Today in Worcester hockey history: December 1


1995 vs St. John’s 1-1 tie
The Worcester IceCats and St. John’s Maple Leafs each scored a third period power play goal in a 1-1 tie. The ‘Cats tally came at 6:06 by Jason Widmer, assisted by Fred Knipscheer and Patrice Tardif. The Leafs would tie it on a goal by Brandon Convery at 15:59. Eric Fichaud had 39 saves for the IceCats, and according to the game notes was “brilliant”.

1996 at Kentucky 4-2 win
(KENTUCKY) Three second period power play goals were the difference as the Worcester IceCats (16-7-2-0) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to post a 4-2 victory. First period goals by ex-IceCats Sean Haggerty and Jarrett Dueling gave Kentucky (11-8-0-2) a 2-0 lead. Worcester came back with power play goals by Daniel Guerard, Bob Lachance, and Stephane Roy. Scott Pellerin added an empty net goal with 1:01 left to play, giving him nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last four games. [210Sports note: Travis Scott made 37 saves]

2000 at St. John’s 4-2 win
(TICKER) Chris Murray scored a pair of third-period goals to help propel the Worcester IceCats to their fifth straight win, a 4-2 victory over the St. John’s Maple Leafs. Murray scored 29 seconds into the final frame to tie the game at 2-2 and then had his second goal of the period with 1:27 remaining to give Worcester a 4-2 edge. Marty Reasoner had a goal and an assist and Ladislav Nagy and Pascal Rheaume chipped in two assists apiece for the IceCats. Dwayne Roloson stopped 29 shots to improve to 9-4-0. Konstantin Kalmikov and Jeff Farkas each tallied scores for St. John’s, which has now lost five of its last eight contests. Jimmy Waite had 27 saves for the Maple Leafs in defeat.

2001 vs Lowell 3-2 win
The Worcester IceCats lost two one-goal leads but didn’t lose a third in a 3-2 win over the Lock Monsters. Marc Brown gave the ‘Cats the 1-0 lead with the only goal in the first period at 7:44 while on the power play. Mark Rycroft had the lone assist on the play. Peter Reynolds tied the game for Lowell at 5:07 with his only career AHL goal. Once again Brown gave the IceCats the lead, this time at 10:53 assisted by Daniel Tkaczuk and Matt Walker. Byron Ritchie would follow with a goal for the Lock Monsters at 15:25 to make it 2-2 after two. Rycroft then had the game winner at 18:04 of the third. Justin Papineau, who was originally credited with the goal, had the primary assist on the play. Jame Pollock had the second helper. Reinhard Divis made 19 saves for the win.

2002 at Providence 3-2 win
(ICECATS) The IceCats defeated the Bruins for the second straight night. Justin Papineau potted the game-winner with just over nine minutes remaining in the third period. Igor Valeev recorded two assists and a ‘plus 2′ rating. The win moved Worcester into a tie with Manchester for second place in the North Division. Johnny Pohl and Marc Brown had the other goals for Worcester.

2006 at Norfolk 3-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Thomas Greiss 37-saves paced the Sharks to a 3-1 win at Norfolk on Friday night and earned the team points in four of their last five games played (3-1-1-0). Mathieu Darche had two assists in the game to lead all skaters and hand Norfolk their first regulation loss on home ice this year. The Sharks played a great 1st period, but were denied by the Admirals’ goaltender, Cory Crawford, in a scoreless opening frame. Grant Stevenson had the best opportunity for the Sharks deflecting a shot past Crawford with 2:04 remaining, but the goal was disallowed due to a high-stick infraction. The Sharks out-shot Norfolk 17-11 with Thomas Greiss making all 11-saves in his fourth appearance of the year for Worcester. The teams combined for three power play goals in the second period, with the Sharks scoring the most important tally with just 32-seconds to go in the frame. Riley Armstrong’s deflection on a Mathieu Biron wrist shot was the eventual game-winning goal and tied a career high for Armstrong set during the 04-05 season. Mathieu Darche, earning an assist along with Biron, would also set up the Sharks first goal of the night on a power play. With a 4-on-3 advantage Graham Mink scored his first of the season on a pass across the goal mouth from Darche and Dan Spang. Sandwiched in between the Sharks goals was a power play marker from Norfolk’s Adam Berti. The insurance goal provided in the third period came into an empty net as Norfolk took desperate measures in their attempted comeback. Craig Valette secured the victory with a goal in his third consecutive game with 1:09 remaining and Corey Crawford sitting on the Admirals’ bench. The goal was the first empty net tally of the year for Worcester and delivered Norfolk its first regulation loss on home ice this year in 13 games.

