Today in Worcester hockey history: November 21


1995 at Saint John 4-2 win
The Worcester IceCats scored three third period goals in a 4-2 victory over the Saint John Flames. Marty Murray had the only goal of the opening twenty minutes, at 10:43, to give the Flames the lead. Worcester would tie it on the only goal in the middle stanza, an unassisted tally by Jamie Rivers at 16:47. The ‘Cats would take the lead on a Fred Knipscheer five on three power play goal at 1:22 of the third, with Christer Olsson and netminder Eric Fichaud getting the helpers. Alex Vasilevskii made it 3-1 with another power play goal thirty-four seconds later, assisted by Jed Fiebelkorn and Jamie Rivers. It was Fiebelkorn’s only career AHL point. Sixteen seconds after that, Lindsay Vallis made it 3-1 with Craig Darby and Jason Widmer providing the helpers. David Ling would close out the scoring at 9:22 for the 4-2 final. Fichaud had 31 saves in the victory.

1998 at Lowell 3-2 win
The Worcester IceCats withstood a furious late third period rush by the Lock Monsters to defeat Lowell 3-2. Marty Reasoner gave the ‘Cats the lead on the power play with the only goal of the first period when he buried a feed from Terry Yake. At 3:39 of the second period Yake scored on a breakaway after stepping out of the penalty box. Lubos Bartecko hit Yake with a nice pass, and Yake went bar down for the 2-0 lead. John Namestnikov scored a four on four goal early in the third to make it 2-1, but Ricard Persson got a big goal at 15:58 to to give the ‘Cats a two goal lead again when he one-timed a Jochen Hecht pass. Namestnikov scored an extra attacker goal with four seconds remaining in regulation for the 3-2 final. Brent Johnson earned the win in net.

2001 vs Manchester 3-2 win OT
The Worcester IceCats came back from two one-goal deficits and got the game winner in overtime from Jeff Panzer to defeat the Monarchs 3-2. After a scoreless first period Andre Payette got Manchester on the board with the only goal of the middle stanza at 11:30. Just 51 seconds into the third period Marc Brown tied it with an unassisted goal. At 6:43 Chris Schmidt gave the Monarchs the lead back, only to have Jame Pollock tie it again on the power play at 15:44. Eric Boguniecki and Christian Laflamme had the helpers on the play. That set up Panzer’s overtime goal, at 3:47, which was also assisted by Boguniecki and Laflamme. Reinhard Divis made 28 saves for the win.

2004 vs Manchester 5-4 loss
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats battled hard but eventually dropped a 5-4 decision to the high-powered Manchester Monarchs yesterday afternoon at the DCU Center. Yannick Lehoux led Manchester with a goal and two assists, while Blake Evans tallied two goals and added an assist in the losing effort for the IceCats. The Monarchs jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the game was six minutes old. Noah Clarke opened the scoring just 48 seconds after the opening face-off, and Dustin Brown scored on the power play at 5:25. However, the IceCats gained the momentum heading into the locker room when Evans put one past Manchester goaltender Mathieu Garon on the power play goal with 1:10 left in the period. Brendan Brooks tied the game at two for Worcester at 3:42 of the 2nd period after taking a nice feed from Johnny Pohl. At 8:02, Worcester goalie Curtis Sanford had to leave the game due to injury. Fifty-five seconds later, Lehoux skated in on the left-wing and dribbled his own rebound past replacement Jason Bacashihua to put the Monarchs up, 3-2. ‘Cats defenseman Aris Brimanis scored a shorthanded goal at the 16-minute mark to tie things up at three all. The Monarchs scored two quick goals 1:31 apart early in the 3rd to take a 5-3 lead. Evans recorded his 100th point as an IceCat by scoring at 7:56 to pull the ‘Cats within a goal, but Worcester was unable to get the equalizer. Garon finished with 30 saves on 34 shots for Manchester to move his record to 10-1. The IceCats record falls to 9-5-1-0 for 19 points

2007 at W-B/Scranton 6-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) In the first ever meeting between the Sharks and the Penguins, the Worcester Sharks were defeated by the score of 6-0 on Wednesday night in Wilkes-Barre Scranton, PA behind four 2nd period goals by the Penguins. Goaltender Dmitri Patzold made his first start of the season for the Worcester Sharks after being sent down from San Jose for conditioning. Patzold had only appeared in two games this season, both with San Jose and both in relief. Dmitri played 24 minutes for San Jose stopping 11/12 shots. Patzold was sharp in the first period, stopping all 14 Penguin shots through twenty minutes of play. The Penguins would score four goals in the 2nd period, three goals in a 3:15 span 4:32 into the middle frame. D Deryk Engelland scored his first goal of the season, a shot from the point that was deflected in front of the skates of Patrick Traverse. It was all down hill from there, as Conner James, Kurtis McLean, and veteran Alain Nasreddine all would score in the second period for the Penguins. The Penguins would add two more goals in the 3rd period and Ty Conklin recorded his first shutout of the season with 28 saves. Notes: The Sharks power play went 0-6; the Penguins were 0-5. Mike Morris missed his 15th straight game due to injury, Lukas Kaspar his 2nd. Morris is skating and could possibly return in mid December. Brad Staubitz played forward for the second and third periods of play. Mike Iggulden recorded his first fighting major of the season with a 3rd period scrap with Nathan Smith.

