Today in Worcester hockey history: December 9


1995 vs Providence 2-2 tie
The Worcester IceCats couldn’t hold on to two one-goal leads in a 2-2 tie against the Providence Bruins. Patrice Tardif got the ‘Cats their first lead at 8:32 of the opening period, assisted by Fred Knipscheer and Jamie Rivers. Bill McCauley got the Baby-Bs back to even at 17:10. Tardif would score again at 18:33, again by Knipscheer and Rivers to make it 2-1 after twenty minutes. That lead would hold until 2:14 of the third when Martin Simard tied it. The IceCats game notes say “(Rob) Tallis and (Eric) Fichaud were awesome.” Tallis finished the game with 40 saves, including six in overtime. Fichaud had 33 for the ‘Cats.

2000 vs Portland 6-2 win
The Worcester IceCats got two goals each from Marty Reasoner and Shawn Mamane in a 6-2 win over the Pirates. Dale Clarke opened the scoring at 1:14 of the first period with a goal assisted by Chris Murray and Ladislav Nagy. It would then be 2-0 ‘Cats on a shorthanded goal by Nagy, with Reasoner and Darren Rumble assisting. Reasoner made it a three goal lead with a power play goal at 1:02 of the middle stanza, with Todd Reirden and Murray helping. Mamane’s first of the game made it 4-0 at 14:00, with Mike Van Ryn and Pascal Rheaume earning points. The Pirates would then cut the IceCats lead in half on goals from Terry Yake (14:54) and James Black (19:03,PP). But that was as close as Portland would get as Mamane added another goal at 1:28 of the third, from Mark Rycroft and Dustin Kuk. Reasoner closed out the scoring at 12:28, from Murray and Reirden, for the 6-2 final. Dwayne Roloson made 29 saves in the game. [210Sports note: It was Kuk’s only career AHL point.]

2006 vs Springfield 3-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) Failing to find the back of the net despite 32 shots, the Worcester Sharks fell for the second time in as many nights on home ice, this time to the Springfield Falcons by a score of 3-0.

2011 at St. John’s 4-3 win
(WORSHARKS) Tommy Wingels scored late in the third period to complete a two goal deficit comeback to stun the first place St. John’s IceCaps by the count of 4-3 at the Mile One Centre on Friday evening. The top line of Benn Ferriero, John McCarthy, and Tommy Wingels combined for eight points and Tony Lucia scored in his second straight game for the Sharks. Tyson Sexsmith made a game saver stop with 25 seconds remaining in the contest to seal his 5th victory of the season. The Sharks improved to 3-0-0-1 on their season long seven game road trip. The Sharks grabbed a 1-0 lead for the first time in seven games as Benn Ferriero (7th) finished off a 3-on-2 rush after a great cross wing pass by John McCarthy at 3:15 past goaltender Peter Mannino. Jimmy Bonneau (5th FM) dropped Tommy Maxwell (1st FM) with a series of rights to kick off the rough stuff at 12:59. On the next faceoff, rookie Curt Gogol (5th FM) and veteran Garth Murray (4th FM) danced at center ice at 12:59 in a quick battle. Zach Redmond (3rd) tied the score on the power play at 16:47 when his one timer from the left circle that beat Tyson Sexsmith. Worcester outshot St. John’s 14-9 in the first period. The IceCaps broke out to a 3-1 lead in the first six minutes of the middle frame after Zach Redmond’s (4th) drive from the blue line on the power play at :49 seconds found the back of the net and Patrice Cormier (5th) finished a 2-on-2 rush with a snap shot through the pads of Sexsmith at 5:52. The Sharks battled back to tie the score with a pair of goals in a 1:41 span. Benn Ferriero (8th) deflected a Matt Pelech shot from the point past Peter Mannino at 13:09 after a great entry into the zone by John McCarthy. Tony Lucia (2nd) scored in his second straight game after a Nick Petrecki shot from the point missed the net and bounced off the end wall and onto the stick of Lucia, who then buried the puck home to even the score 3-3 at 14:50. Each team fired nine shots in the middle frame. Tommy Wingels (5th) scored the only goal of the final period after he dug the puck out of the right corner in the offensive zone and found John McCarthy on top of the blue paint. McCarthy’s initial try was stopped by Peter Mannino, but Wingles found a loose bouncing puck on the left side post and swept the puck in for the eventual game winner at 15:53. Tyson Sexsmith robbed Jason DeSantis’ one timer drive from 30 feet with 25 seconds left with a terrific glove save to preserve the Sharks 4-3 road victory. The Sharks record improves to 9-6-3-3 with 24 points through 22 games and to 3-1-3-2 on the road.

