Today in Worcester hockey history: November 17


1995 at Providence 3-2 OTL
The Worcester IceCats came back from a two-goal second period deficit only to lose the game in what the game notes say was a “lucky OT goal” in a 3-2 loss to Providence. Marc Potvin put the Baby-Bs up with a pair of goals, the first at 13:48 of the first on the power play and the second at 4:47 of the middle stanza. Fred Knipscheer got the ‘Cats on the board, assisted by Paul Broten at 11:57. Broten would then tie the game at 4:18 of the third period, assisted by Jason Widmer. The IceCats had the first three shots of the overtime period, but Mark Cornforth would win it for the Bruins on their only shot at 2:21 of OT. Eric Fichaud had 30 saves.

1999 vs Louisville 4-2 loss
(TICKER) Dan Boyle and Paul Brousseau both scored in the first 68 seconds of the third period as the Louisville Panthers rallied past the Worcester Ice Cats, 4-2. Boyle tied the game 25 seconds into the period and Brousseau delivered the game-winner 43 seconds later for Louisville’s fourth win in five games. Brousseau closed out the scoring with a power-play marker and Craig Reichert distributed three assists for Louisville, which improved to 4-2 on its road trip. Richard Shulmistra, who shut out Quebec on Sunday, stopped 28 shots to improve to 5-6-1. Derek Bekar and Marc Brown scored within 34 seconds of each other in the middle session for Worcester, which is just 3-6-2 at home this season.

2000 at Portland 5-4 win
(TICKER) Pascal Rheaume and Marc Brown scored two goals apiece as the Worcester Ice Cats edged the Portland Pirates, 5-4. Rheaume scored the game’s first goal 2:40 into the first period and added a power-play tally at the 8:14 mark of the second. Brown scored back-to-back power-play goals at 2:58 and 4:50, respectively, in the second stanza to lead Worcester to its third straight win. Matt Walker picked up his first goal of the season late in the third period to give the Ice Cats a 5-3 lead and Cody Rudkowsky made 20 saves to pick up the win and improve to 3-2-1 on the season. Glen Metropolit had a goal and an assist for Portland, which lost for the second time in three games after a season-high five game winning streak. Sebastean Charpentier turned aside 29 shots in the loss.

2001 at Lowell 5-3 win
The Worcester IceCats got three points from Eric Boguniecki for a 5-3 win over the Lock Monsters in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. Jeff Panzer gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead at 2:08 of the first period. Justin Papineau scored on the power play at 10:04 to make it 2-0. Brad DeFauw cut that lead in half at 11:59 of the middle period, but Boguniecki scored at 13:54 to give the ‘Cats their two goal lead back. Eric Nickulas made it 4-1 at 16:40 on the power play, and Marc Brown chipped in a power play goal at 8:57 of the third period to make it 5-1. Jeff Heerema and Brian Felsner then scored for Lowell to make it the 5-3 final. Reinhard Divis had 27 saves in the game for the win.

2006 vs Bridgeport 5-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Bridgeport Sound Tigers scored four unanswered goals handing Worcester (7-4-0-3) its fourth regulation loss of the season. Sound Tigers forward Robert Nilsson led the way with two goals and an assist, while goaltender Billy Thompson stopped 38 Worcester shots to earn the victory. The Sharks only goal in the game came at 2:03 of the second period when Mathieu Biron scored on the power play. Garrett Stafford and Tom Cavanagh provided the assists.

