Today in Worcester hockey history: December 4


1998 vs New Haven 3-0 win
The Worcester IceCats got two goals from Marty Reasoner and 21 saves from Brent Johnson in a 3-0 shutout of The Beast of New Haven. All of the ‘Cats goals came on the power play, the first from Ricard Persson at 12:45 of the opening period while the teams skated four on three. Terry Yake had the lone assist. Both of Reasoner’s goals would come in the third period, the first at 4:59 with Yake and Shayne Toporowski assisting, and the second at 14:47 as Jochen Hecht and Persson earned points.

1999 vs Quebec 5-3 win
(TICKER) Daniel Corso scored twice in a 65-second span of the third period as the Worcester IceCats topped the Quebec Citadelles, 5-2. Corso tallied at 1:48 of the final period and added a power-play marker to give Worcester its first lead at 3-2. Ladislav Nagy got the game-winner with 3:46 remaining and Jamie Thompson added a empty-netter for the final margin. Cody Rudkowsky made 17 saves for his first win of the season for the IceCats, who snapped a five-game winless streak. Stephane Robidas had a pair of goals for Quebec, which has dropped two in a row after winning five straight.

2004 vs Hartford 6-0 loss
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats dropped their third straight decision and saw their scoreless string run to 198:29 in Saturday’s 6-0 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack at the DCU Center. Alexandre Giroux bagged a hat trick for the Wolf Pack, who now hold a 2-1 season-series lead. Jed Ortmeyer collected four assists in the game, including one on each of Giroux’s goals. Jason Labarbara secured his third shutout, stopping 15 shots. Worcester’s Curtis Sanford let up five goals on 16 shots and was relieved by Jason Bacashihua. He stopped 11 of 12.

2009 at Springfield 4-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Logan Couture scored his team leading 8th and 9th goals, including his league leading 6th game winning goal of the season as the Sharks won their 6th straight game in a 4-2 win over the Falcons at the Mass Mutual Center on Friday night. Worcester’s Alex Stalock made 20 saves and Benn Ferriero added a goal and an assist as the Sharks defeated the Falcons for the 4th straight time this season. Benn Ferriero (2nd goal) gave Worcester a 1-0 lead after he pounced on a loose puck in front and fired it past Andrew Perugini at 11:34. The goal was the result of a great rush by Steven Zalewski and Danny Groulx, but it was Ferriero that cashed in with an unassisted goal. Nick Petrecki and Theo Peckham dropped the gloves, helmets, and sticks at 13:34 and picked up fighting majors. The fight stemmed back to a late hit by Peckham on Petrecki on November 25th. The Sharks led 1-0 after twenty minutes outshooting the Falcons 13-7. The Sharks took a 2-0 lead after Dwight Helminen’s (4th goal) shot from a tough angle 45 feet away broke off the glove of Perugini and into the net. Dennis McCauley and Kevin Henderson received assists on the play. On the power play, Logan Couture (8th goal) gave Worcester a 3-0 lead after his shot from the left circle snuck through the pads of the rookie netminder at 9:51. After the goal, Springfield head coach Rob Daum pulled Andrew Perugini in favor of Aaron Sorochan. The Sharks led 3-0 after forty minutes of play. The Falcons scored twice early in the third period as Colton Fretter (11th goal) struck at :53 seconds on the power play after Alex Stalock lost the puck behind his own net. Adam Henrich (2nd goal) scored to cut the Sharks lead to 3-2 at 3:33. But Logan Couture scored a pretty goal after a give-and-go with Benn Ferriero on the power play at 13:12 to give Worcester a two goal advantage. The Sharks held off a late Springfield attack to defeat the Falcons 4-2. With the win, the Sharks swim to 14-10-0-1 (29 points) on the season and currently have a six game winning streak (6-0-0-0).

