Today in Worcester hockey history: November 30

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1994 vs Cornwall 7-2 loss
The IceCats were virtual no shows in the first two period, allowing as many goals as they had shots on goal, six. The Aces would stretch that lead to seven before Martin Mercier got Worcester on the board at 5:56 of the third, assisted by Shaun Kane and John Carter. Terry Virtue added a power play goal at 15:26, with Dave Baseggio and Cal McGowan getting the helpers. Paul Brousseau had a natural hat trick in the game for Cornwall. Les Kuntar allowed four goals on six shots before being replaced by Wayne Cowley.

1996 at Kentucky 4-3 OTL
The Worcester IceCats took a 3-0 lead into the third period against the Thoroughblades, but coughed up that lead and then gave up the game winner in overtime in a 4-3 loss to Kentucky. Stephane Roy opened the scoring with an unassisted “excuse me” goal at 8:28 of the first period when he flipped the puck into the Thoroughblades zone for a line change and Kentucky netminder Jamie Ram misplayed the bounce as the puck bounded past him and into the open net. Roy’s second goal of the frame also also required a little luck as he was knocked down after his initial shot but managed to corral the rebound from his knees and fire it past Ram at 10:48 on the power play. Jamie Rivers and Mike Maneluk provided the assists. In the second period Scott Pellerin made it 3-0, with Rivers and Nick Naumenko providing the helpers on the power play goal. But then the wheels fell off for the IceCats as they allowed three third period goal. Jason Holland scored at 9:59, and then Jan Caloun scored two to tie it, at 10:35 and 15:18. To overtime the teams went where former ‘Cats winger Jarrett Deuling got the game winner 2:58 to have his new team the win. Jamie McLennan made 30 saves in the overtime loss.

2001 at Albany 3-1 win
The Worcester IceCats played about as well as you can in a 3-1 win over the River Rats. Andrei Troschinsky scored on the power play at 15:22 of the first period when Justin Papineau found him with a pass in the low slot. Troschinsky beat Scott Clemmensen five-hole for his third goal of the year, all against Albany. Eric Boguniecki made it 2-0 at 6:21 of the second period when he gathered the rebound of Daniel Tkaczuk’s shot and had a nearly empty net to shoot at. Jiri Bicek made it 2-1 6:42, and it stayed that way until Jeff Panzer’s empty net goal at 19:25. Reinhard Divis earned the win in goal.

2002 vs Providence 11-0 win
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats trampled the Providence Bruins 11-0 on an historic night for the franchise. It took Igor Valeev just 35 seconds to start the rout after the two-millionth fan in franchise history dropped the ceremonial first puck. After Valeev found the net, a rain of stuffed animals flooded the ice as part of the IceCats’ first-ever “Teddy Bear Toss.” More than 1,500 stuffed animals were collected and will be donated to children’s charities in time for the holidays. The ‘Cats scored six times in the first period, breaking a franchise record, en route to breaking another record for most goals scored in game. In all, eight different players scored for the IceCats, including John Pohl, Greg Davis and Sergei Varlamov, who bagged two each. Blake Evans, Marc Brown, Jeff Panzer, and Christain Backman all had goals for the IceCats. Out of the 17 skaters dressed, 14 earned at least a point. Goalie Phil Osaer stopped 27 shots – 24 of them in the final two periods – to earn his first AHL shutout.

2003 vs Manchester 5-3 win
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats weathered a third period storm to take their third consecutive win in a 5-3 final over the Manchester Monarchs Sunday at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. Leading 2-1 entering the second period, the ‘Cats built a 4-1 lead with goals by Peter Sejna and Steve Martins. For Sejna, it was his first in the AHL, after scoring a pair this season with the Blues. In the opening stanza, Terry Virtue bagged his second of the season, while Dan Eberly scored his first as a professional to give the IceCats the advantage. Eberly, a Massachusetts native, was plucked from Atlantic City of the ECHL before the game to nourish a thinning Worcester defensive corp. With the Boardwalk Bullies he had scored just one assist in 15 games. Manchester’s Scott Barney cut Worcester’s lead to 4-2 late in the second period, and then Pavel Rosa made it a one-goal game 5:32 into the third. Dan Welch sandwiched Manchester’s first goal between Virtue and Eberly. The IceCats had out-shot Manchester 21-16 entering the third, but the Monarchs came out flying and peppered Reinhard Divis with 14 shots to Worcester’s six. Manchester continued to pressure and pulled goalie Milan Hnlicka for the extra skater. With the puck deep in Worcester’s zone, Mike Glumac attempted to ice the puck. After a footrace with a Manchester defender, Blake Evans made a diving swipe with less than one second to go to score into the empty-net.

