Today in Worcester hockey history: November 25

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1994 vs Springfield 3-2 loss
The IceCats gave up two third period goals that led to a 3-2 loss to the Falcons. Rick Bennett gave Springfield the lead at 2:10 of the opening period, but Maxim Bets would tie it up with his only goal ever for Worcester. Lindsay Vallis had the assist on the play at 8:22. In the third Marek Malik (5:49) and Robert Petrovicky (10:25) would score to give the Falcons a two goal lead. Terry Virtue, assisted by Davis Haas at 15:54, would get the IceCats as close as they’d get. Manny Legace started the game for the Falcons but gave way to Nikolai Khabibulin at 10:17 of the first due to injury. Khabibulin made 31 saves earning the win. Wayne Cowley made 21 saves for Worcester.

1995 at PEI 6-3 win
The Worcester IceCats got two goals and two assists from Paul Broten in a 6-3 win over the Senators. Other goal scorers for the ‘Cats were Craig Darby, Christer Olsson, Donald Dufresne (his only IceCats goal), and Fred Knipscheer. Getting assists for Worcester were Jamie Rivers, Steve Staios, Roberts, and Knipscheer (2). Eric Fichaud got the win making 42 saves.

1998 vs Albany 4-0 win
The Worcester IceCats got two goals from Marty Reasoner and 22 saves from Brent Johnson in a 4-0 whitewash of the Albany River Rats. Shayne Toporowski got the ‘Cats on the board with help from Stephane Roy at 13:59 of the opening stanza. In the second period Reasoner would grab his first of the game at 3:42, with Terry Yake getting the assist. In the third Dan Corso connected on the power play at 14:42, assisted by Toporowski and Reasoner. At 18:31 Reasoner grabbed his second goal of the game and third point of the night with another IceCats power play goal. Jochen Hecht had the solo assist on the play.

2000 vs Hamilton 5-4 win OT
The Worcester IceCats lost two leads and needed a late goal to get the game into overtime, but got the game winner from Derek Bekar in extra time to defeat the Bulldogs 5-4. Ed Campbell had the only goal in the first period, at 9:50 assisted by Dan Corso. Mike Van Ryn made it a two goal lead at 4:42 with Corso and Chris Murray assisting. Hamilton would then tie it on two quick power play goals by Paul Healey, the first at 6:36 that was five on three and the second at 7:26. Twenty-seven seconds later Justin Papineau gave the ‘Cats their lead back on a goal assisted by Mark Rycroft, but Healey completed the middle stanza hat trick with a goal at 17:27 to make it 3-3. Shawn Horcoff gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game at 16:36 of the third, but Van Ryn would get the game to overtime with an extra attacker power play goal at 19:31, with Ladislav Nagy and Reasoner providing the helpers. That set up Bekar’s overtime heroics as he scored at 3:28, with Van Ryn and Reasoner assisting. Eric Heffler made 44 saves for Hamilton, including a Corso penalty shot at :13 of the third period. Cody Rudkowsky made 19 saves in the win.

2001 at Hartford 4-1 win
(HARTFORD) The Worcester IceCats scored three goals in 3:49 and defeated the Wolf Pack 4-1 before 5,041 at the Civic Center. At 8:25 of the second, Wolf Pack defenseman Mike Mottau was high-sticked behind the net by Igor Valeev, but there was no call. Mottau went after Valeev, but in the ensuing fight, Mottau’s jersey came loose, resulting in an automatic game misconduct. Eric Boguniecki scored his first of two goals at 9:18 to tie the score, then Eric Nickulas picked up a wild rebound and scored during a 4-on-4 at 12:36. Thirty-one seconds later, Jeff Panzer stuffed in his own rebound on Worcester’s sixth power play to make it 3-1. Mottau’s loss not only cost the Wolf Pack half of their best defensive pairing , they also lost their top point man on the power play. They were 0-for-7 without Mottau to finish 0-for-11, and allowed Boguniecki’s short-handed goal at 3:49 of the third. Michal Grosek scored the Wolf Pack goal 26 seconds into the game.

