Today in Worcester hockey history: November 26


1994 vs Fredericton 3-0 win
The IceCats got 23 saves from Les Kuntar and some early scoring to defeat the Canadiens 3-0. Twenty-eight seconds into the game Sean Whyte gave Worcester the only goal they’d eventually need, assisted by Shawn Heaphy and Cal McGowan. With 48 seconds left in the frame Dave Baseggio made it 2-0 with McGowan getting the lone assist. Whyte added his second of the game, this one assisted by Roy Mitchell, at 18:31 of the third into an empty net, for the 3-0 final.

1996 vs Fredericton 6-1 win
The Worcester IceCats got two goals each from Chris Kenady and Mike Maneluk and cruised to a 6-1 win over the Canadiens. Kenady opened the scoring at 15:30 with Bob Lachance and Jason Zent picking up assists. Fredericton tied it on a Francois Groleau five on three goal at 17:41. But from that point it was all IceCats as Kenady’s second of the game at 2:59 of the middle stanza gave them the lead. Lachance and Radim Bicanek had the helpers on the goal. At 8:14 Maneluk made it 3-1 with Konstantin Shafranov and Scott Pellerin providing assists. In the third period Maneluk struck again, this time on the power play 41 seconds into the frame with Pellerin and Nick Naumenko picking up points. Terry Virtue made it 5-1 at 8:00, with Pellerin and Maneluk assisting. Shafranov closed out the scoring at 18:35, with Lachance and David Williams assisting. Jamie McLennan had 29 saves for the win.

1997 vs Fredericton 5-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats would score first, but by the time they scored again the game was all but out of reach in a 5-2 loss to the Canadiens. Michal Handzus gave Worcester the lead with a power play goal, assisted by Libor Zabransky and Chris Kenady, at 13:29. Less than a minute later Alexei Lojkin tied it for Fredericton. Jonathan Delisle (2:10), Lojkin (16:10), and Eric Houde (16:59) all scored for the Canadiens in the second period before Nick Naumenko could stop the bleeding at 13:08 of the third. Bob Lachance and Jamal Mayers had the assists. Eric Belanger added a goal eight seconds later for the 5-2 final. Frederic Cassivi took the loss as he and Brent Johnson combined to make 28 saves.

1999 at Providence 2-2 tie
(TICKER) Jeff Wells scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation to lift the Providence Bruins into a 2-2 tie with the Worcester IceCats. Wells, who entered the game with two goals in 20 games, put Providence on the board with 5:12 remaining and got the equalizer just over three minutes later. Marty Reasoner scored two goals in a 68-second span of the second period to put Worcester in front. Brent Johnson stopped 43 shots, including all nine he faced in overtime, for the IceCats. John Grahame turned aside 26 shots for the Bruins, who beat Worcester, 5-3, in the first meeting of between these teams this season.

2003 vs Lowell 5-2 loss
(ICECATS) The latest chapter of the Worcester IceCats frustration at the hands of the Lowell Lock Monsters was written Wednesday night, as the ‘Cats fell 5-2 at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. Winger Pavel Brendl led Lowell’s offensive attack with two goals and an assist. Lowell jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the ‘Cats in the first period on goals by Brendl, Damian Surma, and Brett Lysak. Starting goaltender Reinhard Divis was relieved by Levente Szuper after Lysak’s goal. Worcester closed the gap to 3-2 in the second period on goals by Jeff Panzer and Jame Pollock. Pollock’s goal put him in a tie for the franchise lead in power play goals. Both he and Marc Brown have 25 as IceCats. Brendl gave the Lock Monsters a two-goal cushion in the third with his second goal of the night at 7:13 of the third, and Martin Sonnenberg sealed the deal with an empty net goal with 1:30 remaining in the game.

2004 vs Lowell 4-0 loss
(ICECATS) Former Boston College Eagle Chuck Kobasew scored twice and added an assist as the Lowell Lock Monsters beat the Worcester IceCats 4-0 Friday night at the DCU Center. It was Lowell’s first road win in seven tries this season. Brent Krahn made 27 saves for his second consecutive shutout and fourth straight win. The line of Kobasew, Colin Forbes and Eric Staal factored into each of Lowell’s goals. The trio accounted for seven points in the game, and has collected 66 of Lowell’s 134 points this season. They have also scored 43 of Lowell’s 67 goals. Worcester managed some excellent first period scoring attempts on breakaways by Brendan Brooks, Jon DiSalvatore and Brendan Buckley, but Krahn made big saves to boost his team. Lowell responded by shutting down Worcester’s power play on eight chances.