2007 vs Portland 5-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks hit the ice firing but were unable to ride the momentum of three early goals, surrendering the lead twice before falling behind for good in a 5-3 home ice defeat to the Portland Pirates. Playing on Worcester’s top line for the first time this year, Dennis Packard gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead just 1:28 into the game when he slipped a tight-angle shot past Portland backstop Gerald Coleman. Portland struck back, using the game’s first power play to dissect the Sharks defense. With Worcester’s Tom Walsh in the penalty box for interference, Portland center Andrew Ebbett laced a pass across the goal mouth to Geoff Platt, who tapped the puck behind Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss to tie the score. Two minutes later, during a Derek Joslin interference penalty, the 5th ranked Pirates power play struck again. Bobby Ryan one-timed Ebbett’s feed past Greiss at 12:07 of the opening frame, giving Portland the lead and notching Ebbett his 15th assist in just 16 games this season. Ashton Rome reversed the momentum less than three minutes later, however. Rome’s low drive from between the circles found its way through the legs of Coleman and slid slowly across the goal line. The goal was Rome’s second of the year, with T.J. Fox picking up the only assist. Consecutive penalties to Portland, the latter being a cross-checking minor against defenseman Brian Salcido, gave the Sharks a 5-on-3 power play in the closing minutes of the period. Sharks coach Roy Sommer took a rare first period timeout, and 24 seconds later Worcester cycled to a wide open Mike Iggulden, who beat Coleman from close range to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead heading into the first intermission. Portland pulled even early in the second period, taking advantage of a misplay by Greiss when the netminder left his crease to track down a loose puck behind the net. Ryan tucked the puck into the vacated cage, retying the score 4:26 into the middle frame. The 3-3 tally would hold into the third period. After failing to convert on a second 5-on-3 advantage in the third period, the Sharks found themselves at a two man disadvantage when Dan Spang and Riley Armstrong picked up penalties on the same whistle with just over five minutes to play. Portland’s Jason King fired a slap shot past Greiss during the 5-on-3 to give the Pirates the lead for good. Matt Keith added another power play tally before the Armstrong call – an unusual five minute interference major – had expired to seal the victory for the visitors.

2012 vs Connecticut 2-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) Brodie Reid registered the lone goal in his season debut for the Worcester Sharks (7-6-1-1) in a 2-1 loss against the Connecticut Whale (6-7-1-0) on Saturday night in front of 5,098 fans at the DCU Center. Cameron Talbot picked up the win in net for the Whale, stopping 23 of 24 shots that he faced. Brodie Reid, Freddie Hamilton, and Taylor Doherty each had one point for Worcester in the loss, while Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque notched the goals for the Whale, as Worcester fell to 4-3-1-0 on home ice at the DCU Center. Alex Stalock played solid in net for Worcester, allowing two goals on 23 shots. After a back-and-forth start to the game, the Sharks were able to tally the first goal late in the first period. Playing in his first game of the season, Brodie Reid (1st) beat Whale goalie Cameron Talbot five-hole after a series of nice moves, giving the Sharks a 1-0 advantage. There were a lot of scoring chances in the second period, but none of them found the back of the cage. The Whale came inches from tying the game late in the period, ringing the post twice on the same shift. Each team went 0-for-1 on the power play and Connecticut outshot Worcester 9-7 in the period. After a bench minor to the Sharks for too many men, the Whale cashed in when Chris Kreider (2nd) buried a rebound off the pad of Alex Stalock, tying the game 1-1. Less than two minutes later, Ryan Bourque (3rd) was the beneficiary of a bad bounce for Worcester, sneaking a shot to the back of the net, giving Connecticut the lead. The Sharks also came inches from tying the game late in the third when Danny Groulx and Sebastian Stalberg both hit the post during a four minute power play for the Sharks. Connecticut was able to hang on late in the final minutes to grab the two points. The Sharks overall record falls to 7-6-1-1 (16pts in 15gp) and 4-3-1-0 (9pts in 8gp) at the DCU Center this season.