2006 at Springfield 5-2 win
(WORSHARKS) A third period offensive explosion of five goals led to a come-from-behind 5-2 win for the Sharks at Springfield. Dimitri Patzold earned consecutive wins for the first time this season with a 27-save performance and Mathieu Darche tallied his AHL leading 19th goal of the season. An evenly played opening period saw the frame’s only goal occur with a two-man advantage for the Springfield Falcons. Eric Healey wristed his seventh goal of the season past Sharks goaltender Dimitri Patzold while the Sharks skated two-men short midway through the period. The two teams combined for a handful of scoring chances with both Patzold and Springfield’s Sean Burke making several key saves in the early going. The Sharks were out shot by the Falcons 16-9 through twenty minutes of play. The second period provided nearly a carbon copy of the first with Springfield scoring the only tally of the frame on a power play. Norm Milley registered his seventh of the year at the 5:56 mark with the Falcons enjoying their only man-advantage situation of the period. Worcester out shot the Falcons 8-7 in the period. The Sharks biggest offensive output in a period this year led to a 5-2 victory at Springfield. Five different skaters tallied goals for the Sharks in support of Dimitri Patzold’s fourth win of the year. Mike Iggulden, Ashton Rome, Craig Valette, Mathieu Darche, and Grant Stevenson all scored for the Sharks at even strength. The goal by Darche was his AHL leading 19th of the season. The Sharks out shot Springfield 16-6 in the period and 33-29 overall in the game for their first win in three tries against the Falcons.

2009 at Springfield 3-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Logan Couture extended his point streak to eight games with a power play goal after his snap shot from 45 feet rang off the cross bar and in to lift the Sharks to a 3-2 feisty victory at the Mass Mutual Center on Wednesday night. Ryan Vesce had two points (1-1-2) and Alex Stalock was superb in net (25 saves) for the Sharks as Worcester won their third straight game by 3-2. The Falcons came out flying in the first period but Alex Stalock held down the fort for Worcester in the early going. Colton Fretter fired in a rebound for his 7th goal of the season from the crease after an initial shot from the left side hit the post at 10:02. The power play goal extended Fretter’s point streak to eight games. The Sharks had four power play chances in the opening period, including a 43 second two man advantage but Aaron Sorochan stood his ground in net for Springfield. Worcester trailed 1-0 after the first twenty minutes of play as the Falcons held a 12-8 shot advantage. Referee Mark Lemelin dished out 13 penalties in a feisty 2nd period, but it was an even strength goal by Worcester’s Trent Campbell that tied the score at 1-1 after his one-timer shot from the right circle broke through the pads of Sorochan at 9:36. Campbell scored his first of the season after a great feed from Dan DaSilva in the left corner. The Sharks would take a 2-1 lead on their 7th power play chance as Ryan Vesce’s shot from the center slot snuck through for his 3rd goal of the season. A huge ten player scrum developed at 15:58 after Falcons’ defenseman Theo Peckham hit Nick Petrecki hard after an off-sides whistle, which gave the Falcons a power play chance. Mike Wilson took a tripping penalty moments later and Colton Fretter struck for another power play goal to tie the score at 2-2 at 17:58. Worcester outshot Springfield 15-7 in the 2nd period. Worcester got an early power play in the third period, their 8th of the hockey game, and Logan Couture extended his point streak to eight games (6-8-14) with a terrific snap shot from 45 feet that rang off the cross bar and in after a great individual rush up the middle. Ryan Vesce assisted on Logan’s 6th goal of the season at 3:40 of the third period to give Worcester the 3-2 lead. Joe Loprieno and Kip Brennan dropped the gloves in a lengthy battle at 6:38 as the parade to the penalty box continued. Alex Stalock held his ground late as the Falcons pulled the goaltender for an extra-attacker but Springfield came up empty. With the win, the Sharks record rises to 11-10-0-1 (23 points) on the season and currently has a three game winning streak.

