Today in Worcester hockey history: December 14


1954 vs New Haven 6-5 win
Goals by period:
New Haven: 3-1-1=5
Worcester: 2-2-2=6
Warriors goals
6:10 Allain (Verrier, Chambers)
17:09 O’Grady (Duffy, Songin)
2:01 Titus (Kelly)
14:45 Duffy (Cahoon, Songin)
8:51 Titus (O’Connor)
12:37 Duffy (O’Grady, O’Connor)

1994 vs Adirondack 5-3 win
The Worcester IceCats jumped out to a lead and then held off a furious late game charge by the Red Wings to defeat Adirondack 5-3. Mark Ouimet opened the scoring at 18:25 of the first with an assist by Shaun Kane. Ross Wilson made it 2-0 at 9:45 of the second with Shawn Heaphy and David Haas supplying the helpers. Martin Lapointe would get the Red Wings on the board at 10:41, but Haas would give the IceCats their two goal lead back at 14:01 with assists by Jason Widmer and Ouimet. Ross Wilson would then tack on an unassisted goal at 18:54. Sylvain Cloutier got Adirondack within two with a goal 1:07 into the third, and Joe Frederick made it a one goal game at 16:33. Carter’s empty net goal, assisted by Haas and goaltender Wayne Cowley at 19:12, gave Worcester a 5-3 win. Cowley made 38 saves in the game, including 20 in the final period.

1996 at Springfield 5-3 win
The Worcester IceCats, who at one point in the game were down to just 14 healthy skaters, held on to defeat the Falcons 5-3. Juha Ylonen opened the scoring in the first period at 2:26, but 35 seconds later Robert Petrovicky’s power play goal tied it. Craig Conroy scored at 7:54 while the ‘Cats skated with a six on three advantage as referee Brad Watson had his arm up to call a penalty on Springfield while they were already two men down. Conroy scored again, this time unassisted, to make it 3-1 at 12:14. Kent Manderville made it a one goal game at 13:01 to cap the scoring in the frame. Bob Lachance made it a two goal game again at 13:35 of the middle period, but the Falcons answered right back at 14:24 when Manderville struck a second time. Into the third period the teams went, and with Worcester down players already to recalls that morning Petrovicky went out with an injury and David Williams was ejected for an illegal check. After 20 seconds of what was six on three play in the Worcester zone IceCats Head Coach Greg Gilbert challenged the stick of Ylonen. It was found to be illegal, and with the Falcons having to put their goalie back in for the next face-off ended the long threat. Jamie Rivers added an empty net goal with two seconds left for the 5-3 final. Travis Scott made 45 saves in the game.

1997 at Springfield 8-5 loss
The Worcester IceCats and Springfield Falcons played one of the oddest game in AHL history scoring eight total goals in the final 4:25 of the game, setting AHL scoring records that still hold to this day. It was essentially a blow out before the real weirdness started, with the Falcons taking a 5-0 lead into the third period on goals by Brad Tiley (4:22, 1st), Scott Levins (12:08 PP, 1st), Daniel Briere (15:17, 1st), Brian Farrell (:12, 2nd), and Rob Murray (16:33 PP, 2nd). With the ‘Cats going nothing head coach Greg Gilbert decided to pull goaltender Fred Cassivi down five goals, saying post game “we had to try something.” How the next eight goals happened, as listed by Bill Ballou in the Telegram the next day, it was “Stephane Roy making it 5-1 from 25-feet out at 15:35, Ivan Ciernik had a tap in at 15:45 to make it 5-2, and Derek Diener picked up a loose puck at 17:51 and it was 5-3. Shane Doan had an empty net goal at 18:28, 6-3. Shayne Toporowski then scored from a tough angle at 18:36, and it’s now 6-4. Doan added another empty netter at 18:52, 7-5. Terry Hollinger backhanded a rebound in at 19:08 to make it 7-5. Richard Lintner then connected on a 100-foot slap shot into an empty net for the 8-5 final.” [210Sports note: At the time it was the fastest 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 goals scored in AHL history. Amazingly, it wasn’t the fastest seven. Today it’s still the fastest 4, 5, 6, and 8. Oh, and the fastest two goal record? That’s also Worcester and Springfield, only that’s for a different game on March 7, 2004]