2010 at Connecticut 4-3 SOL
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks fell 4-3 to the Whale in the shootout in a game that featured 138 penalty minutes on Saturday night at the XL Center. T.J. Trevelyan, Jonathan Cheechoo, and James Marcou scored for Worcester and Alex Stalock made 43 saves in the fight filled contest. A full 5-on-5 brawl at 18:23 of the 2nd period led to four ejections and a lengthy delay as the Sharks couldn’t hold on to three separate leads. The start of the game was delayed for ten minutes because the Sharks bus broke down on the Mass Pike on the way to Hartford. T.J. Trevelyan (3rd) gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead with a terrific forehand to backhand move on top of the crease past Chad Johnson at 9:25. Trevelyan was set up in front after a nice entry into the Whale zone by Steve Zalewski and a quick pass through the Whale defense onto the stick of Trevelyan. Each team went 0-for-1 on the power play in the opening period as the Sharks held a 14-7 shot advantage through twenty minutes of play and a 1-0 lead. A wild brawl at the end of the 2nd period led to 92 minutes in penalties and led to the Sharks go-ahead goal by James Marcou (4th) on the power play at 18:32. Connecticut tied the score at 1-1 as Brodie Dupont (3rd) got a stick on a centering feed through the crease at 2:58 of the 2nd period on the power play. The Sharks retook the lead at 10:02 with a power play goal of their own by Jonathan Cheechoo (8th), after James Marcou centered the puck to the crease and Cheechoo deflected the puck home. Just 58 seconds later, the Whale tied the score at 2-2 when Mats Zuccarello (10th) fired the puck past Alex Stalock. After the goal, Andrew Desjardins squared off with Brodie Dupont and Nick Petrecki fought Kris Newbury, with all four combatants receiving major penalties for fighting. Desjardins knocked down Dupont and Brodie did not return after. After Desjardins served his major penalty, three Hartford Whale players (Soryal, Nightingale, and DiDiomete) went after him and a wild 5-on-5 brawl ensued. Three Hartford players were ejected along with Kevin Henderson at 18:23. James Marcou (4th) broke a 16 game goalless drought with a power play goal just nine seconds later as the Sharks led 3-2 after 40 minutes of play. Justin Williams (10th) scored the only goal of the third period at 10:08 to tie the score at 3-3 and force over time. The Sharks had a power play in the extra session but could not convert as the game went to the shootout. Mats Zuccarello and Jeremy Williams scored for the Whale in the shootout while T.J. Trevelyan scored for the Sharks as Connecticut took the 4-3 shootout victory. The Sharks record dips to 11-7-1-4 with 27 points through 23 games and 5-3-0-3 on the road this season.

2011 at Manchester 2-1 SOL
(WORSHARKS) Tony Lucia scored in the third period for the Sharks but Worcester’s two game win streak came to an end in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Manchester Monarchs at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday afternoon. Tyson Sexsmith was solid in net for Worcester making 28 saves in the loss in a game that featured four fights and 60 penalty minutes. The Sharks grabbed five out of a possible six points in the 3-in-3 weekend. Worcester outshot Manchester 20-10 in the opening period that saw plenty of extracurricular activities. Jimmy Bonneau (4th FM) fought Justin Johnson (8th FM) at 2:49 in a good scrap in front of the Monarchs bench. Tommy Wingels (1st FM) and Richard Clune (10th FM) dropped the mitts off a faceoff at 17:17 for a quick scrap followed by Jimmy Bonneau trying to get Jordan Nolan to scrap at 18:28. The Sharks allowed the first goal for a sixth straight game as Dwight King (2nd) sent a seeing eye shot past Tyson Sexsmith after a rush down the left wing at 2:55. Fireworks continued in the middle frame as Matt Pelech (2nd FM) and Jordan Nolan 6th FM) fought behind the Worcester net at 15:44. After the scrap, Nolan shoved goaltender Tyson Sexsmith as the bad blood continued between the two clubs. Nathan Moon (3rd FM) and Justin Acevedo (1st FM) had a spirited bout at 18:18 to close out the period. Worcester trailed 1-0 after forty minutes despite outshooting Manchester 29-18. In the third period, Tony Lucia (1st) found a perfect time to score his first marker of the season after he roofed the puck from on top of the blue paint past Jeff Zatkoff at 8:46 to tie the score at 1-1. James Livingston grabbed the only assist after he set up Lucia front behind the Manchester net. Neither team would find the back of the net for the rest of the third or in a wide open overtime period that saw several great chances on both sides. In the shootout, Brodie Reid and Tony Lucia scored for the Sharks through seven rounds, but Manchester got strikes by Justin Acevedo, Marc-Andre Cliché, and Robert Czarnick to take the 2-1 victory over Worcester. The Sharks record falls to 8-6-3-3 with 22 points through 20 games and to 2-1-3-2 on the road.


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