2007 at Portland 6-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks trailed 3-0 halfway through the hockey game and could not recover as the Pirates doubled up the Sharks 6-3 in Portland on Saturday. The Pirates (12-8-1-1) scored two goals on their first three shots on net, as Bobby Ryan scored his 9th goal of the season: 65 seconds into the game after a nice feed from Geoff Platt in the left wing corner. Stephen Dixon would score his 8th goal of the season, a power play goal at 3:48. The Sharks trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Pirates would take a 3-0 lead midway through the 2nd period, as Geoff Platt recorded his 10th goal of the season. Riley Armstrong would answer with a nice snap shot from the right wing circle that beat Pirates goaltender Mike McKenna on his blocker side. The goal was Armstrong’s 4th of the season at 10:51. Ryan Carter would regain the Pirates three goal lead with a shot from the left wing circle that found its way through the pads of Thomas Greiss. The Pirates led 4-1 after 40 minutes of play. The two teams would exchange goals in the third period with Dan Spang and Patrick Traverses scoring for the Sharks (8-9-1-1). The Sharks fell below .500 for the first time all season. The Sharks fell to 1-2-1-0 for the battle of the Unum Cup against the Pirates this season.

2010 vs Connecticut 2-1 win SO
(WORSHARKS) Dan DaSilva scored the game winner in the 6th round of the shootout as the Sharks held on to defeat the Connecticut Whale 2-1 Wednesday night at the DCU Center. The shootout win was the Sharks first in four tries this season. Kevin Henderson scored for Worcester and Alex Stalock made 22 saves as the Sharks overcame a late third period goal by Connecticut. The Sharks improved to 9-0-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the hockey game. The first ever road period for the Connecticut Whale (formerly the Hartford Wolf Pack) did not start with a bang. The Sharks suppressed any consistent offensive pressure from Connecticut, and killed off two first period power plays. The Sharks turned their good defensive play into an offensive rush. Cory Quirk sent Kevin Henderson and Dan DaSilva on a two-on-one which saw Henderson’s shot find its way past Whale goalie Chad Johnson. The goal was Kevin Henderson’s 2nd of the season. The period ended with Worcester on a late power play that carried over into the second period. The score at the end of twenty minutes was 1-0 in favor of the Sharks with shots tied 7-7. Both teams turned up the defensive play in the second period as neither team was able to create much offense. The best scoring chance of the period was a breakaway shorthanded chance by Chad Kolarik that rang off the post behind goalie Alex Stalock. Both teams failed to convert on power play chances in the period which ended with Joe Loprieno getting into a scrap at the buzzer with Whale forward Jared Nightingale. Shots in the period were 7-5 in favor of Connecticut with the score remaining 1-0 Sharks. The majority of the third period was the same defensive battle as the previous forty minutes. But with Worcester failing to net an insurance goal, it left the door open for Connecticut and with less than five minutes remaining they would take advantage. Whale defenseman Tomas Kundratek (2nd) scored to tie the game at 1-1 after his 55 foot shot through traffic found the back of the net. Regulation would end tied at 1-1 with shots in the period in favor of Connecticut 9-5. The game went to overtime and once again Worcester failed to take advantage of a late power play. The Sharks went on a 4-on-3 man advantage with 1:08 remaining but failed to record a shot as the game went to a shootout. Forwards Jonathan Cheechoo and Dan DaSilva would score, with DaSilva getting the game winner in the 6th round as the Sharks outlasted the Whale for a 2-1 win. The Sharks record improves to 11-7-1-3 with 26 points through 22 games and 6-4-1-1 at the DCU Center.