2001 vs Springfield 6-2 win
The Worcester IceCats had a five goal lead after 40 minutes and cruised to a 6-2 win over the Falcons. Eric Boguniecki began the scoring at 5:37 of the first period, with Eric Nickulas and Mike Van Ryn picking up assists on the play. Andrei Troschinsky made it 2-0 with a power play goal at 6:18, with Jame Pollock and Darren Rumble picking up helpers. Daniel Tkaczuk had Worcester’s third goal of the frame at 15:59, with Pollock and Steve McLaren picking up helpers. That goal chased Springfield netminder Dieter Kochan from the game. In the middle stanza Pollock made it 4-0 with a power play goal at 2:07. Tkaczuk and Christian Laflamme had the assists on the goal. Justin Papineau widened the ‘Cats lead at 14:34, with Brown and McLaren grabbing points on the play. The Falcons grabbed two quick goals to start the third, with Ramzi Abid scoring at 1:08 and Nikita Alexeev connecting at 2:13, but that was all the Falcons would get. Jeff Panzer made it the 6-2 final at 16:26, with Boguniecki and Rumble getting the assists. Reinhard Divis made 31 saves for the win.

2002 at Cleveland 4-3 loss
(CLEVELAND) With nearly half the team sick with the flu the IceCats dropped a 4-3 contest to the Barons. Eric Nickulas, playing in just his seventh game after being injured for 21, almost saved the IceCats, stealing the puck and scoring a shorthanded goal to tie the score at 3 at 11:55 of the third period. However, the Barons returned the favor less than three minutes later when captain Ryan Kraft stole the puck and sent a perfect pass to Tavis Hansen, whose shorthanded goal went between Phil Osaer’s legs at 14:43. After a scoreless first period, things heated up in the second, when each team scored twice. Three of those goals came in the span of 3:09. Nickulas started things off by forcing the puck past goalie Vesa Toskala at 1:41. It looked as if Toskala made the initial save, but the puck trickled between his feet as he stood up. Nine minutes later, Kraft lost the puck as he tried to make a move in the slot, but Chad Wiseman picked it up and fired a shot off the crossbar at 11:15. John Pohl restored the IceCats’ lead by pushing in the puck at the left post at 13:56. Just 28 seconds after that, Wiseman wheeled around the side of the net and shoveled the puck to Jeff Jillson, who shot it in from the left point. Jillson was playing in just his second game since being loaned to the Barons by their parent club San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Toskala finished with 28 saves, Osaer 19.

2004 at Portland 4-1 win
(PIRATES) Jason Bacashihua stopped 19 shots en route to a 4-1 win over the Pirates on Tuesday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Pirates struck first in the second period at the 3:11 mark on a power play goal by Brian Sutherby. Michel Periard got the puck Jared Aulin as he skated into the Worcester zone. Aulin used his speed to escape the IceCats defense and send a cross ice pass to Sutherby who was streaking in on the right wing. After Aulin made the pass, Sutherby quickly launched the puck past Jason Bacashihua’s glove to give the Pirates the 1-0 lead. Later in the period, Dennis Wideman scored an amazing goal by stick handling around the Pirates defense. Wideman picked up the puck in the high slot and maneuvered around two Pirates by bouncing in a out of the left hand circle before firing a shot to the top right hand corner past Maxime Ouellet to tie the game 1-1. In the third period, the IceCats took the lead at the 9:19 mark on a goal by Troy Riddle. The puck was shot by Brian Fahey from the left point and that is when Riddle redirected the puck between the pads of Ouellet and the puck trickled across the goal line to give the IceCats the 2-1 lead. Aaron MacKenzie scored Worcester’s third goal when he broke up the Pirates clearing attempt at the blue line. He kept the puck in the zone a released a slap shot to the left of Ouellet to give the IceCats the 3-1 advantage. With 22 seconds left in the game Jay McClement fed Peter Sejna at the red line, who skated in and scored in the empty net to seal the IceCats 4-1 win.

2007 vs W-B/Scranton 2-1 win SO
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks entered Friday nights’ game against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins at the DCU Center in the midst of their darkest streak of the young season. The Sharks had not won in five games, but thanks to superb goaltending by Sharks Goalie Thomas Greiss, Worcester ended their disappointing stretch with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Penguins. Both teams were held scoreless in the first period. Goalie Thomas Greiss halted 13 shots including a fast break by Wilkes-Barre Scranton’s Connor James 17:02 into the first period. Penguin’s net minder John Curry survived several scoring scares as the Sharks were unable to capitalize on three power play opportunities in the first period. The scoring drought was ended late in the second period by Sharks center Thomas Plihal. Plihal’s first goal of the season was assisted by Tom Cavanagh 16:46 into the second period. The goal marked the first time that the Sharks scored the opening goal in five contests, and was the first shorthanded goal scored by the Sharks this season. The Penguins responded at 10:25 in the third period. Wilkes-Barre Scranton’s Alain Nasreddine evened the score with help from John Taffe and Ryan Stone. The goal broke up the possibility of the Worcester Sharks’ first shutout in franchise history. Both Goalies’ performances were too stellar to announce a winner within regulation or overtime, so for the second time in three games the Sharks went into the shootout In the shootout, Thomas Greiss solidified his most impressive performance of the season denying all five Penguins’ shooters. Meanwhile, Mike Morris was the only shooter to find the back of the net and was credited with a game winner. No surprise to any fan in attendance at the DCU Center that Thomas Greiss was named the number one star. Greiss finished with 41 saves in 42 opportunities.

