Today in Worcester hockey history: December 7


1954 vs Clinton 6-5 win
Goals by period:
Clinton 2-0-3=5
Worcester 1-3-2=6
Warriors goals
3:07 Duffy (Verrier)
2:47 Titus (Burke)
11:30 Greely (Kelly)
14:23 Titus (Mather, O’Grady)
0:44 Mather (Titus, O’Grady)
2:49 Duffy (Kelly)

1994 vs Syracuse 3-1 loss
The IceCats surrendered a single goal in all three period but didn’t generate much offense for themselves in a 3-1 loss to the Crunch. Brian Loney got Syracuse on the board at 14:54 of the first, and Lonny Bohonos made it 2-0 with a goal at 16:11 of the second. Worcester cut the lead in half with a third period goal by Walt Poddubny, assisted by Sean Whyte and Jarrett Deuling, but Dan Kesa’s unassisted goal at 16:31 put the game out of reach for the IceCats. Wayne Cowley made 17 saves in the loss.

1996 vs Carolina 6-1 win
The Worcester IceCats got a hat trick from Terry Virtue, the first in his pro career, to defeat the Monarchs on another snowy night in Worcester. Virtue grabbed his first of the night at 11:32 on the power play, assisted by Craig Conroy and Mike Maneluk. Justin Hocking goal at 13:58 made it 2-0 ‘Cats. Maneluk and Chris Kenady assisted on what was Hocking’s only goal that season. In the second Conroy made it a three goal lead at 7:16, with Jamal Mayers and Maneluk helping. Ryan Johnson got the Monarchs on the board at 11:19, but 26 seconds later Conroy got that one back unassisted. Virtue then added another power play goal at 13:32, assisted by Maneluk and Conroy, to cap the scoring in the frame. With time winding down on the game and the ‘Cats on the power play again Virtue completed his hat trick at 19:37, with Conroy and Jason Zent picking up points on the goal. Jamie McLennan made 24 saves in the game, in what was his first back-to-back appearance of the season. [210Sports note: While not listed on the game sheet Erin Villiotte, who worked for the IceCats and had previously played goal on the Harvard Women’s team, was the emergency back-up goaltender as Travis Scott became “gruesomely ill” and could not dress for the game. Villiotte did not sit on the bench.]

2001 at Manchester 4-1 loss
The Worcester IceCats had a hard time playing against both the Manchester Monarchs and Referee Chris Lee, and it shows on the scoreboard in a 4-1 loss. Two of the Monarchs goals came on the power play with Eric Boguniecki in the penalty box for weak penalty calls. Joe Corvo scored the first goal of the game at 14:01 of the opening period with Boguniecki in the box. Scott Thomas gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead at 4:47 of the middle period with Boguniecki in the box again, and right after the goal was scored Boguniecki voiced his displeasure with the two previous calls and was invited to go back into the sin bin. Justin Papineau cut that lead in half when he rifled a slap shot past Travis Scott at 6:58. Greg Phillips made it 3-1 at 10:05, and Eric Healey added an empty net goal at 1:58 of the third for the 4-1 final. Reinhard Divis was in goal for the ‘Cats.

2002 vs Lowell 3-2 win
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats edged their North Division rival Lowell Lock Monsters with a 3-2 win Saturday at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. Eric Nickulas scored the game-winning goal, his first tally of the season. The ‘Cats took a 3-1 lead in the second period on goals by Jeff Panzer and Nickulas after Blake Evans put them out 1-0 in the first. Lowell responded to Evans’ goal late in the first with Tomas Kurka’s power play conversion. Jeff Daw gave Worcester reason to sweat when he scored 24 seconds into the third period on a 5-on-3 power play, but goalie Curtis Sanford and the ‘Cats held on for the two points. With a 3-3 tie Friday at Hartford and tonight’s win, Worcester is now unbeaten in its last five games (3-0-2).