2012 at Bridgeport 4-3 win SO
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (10-8-1-1, 22pts) received two more goals from the red hot Tim Kennedy and Harri Sateri made 35 saves and was perfect in the shootout in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (10-8-0-1, 22pts) in front of 3,578 fans at the Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night. The Sharks close out their 3-in-3 road weekend with a 3:05 start in Providence on Sunday. Tim Kennedy extended his point streak to five games with his team leading 9th and 10th goals of the season and rookie Freddie Hamilton also found the back of the net. Harri Sateri made 35 saves for his 2nd win of the season in a feisty affair that saw 78 total penalty minutes. A wild first period saw the Sharks fire 14 shots, score two goals, and record 30 minutes of penalties as Worcester grabbed a 2-1 first period lead. Jon Landry (4th) gave the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead with a blast from the point of the power play past Harri Sateri at 8:12 for the game’s first score. Freddie Hamilton (3rd) scored on a rebound try past netminder Kevin Poulin at 11:02 assisted by Mike Brennan and Curt Gogol. While the Sharks were celebrating the Hamilton score, a wild brawl broke out in front of the Worcester bench that resulted in 36 minutes of penalty minutes including major penalties to Mike Brennan (1st FM) and Blair Riley (6th FM). Curt Gogol (4th FM) and Nathan McIver (4th FM) had a long fight at 14:24 in the Worcester zone to continue the theme of physical play. Tim Kennedy (9th) extended his point streak to five games (5-5-10) with a terrific tough angle shot from the left corner past Poulin at 17:33 to give the Sharks a 2-1 advantage through 20 minutes. Harri Sateri was sharp in the middle frame making 14 saves to keep the Sharks ahead 2-1 through 40 minutes of play. Just three minor penalties were called in the period as the physical play simmered down headed into the third period. Nino Niederreiter (10th) tied the score at 2-2 with a snipe from the left circle at 2:51 of the third period. But the Sharks would grab the lead again at 13:52 as Tim Kennedy (10th) scored a terrific goal with a wicked shot from the left circle off the post and past Poulin assisted by Bracken Kearns and Matt Irwin. Bridgeport would tie the score at 3-3 as Brock Nelson (8th) found a loose puck in front of the Worcester net with 2:28 left remaining in the third period to force overtime. The Sharks would kill a power play in overtime as the Sound Tigers fired the only three shots in the extra session as the game headed to the shootout. In the shootout, James Sheppard and Tim Kennedy scored for Worcester and Harri Sateri stopped all four Bridgeport shooters for the 4-3 Sharks victory. The Sharks overall record falls to 10-8-1-1 (22pts in 20gp) and 5-4-0-1 (13 pts in 10gp) on the road this season.

2017 at Adirondack 2-1 OTL
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (8-7-2-1, 19pts) closed out their four-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime loss to the host Adirondack Thunder (10-8-1-1, 22pts) in front 3,795 fans at the Cool Insuring Arena on Friday evening. Barry Almeida scored the only Worcester goal and Eamon McAdam was brilliant in net with 32 saves between the pipes. Adirondack scored two power play goals including the game winner by Ty Loney just 96 seconds into the overtime period as the Railers ended the four-game road trip 1-1-1-1. Railers netminder Eamon McAdam made 16 first period saves as Worcester was outshot 16-3 in a scoreless opening frame. Each team went 0-1 on the power play as the two teams headed into the intermission with no score. Worcester had a better second period and veteran Barry Almeida (5th) struck on the power play after Nick Saracino crashed the back of the net and snuck the puck in front for Almeida at 8:52 to give the Railers a 1-0 lead. Shots in the middle frame were 7-6 in favor of the Railers as Eamon McAdam had 22 saves through 40 minutes of play. The Railers outshot Adirondack 11-10 in the third period but a power play goal by Pierre-Luc Mercier (5th) at 13:50 tied the score at 1-1. Thunder goaltender Nick Riopel held down the fort with 11 saves to force overtime. The Railers thought they had won the game in the first minute of overtime as a backhand shot by Chris Langkow appeared to have gone through the net but the officials were unsure. Moments later, with the Thunder on the power play, Ty Loney (13th) won the game at 1:36 with a roof shot from in tight on the backhand to give Adirondack the home victory. After the final horn, all 36 players came together with several scrums breaking out but cooler heads prevailed.