2008 vs Hartford 2-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) Despite beating the Wolf Pack in their first three meetings this season, the Sharks dropped their second in a row to Hartford with a 2-1 loss on Sunday afternoon. The scoring began on an early strike by the Wolf Pack at 4:33 in the first period. Greg Moore and Patrick Rissmiller found themselves in a 2-on-1 situation deep in the offensive zone and capitalized on it for Rissmiller’s second goal of the year. Hartford kept its foot on the gas pedal when Jordan Owens notched his fourth goal this season. Owens moved the puck into the offensive zone and upon being checked, sent the puck into the crowd in front of the net. The puck ricocheted off a Worcester stick and into the goal. Jared Nightingale and Mike Ouellette were credited with assists on the play. The Sharks fought back with their first goal at 4:41 in the second frame, but it wasn’t enough. Ryan Vesce found Cory Larose in front of the net for Larose’s 12th goal this season. Upon securing the pass, Larose deked Hartford goalie Matt Zaba and wristed the puck beyond Zaba’s reach. The loss drops Worcester to 15-13-0-0, while the win brings Hartford to 13-11-1-3.

2013 at Portland 5-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (10-10-1-1, 22pts) dropped back to .500 after a disappointing 5-1 loss to the Portland Pirates (10-9-1-4, 25pts) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME on Saturday night to kick off a four game road trip. Andy Miele recorded five points (3-2-5) for Portland and Mark Visentin made 30 saves as Worcester scored just once for the 6th time this season. Harri Sateri made 21 saves in the loss as Rylan Schwartz scored the only Worcester goal early in the third period. The Sharks controlled most of the opening period and outshot the Pirates by the count of 12-4. But it was the Pirates Andy Miele (8th) finding the back of the net at 15:47 with an unassisted shorthanded tally with a quick shot from the left wing circle after a turnover in the Worcester zone. Miele’s shot broke off the shoulder of Harri Sateri and bounced into the net. The goal was originally waved off, but after instant replay the goal was counted and the Pirates grabbed a 1-0 lead.
Portland would score twice more in the middle frame as Rostislav Klesla (1st) scored his first career AHL goal after his shot from the center point found the back of the net at 7:49 and Andy Miele (9th) scored on the rush with a wicked shot from the right wing circle at 11:26 to put Portland ahead 3-0. Jimmy Bonneau (6th) fought Mark Louis (4th) at 16:17 as Bonneau tried to get his teammates going before the end of the period. The Sharks trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes but held a 20-16 shot advantage. After Rylan Schwartz (3rd) got Worcester on the board early in the third period at 1:12 assisted by Freddie Hamilton and Travis Oleksuk, Andy Miele (10th) recorded the hat trick with a power play goal at 4:26 to give Portland a 4-1 lead. Jordan Martinook (4th) would end the scoring with a power play goal assisted by Chris Brown and Andy Miele at 10:30. A handful of penalties were whistled the rest of the way and featured a good fight between Curt Gogol (5th) and Kevin Veilleux (3rd) as the Sharks dropped their second straight game. The Sharks overall record falls to 10-10-1-1, 22pts and 5-4-1-0, 11pts on the road this season.

2014 vs Portland 1-0 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (11-12-2-0, 24pts) closed out their first 3-in-3 weekend of the season with a 1-0 win over the visiting Portland Pirates (14-13-0-0, 28pts) in front of 3,028 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. JP Anderson made 26 saves for his first professional shutout while Micheal Haley’s team leading 9th goal of the season early in the second period stood tall as the Sharks broke a three game losing skid. Mike McKenna made 33 saves for Portland as the Pirates lost their 4th straight game. Neither team found the back of the net in the first period as JP Anderson and Mike McKenna each has 11 saves in the opening frame. Each team also went 0-for-2 on the power play headed into the second period. Worcester grabbed a 1-0 lead with a power play goal scored by Micheal Haley (10) at 4:22. Haley deflected a Bryan Lerg shot past Mike McKenna for the only score through 40 minutes. Worcester fired 15 shots in the second period while JP Anderson had 18 saves through 40 minutes of play. Each team had eight shots on goal in the third period as JP Anderson made some key saves late to hold on for the 1-0 shutout win. The Sharks overall record improves to 11-12-2-0, 24pts, and 7-5-2-0, 16pts at the DCU Center.

