Today in Worcester hockey history: November 19


1994 at Adirondack 4-2 loss
(GLENS FALLS) The Worcester IceCats continued to have issues putting the puck in the net in a 4-2 loss to the Red Wings. The IceCats have scored 11 goals in their last eight games, in which they have gone 2-5-1. They have scored more than two goals only once in the last three weeks. The IceCats put 34 shots on goal against the Red Wings and their goaltender, Norm Maracle, but managed only a first-period goal by David Haas and another in the third by Ross Wilson. By the time Wilson scored the Red Wings led 4-1. Adirondack defensemen Aaron Ward and Jason Gladney each scored twice. Ward scored both of his goals 2:54 apart, first on a slap shot off the skate of IceCats defenseman Jason Widmer, then on a sharp-angle shot after getting a step ahead of Widmer on the right side. Haas scored on a centering pass from Wilson late in the first period, but the IceCats, whose two-game unbeaten streak ended after a win and a tie, didn’t score again until after Gladney had scored his first two goals as a professional in the second and third periods.

1997 vs Portland 6-2 loss
The IceCats scored first and last, but the Pirates had the middle six goals as they defeated Worcester 6-2. Nick Naumenko opened the scoring with a power play goal at 16:63 to give Worcester the lead after 20 minutes. Jamal Mayers and Robert Petrovicky had the assists. But Portland would turn the game into a laugher with three in the second and three in the third. Petrovicky scored an unassisted goal at 19:50 for the 6-2 final. Jan Benda had two goals for the Pirates, and Andrew Brunette had a goal and three assists. Brent Johnson had 30 saves in the loss.

1999 at Portland 4-1 loss
(TICKER) Jim Campbell had a hat trick and Brent Johnson made 29 saves as the Worcester Ice Cats beat the Portland Pirates, 4-1. Campbell opened the scoring at 7:19 of the first period and snapped a 1-1 tie in the middle stanza with his second goal of the contest. Jamie Thompson netted a shorthanded marker and Campbell completed the hat trick in the final period for Worcester, which avenged a 3-0 loss to the Pirates on October 23rd. Johnson stopped all 14 shots he faced in the third period for the victory as the Ice Cats improved to 6-7-4. Barrie Moore scored a power-play goal in the first period for the Pirates, who dropped to 10-7-4.

2000 at Hartford 3-1 loss
(TICKER) Brad Smyth scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as the Hartford Wolf Pack beat the Worcester Ice Cats, 3-1. Smyth extended his goal-scoring streak to five straight games by netting a power-play tally with 6:36 left in the final stanza. The 27-year-old Ottawa native leads the league with 17 goals, including 13 with the man advantage, and has scored eight times over his last five games. Brandon Dietrich gave Hartford a 1-0 lead in the first period off a feed from Stefan Cherneski, who picked up his first point in over two years after suffering a serious knee injury. Johan Witehall added an empty-net goal in the third period and Drew Bannister picked up a pair of assists to pace the Wolf Pack. Vitali Yeremeyev made 30 saves to extend Hartford’s unbeaten streak to four games. Marc Brown tallied his fourth goal in eight games for Worcester and Dwayne Roloson turned aside 37 shots in the loss.