2017 at Manchester 2-1 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (6-6-1-0, 11pts) snapped a four-game skid and moved back to .500 after an impressive 2-1 road victory over the Manchester Monarchs (8-5-1-1, 18pts) in front 2,054 fans at the SNHU Arena on Friday evening. Ashton Rome and Matty Gaudreau scored for the Railers while Eamon McAdam was spectacular in net with 29 saves. Worcester fired a season high 20 shots on goal in the second period and won for the first time this season when allowing the first goal of the hockey game. Matt Leitner (1st) gave Manchester an early 1-0 lead after the Monarchs crashed the net on a rush and Leitner found a loose puck at the side of the crease just 45 seconds into the game. Worcester outshot Manchester 12-9 in the opening period but goaltender Charles Williams stood tall in net. Worcester fired 20 shots on goal in the second period and finally broke through with a couple of goals. Captain Ashton Rome (4th) fired home a rebound into an empty net after an initial shot by Kellen Jones was denied at 13:54 to tie the score at 1-1. Rookie Matty Gaudreau (3rd) scored a beauty of a shorthanded goal with a rush down the right-wing side and fired home his own rebound at 18:82 to give the Railers a 2-1 advantage. Eamon McAdam made 11 more saves in the second frame as the Railers took a one goal advantage into the second intermission. Eamon McAdam made 10 more saves in the third period as the Railers held off a late Monarchs rush to hold onto the impressive 2-1 road victory.

2018 vs Orlando 5-1 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (6-8-1-0, 13pts) scored two power play goals for the first time this season to pick up their third straight win in a 5-1 victory over the visiting Orlando Solar Bears (7-5-2-0, 16pts) in front of 5,219 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening. Mike Cornell and Ivan Kosorenkov struck on the power play while Nick Bligh scored twice for the Railers. Evan Buitenhuis made 29 saves in net for his third straight win as Matty Gaudreau added three points which included his first goal of the season. The game was a feisty one as the two clubs combined for 58 penalty minutes as Worcester finished 2-7 on the power play in their third straight win overall. A wild first period saw 38 total penalty minutes with the Railers taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Mike Cornell (2nd) gave Worcester an early 1-0 lead with a blazing shot from the point on the power play just 90 seconds into the game. Just a few seconds later, Mike Cornell fought tough guy Stefan Fournier after Fournier drilled Kyle McKenzie from behind. Orlando tied the score at the end of their first power play on a 3-on-1 chance that was buried by Matthew Spencer (1st) at 6:59. Woody Hudson and former Worcester Shark Curt Gogol dropped the helmets and the mitts at 14:42 in a long scrap at center ice as the nastiness continued between the two clubs. Nick Bligh (4th) gave the Railers a 2-1 lead with a quick snap shot from the right slot after Matty Gaudreau won the puck along the right wall at 16:27. Shots were 12-11 in favor of Orlando, but it was Worcester that took a one goal advantage into the intermission. Worcester would tack on two more goals in the second period to take a 4-1 lead into the second intermission. Nick Bligh (5th) fired a shot from in tight after a nice feed from behind the net by Matty Gaudreau at 2:48. The Railers would score their second power play goal of the game as rookie Ivan Kosorenkov (3rd) stick handled through two defenders and ripped a shot past the blocker of Corbin Boes at 4:33. Hayden Stewart would replace Boes after he allowed four goals on 20 shots on net. Evan Buitenhuis made nine more saves in the middle frame as Worcester took a three-goal lead into the second intermission. Matty Gaudreau (1st) would finish the scoring and cap off a three-point night with a snap shot from the left circle after an Austin Block entry into the zone at 15:41 of the third period. Shots in the third period were 8-6 in favor of Orlando as Buitenhuis finished with 29 saves in net.

