Today in Worcester hockey history: December 4


1954 at Washington 3-2 loss
Warriors goals by Jack Garritry and Frank Grady, both in second period.

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.

2019 at Brampton 2-0 Win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (6-12-1-0, 12pts) skated to a 2-0 victory over the Brampton Beast (13-7-1, 27 pts) on Wednesday morning in front of 5,020 fans at the CAA Centre for their annual School Day Game. The Railers will be back in action Friday Dec. 6 in Newfoundland to take on the Growlers at 5:30pm. Evan Buitenhuis made 30 saves for his second career shutout as the Railers shut down the highest scoring team in all of the ECHL. Nic Pierog (5th) scored the third short-handed goal of the season and Dante Salituro (4th) capped of the game with an empty net goal while Jordan Samuels-Thomas (0-2-2) added two assists. Alex Dubeau made 24 saves as the Beast were shutout for the first time this season. One penalty was called in the second period which was assessed to the Railers but, a couple shorthanded chances from Worcester and they were able to kill off the disadvantage. Neither team would find the back of the net with a scoreless hockey game through two periods. Brampton held the edge in shots 19-18 through 40 minutes as Evan Buitenhuis remained perfect making 19 saves. After winning a defensive zone faceoff shorthanded, Nic Pierog (5th) raced through center ice and met the puck in the high slot off a feed from Jordan Samuels-Thomas and fired one by the glove of Alex Dubeau, a short-handed goal, giving the Railers a 1-0 lead 4:44 into the final frame. Dante Salituro (4th) added the insurance goal scoring on the empty net at 18:25 to cap off the 2-0 win as Evan Buitenhuis stopped all 30 shots he faced. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star…. Nic Pierog (1-0-1, +2) 2nd star: Alex Dubeau (23 saves, Loss) 1st star: Evan Buitenhuis (30 saves, Win) ….final shots were 30-25 for Brampton…. Alex Dubeau (7-2-0) made 23 saves on 24 shots for Brampton.… Evan Buitenhuis (3-5-0) made 30 saves on 30 shots for Worcester while Ian Milsoz served as the backup….Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Brampton went 0-for-4…. Anthony Florentino (inj), Barry Almeida (inj), Tanner Pond (inj), Shane Walsh (inj), Ivan Chukarov, and Matt Schmalz did not dress for Worcester…. Barry Almeida joined Coach Cunniff behind the bench…. Evan Buitenhuis recorded his second career shutout, his first since February 16, 2019 47 saves in a 1-0 win at Tulsa….. Since David Cunniff took over as GM/HC the Railers are 17/17 on the penalty kill…. Jordan Samuels-Thomas extended his point streak to three games with an assist…. Worcester snapped the Beast six game point streak….Dante Salituro extended his point streak to two games and now has four goals in five games as a Railer…. Jakub Skarek and Linus Soderstrom are currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Worcester is now 8-9-1-2 all-time vs. the Beast and 3-5-0-2 at the CAA Centre.

2022 at Newfoundland 3-2 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (16-3-1-0, 33pts) fell to the Newfoundland Growlers (14-5-1-0, 29pts) on Sunday afternoon by the final score of 3-2 in front of a crowd of 3,554 at the Mary Brown’s Center in St. John’s Newfoundland. The Railers wrap up their season-long seven-game road trip in Trois-Rivières, QC at the Colisée Vidéotron on Wednesday, December 7th against the Trois-Rivières Lions at 7:00 p.m. Keenan Suthers (1-0-1) opened the scoring more than halfway through the game to put Newfoundland up 1-0 with 6:26 left in the second. Just 30 seconds later, Worcester’s Jack Quinlivan (1-0-1) capped off an up-ice rush with Reece Newkirk and Liam Coughlin to tie the game at 1-1 going into the third period. Todd Skirving (1-0-1) beat Tikkanen to get Newfoundland back in front midway through the third, while Liam Coughlin (1-1-2) tied things up just over a minute later. Brett Budgell (1-1-2) capped things off with a snipe from the far circle top shelf to beat Tikkanen and the Railers 3-2. It was a scoreless first period, as both Henrik Tikkanen for Worcester and Luke Cavallin for Newfoundland stood tall making big saves on both ends of the ice. Newfoundland led in shots 9-4 through the first 20 minutes of play from St. John’s. The first goal of the game didn’t occur until the 13:34 mark of the second period, when Newfoundland’s Keenan Suthers (2nd) beat Tikkanen to get the Growlers on the board ahead of Worcester 1-0. The Railers then charged back up ice 30 seconds later with Reece Newkirk, Liam Coughlin and Jack Quinlivan (2nd) on the rush. Newkirk threw a shot from the left side that rang off the far post, right back to Quinlivan out in front who then slammed it home for the goal to tie the game 1-1 going into the third period. Worcester was outshot 19-7 in the second period, and 28-11 through two. Midway through the third period, Newfoundland jumped back on the scoreboard. Todd Skirving (6th) would beat Tikkanen to make it 2-1 Growlers with 8:21 left in regulation. 1:21 later, Liam Coughlin (2nd) after having assisted on Quinlivan’s goal earlier in the game notched one himself to tie things back up. Jared Brandt flowed around a Growler defenseman and placed a perfect pass across the attacking end to the tape of Coughlin who then hammered a one-timer to beat Cavallin and tie the game 2-2. The Growlers came right back just 1:52 removed from Coughlin’s goal and regathered the lead. Brett Budgell (7th) curled from beneath the net and was left wide open along the left dot, as he then sniped a shot past the helmet of Tikkanen just inside the near post to give the game its final score of 3-2. Worcester put together a flurry of chances at the end of the game with Tikkanen pulled, but couldn’t break through Cavallin, as the Railers point streak came to an end at seven games. Worcester was outshot 19-8 in the third, and 47-19 in the game. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd Star: Luke Cavallin (17 saves, 2 GA, .895 SV%), 2nd Star: Henrik Tikkanen (44 saves, 3 GA, .936 SV%), 1st Star: Brett Budgell (1-1-2, +1, 4 shots, GWG)… Final shots were in favor of Newfoundland 47-19… Luke Cavallin made 17 saves on 19 shots for the Growlers… Henrik Tikkanen (8-2-0) made 44 saves on 47 shots for Worcester, while Doug Pippy served as the Emergency Backup Goalie… Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Newfoundland went 1-for-2… Phil Beaulieu (DNP) and Nolan Vesey (DNP) did not play for Worcester… Anthony Repaci led the Railers in shots with 3… The Railers are now 9-19-1-1 all-time vs. the Growlers and 4-11-1-1 at the Mary Brown’s Center against Newfoundland.


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