2006 vs Hartford 6-5 OTL
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks lost in overtime to the Hartford Wolf Pack by a score of 6-5 on Sunday evening at the DCU Center. The Sharks led on three occasions, but Hartford battled back to force overtime and Jarkko Immonen scored the game-winner 1:43 into the overtime session to take home the victory. Craig Valette paced the Sharks with two goals, while Michal Macho scored his first professional goal.

2008 at Portland 4-3 win
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks extend their season high win streak to five games with a 4-3 win over the Pirates in Portland on Wednesday Night. Riley Armstrong would extend his season high five game point streak to six games, scoring a goal in his 3rd straight game, his 9th of the season at 7:21 of the first period with assists from Jamie McGinn and Derek Joslin. Riley would finish a goal mouth scramble with a wrist shot from the right circle past netminder Jhonas Enroth, The Sharks would kill off two Portland power plays outshooting the Pirates 9-7 in the opening period leading 1-0 after twenty minutes. The Pirates would tie the game early in the second period at 1-1 after Felix Schutz finished a 3on2 break in the Sharks zone after a nice feed by Colin Murphy at :23 seconds. But the Sharks would fire back as Lukas Kaspar found the five hole for the right circle at 12:46 after the feed from Brad Staubitz. It was the 4th goal of the season for Lukas and his second straight game with a goal. Mike Moore would add insurance after a great slap shot from the right point as a power play expired. Moore’s 2nd goal of the season found the top shelf and gave the Sharks insurance with a 3-1 lead. On the ensuing face-off after the Sharks goal, Brett Westgarth and Jimmy Bonneau would drop the gloves and go toe-to-toe at center ice with both combatants connecting right hands. The Sharks led by two after forty minutes outshooting the Pirates 21-19. Defenseman Mike Kostka would score his first professional goal at 6:32 after going coast to coast to open the scoring in the third period. Steven Zalewski gave the Sharks some insurance finishing a 3on2 after a nice feed by Kaspar at 13:46. The insurance proved to be the game winner as Kostka recorded his second goal of the night at 17:01 on the power play to cut the lead to 4-3. After a late charge, the Sharks held on for a 4-3 victory in Portland despite being outshot 34-30. The win improves Worcester’s record to 10-8-0-0, while the loss drops the Pirates to 12-3-1-1 record.

2010 at Providence 4-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Alex Stalock made 35 saves and Dan DaSilva scored in his third straight game as Worcester defeated the Bruins 4-1 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI on Friday night. Jonathan Cheechoo, Nick Petrecki, and T.J. Trevelyan also scored for the Sharks as Worcester improved to 8-0-0-0 when they score the first goal of the game. Alex Stalock was sharp early for the Sharks as Worcester weathered an early Bruins charge. Jonathan Cheechoo (6th) gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead after his shot from on top of the crease deflected over a fallen Michael Hutchinson at 11:16. Less than three minutes later, Nick Petrecki (3rd) fired a puck through a screen at 13:47 after the Bruins couldn’t clear the puck out of the zone. Sean Sullivan kept in a clearing attempt and passed over to Andrew Desjardins who then found Petrecki ten feet on top of the right circle. The Sharks led 2-0 after the first period. Alex Stalock made an additional 14 saves in the middle period to keep the Sharks ahead 2-0. Nick Petrecki (4th FM) and Nathan McIver dropped the mitts at 19:53 to end the 2nd period as the Bruins held a 26-16 shot advantage after two periods. Former Bruin, T.J. Trevelyan (2nd) gave the Sharks a 3-0 lead with an unassisted goal at 5:20 with a quick snap shot from 40 feet. The Bruins would strike at 9:36 as Jeremy Reich (5th) scored after a nice centering feed from Jamie Arniel. Worcester would answer back as Dan DaSilva (4th) fired a laser breaking down the right side to give the Sharks a 4-1 advantage. Alex Stalock made nine more saves in the third period as the Sharks won their third straight game. The Sharks improve to 10-5-1-3 with 24 points through 19 games and 5-3-0-2 on the road.