2019 at Brampton 8-3 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (4-9-0-0, 8pts) dropped their fourth straight game in a 8-3 loss to the Brampton Beast (9-6-0-0, 18pts)on Sunday afternoon in front of 2,087 fans at the CAA Centre. The Railers will be back in action next Sunday, Nov 24 for the first Kids Giveaway Sunday of the year taking on the Adirondack Thunder at 1:35pm. Ross Olsson (1-1-2), Bo Brauer, and Jordan Samuels-Thomas all scored goals for Worcester, but the Beast scored four first period goals and never looked back. Jakub Skarek allowed four goals on 12 shots in the first period as Evan Buitenhuis came in relief for the final two periods making 24 saves on 28 shots. Francois Beauchemin (3-0-3) and David Pacan (1-3-4) led the way offensively as Joey Daccord made 22 saves on 25 shots in net for his fifth win on the year. The Beast are now 4-0-0 vs. Worcester this season as the Railers have dropped eight of their last nine games. It was all Brampton as the Beast grabbed goals from David Pacan (6th) and Francois Beauchemin (7th) just 2:30 into the game to take a 2-0 lead. Driving the net hard, Ross Olsson (2nd) slammed home a rebound at 4:19 after a great entry and shot from JD Dudek. Daniel Leavens (6th) gave Brampton back a two-goal lead snapping a shot off from the point beating Jakub Skarek low blocker at 17:14. With just 14 seconds left in the frame David Vallorani (5th) fired a wrister from the left circle finding the back of the net making it a 4-1 Brampton lead. The Beast outshot the Railers 12-9 in the first period. The Beast added a score on the power-play at 6:44 of the middle frame as Francois Beauchemin (8th) blasted a wrist shot off from the high slot over the glove of Evan Buitenhuis giving Brampton a 5-1 lead. David Vallorani (6th) would net his second goal of the day finishing off a two on one going through the wickets of Evan Buitenhuis. Under a minute remained in the period when Bo Brauer (2nd) crossed the Beast blue line from the left wing and whipped one on net past the blocker of Joey Daccord with just six seconds remaining in the second stanza. There was a near bench clearing brawl at the end of the period which consisted of Railers assistant coach Derek Army getting into it with Beast head coach Spiros Anastas which led to the ejection of Yanick Turcotte. Evan Buitenhuis made 12 saves on 14 shots as he came in relief at the start of the period for Jakub Skarek. Worcester trailed 6-2 after 40 minutes of play. Each team registered a power-play score in the third period. It was Jordan Samuels-Thomas (5th) for Worcester who scored with a wrist shot from the right circle beating Joey Daccord through the five hole at 15:42. Francois Beauchemin (9th) netted a hat trick score with 63 seconds left while Rob Mann (1st) finished off an odd man rush at 19:57 as Worcester fell 8-3 on the road. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star…. David Vallorani (2-1-3) 2nd star: David Pacan (1-3-4) 1st star: Francois Beauchemin (3-0-3) …. final shots were 40-25 in favor of Brampton…. Joey Daccord (5-5-1) made 22 saves on 25 shots for Brampton.… Jakub Skarek (2-2-0) made 8 saves on 12 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis came in relief at the start of the second period and made 24 saves on 28 shots…. Worcester went 1-for-3 on the power play while Brampton went 1-for-5…. Yanick Turcotte registered a game high 21 penalty minutes and now leads the ECHL with 68 penalty minutes as he picked up his first fighting major of the season…. The Railers have dropped eight of their last nine games and have been outscored 20-47 in the process…. Tanner Pond (inj), Ryan Mackinnon (inj), Drew Callin, and Anthony Florentino did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell, Nic Pierog, and Linus Soderstrom are currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Worcester is now 7-9-1-2 all-time vs. the Beast and 2-5-0-2 at the CAA Centre.

