Today in Worcester hockey history: December 19


1997 at New Haven 4-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats gave up three early second period goals and could never get back to even in a 4-3 loss to the Beast of New Haven. After a scoreless first period the Beast jumped all over the ‘Cats in the opening part of the second period with goals by Herbert Vasiljevs (2:19), Byron Ritchie (4:33), and Tom Buckley (5:09). Terry Hollinger stopped the bleeding at 14:53 on the power play when he threw a pass behind the net to Shayne Toporowski and then headed toward the cage. Toporowski hit Hollinger with a perfect return pass for the score. Robert Petrovicky made it 3-2 at 6:29 of the third with Hollinger picking up the helper. Just after Michal Handzus was hauled down to spoil a potential breakaway. Jeff Daniels later converted on a power play goal at 14:16 that the IceCats thought was offside. Head coach Greg Gilbert fired a water bottle on the ice but went unpenalized by referee Mike Lego. Handzus would score with an extra attacker at 19:46, assisted by Petrovicky and Bryce Salvador, for the 4-3 final. Fred Cassivi had 22 saves in the loss.

1999 at Springfield 3-2 win
(TICKER) Ladislav Nagy’s power-play goal in the second period became the eventual game-winner as the Worcester Ice Cats edged the Springfield Falcons, 3-2. Worcester had a two-man advantage when Nagy scored his eighth goal of the season with six minutes left in the middle session. Andrej Podkonicky and Tyler Rennette both scored in a two-minute span of the opening period for the Ice Cats, who concluded their road trip at 3-3. Brent Johnson made 31 saves to square his record at 10-10-3. Daniel Briere’s power-play tally pulled Springfield within a goal 9:52 into the third period. Kevin Sawyer scored two minutes into the middle frame for the Falcons, who are winless in their last four games (0-3-1).

2003 vs Bridgeport 3-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats battled back from a two-goal deficit but it wasn’t enough in a 3-2 loss to the Sound Tigers. It was former ‘Cats forward Derek Bekar that put his former team in a hole, connecting on the power play at 14:58 of the first period and an even strength goal at 6:54 of the middle period. Worcester got on the board at 15:02 of the middle period with a goal by Jay McClement, assisted by Mike Glumac and Aris Brimanis. Ernie Hartlieb, with help from Terry Virtue and Marc Brown, would tie the game 2-2 at 7:10 of the third period. But Jody Robinson would connect with the game winner at 9:47 for the 3-2 Bridgeport win. Reinhard Divis made 25 saves in the loss.

2009 vs Adirondack 4-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks were spooked by the Adirondack Phantoms in a 4-3 loss on Saturday night at the DCU Center. Worcester’s John McCarthy scored for the second night in a row and captain Ryan Vesce extended his point streak to five games wit a second period tally. Adirondack’s Sean Curry scored his first goal of the season and the first of the night at 2:56 in the opening period when he fired a shot from the point that snuck through Alex Stalock’s pads. John McCarthy evened the score for the Sharks when he tipped in Benn Ferriero’s rebound at 6:53. Worcester lengthened the gap at 9:44 when Dan DaSilva took a shot from the right circle that was grabbed by Brandon Mashinter and flipped in behind him, putting the score at 2-1. At 12:40 in the second period, Ryan Vesce scored off a feed from Logan Couture in front of the net to bring the Sharks up 3-1. Adirondack’s Jonathon Kalinski quickly answered the goal with one of his own at 14:25, making it 3-2. Shots in the second period were 12-10 in favor of Worcester. The Phantoms evened the score at 5:35 in the third period when Joey Mormina’s shot bounced off of Stalock’s stick, allowing Stefan Legein to tie the score, 3-3. Adirondack struck again at 8:52 when Jared Ross’ shot was deflected into the Sharks’ net, giving the visitors the 4-3 win. With the loss, the Sharks move to 16-12-0-2 (34 points) on the season.

2010 at Manchester 2-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) Sharks rookie forward James Marcou scored late in the third period but it wasn’t enough as the Sharks fell 2-1 in Manchester on Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless arena. Alex Stalock made 34 saves and stopped Corey Elkins on a penalty shot in the third period but the Sharks dropped their third straight game (0-2-1-0) and their 4th straight to the Manchester Monarchs in a physical contest. Neither team would score in a feisty first period that saw plenty of good checks and a few bouts. Sharks forward Eric Lizon picked up his first fight in the AHL with a heavy weight bout with Justin Johnson at 3:39. The Monarchs outshot Worcester 12-11 as Alex Stalock and Martin Jones pitched shutouts in the first period. 21 mores shots were fired in the middle frame but neither team would find the back of the net. The two clubs headed into the 2nd intermission scoreless after 40 minutes. Alex Stalock stopped Corey Elkins on a penalty shot at 2:47 to start the third period to keep the game scoreless. Manchester got on the board at 4:21 as Viatcheslav Voynov (5th) ripped a shot from the point through a screen in front and past Stalock on the power play. The Monarchs went ahead 2-0 at 16:46 when Brandon Kozun (8th) deflected a shot from the right wall past Stalock and into the net. James Marcou’s (5th) shot from the left wall found its way through a maze of players and past Martin Jones at 16:45 to get the Sharks within one. Alex Stalock denied Andrei Loktionov on a breakaway soon after to keep the score 2-1 but the Sharks could find the back of the net again. The Sharks record falls to 15-10-2-4 with 36 points and to 7-6-1-3 away from the DCU Center.

