Today in Worcester hockey history: December 16


1994 at Providence 6-1 loss
The Worcester IceCats were outclassed by the P-Bruins in a 6-1 win for the Baby-Bs. It was already 5-0 with with more than 13 minutes to go in the second period. Shawn Heaphy scored the IceCats goal, on the power play, at 12:38 of the second period when he banged home a rebound of Martin Mercier’s shot. Wayne Cowley was in net for the ‘Cats.

1995 vs Springfield 5-2 win
The Worcester IceCats scored the last four goals of the game to defeat the Falcons 5-2. Fred Knipscheer got the ‘Cats on the board with a power play goal at 10:19 assisted by Steve Staios and Derek Armstrong. Iain Fraser tied it with an unassisted power play goal at 18:22. The Falcons took the lead at 15:30 of the middle period on a goal by Dan Kesa, but with time winding down in the period Armstrong got the IceCats back to even with a tally at 19:48. Craig Darby had the lone assist on the play. Lindsay Vallis gave Worcester the lead at 2:39 of the third with a goal assisted by Terry Virtue and Kevin Sawyer, and Darby gave the ‘Cats some breathing room with a goal at 6:22 assisted by Vallis. Andreas Johansson added a five on three power play goal, assisted by Staios and Darby, at 19:46 for the 5-2 final. Eric Fichaud made 23 saves for the win.

1998 vs St. John’s 5-4 loss
The Worcester IceCats and St. John’s Maple Leafs played a see-saw affair, but it was St. John’s with the last goal and the win in a 5-4 contest. Lonny Bohonos have the Maple Leafs the lead with a goal at 6:48 of the opening period, but Reed Low would tie it at 15:03 with some help from Jochen Hecht and Jan Horacek. Twenty-four seconds into the middle period Rory Fitzpatrick gave the ‘Cats the lead on the power play, with assists going to Stephane Roy and Hecht. St. John’s would then answer back with a pair, with Ladislav Kohn scoring at 7:17 and Bohonos getting his second of the game at 13:57. Dan Corso would tie the game for the third time with a goal assisted by Andrei Petrakov at 15:28. It was the only career AHL point for Petrakov. Once again the Maple Leafs would retake the lead, this time on a Brad Chartrand shorthanded tally at 10:06. Ricard Persson would follow with a power play goal, assisted by goaltender Rich Parent, at 11:32 to tie the game for a fourth time. But the IceCats couldn’t answer Yuri Khmylev’s strike at 15:45 as St John’s earned the two points. Parent ended the game with 20 saves.

2000 at Kentucky 2-2 tie
(TICKER) Jarrett Dueling had a goal and an assist as the Kentucky Thoroughblades tied the Worcester IceCats, 2-2. Dueling scored a shorthanded goal at 4:40 in the second period and assisted on Ryan Kraft’s goal early in the third stanza. Miika Kiprusoff stopped 29 shots as Kentucky extended its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1). Doug Friedman and Dale Clarke both scored for Worcester, which tied Kentucky on November 5 in the only other meeting between the two teams this season. Dwayne Roloson turned aside 27 shots and is 6-0-1 in his last seven starts.

2001 at Quebec 6-5 win
(QUEBEC) Mike Van Ryn scored on a low shot through traffic at 16:40 of the third period after Justin Papineau and Daniel Tkaczuk scored shorthanded goals to lead the Worcester IceCats to a 6-5 win over the Quebec Citadelles at the Colisee in Quebec City last night. Greg Davis had two for the IceCats and Jeff Panzer added a goal in a scoring fest with the lead changing hands many times. Worcester scored twice early in the second period and the Citadelles replaced starting goaltender Mathieu Garon with Luc Belanger. Papineau got his team-leading 19th goal with a blast from the left circle with his team shorthanded. The puck went off the far post and into the net off the back of Garon’s left leg. Davis chased Garon with his second goal, a high slapper from 30 feet just inside the blueline. Francois Belanger scored for Quebec on a scramble at the very end of a Tkaczuk major penalty and the game was tied at 3-3. The IceCats took a 4-3 lead with their second shorthanded goal of the middle period. This time it was Tkaczuk on a two-on-one with Jame Pollock. Tkaczuk fired from the edge of the right circle and the puck trickled in off of Belanger’s glove. Quebec opened the scoring just 65 seconds into the game when Divis failed to trap a weak deflection by Craig Darby, and rookie Ron Hainsey moved in from defense and scored with a high wrist shot. When Quebec’s Eric Landry went off for tripping, Mark Brown and Christian Laflamme tested Mathieu Garon with deflections and Andrei Troschinsky had a chance from point-blank range, but the Quebec netminder stood his ground. Quebec took a 2-0 lead on a power-play goal by Darby, who was set up through the crease by Eric Chouinard. Divis had no chance on the one-timer. Davis, in the box during the Darby score, made up for his costly penalty at the 11:01 mark when he was sent in on a partial break down the slot by Darren Rumble. Davis got his sixth goal on a wrist shot from about 15 feet. The IceCats ended the period with a 15-7 edge in shots on goal and did some solid penalty killing in the last three minutes when Tkaczuk picked up a major penalty. Only Hainsey had a shot from the blue line. Divis made an easy pad save.