2011 at Portland 4-3 OTL
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks scored twice in the third period to force overtime but allowed a power play goal in the extra session as Worcester fell 4-3 to the Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday evening. Curt Gogol and Tommy Wingels scored in the third period to force overtime as the Sharks fired 47 shots on goal in the loss. Tyler Eckford (2nd) gave the Pirates a 1-0 advantage after his quick shot from 60 feet found its way through traffic and just past the blocker side of Harri Sateri at 5:08. Exactly a minute later, Benn Ferriero (6th) snapped a quick one timer shot from the right slot past Curtis McElhinney on the power play at 6:08 to tie the score at 1-1. John McCarthy grabbed the primary assist on the score with a great feed from the left corner. Worcester maintained momentum throughout most of the opening frame outshooting Portland 15-6. Cam MacIntyre (3rd FM) and Igor Gongalsky (4th FM) exchanged blows to end the first period. Rookie Andy Miele scored twice in a 2:53 second span in the 2nd half of the 2nd period to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes of play. Miele (6th) scored a fluky goal that deflected over Harri Sateri and fluttered just inside the crossbar at 14:45 to give Portland a 2-1 lead. Miele (7th) was at the right place at the right time at 17:38 after a point shot from on the power play missed the net and deflected off the end wall right onto his stick for his second score and a two goal lead for Portland. Cam MacIntyre (4th FM) made quick work on rookie Jordan Szwarz (1st FM) in a quick fight at 13:03. Worcester trailed by two scores despite outshooting Portland 29-15 through 40 minutes of play. Worcester came barreling back in the third period with two goals on 18 shots to force overtime. Curt Gogol (3rd) wristed a puck into the net from deep in the right circle assisted from Marek Viedensky and James Livingston at 8:34. 108 seconds later, Tommy Wingels (3rd) finished off a great individual rush down the right wing as he roofed a tight-in shot past the Pirates netminder to tie the score at 3-3. The Sharks had several chances to take the lead late but couldn’t muster another score. In overtime, Taylor Doherty was whistled off for holding and the Pirates made the Sharks pay. Tyler Eckford’s (3rd) first shot was blocked from the right circle, but he drilled the 2nd chance by Sateri at 3:19 to give Portland their first overtime victory of the season. The Sharks record falls to 6-5-3-2 with 17 points through 16 games and to 2-1-3-1 on the road.

2012 vs Syracuse 6-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) Bracken Kearns scored his team leading seventh goal for the Worcester Sharks (9-7-1-1, 20pts) in a 6-1 loss to the first place Syracuse Crunch (12-3-1-1, 24pts) in front of 2,563 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Rookie J.T. Brown recorded a hat trick for the Crunch and Tyler Johnson added two more as the Sharks two game winning streak came to an end. Alex Stalock made 30 saves in the loss while Frazer McLaren recorded his franchise leading 51st fighting major in the first period when he dropped the gloves with Jared Nightingale of the Crunch. The Crunch improved to 9-0-0-1 on the road this season with the win. The Crunch got on the board first at 2:14 of the first period when J.T. Brown (2nd) beat Alex Stalock glove side on a 2-on-1, making it 1-0 Syracuse. It was Brown (3rd) again less than four minutes later, when he was the beneficiary of a bad bounce that found him all alone with a wide open net, extending the Crunch lead to 2-0. The Crunch didn’t stop there. Less than 30 seconds later, it was Tyler Johnson (12th) giving Syracuse a 3-0 lead with a nice shot off the post to beat Stalock. Bracken Kearns (7th) got Worcester on the board late in the first period when he tucked a rebound past Dustin Tokarski off of a shot from the point by Matt Pelech, cutting the Worcester deficit to 3-1. Frazer McLaren (4thFM) and Jared Nightingale squared off in a lengthy bout in the first period, with McLaren scoring the take down. After Matt Pelech was assessed a five minute penalty for hitting to the head, Tyler Johnson (13th) poked in a puck that appeared to be covered by Alex Stalock, giving the Crunch a 4-1 lead. The Crunch outshot the Sharks 14-6 in the second period. Dmitry Korobov (2nd) provided the first goal of the third period on a blast from the point on the power play, giving the Crunch a 5-1 lead. The Crunch kept the pedal to the floor. Less than four minutes later, J.T. Brown (4th) recorded his third goal of the game for a hat trick on a tip after a nice feed from Brett Connolly for a 6-1 final. The Sharks overall record falls to 9-7-1-1 (20pts in 18gp) and 5-4-1-0 (11pts in 10gp) at the DCU Center this season.