2011 vs Portland 3-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) Nathan Moon scored the only Sharks goal as Worcester fell 3-1 to the Pirates at the DCU Center on Saturday evening to end the month of November 2-6-3-0. Tyson Sexsmith made 28 saves in the loss for Worcester as the Sharks dropped both games in the home-and-home series with Portland. In the first period, Dean Arsene (1st) gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead after his shot from 60 feet skipped through traffic and past Tyson Sexsmith at 8:17. Nathan Moon (3rd) tied the score at 1-1 after Cam MacIntyre’s shot was deflected and ended up on Moon’s stick at the side of the net. Each team fired nine shots in the first period with the two teams tied at 1-1. Brett MacLean (2nd) scored on the power play at 15:14 after a terrific across the crease feed from Andy Miele to give Portland a 2-1 lead and the only score in the middle frame. Both teams had 21 shots through 40 minutes. Matt Watkins added insurance for the Pirates at 4:14 converting a 3-on-2 rush for the Pirates after a great feed by Andy Miele. Portland goaltender Curtis McElhinney stood tall the rest of the way making 29 saves in the winning effort for the Pirates. The Sharks record falls to 6-6-3-2 with 17 points through 17 games and to 4-5-0-1 at the DCU Center.

2019 at Maine 5-4 OTL
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (4-10-1-0, 9pts) earned a point but dropped their sxith straight game in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Maine Mariners (8-7-0-1, 17pts) on Tuesday night in front of 1,495 fans at the Cross Arena. The Railers will be back in action Wednesday, Nov 26 hosting the Newfoundland Growlers at 7pm on a 2-3-4 weekday. Matt Schmalz (1-2-3), Kyle Thomas (1-1-2), Cody Payne, and Nic Pierog all scored goals while Jakub Skarek made 30 saves in net as the Railers trailed 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 but relinquished a 4-3 lead late in the third period before dropping the game in overtime. Alex Kile scored the game winner in overtime as Ryan Gropp scored twice while Tom McCollum made 30 saves in net as Maine improved to 6-3-0 on home ice this season. The Worcester Railers tied their season high with 16 shots in the first period but it was Maine who got on the board first as Morgan Adams Moisan (2nd) tipped a puck in front past Jakub Skarek at 2:26. Connor Doherty would send a puck on net from the left point and on the door step to bang it home was Kyle Thomas (4th) at 5:38 tying the game at 1-1. Just 14 seconds Maine came down on a two on one which was finished off by Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin (1st) on the far post. A two on one for the Railers would tie the game at 2-2 when Matt Schmalz (4th) sent one of a Mariners defender stick in the back of the net past Tom McCollum. Shots were in favor of Maine 17-16 through 20 minutes of play with the game dead locked at 2-2. Maine started the scoring in the second period just 49 seconds in with his first of the season Ryan Gropp (1s) was able to send one over the glove of Jakub Skarek making the Mariners lead 3-2. The middle stanza was not as action filled as the first but within the final two minutes Worcester would grab their firs lead of the night. Cody Payne (5th) tied the game at 3-3 at 18:19 and then with just 57 seconds left Nic Pierog snapped one over the glove of Tom McCollum to give the Railers a 4-3 lead. Worcester took the lead into the locker room and an edge in shots 24-21. The only goal of the final period would come from the home team when Ryan Gropp (2nd) threw one on net from the right circle which was deflected of a Railers stick and into the back of the net at 13:59 to tie it things up at 4-4. The teams headed into overtime and with just 3:07 left Alex Kile (3rd) followed up his own rebound from below the right circle and sent one past Jakub Skarek to give the home team a 5-4 overtime win. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star…. Matt Schmalz (1-2-3) 2nd star: Ryan Gropp (2-0-2, +2, 5 shots) 1st star: Alex Kile (1-1-2) …. final shots were 35-34 in favor of Maine…. Tom McCollum (5-3-0) made 30 saves on 34 shots for Maine.… Jakub Skarek (2-4-0) made 30 saves on 35 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis served as the backup …. Worcester went 0-for-4 on the power play while Maine went 0-for-6…. Kyle McKenzie (inj), Anthony Florentino (inj), Barry Almeida (inj), Tanner Pond (inj), Shane Walsh (inj), Ross Olsson, and Jack Stander did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell wore the C for Worcester while Kyle Thomas and Jordan Samuels-Thomas wore A’s…. Barry Almeida’s iron man streak with the Railers ends at 86 games…. Kyle Thomas scored his first goal since October 25th…. Matt Schmalz tied a career high with three points…. Linus Soderstrom is currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Worcester is now 4-10-0-2 all-time vs. the Mariners and 1-3-1-3 at the Cross-Insurance Arena.