2006 at Lowell 6-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) Justin Papineau scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Lowell Devils to a 6-2 win over the Sharks on Sunday afternoon at Paul Tsongas Arena. The Devils stormed out of the gates with three consecutive goals to begin the game and chase Sharks goaltender Nolan Schaefer from the net. Aaron Voros began the scoring at the 7:59 mark with his third goal of the season. Nicklas Bergfors, Lowell’s leading goal scorer, then converted on the power play for his seventh of the season and a 2-0 lead in favor of the Devils. Grant Marshall’s tally at the 13:06 mark of the first period chased Schaefer from the net after making one save on four-shots-against. Dimitri Patzold handled the remaining five shots from Lowell to finish the period and provided a spark to the team who scored before the stanza came to a close. Mathieu Darche tallied his league leading 16th goal of the year on assists from Joe Pavelski and Mike Iggulden with just 1:22 remaining. The second period was a scoreless affair including four consecutive penalty kills from the Sharks to keep the game at 3-1 in favor of Lowell. The biggest story from the twenty minutes of play was a knee-to-knee hit from Lowell defenseman Jim Fahey on Mathieu Biron. The play resulted in Fahey receiving a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. The Sharks failed to score on the five-minute power play, but would skate to within one goal on a tally from Joe Pavelski at the 9:27 mark of the final frame. Pavelski’s goal was assisted by Brennan Evans and Darche. Less than 30-seconds later the Devils would re-establish the two-goal lead on Chris Minard’s fifth goal of the season. David Clarkson and Justin Papineau each scored a late tally to widen the gap in a 6-2 win over the Sharks and a 2-1-0-0 lead in the regular season series.

2008 vs Norfolk 4-3 win
(WORSHARKS) Coming off a 3-0 win in Springfield, the Sharks sunk the Norfolk Admirals 4-3 at the DCU Center Wednesday night. After a slow start, Worcester scored four consecutive goals and held off a late attack in a physical battle against Norfolk. The Admirals would score on the first shot of the game from center Paul Szczechura, assisted by right wing Brandon Bochenski at 1:30. Norfolk continued firing on Worcester goaltender Talyor Dakers as Admirals center Wyatt Smith scored a power play goal over Dakers’ shoulder at 6:05, allowing Bochenski to pick up his second assist of the game. The Sharks would answer back with a goal from center Tom Cavanagh, assisted by James Demers and Ryan Vesce at 14:20. Frazer McLaren continued his fighting ways and ended the period with his 9th fighting major by rocking Norfolk’s Zenon Konopka in a fight at 19:52. The Admirals had a 2-1 advantage after 20 minutes. Mike Moore would score his first professional goal in the opening minute of the second frame to tie the game at 2-2. The goal was assisted by Demers and Steven Zalewski at 0:30, giving Demers his second assist of the evening. After Steve Downie ran Kyle McLaren from behind in front of the Worcester bench, the fists went flying as Demers and Steve Downie exchanged blows at 7:22. Downie would receive two major penalties and the Sharks would have a five minute power play but could not score. The game was tied 2-2 after forty minutes of play. As a Sharks power play expired, Cory Larose scored at 4:10 to put Worcester on top 3-2 early in the third period. The goal was assisted by Demers and Armstrong, marking Demers’ third assist of the night. Dakers had a terrific lunging save to keep the lead for Worcester midway through the period before Worcester’s Brendan Buckley fired a shot from the blue line that was tipped in by Andrew Desjardins at 9:55, putting the Sharks up by two. Admirals’ defenseman Jamie Heward scored late in the third period but it was not enough as the Sharks defeated the Admirals 4-3. The win improves Worcester’s record to 7-8-0-0, while the loss drops the Admirals to 5-8-1-3 record.