2021 at Trois-Rivieres 6-2 Win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (3-5-0-1, 7pts) won the first meeting in franchise history against the Trois-Rivières Lions (3-6-0-0, 6pts) by the score of 6-2 on Wednesday evening in front of 2,843 fans at the Colisée Vidéotron. The Railers face off against the Trois-Rivières Lions on Friday, November 19th at 7:05pm at the DCU Center. Worcester got on the board first thanks to an early goal from Paul Thompson (1-1-2), and they would never look back. Nic Pierog (1-1-2) scored as well in the first as Worcester went into the break up 2-0. Another pair of Railers goals from Drew Callin (1-0-1) and Blake Christensen (1-1-2) put Worcester up 4-0 in the second. A late goal from the lions made it 4-1 going into the second intermission. Another two Worcester goals would be put on the board as Felix Bibeau found the back of the net on the powerplay and on an empty net, giving the Railers a 6-1 lead. A late powerplay goal from Trois-Rivières wrapped up scoring as the game would end with a 6-2 final. Appleby picked up his second victory of the year as he made 47 saves in the effort. The Railers got off to a hot start as Paul Thompson (2nd) took a pass from Grant Jozefek out in front and put it past Phillippe Desrosiers just 2:24 into the game, giving Worcester the early 1-0 lead. Exactly seven minutes later, Nic Pierog (2nd) in his first game back with Worcester since October 27th found the back of the net from the exact same spot as Thompson and put Worcester up 2-0. Shots were 14-7 in favor of Trois-Rivières. Ken Appleby stood tall as he made 14 saves for Worcester in the period. Eight minutes into the second period, Worcester would again score on the doorstep as Drew Callin (2nd) slapped a feed from the corner toward the net to extend the Railers lead to 3-0. With 5:24 to go in the period, Paul Thompson was hooked while in on a breakaway and subsequently awarded a penalty shot. Thompson came in on the left side and tried to beat Desrosiers blocker side, but ended up missing wide left. Just three seconds later off of the ensuing faceoff, Blake Christensen picked the puck out of the scrum at the dot and ripped a shot from the top of the left circle to open up the Worcester lead to 4-0. After allowing his fourth goal of the night, Lions starting goalie Phillippe Desrosiers would be pulled from the game and replaced with Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo. Desrosiers made 14 saves on 18 shots on the night. With just one second remaining in the period Olivier Archambault (4th) tipped a blast from the point past Appleby to break the shutout bid and get Trois- Rivières on the board to make it a 4-1 game. The Lions continued to outshoot Worcester 29-20 after 40 minutes of play. Nine minutes into the third, the Railers would go on an extended powerplay as Lions captain Cédric Montminy received a game misconduct after he committed a charging penalty against Worcester defenseman Myles McGurty. Montminy would be thrown out of the game, and Worcester would spend the next five minutes with the man advantage. 1:35 seconds into the powerplay, Felix Bibeau (2nd) would find the back of the net off of a feed from Karl Boudrias to make it a 5-1 game. An empty netter from Felix Bibeau (3rd) would wrap up scoring for the Railers, while Justin Ducharme (3rd) for the Lions netted a powerplay goal 46 seconds later to give the game its final score of 6-2. Three Stars: 3rd star: Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman (0-1-1, +1) 2nd star: Nic Pierog (1-1-2, +1, 3 shots) 1st star: Ken Appleby (47 saves, 2GA, .959 SV%)… Final shots were 49-29 in favor of Trois-Rivières… Phillippe Desrosiers (2-2-0) made 14 saves on 18 shots for Trois-Rivières, while Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo (0-0-0) made 9 saves on 10 shots for Trois-Rivières… Ken Appleby (2-3-1) made 47 saves on 49 shots for Worcester while Marc-Antoine Gelinas served as the EBUG… Worcester went 1-for-5 on the power play while Trois-Rivières went 1-for-4… Liam Coughlin (DNP), John Furgele (DNP), Ross Olsson (DNP), Anthony Repaci (DNP), Brent Boudoin (IR) did not dress for Worcester… Colten Ellis and Nick Albano are each up with the Springfield Thunderbirds… Ken Appleby played in his 100th ECHL game… Six goals is the most Worcester has scored in a game all season long… Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman now has four points in his last four games for Worcester… Nic Pierog recorded his second multipoint game in his third game for Worcester… Five Railers recorded multipoint games, the highest number in any game so far this season… Drew Callin, Felix Bibeau, and Blake Christensen led the Railers with 4 shots each… Worcester has 63 games left on the regular season 33 of which are at the DCU Center… The Railers are now 1-0-0-0 all-time vs. the Lions and 1-0-0-0 at Trois-Rivières.


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