2018 vs Manchester 4-0 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (11-12-3-0, 25pts) had a tough go offensively in a 4-0 loss to the visiting Manchester Monarchs (12-10-1-1, 26pts) in front of 2,812 fans at the DCU Center on Friday evening. The Railers were shutout for the second time this season while Mitch Gillam had his 13-game home game winning streak snapped in the loss. Charles Williams made 37 saves for Manchester while Nic Pierog scored twice to give Manchester a 4-1-0-0 record on their six-game road trip. Neither team found the back of the net in a rather quiet first period that saw no penalties and few whistles. Mitch Gillam had 10 saves through 20 minutes while Charles Williams had nine stops for the Monarchs. Manchester scored three goals on 13 shots in the second period to grab a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes of play. Nic Pierog (12th) finished off a 2-on-1 rush at 7:44 to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead. Matt Marcinew (8th) buried a feed from behind the net point blank past Mitch Gillam at 11:20 to put the Railers down 2-0. Michael Doherty (3rd) found a bouncing rebound at the side of the net assisted by Matt Marcinew to put Worcester down 3-0. Shots were 13-11 in favor of Manchester in the second period. Nic Pierog (13th) put the game away in the third period with his second goal of the night at 14:58 to give Manchester the 4-0 lead. Charles Williams made 16 mores saves for his first shutout of the season as Manchester grabbed the 4-0 road victory.

2019 vs Maine 3-2 Win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (7-15-1-0, 15pts) picked up a big 3-2 win on home ice over Maine Mariners (12-10-0-1, 25pts) on Saturday evening in front of 4,121 fans at the DCU Center on Batman Night as well as the annual Teddy Bear Toss. The Railers will be back in action at the DCU Center Sunday, Dec. 15 vs. the Reading Royals on a kid’s giveaway Sunday featuring a hard hat courtesy of Rampco Construction at 3pm. Shane Walsh (2-1-3) paced the way offensively for the Railers while Evan Buitenhuis made 21 saves in net for his fourth win of the season. Ross Olsson netted the other goal for Worcester while Bo Brauer (0-2-2) netted two assists while Yanick Turcotte extended his point streak to two games with an assists Maine received goals from Alex Kile and Zach Tolkinen late in third while Tom McCollum made 23 saves in net for the loss. It did not take long for the teddy bears to fly as Jordan Samuels-Thomas sent a pass from behind the net to the high slot finding the stick of Shane Walsh (2nd) who sent it by the glove of goaltender Tom McCollum 2:13 into the opening period. Just moments later Ross Olsson (4th) on the near side post lifted a back hand over the glove of McCollum at 5:33 to give the Railers a 2-0 lead. Worcester took the 2-0 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes of play and outshot Maine 11-3. The physical play began to pick up in the second period and after an altercation between JD Dudek and Ryan Ferrill, Justin Murray (2ndFM) dropped the gloves with Ryan Ferrill (1stFM) at 9:39. Both were given fighting majors but Murray was assessed a game misconduct for not having his jersey strapped. Maine went on the power-play while JD Dudek also sat two minutes for slashing but the Mariners would not convert. Maine held Worcester to just three shots in the second period but Worcester still held the advantage 14-12 and a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. Shane Walsh (3rd) started the rush up ice on a three on two and eventually followed up a rebound and jammed it past McCollum to give Worcester a 3-1 advantage at 6:50 of the third period. After Maine received goals from Alex Kile at 8:43 and Zach Tolkinen at 12:18 the Mariners pulled McCollum with about two minutes to go but the Railers came up big defensively to pull out the 3-2 victory on home ice. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star…. Justin Murray (0-1-1, FM) 2nd star: Bo Brauer (0-2-2) 1st star: Shane Walsh (2-1-3) ….final shots were 26-23 for Worcester…. Tom McCollum (5-5-0) 23 saves on 26 shots for Maine.… Evan Buitenhuis (4-8-0) made 21 saves on 23 shots for Worcester while Ian Milosz served as the backup…. Worcester went 0-for-2 on the power play while Maine 0-for-2…. Cody Payne, Drew Callin, Ivan Chukarov, Anthony Florentino, and Tanner Pond (inj) 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 seventh straight start in net…. Shane Walsh (2-1-3) recorded his first multi-point game of the season…. Yanick Turcotte extended his point streak to two games with an assist and now has three assists in his last four games…. Justin Murray registered his second fight of the season….. The Railers held the Mariners to just three shots in the first period which tied a season low…. The Railers wore Batman jerseys while the Mariners wore Joker jerseys….Worcester is now 6-5-4-3 all-time vs. the Mariners and 5-2-2-1 at the DCU Center.


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