2010 at Manchester 3-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) Highly touted Los Angeles Kings prospect Brayden Schenn picked up his first career AHL point and Brandon Kozun picked up a goal and an assist for the Monarchs as Manchester defeated Worcester 3-1 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester on Friday night. Alex Stalock made 24 saves in the losing effort and Benn Ferriero (10th) picked up the lone Sharks goal as the Sharks record falls to 7-5-1-2 (17 points). The first period between the two clubs was bookended by Manchester controlling play. The Monarchs would strike first on the power play as defenseman Slava Voynov (4th) buried a pretty pass on a give and go with top prospect Brayden Schenn. Brandon Kozun also picked up an assist on the goal at 6:43. Worcester would start to capture the momentum midway through the period as Manchester took two penalties twenty seconds apart to give Worcester a 5-on-3 power play. Benn Ferriero (10th) would capitalize on the first of the minor penalties as he ripped one high blocker side at 10:06 with Justin Braun and Steve Zalewski grabbing the assists on the play. The Sharks had another opportunity late in the period as Tommy Wingels and Jonathan Cheechoo skated in on a 2-on-1 but were turned away by Jeff Zatkoff. The score at the end of the first was tied at 1-1 with Manchester holding the lead in shots at 12-11. Manchester began the second period on the power play as Joe Loprieno took a roughing penalty as the buzzer sounded. Worcester was able to kill off the early power play but Manchester continued to control play in the second period. The Monarchs took the lead 3:26 into the period on a goal scored by Brandon Kozun (6th) on a rebound from inside the right circle. Tom Hickey and Justin Azevedo picked up the assists on the goal. Chances for Worcester were few and far between but Jeff Zatkoff made a sprawling save late in period as Benn Ferriero tried to lift it over Zatkoff for his second of the game but was denied. The period ended with Manchester leading 2-1 and leading in the shot category 21-18. With a lead entering the third period, Manchester turned up their defensive play to close out the game. The Monarchs continued to suffocate any offensive life from Worcester after the Sharks failed to convert on an early power play. The Monarchs then added to their lead at 13:42 after a turnover in front of the Sharks net ended up on the stick of Marc-Andre Cliché to score his 1st goal of the season to seal the deal. Shots in the period favored Worcester 10-6. The Sharks overall record falls to 7-5-1-2 (17pts) and road record to 4-3-1-1 (10pts)

2014 at Manchester 5-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (8-6-1-0, 17pts) kicked off a four game road trip with a 5-1 loss to the Manchester Monarchs (11-4-0-0, 22pts) in front of 8,296 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on a Wednesday morning during a School Day Game. Evan Trupp scored the only Worcester goal while JP Anderson kept the Sharks in the game early and made 40 saves as the Sharks dropped their season high third straight game. Brian O’Neill led the way for Manchester with three points (2-1-3) and JF Berube made 22 saves in net for the Monarchs as Manchester won their 6th straight game. Manchester came out flying in the first period outshooting Worcester 18-6 through the first 20 minutes to grab a 1-0 lead. Zach O’Brien (1st) tapped home an easy score after a great pass by Nick Shore at 10:47 for the only strike of the period. JP Anderson was superb with several great saves in the opening period. The Monarchs went ahead 2-0 with a shorthanded goal by Brian O’Neill (5th) after his centering feed went off a skate and past Anderson at 7:58. The Sharks got on the board at 9:31 after a nice cycle down low in the Monarchs’ zone. Chris Tierney’s original shot was stopped by Berube but Evan Trupp (3rd) fired home the rebound from on top of the crease to cut the lead to 2-1. Manchester got their two goal lead right back just 44 seconds later as Brian O’Neill (6th) scored his second of the morning with a tough angle shot that broke off a stick in front and past Anderson at 10:15. Manchester outshot Worcester 12-10 in the second period. Manchester would score twice more in the third period with a pair of tap in goals from Collin Miller (5th) at 5:59 and Kevin Gravel (1st) at 19:45 to pull away for a 5-1 victory. Taylor Doherty (2nd FM) dropped the mitts with Scott Sabourin (3rd FM) at 8:53 for the only scrap of the game while Manchester outshot Worcester 10-7 in the third period. The Sharks overall record falls to 8-6-1-0, 17pts, and 3-2-0-0, 6pts on the road this season.