2006 vs Manchester 3-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) Back on home ice after an overtime victory at Hartford one night prior, the Worcester Sharks were unable to reverse their recent struggles at the DCU Center and fell to the rival Manchester Monarchs on Saturday night by a score of 3-2. Garret Stafford followed up on yesterday’s game-winner with a power play goal and Mike Iggulden registered a point in his second consecutive game after returning from a head injury, but the Sharks fell to a record of 5-4-1-4 in games decided by a single goal and 12-11-1-4 overall.

2007 at Manchester 5-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Boy, are the Worcester Sharks glad they made the trip north to Manchester. The Sharks won their third straight game and gathered six points this weekend after a 5-1 win in Manchester on Sunday afternoon. While Mother Nature was dumping heavy snow outside, the Sharks scored a flurry of goals inside against the Monarchs. The Sharks received two first period goals from rookie T.J. Fox and never looked back. Riley Armstrong, Tom Walsh, and Lukas Kaspar added goals in the second period for the Sharks who approved to 11-10-1-2. The Sharks shutdown the leagues best power play unit as they denied all four Monarch power play chances. Taylor Dakers recorded his 2nd professional win and came within 3:24 of the Sharks first shutout in franchise history, as the Monarchs scored a shorthanded goal with minutes remaining. Sharks defenseman Marc Busenburg recorded two assists and was +4 as was his d-man pairing Dan Spang. T.J. Fox had a season high three points (2-1-3). Defenseman Tom Walsh scored his first goal of the season, a power play goal in the second period. Nate Raduns added two assists for Worcester.

2011 at Albany 5-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Jack Combs scored on his first shift as a member of the Sharks and added another late in the first period as Worcester scored five unanswered goals in a 5-1 victory over the Albany Devils at the Times Union Center on Friday night. The Sharks improved to 4-0-0-1 on their season long seven game road trip. Antero Niittymaki, on a conditioning assignment from the San Jose Sharks, made 26 saves for Worcester in his first start in the AHL since winning the Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2005 for the victory. Tommy Wingels extended his goal scoring streak to four games with two more goals and now leads the Sharks with 10 goals this season. Former Worcester Shark Steve Zalewski (8th) gave the Devils an early 1-0 lead after a centering pass from behind the Worcester net by Joe Whitney found Zalewski all alone on top of the crease. Zalewski fired the puck past a spun-around Antero Niittymaki at 1:16. Just 13 seconds later, Jack Combs (1st) scored on his first shift with the Sharks after he slammed home a centering feed from Brodie Reid past netminder Keith Kinkaid at 1:29. Combs (2nd) struck again after Nathan Moon found the winger streaking down the middle and Jack fired the puck past the blocker and inside the post at 15:10 to give Worcester a 2-1 lead. The Sharks controlled the majority of the opening frame and outshot the Devils 16-6. After Stepane Veilleux took a run at Tommy Wingels in the opening shift of the middle period, Sena Acolatse (4th FM) challenged the veteran for a scrap at 20 seconds. Sena had the right hand free and dropped Veilleux in front of the Devils bench. Albany had great pressure in the first 10 minutes of the second period but Antero Niittymaki shut the door with several nice stops. Tommy Wingels (9th) found the back of the net with a quick snap shot at 11:22 from the left slot to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead. Wingels was set up by John McCarthy from the end wall for the two goal cushion. Mike Moore went end to end with a great rush that was eventually stopped by the Albany goaltender, but Marek Viedensky (2nd) jammed home the loose rebound at 14:45 for a 4-1 Worcester lead. The Sharks led 4-1 after 40 minutes and outshot the Devils 26-19 after two periods… Worcester has outscored Albany 11-2 in the two victories this season. In the third period, Tommy Wingels (10th) added an insurance goal at 3:39 after he deflected a Sena Acolatse shot from the point for his second score of the night to give Worcester a 5-1 win. Antero Niittymaki made eight more saves in the third period for the victory for Worcester. The Sharks record improves to 12-6-3-3 with 30 points through 24 games and now 5-1-3-2 on the road.