2012 at Manchester 3-2 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (12-8-1-2, 27pts) scored the only two goals in the third period in another exciting come from behind 3-2 victory over the Manchester Monarchs (11-10-2-1, 25pts) on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,386 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena. With the victory, the Sharks moved into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. Tim Kennedy extended his point streak to eight games (7-7-14) with his team leading 12th goal and an assist while Brodie Reid scored the game winner at 11:56 of the third period. Harri Sateri grabbed his 4th straight win in net for Worcester with 21 saves in goal including a breakaway save on Tanner Pearson early in the third period when the Sharks were down 2-1. The Sharks won for an AHL leading 5th time this season when trailing after 40 minutes of play as Worcester won for the 7th time in their last eight road games. The Monarchs struck first with a 5-on-3 power play goal as Thomas Hickey (1st) sent a blast through a screen and past the glove of Harri Sateri at 5:24 to give Manchester a 1-0 lead. James Livingston (1st FM) and Andy Andreoff (4th FM) scrapped at 10:36 followed by Matt Pelech (6th FM) and Richard Clune (10th FM) at 18:21 in a physical first frame. Worcester outshot Manchester 17-8 through 20 minutes of play but trailed 1-0. The Sharks controlled the majority of the 2nd period outshooting the Monarchs 17-5. Tim Kennedy extended his point streak to eight games (6-7-13) with a beautiful deek and then pass to a wide open John McCarthy (3rd) at the side of the Monarchs net to tie the score at 1-1 at 15:47. Manchester regained the lead at 19:10 after Dwight King (3rd) deflected a Bryan Rodney wrister past Harri Sateri to give the Monarchs a 2-1 advantage through 40 minutes. Harri Sateri made several big stops early in the third period to keep Worcester within a goal including a breakaway save on Tanner Pearson with 13 minutes remaining. Red hot Tim Kennedy (12th) tied the score at 2-2 with a beautiful move around a Monarchs defender and snuck the puck past Mannino at 8:28. The Sharks went ahead at 11:56 with a designed break out move that sprung Brodie Reid (3rd) down the right wing and Reid roofed a wicked snap shot to give the Sharks a 3-2 edge. The Sharks and Sateri held off a late Monarchs charge and won for the 5th time when trailing after 40 minutes of play. The Sharks overall record improves to 12-8-1-2 (27pts in 23gp) and 7-4-0-1 (15pts in 12gp) on the road this season.

2018 at Maine 4-2 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (10-11-3-0, 23pts) fired 42 shots on goal but it wasn’t enough as their five-game point streak came to an end after a 4-2 loss to the host Maine Mariners (12-9-0-1, 25pts) in front of 2,117 fans at the Cross Arena on Sunday afternoon. Nick Sorkin scored twice in the third period for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis, making his third straight start, made 23 saves in net in the loss. The Railers were down 3-0 through 40 minutes before firing 18 shots in the final frame and scoring twice but the Mariners struck for an empty netter with 70 seconds remaining to put the game away. Brandon Halverson made 40 saves for Maine and Holy Cross Alum Ryan Ferrill had a goal and an assist to lead the way offensively for the Mariners. A feisty first period was filled with plenty of altercations and saw the Railers shorthanded three times which led to the only goal scored in the opening frame as Ryan Ferrill (3rd) knocked in a loose rebound on a goal mouth scramble on the power play at 12:32. Yanick Turcotte picked up his third fighting major of the season and sent a series of rights and lefts to Maine defender Alex Adams just 25 seconds into the contest. Shots were 11-8 in favor of the Mariners through 20 minutes of play. Maine would score twice more in the second period to grab a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes. Ryan Gropp (2nd) scored after an offensive zone faceoff win by the Mariners at 12:15 and Justin Breton (3rd) shot one through the pads of Evan Buitenhuis on the rush at 16:30 to put the Railers down by three. Maine netminder Brandon Halverson had 24 saves through 40 minutes of play, which included a diving glove stop on Ivan Kosorenkov just moments before Maine scored their third goal. Nick Sorkin would score twice within a 1:52 stretch early in the third period to cut the Maine lead to 3-2. Sorkin (2nd) got the Railers on the board at 5:01 with a quick snap shot from 35 feet after a nice feed by David Quenneville and then made it 3-2 with his 3rd of the season with a one-timer after a beautiful pass by Matty Gaudreau. Worcester would have several chances to tie the game which included several opportunities by Ryan Hitchcock and Woody Hudson, but Halverson stood tall. Morgan Adams-Moisan (5th) found an empty net at 18:50 after he sent the puck the length of the ice to give Maine the 4-2 home victory.