2014 at Manchester 4-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (11-13-2-0, 24pts) began a 3-in-3 preholiday road weekend with a 4-1 loss to the red hot Manchester Monarchs (19-6-1-1, 40pts) in front of 3,564 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday evening. Manchester had a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes as Jeremy Langlois scored the only goal for Worcester with 3:40 left in second period. Andy Andreoff scored his 2nd of the night with 34 seconds left in the second to put the game away for the Monarchs as Manchester improved to 4-0-0-0 against the Sharks. Troy Grosenick made 17 saves in net for Worcester while Patrik Bartosak made 27 saves for the Monarchs. Brian O’Neill picked up four assists and Vincent LoVerde also scored twice for Manchester. Manchester charged out to a 3-0 lead in the first period on just eight shots on goal. Vincent LoVerde (3rd) gave the Monarchs a 1-0 edge at 5:44 with a power play goal and Andy Andreoff (4th) also connected on the man advantage at 13:05 to put the Sharks down 2-0. Vincent LoVerde (4th) struck again with a one-timer past Troy Grosenick from 12 feet at 18:25 to put Manchester ahead 3-0. Jimmy Bonneau (5th FM) fought Josh Gratton (9th FM) at 10:34 after Gratton checked Eriah Hayes into the Monarchs bench. Rookie Mark Bartosak made eight saves in the first period for Manchester while Troy Grosenick made five saves for Worcester. Worcester got on the board with 3:20 remaining in the second period with a great score by Jeremy Langlois (5th) as he snuck behind the Manchester defense and had a nice finish past Patrik Bartosak to cut the Manchester lead to 3-1. After Evan Trupp had a rebound opportunity denied by a Monarchs defenseman skate in the crease, the Monarchs would strike again. Andy Andreoff (5th) fired a one-timer past Grosenick from the right circle after a terrific cross ice pass by Brian O’Neill at 19:27. The assist by O’Neill gave him four assists through 40 minutes as Worcester trailed 4-1 after 40 minutes despite outshooting the Monarchs 19-16. Neither team found the back of the net in a rather uneventful third period as Worcester outshot Manchester 9-6. The Monarchs held on for their 10th win on home ice with the 4-1 victory. The Sharks overall record drops to 11-13-2-0, 24pts, and 4-8-0-0, 8pts on the road this season.

2018 at Brampton 3-2 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (12-12-3-1, 28pts) traveled north of the border and came away with a 3-2 victory over the host Brampton Beast (12-14-2-1, 27pts) in front of 2,315 fans at the CAA Centre on Wednesday evening. Dylan Willick, Nick Sorkin, and Ryan MacKinnon all scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made 54 saves in net for his 7th win of the season as the Railers battled back to a .500 record with the win. Worcester scored two power play goals, which included MacKinnon’s game winner with just 4:15 left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie as the Railers improved to 5-8-0-0 on the road this season. Worcester was outshot 18-6 in the opening period, but Mitch Gillam was strong, and Dylan Willick scored the only goal in the opening period. Dylan Willick (5th) scored on the backdoor after a nice feed by Yanick Turcotte at 9:38 to give Worcester the 1-0 advantage through 20 minutes of play. Nick Sorkin (5th) continued his torrid tear with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 3:13 as he zipped a quick shot top shelf over the shoulder of goaltender Jake Paterson at 3:13 assisted by Tyler Barnes and Mike Cornell. Bampton would get on the board on their 34thshot with a power play goal as Erik Bradford (8th) snapped a quick shot from 12 feet past the glove of Mitch Gillam at 18:49. Shots were 38-20 in favor of Brampton thought 40 minutes of play but the Railers had the 2-1 lead. Brampton would tie the score midway through the third period as Daniel Ciampini (6th) tied the scored at 10:47 with an unassisted tally. With the Railers on a 4-on-3 power play, Ryan MacKinnon (2nd) fired a quick shot from the left slot assisted by Matty Gaudreau at 15:45 to give Worcester the 3-2 edge. Mitch Gillam made 17 total saves in the third period as Worcester snagged two point on the road with the regulation win.


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