2017 vs Manchester 4-1 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (7-6-1-0, 15pts) fired a season high 48 shots on goal to defeat the visiting Manchester Monarchs (8-7-1-1, 18pts) by the score of 4-1 in front 3,370 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Worcester fired an ECHL high 27 shots in the second period which led to a pair of shorthanded goals by Ashton Rome and Kellen Jones. Eamon McAdam was terrific in net in his 4th straight start as he made 28 saves while the Railers added third period goals by Kyle McKenzie and Matty Gaudreau to seal the 4-1 victory. Manchester had more of the energy in the opening period and outshot Worcester 12-5 and scored the periods only goal. Zac Lynch (6th) finished off a nice rush on the power play with a quick snap shot from 30 feet past netminder Eamon McAdam at 11:27. The Railers trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. A wild second period saw Worcester fire 27 shots on goal and score a pair of shorthanded goals to take a 2-1 advantage. Ashton Rome (5th) fired home his own rebound from a tough angle past goaltender Charles Williams at 9:47 to tie the score at 1-1. Kellen Jones (4th) gave the Railers a 2-1 lead with a breakaway shorthanded goal at 12:31. Worcester to a 2-1 lead into the second intermission and held a 34-18 shot advantage. Worcester would fire 14 more shots on goal in the third period as Kyle McKenzie (2nd) added an insurance marker at 7:42 with a slapper from the left circle and Matty Gaudreau (4th) potted an empty netter at 19:11 to close out the game 4-1. Eamon McAdam made 11 more saves for his 4th win of the season.

2021 vs Trois-Rivières 4-1 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (3-6-0-1, 7pts) lost the first out of two back-to-back home games against the Trois-Rivières Lions (4-6-0-0) by the score of 4-1 on Friday evening in front of 2,669 fans at the DCU Center. The Railers face off against the Trois-Rivières Lions on Saturday, November 20th at 7:05pm for Frontline Heroes Night presented by UMass Memorial Health. Grant Jozefek (1-0-1) scored his first professional goal coming in the second frame but the Lions scored three goals in the same frame Mathieu Gagnon (1-0-1), Mathieu Brodeur (1-0-1), and Perrieck Dube (1-0-1). Charles David Beaudoin (1-0-1) notched a third period tally while Phillipe Derosiers made 28 saves for the win and Colten Ellis stopped 26 shots in the loss. It was a quiet first, as neither team was able to find the back of the net. Railers goalie Colten Ellis made two big saves on Lions’ forward Olivier Archambault with less than a minute to go in the first period to keep the game tied at 0-0. Worcester outshot Trois-Rivières 13-9 after 20 minutes of play. The Lions got on the board first in the second as Pierrick Dubé (1st) put home a rebound from Colten Ellis to cap off a three-on-one rush up ice. Worcester would tie it up five minutes later as Lions goaltender Phillippe Derosiers from outside of his crease passed to puck out to Railers Forward Grant Jozefek (1st) who put it in the empty net for his first professional goal. Trois-Rivières came back six minutes later and regained the lead off of a Mathieu Gagnon (1st) blast from the point to make it 2-1. 20 seconds later, Mathieu Brodeur (1st) sent a heavy shot off of the end boards that came out and deflected in off of the back of the leg of Ellis to make it a 3-1 game. The second period would end with a score of 3-1. Trois-Rivières outshot Worcester 13-7 in the period, and led shooting 22-20 after 40 minutes. Trois-Rivières would add one more in the third period on the powerplay as Charles-David Beaudoin (1st) unleashed a shot from the point to give the game its final score of 4-1. Three Stars: 3rd star: Grant Jozefek (1-0-1, 2 shots), 2nd star: Phillippe Derosiers (28 saves, 1GA, .966 SV%), 1st star: Olivier Archambault (0-2-2, +1, 5 shots)… Final shots were 30-29 in favor of Trois-Rivières… Phillippe Desrosiers (3-2-0) made 28 saves on 29 shots for Trois-Rivières… Colten Ellis (1-2-0) made 26 saves on 30 shots for Worcester while Ken Appleby served as the backup… Worcester went 0-for-3 on the power play while Trois-Rivières went 1-for-1… Liam Coughlin (DNP), Ross Olsson (DNP), Anthony Repaci (DNP), Brent Boudoin (DNP) did not dress for Worcester… Mike Cornell is up with the Bridgeport Islanders… Nick Albano is up with the Springfield Thunderbirds… Grant Jozefek scored his first professional goal… Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman and Nic Pierog led the Railers with 4 shots each… Worcester has 62 games left on the regular season 32 of which are at the DCU Center… The Railers are now 1-1-0-0 all-time vs. the Lions and 0-1-0-0 in Worcester.

