Today in Worcester hockey history: November 26

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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.

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