went up 3-0 when Ryan Garlock tipped in a Corey Potter shot from the point. The lead was extended to 4-0 when Bobby Sanguinetti ripped a slap shot in from the top of the circles at 17:15. With the loss, the Sharks fall to 8-7-0-1 (17 points) on the season.

2010 vs Norfolk 3-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Mike Moore scored his first two goals of the season while the line of Dan DaSilva, Andrew Desjardins and Kevin Henderson played a strong game as the Sharks rebounded from a loss Saturday night to defeat Norfolk 3-1 Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center. Alex Stalock made 27 saves in the winning effort and Kevin Henderson added three assists as the Sharks improved their home record to 4-2-1-1(10 points). The first twenty minutes of play saw several scoring chances for both teams and a good flow as stoppages were few and far between. The Sharks struck first with 5:26 remaining in the period as Kevin Henderson completed a nice back pass from the side of the Admirals goal to Dan DaSilva (1st) for the late 1-0 lead. The goal was DaSilva’s first on the season with Andrew Desjardins also picking up an assist on the play. The first period ended with the Sharks leading 1-0 and leading in shots 11-6. The Sharks picked up right where they left off in the first period. Worcester controlled the pace of play early on and scored a pretty goal midway through the period to increase the lead to 2-0. Mike Moore scored his 1st goal of the season on a two man give and go rush with Kevin Henderson with Andrew Desjardins picking up the 2nd helper. But the Admirals cut the lead to 2-1 with just under two minutes remaining in the period as Paul Szczerchura (8th) wristed the puck past a sprawling Alex Stalock from the right circle. The Sharks looked to take a late 3-1 lead on a power play goal but the goal was waved off after a long discussion for batting the puck into the net. The period ended with the Sharks ahead 2-1. The final twenty minutes of play continued the fast paced flow from the first two periods. After goaltender Alex Stalock turned away Norfolk with several glove saves, Worcester took advantage 6:26 into the final period to take a 3-1 lead. Mike Moore scored his 2nd of the game, and 2nd of the season, on a wrister from the left point with Dan DaSilva picking up his 2nd assist of the game. Worcester continued to mount offensive pressure late which negated the opportunity for Norfolk to pull the goalie for an extra skater. The Sharks overall record improves to 7-4-1-2 (17pts) and home record to 4-2-1-1 (10pts)

2012 at Portland 4-2 win
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks scored three third period goals as the Worcester Sharks (7-5-1-1, 16pts) came-from-behind with a 4-2 victory over the divisional rival Portland Pirates (5-5-1-1, 12pts) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME on Wednesday night. With the win, the Sharks swim past the Manchester Monarchs for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Goaltender Alex Stalock improved to 7-0-0 in his last seven starts with 20 saves and Sebastian Stalberg, James Sheppard, Tim Kennedy, and Matt Irwin scored goals in the win for Worcester. The Sharks scored two goals in 68 seconds midway through the third period to cap their AHL leading 3rd win when trailing after 40 minutes. In a common occurrence of late for Worcester, the Pirates would score on their first shot on goal as Rob Klinkhammer (4th) broke down the left side on a 2-on-1 break and ripped a shot from the left circle past Alex Stalock at 1:08 to give Portland a 1-0 lead. Rookie Sebastian Stalberg (5th) slid a one-timer shot from the left slot on the power play between the pads of Portland netminder Mark Visentin at 3:57 assisted by Matt Tennyson and Matt Irwin to tie the score at 1-1. After a couple of big checks by Matt Pelech, Mark Louis (2nd FM) challenged Pelech (4th FM) to a long fight at 13:46 to highlight a physical opening frame. The Sharks led in shots 12-7 through 20 minutes of play. Rob Klinkhammer (5th) scored the only goal of the middle frame with a one-timer shot from the right circle to finish off a 2-on-1 with Brendan Shinnimin at 8:27. Each team had a 5-on-3 power play late in the 2nd period but could not convert as the Pirates took a 2-1 lead into the 2nd intermission despite Worcester holding a 22-16 shot advantage through 40 minutes. Worcester would come barreling back with three third period goals to shock the Pirates in the final frame. James Sheppard (2nd) tied the score at 2-2 at 11:05 with a terrific individual rush and finish down the left wing to begin the comeback for Worcester. Just 68 seconds later, Tim Kennedy (5th) gave Worcester a 3-2 advantage with a slap shot from the blue line that snuck through the pads of Visentin at 12:13 assisted by Bracken Kearns and John McCarthy. The Pirates would have a later power play and pull their netminder but Matt Irwin sealed the win with an empty net tally at 19:52 to give the Sharks a 4-2 win. The Sharks overall record improves to 7-5-1-1 (16pts in 14gp) and 3-3-0-1 (7 pts in 7gp) on the road this season