2022 at Norfolk 4-3 OT Win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (14-2-1-0, 29 points) outlasted the Norfolk Admirals (2-15-1-0 5pts) in overtime on Saturday night by the final score of 4-3 in front of a 2,586 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA. This wrapped up the Railers’ trip to Norfolk with the team going 2-0-1-0 on the trip, with the final two games of the series going into overtime. The Railers are still on the road at the Mary Brown’s Center in St. John’s Newfoundland take on the Newfoundland Growlers on December 2nd. The Admirals’ Liam MacDougall (1-0-1) scored the quickest goal against the Railers this season at just 42 seconds into the first period to make it 1-0 Norfolk. Jimmy Lambert (1-0-1) tied the game just six minutes later at 1-1 going into the second. There was over an hour delay after a pipe was drilled into beneath the post of the net of Ken Appleby just two minutes into the second. Once play resumed, Tag Bertuzzi (1-0-1) put the Admirals back out in front 2-1 midway through the second. Worcester tied things up again thanks to Nolan Vesey (1-0-1) scoring on the power play three minutes later, while Blake Christensen (1-0-1) put Worcester in front entering the third with his goal that came with just two seconds remaining in the second. Danny Katic (1-0-1) came back and tied things up in the third to send the two teams into overtime for the second straight game. After a goal that was waved off against Norfolk, Reece Newkirk (1-0-1) batted home a loose puck out in front to seal the victory for Worcester. Liam MacDougall scored just forty-two seconds into the game off a deflection out in front to give the Admirals a 1-0 lead early on. He redirected Carson Musser’s shot through traffic right under the crossbar. This is the fastest anyone has scored on the Railers so far this season. Six minutes later Jimmy Lambert tied the game up with four seconds left on the power play, beating Michael Bullion glove side for the score. The game would remain tied 1-1 to end the first period. Shots in the first were in favor of the Admirals 12-10. Two minutes into the second period, Ken Appleby made a save which knocked the net off its mooring. This drew the ice crew onto the ice to drill a hole to fix the post. The crew had drilled too far into the ice and penetrated the glycol line which ran coolant under the entire ice surface. Coolant began flooding the ice while the arena had to shut off the ice refrigeration to remedy the issue, as the teams went back to their locker rooms. There was an hour of delay before the two teams re-emerged for an eight-minute warmup to determine the playability of the ice. They played on. The net coming off its mooring became a recurring theme for the rest of the night, as the ice crew could not properly re-fasten the net. There would be a second five-minute delay midway through the second while the arena had to try and fix the post once again. Play resumed shortly thereafter. With 8:16 left in the second, the Admirals’ Tag Bertuzzi (5th) scored, giving them the lead again. Three minutes later Collin Adams would find Nolan Vesey (4th) on the two-on-one to tie the game back up. The period would end with Blake Christensen (4th) scoring on the power play to give the Railers a 3-2 lead with just two seconds left in the second. Norfolk again outshot Worcester 11-7 in the second and outshot them 23-17 on the game. Worcester held onto their one-goal lead for just the first six minutes of the third. With fourteen minutes left to play in the third period, Ryan Foss found Danny Katic (1-0-1) on the backside of Ken Appleby to tie the game 3-3. Neither team would be able to break the tie for the remainder of the frame, sending the game into overtime. Worcester outshot Norfolk 10-8 in the stanza while they got outshot 31-27 through regulation. In overtime, the Admirals put the puck in the back of the net past a sprawled-out Appleby, but the moorings would strike once again. The same post that had been troublesome all night long became dislodged just before the puck went into the net. The goal did not count, as overtime marched on. Michael Bullion made seven saves in the overtime period, but it wasn’t enough to stop a flurry of chances from Reece Newkirk (6th) in front, as the Railers won the four-hour-long game in overtime by a final of 4-3. Three Stars: 3rd Star: Ryan Foss (0-2-2, 1 shot), 2nd Star: Collin Adams (0-2-2, 5 shots) 1st Star: Reece Newkirk (1-0-1, +1, 5 shots, OT GWG)… Final shots were in favor of Worcester 35-32… Michael Bullion made 31 saves on 35 shots for the Admirals while Tomas Vomacka served as the backup… Ken Appleby (7-1-1) made 29 saves on 32 shots for Worcester, while Henrik Tikkanen served as the backup… Worcester went 2-for-3 on the power play while Norfolk went 1-for-3… Bobby Butler (DNP), Jared Brandt (DNP), and Anthony Repaci (IR) did not play for Worcester… Jimmy Lambert led the Railers in shots with 7… The Railers are now 6-0-1-0 all-time vs. the Admirals and 2-0-1-0 at the Norfolk Scope Arena against Norfolk.


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