2009 at Providence 3-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Dwight Helminen tied the score midway through the third period and defenseman Joe Callahan scored a power play goal with just 1:58 left to propel the Sharks to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Bruins in Providence on Saturday night. Brandon Mashinter had two points (1-1-2) and Alex Stalock was superb in net (32 saves) for the Sharks as Worcester broke out of a franchise long seven game losing streak. Nick Petrecki and Guillaume Lefebvre picked up fighting majors at :55 seconds of the first period to set the tone early between the two divisional rivals. The Bruins held the play early and scored a power play goal with a quick entry into the Sharks zone and a score by rookie Jamie Arniel at 6:27. The Sharks tied the score at 1-1 after a blast by defenseman Danny Groulx from on top of the left circle was deflected in by Brandon Mashinter (5th goal) at 10:05. Worcester outshot the Bruins 14-11 through twenty minutes in a 1-1 hockey game.

2010 vs Springfield 4-3 win
(WORSHARKS) Andrew Desjardins had a three point game, including the game winning goal with 5:57 remaining, to lead the three goal comeback for Worcester against the Springfield Falcons on Sunday at the DCU Center. Dan DaSilva, Sean Sullivan and Kevin Henderson also scored for Worcester while Alex Stalock made 24 saves as the Sharks improve their home record to 5-2-1-1. Both teams started the game conservatively in the first but the two teams struck for three goals in 2:33. Springfield tallied the game’s first goal with 4:40 remaining in the period on a rebound goal by Tomas Kubalik (6th). Matt Calvert and Ben Guite picked up the assists on the goal that was scored as Alex Stalock was down in the crease. A late Worcester penalty saw the Sharks tie the game up at 1-1 on a shorthanded goal by Kevin Henderson (1st), who went coast-to-coast, skated behind the Falcons net and fired it high glove side from the right circle. Just under a minute later, Springfield scored on the same power play to regain the lead at 2-1. Steven Goertzen (2nd) notched the goal with Nick Holden and David Savard picking up the assists. The period ended with some pushing and shoving and with the score 2-1 in favor of Springfield. The second period started the same way the first period ended. Both teams scored early and within minutes of each other. Springfield once again scored first in the period as agitator Nick Tarnasky scored his first goal of the season only 0:23 into the second after a turnover in front of the Sharks net to give the Falcons a 3-1 lead. But Worcester once again answered as Sean Sullivan (5th) fired a slap shot from the left point to cut the Springfield lead to 3-2. The period ended with the score 3-2 Falcons with Worcester leading in shots for the period 11-7. Springfield started the third period with a lead but Worcester would come on strong in the end. Dan DaSilva (2nd) buried a loose puck to the left of the Falcons goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 12:13 remaining in the game. Nick Schaus and Andrew Desjardins were given assists on the DaSilva tying goal. Just over five minutes later the Sharks would complete the comeback and take the lead. Andrew Desjardins (3rd) ripped a slap shot on a feed from DaSilva from the left circle past goalie Gustaf Wesslau to give Worcester the 4-3 lead. The Sharks would shut down the Falcons offense for the remainder of the period and skated away with the comeback 4-3 victory. Shots in the period were 9-8 in favor of Worcester. The Sharks overall record improves to 8-5-1-3 (20pts).

2014 at Lehigh Valley 4-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (8-7-1-0, 17pts) dropped their fourth straight game after a 4-0 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (8-6-1-0, 17pts) in front of 8,451 fans at the PPL Center on a Friday evening. Rookie Anthony Stolarz picked up his first professional win with 36 saves for the Phantoms as the Sharks dropped their fourth straight contest. The Phantoms broke out to a 2-0 first period advantage despite Worcester holding a 16-7 shot advantage through 20 minutes. Taylor Leier (4th) scored on the game’s first shot after he fired a rocket inside the cross bar after a pass from behind the Sharks net from Blair Jones at 1:44. Lehigh Valley made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal at 11:15 as defenseman Robert Hagg (2nd) ripped a shot after an offensive face-off win by Blair Jones to the right of JP Anderson. Defenseman Brandon Manning (5th) scored in his 4th straight game after his shot from the center point was deflected in front of the Worcester net and fluttered over the shoulder of JP Anderson at 1:30 of the second period. Aaron Dell replaced Anderson in net after the score as the Sharks trailed 3-0. Worcester outshot Lehigh Valley 9-6 in the second period but came up empty on goaltender Anthony Stolarz once again. Lehigh Valley made it 4-0 at 59 seconds of the third period after a turnover inside the Worcester blue line led to a Andrew Gordon (5th) unassisted tally past Aaron Dell. Worcester outshot Lehigh Valley 14-4 in the third period but came up empty on the Phantoms rookie netminder. Micheal Haley (5th FM) fought Oliver Laurdisen (2nd FM) at 2:50 for the only official scrap of the game as the Sharks dropped their 4th straight game. The Sharks overall record falls to 8-7-1-0, 17pts, and 3-3-0-0, 6pts on the road this season.


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