2014 vs Manchester 5-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (8-4-1-0, 17pts) three game winning streak came to an end after a 5-2 loss to the Manchester Monarchs (8-4-0-0, 16pts) in front of 2,805 fans at the DCU Center on Friday night. Matt Tennyson extended his point streak to four games with his third goal of the season and Matt Taormina scored late in the third period to get the Sharks within a goal. Manchester charged out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back led by Jordan Weal’s three point game (2-1-3). JP Anderson allowed three goals on 32 shots in the loss for Worcester in his second straight start in goal while JF Berube picked up the win for Manchester with 28 saves. A rather feisty first period saw four total goals, a heavy weight fight and plenty of hard hitting checks. Manchester grabbed an early 1-0 lead at 1:08 as David Van der Gulik (3rd) deflected home a shot from the point past JP Anderson. Jimmy Bonneau (3rd FM) fought Josh Gratton (6th FM) at 3:28 in a long battle deep in the Sharks zone as Bonneau threw a number of right hands before the refs jumped in. The Monarchs went ahead 3-0 after Jordan Weal (4th and 5th) scored at 13:00 and on the power play at 15:33. Worcester would strike on the power play as Matt Tennyson (3rd) extended his point streak to four games after he rushed down the right wing side and snapped a shot from 35 feet that got through JF Berube at 18:23. Shots were 15-12 in favor of Manchester as the Sharks trailed 3-1 after 20 minutes. Neither team found the back of the net in the second period with the best chance coming off the stick of captain Bryan Lerg with a slap shot from the left circle on the rush that was stopped by the glove of Berube just five minutes in. Worcester tent 0-2 on the power play in the middle frame and outshot the Monarchs 11-7 in the scoreless period. Worcester scored a late goal in the third period as Matt Taormina (2nd) fired home a puck from the right circle with the extra attacker on the ice to cut the Monarchs lead to 3-2 at 17:47. But the Monarchs would score a pair of empty net goals at 18:35 (Sean Backman 4th) and 19:15 (Nick Shore 6th) as Worcester fell by a final score of 5-2. The Sharks overall record falls to 8-4-1-0, 17pts, and 5-3-1-0, 11pts on home ice this season

2017 vs Brampton 4-3 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (5-6-1-0, 11pts) hosted the first ever School Day Game in Worcester pro hockey history with a 10:05am start but gave up a goal late in the third period and dropped a 4-3 decision to the visiting Brampton Beast (5-7-1-1, 12pts) in front 6,088 fans at the DCU Center on Tuesday morning. Mike Cornell, TJ Syner, and Jeff Kubiak all scored their first goals of the season for Worcester while Eamon McAdam made 28 saves in net for the Railers. Worcester trailed 3-1 early in the third period before tying the score, but, Matt Petgrave (5th) finished off a 2-on-1 power play rush at 17:22 for the game winner for the Beast who won their third straight game. Worcester struck first in the first period as defenseman Mike Cornell (1st) fired a wicked wrister from the center point on the power play at 4:25 to give the Railers a 1-0 edge. Brampton would answer back just over five minutes later as Kevin Dufour (5th) fired a quick shot through a screen at 9:58. Shots were 9-6 Brampton through 20 minutes of play with the score tied 1-1. The Railers hit the post three times in the second period behind goaltender Andrew D’Agostini but were unable to find the back of the net. Brampton would take a 2-1 lead after Reggie Traccitto (3rd) scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 7:42 past netminder Eamon McAdam. Shots were 15-12 in the middle frame as the Railers headed into the second intermission down 2-1. Brandon Marino (6th) put the Beast ahead 3-1 after he was able to find the puck alone in front of the Worcester crease and took several whacks at it before putting the puck home at 5:31 of the third. TJ Syner (1st) got Worcester within one at 7:26 before rookie Jeff Kubiak (1st) scored his first professional goal at 13:14 to tie the score at 3-3. But a late power play goal on a 2-on-1 rush with 2:38 left in the third period spelled doom for the Railers as Matt Petgrave (5th) netted the game winner as Worcester dropped their fourth straight game.

2018 vs Reading 3-2 SO win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (4-8-1-0, 9pts) kicked off a busy home stretch with an exciting 3-2 shootout victory over the visiting Reading Royals (5-3-1-4, 15pts) in front of 6,043 fans at the DCU Center on Wednesday morning. Tyler Barnes and Ivan Kosorenkov scored in regulation for the Railers while Evan Buitenhuis made 33 saves in net in his third straight start. Kosorenkov scored the only goal in the shootout and Buitenhuis made an unbelievable stop in the shootout to give the Railers their first win since Oct 26. Steven Swavely scored twice for the Royals while Angus Redmond made 32 saves in net for the road loss. Reading would score the only goal in a fast paced first period of play as Steven Swavely (3rd) turned a Railers turnover into a quick shot from 40 feet through a screen that found its way through netminder Evan Buitenhuis at 13:33. Nick Sorkin had the best opportunity for Worcester after he took a feed from Tyler Barnes on a 2-on-1 but Angus Redmond made a sprawling save to give the Royals a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Shots were 13-9 in favor of Reading. The Railers would score just their fourth power play goal of the season as Mike Cornell sent a drive from the left point that was deflected in front by Tyler Barnes (3rd) at 11:36 of the second period to tie the score at 1-1. Both teams had several great chances in the middle frame but both goaltenders stood their ground as the Railers held a 23-21 shot advantage through 40 minutes of play. In the third period, rookie Ivan Kosorenkov buried a turnover at 15:51 from in-between the circles to give the Railers their first lead of the game at 2-1. But the Royals would tie the score with the extra attacker with just 54 seconds remaining as Steven Swavely deflected a point shot into the net to force overtime. A wide-open overtime period saw great chances at both ends before the two clubs headed to the three-round shootout. Ivan Kosorenkov scored in the first round for the Railers while Mike Huntebrinker was robbed by a last-ditch effort by Evan Buitenhuis as the Railers took the 3-2 home victory.

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