2004 at Lowell 4-0 loss
The Worcester IceCats had 29 shots on goal but Lock Monsters goaltender Brent Krahn stopped them all in a 4-0 ‘Cats loss. Colin Forbes scored a power play goal at 7:34 of the first to put Worcester down. Mike Zigomanis (6:52) and Richie Regehr (15:30) scored in the middle period for Lowell, and Zigomanis added a third period goal at 2:35 for the 4-0 final.

2007 vs Hartford 4-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) For the third time in three meetings this season, the Worcester Sharks found themselves on the wrong end of a close contest with the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Sharks allowed three goals on six Hartford power plays, falling 4-2 to the Wolf Pack at the DCU Center on Friday evening. While the Sharks struggled to create offense during the first period, Hartford peppered Thomas Greiss with 13 shots, five of which came over the course of two first period power plays. With Dan Spang in the penalty box for hooking, Worcester lost track of Wolf Pack right wing Alex Bourret on the weak side. Nigel Dawes found Bourret camping inside the right face-off circle, and Greiss was unable to recover in time to prevent the opening goal of the game. Worcester struck back early in the second, however, also on the power play. The Sharks, sixth in the AHL with a man advantage, picked apart the Wolf Pack penalty kill to tie the game. Nate Raduns fed Ashton Rome, who found a crashing Lukas Kaspar, who in turn poked the puck past Hartford netminder Miika Wiikman to tie the game. Another man advantage tally swung the pendulum back in Hartford’s favor at 13:25 of the second period. Thomas Pock teed up a straightaway slap shot from just inside the blue line that snuck inside the left upright to give the Wolf Pack a 2-1 lead after two periods. The Sharks had a golden chance to pull even early in the third, and Wiikman needed a desperate sprawling save to deny Josh Prudden from just outside the crease. Bourret added an insurance goal, which proved to be the game winner, to open up a two goal lead for Hartford midway through the final period. Mike Iggulden pulled the Sharks back within one in the closing minutes, using a crafty deke to notch his team leading 11th goal of the season, but Dane Byers halted any hopes of a comeback with an empty net tally to produce the 4-2 final. The emotions of the loss were tapered by news that the specially designed pink mask worn by Greiss, who finished with 29 saves on 32 shots, sold for $4901.02 in an online auction on nhl.com. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Cancer Society.

2008 vs Lowell 2-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Despite grinding through a grueling three-games-in-three-days stretch, the Sharks picked up their seventh win in the last eight games with a 2-1 victory in a hard-fought, low-scoring battle. Taylor Dakers was impressive between the pipes, stopping 24 Lowell attempts. On a power play at 6:44 in the second period, the Sharks drew first blood on Jamie McGinn’s earned his seventh goal of the season. When Mike Moore put an initial shot on goal, Lukas Kaspar was able to stick the puck back to Moore amidst congestion around the net. Moore centered the puck to a slashing McGinn, who wristed it into the back of the net in stride. Lowell, though, would strike back with a power play goal just 1:07 into the third period. When Nicklas Bergfors put a wrist shot on goal from just inside the blue line, Chad Wiseman was able to get his stick on the puck to redirect it into the open top-right corner of the net. The goal was Wiseman’s fifth of the year. Just under two minutes later the Sharks reclaimed the lead on Derek Joslin’s fourth goal this year. A streaking Joslin took advantage of a long rebound from Ryan Vesce’s shot, immediately firing a shot back past Lowell goalie Dave Caruso from just beyond the face-off circles. The game’s lone fight came in the second, when Brad Staubitz and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond got tangled up. After jockeying for position without throwing any punches, Staubitz got a hold Leblond and was able to slam him to the ice where officials separated the two. The win brings Worcester’s record to 12-9-0-0, while the loss drops the Devils a 9-8-1-2 record.