2021 vs Maine 3-2 Win (SO)
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (6-8-0-1, 13pts) won the fourth meeting in the “VIP Rivalry Cup”, beating the Maine Mariners (6-6-2-1, 15pts) by the final score of 3-2 at the DCU Center on Wednesday night. The Railers are back at the DCU Center against the Adirondack Thunder on Friday, December 3rd at 7:05pm. Liam Coughlin (1-0-1) and Zach Malatesta (1-0-1) found the back of the net for the Railers while Colten Ellis made 38 saves in net for Worcester in the victory. Kelti Jeri-Leon (1-0-1) and Andrew Romano (1-0-1) added goals for Maine while Jeremy Brodeur made 33 saves for Maine in the loss. The shootout went six rounds as Liam Coughlin would provide the eventual game winner with Colten Ellis stopping Cam Askew in round six. For the third time in four matchups between Worcester and Maine, The Mariners scored the game’s first goal. It came off of transition passing between Andrew Peski, Justin Brazeau and Keltie Jeri-Leon (2nd), as Jeri-Leon was able to guide a shot past Colten Ellis to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, just after a penalty to former Railer Connor Doherty, a slapshot from Zach Malatesta (1st) was able to find the back of the net after bouncing off of a Mariner in front, tying the game 1-1. The score would stay nodded up at one apiece after 20. Shots were in favor of Worcester 8-7. 9:45 into the second, Liam Coughlin (3rd) carried the puck through neutral ice, found some room on the left side, then fired a wrist shot that went top shelf on Mariners goalie Jeremy Brodeur, giving Worcester the 2-1 lead. The Railers went on a 4-3 powerplay with 6:50 to go in the period, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity to extend their lead. The score would remain 2-1 heading into the third period. Shots in the second favored Worcester 15-9. In the third, Colten Ellis was able to make back-to-back pad saves on the doorstep to initially deny Maine, but Andrew Romano (2nd) picked up the rebound and put it past Colten the third time around and tied the game 2-2. Ellis was excellent in the third period, making 21 saves on 22 shots for the Mariners. Sixty minutes wouldn’t be enough, as the two teams would head into overtime with the game tied at two apiece. Worcester came out firing in the seven-minute three-on-three overtime period, outshooting Maine 7-2. Neither team found the back of the net during extra time, as the game would be settled in a shootout. In the first round, Jacob Hayhurst beat Brodeur high blocker while Colten Ellis made a save on Justin Brazeau to put Worcester ahead 1-0. In the second round, Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman’s backhand shot was denied by the right pad of Brodeur, while Connor Bleackley was able to score just off of the glove of Ellis and tied the shootout 1-1. Neither goalies were able to make a stop for the next three rounds, as Matthew Santos, Jason Horvath, and Patrick Shea for Maine, and Anthony Repaci, Grant Jozefek, and Nolan Vesey for Worcester each found the back of the net. In the seventh round, Liam Coughlin was able to nudge one by Brodeur on the backhand, while Ellis forced the shot of Cameron Askew wide right. Worcester won the shootout 5-4, and the game 3-2. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd Star: Jacob Hayhurst (0-0-0, shootout goal, 4 shots) 2nd Star: Colten Ellis (38 saves, 2 GA, .950 SV%) 1st Star: Liam Coughlin (1-0-1, shootout winner, 3 shots)… Final shots were 40-36 in favor of Maine… Jeremy Brodeur (5-3-2) made 33 saves on 35 shots for Maine… Colton Ellis (3-2-0) made 38 saves on 40 shots for Worcester… Worcester went 0-for-4 on the power play while Adirondack went 0-for-2… Mike Cornell, Connor McCarthy, Felix Bibeau, Paul Thompson, and Collin Adams are each up with the Bridgeport Islanders… Nick Albano is up with the Springfield Thunderbirds… Zach Malatesta scored his first goal of the season, and his first goal as a Railer… This was the Railers second shootout game, and first shootout win this season… Ross Olsson now has points in four of his last five games, and seven points over that same span… Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman led the Railers in shots with 6… Worcester has 57 games left on the regular season 29 of which are at the DCU center. The Railers are now 10-12-4-3 all-time vs. the Mariners and 8-3-2-1 at the DCU center against Maine.


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