2007 vs Manchester 4-3 SOL
(WORSHARKS) Playing with a chance to jump two spots in the Atlantic Division table, the Worcester Sharks managed to pick up just one point in the standings, dropping a 4-3 shootout decision to the Manchester Monarchs in the first of four consecutive home games at the DCU Center. The Sharks fell behind early, but wasted no time in bouncing back midway through the first. Just a minute after Jeff Giuliano beat Sharks netminder Thomas Greiss to open the scoring, Lukas Kaspar crashed a loose puck inside the faceoff circle to the left of Manchester goaltender Daniel Taylor. Kaspar turned quickly and slid the puck underneath Taylor, who was appearing in his first professional game, picking up his third goal of the year on the unassisted tally. One minute and two shots later, Manchester regained the lead. Jeff Likens wound up a drive from the blue line that deflected off the stick of Patrick Jarrett and trickled past Greiss, who had reacted to the initial shot. Worcester’s power play swung momentum back to the home squad in the second period, taking advantage of a frustrated Paul Crosty, whose hit on Brad Staubitz gave the Sharks four minutes to work against Manchester’s league-worst penalty killing unit. Derek Joslin cleaned up a rebound from Mike Morris, earning the rookie his first professional point and tying the game at 2-2. With the latter of Crosty’s two minors still on the clock, Patrick Traverse sniped the go-ahead goal from fifty feet, giving the Sharks the lead on their second power play goal in only 40 seconds. A myriad of penalties led to three partial power plays, including 1:14 of a 5-on-3 advantage for Worcester. The Sharks managed just one shot in that stretch before surrendering the lead directly off a 4-on-4 faceoff. Trevor Lewis won the draw back to Brian Boyle, who scored his ninth goal of the year to tie the game heading into the second intermission. Taylor held fast for the Monarchs through the third period, saving all thirteen Worcester shots in the final period and another in the overtime, stopping 37 of 40 shots in all and foiling the Sharks’ highest offensive shot total of the season. Greiss made ten saves down the stretch for Worcester to force the game through overtime and into a shootout.

2008 vs Portland 4-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Claude Lemieux notched the game-winner, his second goal of the season as the Sharks defeated the Portland Pirates 4-2 in Sunday afternoon’s contest. The Sharks started the scoring early on a power play (at 3:59 in the first period) when Derek Joslin registered his fifth goal this season off of a Cory Larose pass that seemed to be aimed at Claude Lemieux. The puck got through Lemieux’s grasp, but a shadowing Joslin took advantage by sending it to the top-left corner. Larose and Ryan Vesce were credited with assists. Jason Demers extended the Sharks’ lead to 2-0 just seven minutes later. Joslin found Demers by the blue line on the right wing side, and Demers wasted no time in firing a slap shot past Portland goalie Adam Dennis. The goal was the first of the season for Demers. Joslin and Matt Fornataro earned assists on the play. The second period, however, told a different story as Portland mounted a comeback. After Matt Fornataro was called for slashing, Portland’s leading scorer Mark Mancari looked to capitalize by launching a slap shot from the blue line. Pirate forward Marek Zagrapan got his stick on the puck and deflected it by Thomas Greiss. Less than two minutes later, the Pirates took advantage of another power play and tied the score. Colton Fretter tied the score amidst a scrum in front of the net on a rebound of a Matt Ellis shot. Pirate defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani was also credited with an assist. The Sharks recovered the lead at 16:53 on Claude Lemieux’s second goal in a Sharks uniform. Steven Zalewski spotted a streaking Lemieux with no defenders in sight. Lemieux faked right, duping a sprawling Dennis, and sent an easy shot to the back of the net. Vesce added an empty-net goal with five seconds remaining.