2012 at Portland 4-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (9-8-1-1, 20pts) allowed three second period goals en route to a 4-3 loss to divisional rival Portland Pirates (9-8-1-1, 20pts) in front of 3,578 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Friday night. In the last meeting on Saturday, the Sharks and Pirates combined for 143 penalty minutes and 15 fighting major penalties in Worcester’s 5-1 win, but the Pirates would grab the victory on Friday in Portland with only four fighting majors handed out. Tim Kennedy scored two for Worcester and Alex Stalock made 33 saves in the loss. Worcester closed out the month of November with a 7-4-1-0 record (15pts in 12gp) and continue their 3-in-3 road weekend with a 7pm game in Bridgeport on Saturday vs. the Sound Tigers. Tim Kennedy (7th) extended his point streak to four games (3-5-8) and gave Worcester a 1-0 lead at 4:14 after he deflected a quick snap shot from new comer Mike Brennan that snuck through traffic and past goaltender Chad Johnson. The Pirates tied the score at 10:08 on the power play after David Rundblad (3rd) ripped a one timer from the left circle past Alex Stalock after a Pirates face-off win in the Sharks zone. Nine minor penalties were whistled in the opening frame with the Sharks outshooting Portland 14-12. Action picked up in the middle frame with the Pirates outscoring Worcester 3-1 in the second period to grab a 4-2 lead. Alexandre Bolduc (12th) backhanded a rebound past Stalock at 11:32 to give Portland a 2-1 edge. Just 41 seconds later, Chris Brown (8th) scored on the power play to give the Pirates a 3-1 advantage. Yanni Gourde (1st FM) tangled with Jordan Martinook (2nd FM) at 16:27 after Martinook took down Acolatse with a check in the Sharks zone. 17 seconds later, Jon Matsumoto set up James Sheppard (3rd) in front of the Pirates net who then buried a puck top shelf to cut the Pirates lead to 3-2. But the Pirates were not done, Chris Connor (6th) scored a highlight reel goal after a rush down the right side and maneuvered his way in front and tucked the puck past Stalock at 17:59 to give Portland a 4-2 lead through 40 minutes. In the third period, Tim Kennedy (8th) struck again for Worcester at 1:51 with a rocket from on top of the circles after a blocked shot in front of the Pirates net. Bracken Kearns (3rd FM) went toe-to-toe with Brett Hextall (2nd FM) at 10:03 in a long bout but the neither team would find the back of the net the rest of the way. The Sharks overall record falls to 9-8-1-1 (20pts in 19gp) and 4-4-0-1 (11 pts in 9gp) on the road this season.

2018 at Maine 4-2 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (8-10-2-0, 18pts) closed out the month of November with a 4-2 win over the host Maine Mariners (9-7-0-1, 19pts) in front of 2,982 fans at the Cross Insurance Arena on Friday evening. Dylan Willick, Tommy Panico, Barry Almeida and Josh Holmstrom all scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam, making his third straight start, was excellent making 30 saves in net. Ryan Hitchcock and Tyler Barnes each added two assists as the Railers finished their three-game road trip with a 2-1-0-0 record. Just 10 seconds into the contest, Yanick Turcotte and Morgan Adams-Moisan exchanged blows at center ice to set the tone early on for both clubs. Worcester would grab a 1-0 lead after Mike Cornell threw the puck from the right wall and Dylan Willick (4th) deflected the puck past a surprised Brandon Halverson at 14:28. Maine would strike back just 45 seconds later as Morgan Adams-Moisan sent the puck towards the Railers crease and it was deflected off a skate and passed Mitch Gillam to even the score at 1-1. Shots were 14-9 in favor of Worcester through 20 minutes of play. Tommy Panico (1st) scored his first professional goal with a shot from the point that made its way through a screen just 69 seconds into the second period to give Worcester a 2-1 lead. Barry Almeida (7th) snapped one top shelf from 15 feet after a nice feed from Tyler Barnes at 8:06 to give the Railers a two-goal edge. Mike McNicholas would hit the post on a penalty shot opportunity on Mitch Gillam at 9:21 to keep the Railers up by a pair. Maine would get one back at 13:53 as Sean Day threw one from the point through a screen to cut the Worcester lead to 3-2. Worcester would take a one goal advantage into the second intermission and held a 23-21 shot advantage through 40 minutes. Josh Holmstrom (6th) added an insurance goal at 16:46 of the third period after he deflected a Nick Sorkin shot into the net to give the Railers a 4-2 lead. Mitch Gillam made 11 more saves in the third period as the Railers picked up their 4th road win of the season.

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