2022 vs Greenville 7-0 win
(RAILERS) Perfect games are a baseball thing but the Railers pitched one anyway Saturday night. Seven different players scored goals, 10 had assists and rookie goaltender Henrik Tikkanen stopped 41 shots as Worcester pummeled the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7-0. It was the most lopsided shutout in franchise history and tied the team record for biggest margin of victory. Worcester won at Adirondack, 8-1, on Nov. 26, 2021. With several of their best players on recall, or injured, the Railers came up with their best game of the season. “It was, absolutely,” coach Jordan Smotherman said. “From the drop of the puck the guys bought into the way we want to play hockey. We saw things tonight we’ve been talking about all year that they’d been a little resistant to do and I think they saw the benefits tonight of doing it right.” In order, the goal scorers were Jimmy Lambert, Bobby Butler, Connor McCarthy, Brent Beaudoin, Blade Jenkins, Nolan Vesey and Quinn Ryan. Jenkins had a pair of assists as did Reece Newkirk (not to mention his second fighting major of the season). McCarthy, Vesey, Beaudoin, Ryan and Lambert were all 1-1-2. McCarthy’s goal at 16:19 of the first period was his first of the season and first since last Feb. 12 when he was also 1-1-2. Worcester scored three in the first, three in the second and one in the third. In a 7-0 outcome, goaltending might seem irrelevant but Tikkanen was tremendous as the Railers were outshot, 41-30. It was first shutout by a Worcester goaltender this season and the first by a Railers goalie since Ken Appleby won, 3-0, at Trois-Rivieres last April 13. Tikkanen’s finest moments were early in the second period when the Railers had to kill a two-man disadvantage for 1:35. A goal, or two, by the Swamp Rabbits there might have turned things around but Tikkanen made several fabulous stops. “That was a huge kill for us,” Smotherman said. “I have to credit my assistant coach (Jimmy Sharrow) for that. He works our guys on that 5 on 3 and they did an incredible job.” It was a great redemptive performance for Tikkanen, who gave up four goals in the first period versus Reading and was pulled. “He was fantastic,” Smotherman said of his goalie. “He earned that shutout. For him to be about to bounce back like that after Reading and give that performance; he’s an extremely, extremely competitive guy and I said before the game – Teeks is gonna have a heck of a night because I knew he was (upset) after the other night.” Shutouts have been hard to come by for Railers goalies in recent years and while they only count for two points they are still special occasions. “Of course it always feels a little bit better to have the shutout,” Tikkanen said, “but the win is the most important thing and we got that tonight, so that was the best thing. It was really nice to get the chance to start a second game this week, and I’m happy I was able to use the opportunity and get the win.” With 41 saves on 41 shots, it was a perfect game for Tikkanen and as it turned out, for everyone in a Railers uniform. MAKING TRACKS – It did not make the box score but credit Railers owner Cliff Rucker with a save. When the staff arrived before the game they discovered there was only one Table Talk Pie stored for the third period culinary contest. Miraculously, Rucker had an extra pie in the trunk of his car and to make things perfect, it was a blueberry. … At 12-2-0, Worcester is 10 games above .500, the first Railers team to ever be that much above .500 at any point in a season. … This was the Railers’ last home game of the month. They embark on a seven-game road trip that includes games against three teams — Norfolk, Newfoundland and Trois-Rivieres. The first three are in Norfolk where the Admirals have endured a nightmare start to their season. They are 1-14-0 and have lost 11 in a row including three straight at the DCU Center in early November. .. With the annual Fire versus Police game as a preliminary, the crowd was 5,623. That put the Railers over the 600,000 mark for home attendance all-time. … Myles McGurty has quietly become the franchise leader in plus-minus. He was plus-1 Saturday and is plus-17 as a Railer. Patrick McNally was the longtime leader at plus-15. … McCarthy’s goal was the first by a Railer wearing Number 2 since Tommy Panico scored on Jan. 25, 2019 in Adirondack. … Worcester is 5-1-0 versus Greenville all-time including 3-0-0 at the DCU Center.


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