2017 at Wheeling 4-3 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (8-7-1-1, 18pts) handed the Wheeling Nailers (10-5-2-0, 22pts) their first regulation home loss in a 4-3 Railers win in front 2,005 fans at the WesBanco Arena on Saturday evening. A near post game brawl ended a feisty game that saw six total fighting majors and 64 total penalty minutes. Nick Saracino scored his first two goals of the year including the game winner midway through the third period. Jeff Kubiak and Woody Hudson also scored for Worcester while Eamon McAdam made 34 saves in net for the win. Mike Cornell added two assists as the Railers ended the week 1-1-0-1 on the road. Yanick Turcotte (8th) got the crew fired up with a long fight off the opening face-off with Jeremy Beirnes and Kyle McKenzie (1st FM) picked up his first fighting major vs. Dylan Zink at 5:17. The Nailers scored the only goal in the opening frame with a 5-on-3 power play one timer strike by Garrett Meurs (11th) at 13:52. Wheeling had four power plays in the first and outshot Worcester 11-8 through 20 minutes. Jeff Kubiak (2nd) tied the score at 44 seconds of the second period after Barry Almeida got the puck in front from the corner and Kubiak slid the puck through the pads of goaltender Adam Morrison. The Railers went ahead at 10:45 after Nick Saracino (1st) broke free after a nice feed by Yanick Turcotte and Nick had a nice finish from in tight. Eamon McAdam made some big saves in the frame but Wheeling found the back of the net late at 19:33 as Hunter Fejes (7th) snapped home a third chance. Shots were 26-13 Wheeling after 40 minutes with the score tied 2-2. Dan Milan (2nd) put the Nailers ahead 3-2 at 2:57 of the third period with a one timer blast from the left circle. Woody Hudson (4th) deflected a Mike Cornell shot into the net at 9:53 to tie the score at 3-3. Just over two minutes later, Nick Saracino (2nd) ripped a shot five home from 30 feet at 11:57 for the game winner. Both benches emptied after the game with Ashton Rome and Dan Milan getting majors and game misconducts as several skirmished broke out but did not fully develop.

2018 at Brampton 3-1 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (6-10-2-0, 14pts) opened their brief three game road trip with a 3-1 loss to the host Brampton Beast (9-7-1-1, 20pts) in front of 2,486 fans at the CAA Centre on Sunday afternoon. Tyler Mueller scored his first professional goal for Worcester with the extra attacker and Mitch Gillam was excellent making 28 saves in his first start since he was injured on Nov 7 in St. John’s. Davis Pacan (2-1-3) and Brandon Marino (0-3-3) each had three points for the Beast while Etienne Marcoux made 24 saves in net for the home win It was a high tempo first period as the Beast held a 11-7 shot advantage through 20 minutes of play. Each team hit the iron and Mike Cornell dropped the mitts vs. Boston Leier late in the period as the physical play picked up as the period concluded in a scoreless tie. Worcester came out buzzing in the middle frame as the Railers outshot the Beast 12-10 in a scoreless second period. Mitch Gillam has 21 saves through 40 minutes for the Railers while Etienne Marcoux had 19 stops for the Beast as the two teams headed into the second intermission in a scoreless tie. David Pacan (1st) finished off a 2-on-1 from on top of the Railers crease at 3:05 followed by Boston Leier’s (1st) strike at 8:43 to give the Beast a 2-0 lead in the third period. Rookie defenseman Tyler Mueller (1st) scored his first professional goal with a wicked shot from the left point while Worcester had an extra attacker at 18:59 to get the Railers within a goal. But the excitement was short lived, as David Pacan (12th) fired into the empty net at 19:20 to give the Beast a 3-1 home victory.

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