2010 at Portland 4-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Jonathan Cheechoo (1-1-2) extended his point streak to three games and Alex Stalock made 24 saves as the Sharks swam past the Portland Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland on Tuesday night. With the win, the Sharks move into 2nd place in the Atlantic Division, just three points behind the first place Monarchs. Dan DaSilva, Sean Sullivan, and Kevin Henderson also scored goals for the Sharks and Steve Zalewski extended his point streak to three games with two assists in the victory. With the win, Alex Stalock leads the AHL with 12 victories as Worcester now has points in four straight games (3-0-0-1). The Pirates came out flying out of the gate and Alex Stalock made some good saves early as the Sharks were able to weather the early storm. With James Marcou in the box for goaltender interference, rookie Corey Tropp (4th) found himself alone on top of the Sharks crease and flipped the puck past Stalock at 10:45 to give the Pirates a 1-0 advantage. The Sharks tied the score at 1-1 as Dan DaSilva (5th) stripped a Pirates defenseman in the left wing circle and quickly snapped a laser over the shoulder of Jhonas Enroth at 16:24. Just 50 seconds later, Sean Sullivan (8th), barreled late into a rush and buried a loose puck top shelf to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead. Jonathan Cheechoo and Steve Zalewski grabbed assists on the goal by Sullivan to extend their point streaks to three games. The Sharks led 2-1 after twenty minutes of play. Jonathan Cheechoo (9th) gave the Sharks a 3-1 lead at 9:03 of the middle period with a terrific score after he won a loose puck battle in the left wing corner and skated in front and ripped the puck top shelf past Enroth. Worcester led 3-1 after 40 minutes and outshot the Pirates 18-17. Kevin Henderson (4th) gave the Sharks some insurance at 5:40 of the third period as he drilled in a loose rebound after an initial shot from Andrew Desjardins. Matt Eillis (4th) got Portland within two goals with a late power play tally at 17:10 as the Sharks held on for a 4-2 win. The Sharks record improves to 13-7-1-4 with 31 points and 6-3-0-3 on the road.

2013 vs Providence 4-3 SOL
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (9-8-1-1, 20pts) led 3-1 midway through the third period but the Providence Bruins (13-7-1-2, 29pts) barreled back for a 4-3 shootout victory in front of 5,210 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday night. Eriah Hayes, Travis Oleksuk, and Bracken Kearns scored for Worcester and Harri Sateri made 25 saves in the shootout loss as the Sharks extended their point streak to five games (4-0-0-1). Ryan Spooner added three points for the Bruins (1-2-3) and Zach Trotman forced overtime with a late 3rd period strike as the Bruins won their 5th straight game overall. Neither team found the back of the net in a rather quick moving penalty free opening period as Malcolm Subban made 11 saves for the Bruins while Harri Sateri made nine stops for the Sharks. Eriah Hayes (4th) scored in his 2nd straight game as he flipped a shot from the right wing with Jimmy Bonneau crashing the net at 10:05 of the 2nd period. Harri Sateri stopped Matt Fraser with a terrific split save on a shorthanded breakaway minutes later to keep the Bruins at bay. Providence would even the score at 1-1 with 90 seconds left as Ryan Spooner (5th) ripped a shot from the left circle after a great diagonal feed from the right point by Ben Youds. The score was tied 1-1 after 40 minutes with Worcester having a 28-15 shot advantage. Worcester scored twice early in the third period to grab a 3-1 lead. Travis Oleksuk (3rd) put the Sharks ahead 2-1 at 3:10 after his hard work deep in the Bruins zone paid off as his centering feed from behind the net somehow found its way into the cage past Subban. The Sharks added an insurance goal at 6:27 as veteran Bracken Kearns (5th) was set up nicely by Dan DaSilva and Matt Tennyson to put Worcester ahead 3-1. But the Bruins came charging back as Matt Fraser (16th) scored a rebound strike at 10:56 on the power play and Zach Trotman (1st) drilled a blast from the center point to tie the score at 3-3 at 17:15 to force OT. Neither team scored in the extra session with the Bruins outshooting Worcester 3-2. In the shootout, Ryan Spooner and Alexander Khokhlachev scored in the first two rounds and James Livingston scored the only Worcester goal as the Bruins grabbed the 4-3 win. The Sharks overall record falls to 9-8-1-1, 20pts and 5-5-0-1, 11pts on home ice this season.