2012 vs Portland 3-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (13-10-1-2, 29pts) fell 3-2 in their eighth straight game decided by just one goal to the Portland Pirates (15-10-1-1, 32pts) on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,665 fans at the DCU Center. Harri Sateri played solid in net for the Sharks in the loss, turning aside 29 of the 32 shots that he faced. James Sheppard (6th) scored for a second straight game, scoring the Sharks second goal of the afternoon, after depositing two last night in Hershey. Matt Tennyson (2nd) also scored for the Sharks, burying a power play goal early in the first period. It didn’t take the Sharks long to get on the board. After Rob Klinkhammer took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty just 58 seconds into the game, the Sharks capitalized quickly. Only 25 seconds into the man advantage, Matt Tennyson’s (2nd) bomb from the point beat Pirate goaltender Chad Johnson off the post glove-side, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. However, the Worcester lead didn’t last long. Brendan Shinnimin (4th) found the back of the cage just 13 seconds after Tennyson’s goal, tying the game at 1-1, on a nice feed from Ethan Werek. James Sheppard (6th) put the Sharks ahead just past the halfway point of the first period, one-timing a Brodie Reid pass past Johnson, giving the a Sharks a 2-1 lead. The Pirates capitalized on a power play opportunity of their own early in the second period, when Portland captain Alexandre Bolduc found a streaking Brandon Gormley (2nd) far post for the easy tap in, evening the game 2-2. The Pirates carried the play in the second period, outshooting the Sharks 12-4. Harri Sateri made a series of impressive saves towards the end of the period to keep the score even. Portland took their first lead of the game almost six minutes into the third period, when Andy Miele (7th) poked the puck past Sateri with traffic in front of the cage, putting the Pirates up 3-2. That ended up being the difference as the Sharks couldn’t bury the equalizer despite outshooting the Pirates 8-5 in the period. The Sharks overall record falls to 13-10-1-2 (29pts in 26gp) and 5-5-1-1 (12pts in 12gp) at home this season.

2017 vs Adirondack 5-1 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (10-9-2-2, 24pts) scored a season high five goals in a 5-1 win over the visiting Adirondack Thunder (13-11-1-1, 28pts) in front of 5,133 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday night. Patrick McNally recorded three points (2-1-3) in his second straight game, Frankie DiChiara added three assists, Chris Langkow scored twice, and Eamon McAdam made 26 saves in net as the Railers took two of three games vs. the Thunder. Mike Cornell added two assists while Woody Hudson scored his 6th goal of the season as the Railers fired a season high 44 shots on goal in the victory. The Railers outshot the Thunder 13-9 in the first period and scored the lone goal in the opening frame. Patrick McNally (9th) scored his team leading 9th goal of the season with a seeing eye shot from 60 feet through a screen and past netminder Nick Riopel at 15:29. Worcester led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play as Eamon McAdam stood tall in net for the Railers. It was all Worcester in the second period as the Railers scored three goals on 20 shots on goal. Woody Hudson (6th) finished off a 3-on-1 rush at 10:36 to give the Railers a 2-0 lead. Chris Langkow (7th) was alone in front and found a loose puck at 14:33 to extend his point streak to six games and gave Worcester a three-goal edge. Patrick McNally (10th) struck again at 16:06 with a quick snap shot from 45 feet on the rush to finish off the scoring in period #2. Shots were 20-7 Railers in the middle frame as Worcester took a 4-0 lead into the second intermission. The Thunder got on the board at 1:08 as Desmond Bergin (5th) fired a shot through a screen from 50 feet that beat Eamon McAdam to cut the Railers lead to 4-1. Chris Langkow (8th) added an empty netter for the Railers 5th goal as Worcester took home the two points on home ice.


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