2022 vs Idaho 5-1 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers fell to the Idaho Steelheads by a final score of 5-1 on Friday night at the DCU Center. The Steelheads outshot the Railers on the night, finishing with a 48-23 edge in shots on goal. Reece Newkirk prevented the shutout by beating Idaho goaltender Adam Scheel in the second period. The Steelheads got two goals from A.J. White and single ones from Wade Murphy, Owen Headrick, and Colten Kehler. And, yes, Murphy’s name sounds familiar. He scored the first goal in Railers history on Oct. 14, 2017, in their 4-3 Opening Night triumph over Manchester here. Friday night, Murphy had two assists as well as a goal and was a remarkable plus-5. The Railers began the homestand with a roster bolstered by the return of Blade Jenkins, returned to Worcester by Bridgeport of the AHL. Ryan MacKinnon, Trevor Cosgrove, Jimmy Lambert, and Collins Adams remain with the Islanders while Jacob Hayhurst and Steve Jandric are with Springfield. Jandric is eight games into a 25-game pro tryout with the Thunderbirds. This marked Idaho’s first visit to the DCU Center. The Steelheads, based in Boise, are the 24th different ECHL team to play a game in Worcester. That number of opponents represents 15 different states and three Canadian provinces. White arrived in town with two goals in 18 games. Friday night he had two in the first seven minutes or so. His first goal was at 1:32 and was unassisted. White carried down the left wing as part of a 2-on-1 and never relinquished the pack. White put it past Ken Appleby from the bottom of the left circle. Idaho’s next goal was at 7:02 to make it 2-0. This time White popped in a rebound from just outside the crease. Appleby shut the door after that, though, to keep the game within reach at 2-0 after 20 minutes. The Steelheads outshot Worcester, 19-5, in that stretch. The Railers’ best chance of the period was Anthony Repaci’s shorthanded breakaway at 19:05 which Scheel stopped. Jared Brandt was in the box to start the second period and once again Worcester made a shorthanded bid with Jenkins being denied at 1:10. Newkirk finally got the home team on the scoreboard at 11:20, beating Scheel under the pads from the right circle. The goal, the 20th of Newkirk’s Railers career, was set up by passes from Jenkins and Quin Ryan. It was a winnable game for the Railers heading into the final 20 minutes. It had a next-goal-wins feeling, but the Steelheads got the next goal as Murphy scored from in close at 3:19. It was all Idaho after that as Headrick made it 4-1 at 15:00 and Kehler closed out the scoring at 18:05. MAKING TRACKS – Cam McGuire joined Murphy in a return to the DCU Center. McGuire spent almost three years with the Railers most visibly as a broadcaster and was behind the mike for Idaho Friday night. …The Steelheads are here again Saturday night and Sunday afternoon then fly back to the Gem State. … Forward Billy Jerry made his DCU debut in a Railers uniform, but not his overall DCU debut. Jerry was in the lineup for Adirondack on opening night in October. … Quin Ryan and Brent Beaudoin are among several players tied for the league lead in fewest penalty minutes with zero, not including short-timers. Beaudoin has played in 21 games, Ryan 20. Beaudoin has just 4 PIM in 84 career games and has gone 24 games since his last visit to the penalty box last April 10 in Adirondack. … The Railers and Steelheads played three times in Idaho last season. Saturday’s outcome left the all-time series tied at 2-2-0 when the visiting team having won three of the four games.


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