2018 vs Brampton 3-1 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (10-10-3-0, 23pts) extended their season long point streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Brampton Beast (10-10-2-1, 23pts) in front of 3,013 fans at the DCU Center on Friday evening. Nick Sorkin, Matty Gaudreau, and Barry Almeida all scored for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis, making his second straight start, was strong making 32 saves in net for his 5thwin of the season. Alex Vanier added three assists and was +3 as the Railers extended their point streak to a season high five games (4-0-1-0) with the win. It was a slow start to the first period with a lot of whistles and not a lot of flow but the Railers turned the pressure on in the final five minutes. Nick Sorkin (1st) scored his first goal of the season on a rush after he sent a quick shot from the left slot past the blocker of goaltender Jake Paterson at 17:58 with Josh Holmstrom and Alex Vanier picking up assists to give Worcester a 1-0 advantage. Shots were 12-10 in favor of the Railers through 20 minutes of play. Each team had nine shots on goal but neither team found the back of the net in the second period of play. Goaltender Evan Buitenhuis had 19 saves through 40 minutes of play as the Railers held a 1-0 lead into the second intermission. Matty Gaudreau (5th) fired home a loose rebound with a great shot from the left circle to give Worcester a 2-0 lead at 10:45 of the third period as Nick Sorkin picked up the primary assist. The Beast would get back within a goal at 14:20 as Erik Bradford (6th) snapped a wicked shot from 40 feet on the rush top shelf to cut the Railers lead to 2-1. Barry Almeida (6th) would put the game away with a breakaway empty net tally at 18:57 as great work behind the Worcester cage by Mike Cornell and Alex Vanier to give Worcester the 3-1 home victory.

2019 at Newfoundland 3-2 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (6-14-1-0, 13pts) allowed three power-play goals and were edged out 3-2 by the Newfoundland Growlers (17-8-0-0, 34pts) on Saturday evening in front of 4,053 fans at the Mile One Centre. The Railers will be back in action at the DCU Center Friday, Dec. 13 vs. the Maine Mariners on a 2-3-4 Friday and a t-shirt giveaway presented by Jack’s Abby. Kyle Thomas and Jordan Samuels-Thomas each scored goals for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis made 32 saves in net. Newfoundland scored all three goals on the power-play courtesy of Marcus Power (2-0-2) Trey Bradley while Parker Gahagen made 29 saves picking up his first ECHL win in net. Evan Buitenhuis was spectacular in the first period as he stopped all 16 shots he faced. The Railers were outshot 16-9 in the opening frame but thanks to Buitenhuis the score was 0-0. Both teams would get on the scoreboard twice in the second period started by Kyle Thomas (5th) who came barreling down the right-wing side and sent one past the blocker of Parker Gahagen just 1:34 into the frame. The Growlers went on the power-play just nine seconds after the goal and would capitalize at 2:55 tying the game at 1-1. Worcester on the power-play would regain the lead when Jordan Samuels-Thomas (10th) jammed home a rebound after J.D. Dudek threw it on net from the goal line giving the Railers a 2-1 lead at 4:14. For the third time of the stanza Newfoundland went on the man advantage and Trey Bradley (5th) cashed in on a rebound to tie things up at 2-2. Worcester outshot the Growlers 13-10 in the second period, but Newfoundland held the edge 26-22 through 40 minutes of play. Newfoundland scored the only goal of the third period which came on the power-play on a two on one Riley Woods fired one of the pad of Evan Buitnehuis and Marcus Power (9th) was there to slam home the rebound at 3:19 of the stanza. The Railers went on their third power-play of the game with just 48 seconds left in regulation and with Evan Buitenhuis on the bench and an extra attack for the Railers it was not enough as Worcester fell 3-2. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star…. Evan Buitenhuis (32 saves) 2nd star: Riley Woods (0-2-2) 1st star Marcus Power (2-0-2) ….final shots were 35-31 for Newfoundland…. Parker Gahagen (1-0-0) 29 saves on 31 shots for Newfoundland.… Evan Buitenhuis (3-7-0) made 32 saves on 35 shots for Worcester while Ian Milsoz served as the backup….Worcester went 1-for-3 on the power play while Newfoundland 3-for-4…. Anthony Florentino (inj), Barry Almeida (inj), Tanner Pond (inj), Shane Walsh (inj), Ivan Chukarov, and Ross Olsson did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell, Jakub Skarek, and Linus Soderstrom are currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Evan Buitenhuis made his fifth straight start in net…. Barry Almeida joined Coach Cunniff behind the bench…. Jordan Samuels-Thomas (5-5-10) extended his point streak to five games with a goal…. Nic Pierog (2-1-3) extended his point streak to three games with an assist…. J.D. Dudek, David Quenneville, and Nic Pierog all collected assists for Worcester…. The Railers did not have a player wear the “C” as Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Kyle Thomas, and Connor Doherty all wore “A’s”…. Worcester is now 4-9-0-0 all-time vs. the Growlers and 1-5-0-0 at the Mile One Centre.

2022 at Trois-Rivières 4-1 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (16-4-1-0 33 points) fell 4-1 to the Trois-Rivières Lions (10-8-1-0 21 points) Wednesday night at the Colisée Vidéotron arena in front of a crowd of 2,021. The Railers ultimately went 4-2-1-0 on their season-long seven-game road trip. Worcester is back home at the DCU Friday, December 9th to face off against the Idaho Steelheads. Anthony Beauregard (1-0-1) scored the first goal of the game for the Lions off of an assist from teammate Nicolas Guay (0-1-1). Defensemen Phillipe Bureau-Blais (1-0-1) followed up with the second goal for the Lions with three minutes left to go in the first. Oliver Galipeau (1-0-1) opened the scoring in the second period after his shot soared through traffic and past Tikkanen. Quin Ryan (1-0-1) scored the first goal for the Railers in the third period to make it 3-1 with 8:25 to go. William Leblanc (1-0-1) made it 4-1 Trois-Rivières and iced the game with his empty net goal at the end of the third. It was a quiet start to the game with both teams trading opportunities. The Lions capitalized first, as they found themselves on a two-on-two break. They sent the puck around the boards and Nicolas Guay picked it up on the near side. He sent a pass to Anthony Beauregard (9th) in the slot, who scored the first goal of the game and made it 1-0 Lions. With about three minutes left in the first, the Lions went on a three-on-three break. Defensemen Phillipe Bureau-Blais (1st) found himself pushing the break with his teammates Pierrick Dubé and Brett Stapley. He got the puck in front of the goal and put it past Tikkanen to put Trois-Rivières up 2-0. Worcester was outshot in the first 14-11. The first goal of the second period went to the Lions three minutes into the frame. The Lions won a faceoff in Worcester’s end of the ice. Oliver Galipeau (5th) received the puck and sent a shot through traffic past Tikkanen to make it 3-0 Lions. The Railers had plenty of opportunities to score in the second period, with a good set of shots coming toward the end of the second period on the powerplay. Phillipe Desrosiers stood tall in net for the Lions all night long, as he ultimately made 28 saves on 29 shots. The Lions ended up on the powerplay with four minutes remaining in the period and fired off a set of slap shots, none of which would find their way into the back of the net. The Railers ended the second period down 3-0. Worcester got outshot 10-16 in the second, and 30-21 through two periods. The Lions opened the third peppering Tikkanen, who stopped every shot he faced early in the period. The highlight save of the sequence was a sliding glove save from one post to the other. Halfway through the third period, Connor McCarthy was sent to the penalty box for Worcester’s second penalty of the night. A subsequent Trois-Rivières penalty evened up play at four-on-four. While playing with some open ice, Quinn Ryan (8th) stole the puck in the neutral zone and took it across the blue line. He wristed one through two Lion defenders and past the glove of Trois-Rivières goalie Phillippe Desrosiers to give Worcester life, down 3-1. With 2:36 left to go in the game and Tikkanen pulled for Worcester, William Leblanc (4th) iced the game with an empty net goal to beat Worcester 4-1. Worcester outshot the Lions 8-7 in the third, but got outshot 37-29 on the game. Notes: 3rd star: Phillippe Desrosiers (28 saves, 1 GA, .966 SV%), 2nd star: Anthony Beauregard (1-0-1, +1, 3 shots), 1st Star: Oliver Galipeau (1-0-1, +3, 2 shots)… Phillippe Desrosiers made 28 saves on 29 shots for Trois-Rivières … Henrik Tikkanen (8-3-0) made 34 saves on 37 shots for Worcester, while Ken Appleby served as the backup… Worcester went 0-for-w on the power play while Trois-Rivières went 0-for-2… Nolan Vesey (DNP) and Liam Coughlin (DNP) did not play for Worcester… Brent Beaudoin led the Railers in shots with 6… The Railers are now 6-5-1-0 all-time vs. the Lions and 4-2-1-0 at the Colisée Vidéotron against Trois-Rivières.


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