Today in Worcester hockey history: December 21

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1994 vs Albany 2-2 tie
The IceCats found themselves in a two goal hole but battled back with a couple goals to secure a 2-2 tie with the Albany River Rats. Geordie Kinnear gave Albany the lead at 9:05 of the opening period, and Sergei Brylin made it a two goal game at 17:07. Worcester would get back within a goal at 18:03 when John Carter connected, assisted by Jim Nesich and Shaun Kane. Blair Atcheynum had a third period goal at 12:37 to tie it, with the assists going to Mark Ouimet and Cal McGowan. Les Kuntar made 29 saves in the game.

1996 at Portland 4-4 tie
The Worcester IceCats came back from a two goal deficit to take a third period lead, only to lose that lead and settle for a 4-4 tie against the Pirates. After a scoreless opening period Portland jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on goals by Alexander Kharlamov (1:55) and Stewart Malgunas (5:11). Konstantin Shafranov cut that Pirates lead in half at 5:51, assisted by Justin Hocking and Stephane Roy, but Trevor Halverson would score at 9:17 to make it 3-1. The ‘Cats would get back to even on two power play goals by Jamie Rivers, with Terry Virtue assisting on both. The first came at 12:18 with Nick Naumenko getting the primary helper, and the second at 15:38 with Scott Pellerin earning a point. In the third Worcester grabbed a 4-3 lead on an unassisted goal by Chris Kenady at 16:31 when he picked off a clearing pass. But less than a minute later Stefan Ustorf tied it for the Pirates. Travis Scott had 25 saves in earning the point.

2002 at Albany 4-1 loss
(ALBANY) The Worcester IceCats gave up the decisive goal on a two-on-one break early in the third period, then served up a pair of empty-netters in the final minute of a 4-1 loss to the Albany River Rats last night at Pepsi Arena. Jason Lehoux scored twice, including the winner 6:15 into the third, to keep the ‘Cats winless in their last three. Lehoux took a pass from Scott Cameron in the slot, shifted the puck to his forehand and flipped it under the crossbar over goalie Curtis Sanford’s glove to snap a 1-1 tie. Defenseman Matt Walker got caught pinching in at the right point to create the odd-man rush. Worcester failed to capitalize on a two-man advantage for 1:13 early in the first period when Jeff Panzer drew back-to-back penalties on Albany defensemen Mike Matteucci and Ken Sutton. The ‘Cats managed one shot, and had a goal disallowed moments after the power-play expired when referee Dave Hansen ruled Blake Evans knocked in Chad Starling’s shot from the point with a high stick. Justin Papineau, just back from St. Louis, was high sticked in the face in a scramble behind the Worcester net with 5:35 left by Dave Roche and didn’t return. Just over two minutes later, Brad Voth picked up an extra roughing minor in his fight with Roche that led to the only goal of the period. With 15 seconds left in Albany’s power play, Cameron chased down a Sutton dump-in in the left corner, dropped the puck in the left circle to Lehoux, whose quick shot found the inside of the right post at 18:21. Worcester made it a 1-1 game in the second period, 34 seconds into its fourth power play of the night. Sergei Varlamov wheeled around at the right face-off dot and ripped a slap shot over the right shoulder of goalie Ari Ahonen, who had dropped to his knees. Marc Brown found himself all alone in front of Ahonen with 3:08 left, but was denied on his tip attempt by the goalie’s right pad.

2007 at Portland 3-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks fell to the Portland Pirates 3-2 in Portland on Friday night to snap the Sharks season high four game winning streak. The Pirates got on the board first just :58 seconds into the first period as Brendan Mikkelson scored a goal from the blue line through heavy traffic in front of Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss. Less than a minute later, Tomas Plihal shuffled in a loose rebound after a heavy shot from Lukas Kaspar in front to tie the game at 1-1. The Pirates would regain the lead with 93 seconds left in the first period as Michal Birner deflected a shot in front of the net past Greiss. The Sharks would trail by two goals as Geoff Platt scored his 12th goal of the season, his third in as many games vs. the Sharks as he jumped onto a juicy rebound in the left wing circle. The Sharks trailed 3-1 after 40 minutes of play. In the third period, Riley Armstrong scored his 6th goal of the season after a wrap around attempt from behind the net to beat goaltender Gerald Coleman. The Sharks would pull Greiss with less than two minutes to go but could not find the back of the net after several great chances. The Sharks and Pirates will meet again on Saturday in Portland in meeting six of ten between the two Atlantic Division rivals. The Sharks are 1-3-1-0 through five games vs. the Pirates as the battle for the Unum Cup. Notes: The Sharks went 0/5 on the power play, Portland 0/4. Lukas Kaspar extended his point streak to four games with an assist on the goal by Plihal. Mike Iggulden had six shots on goal to lead both teams. Portland out shot the Sharks 27-26.

2008 at Portland 3-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Portland Pirates scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Sharks 3-2 in a snowy Portland on Sunday afternoon. Sharks’ rookie Matt Fornataro would strike at 10:32 of the first period with his first goal in a Sharks uniform shuffling a loose rebound past Jhonas Enroth after a shot by Patrick Traverse from the right point. Portland netminder Jhonas Enroth made two excellent saves in the first period, the first on Matt Jones on a rebound attempt, the second on Steven Zalewski after he was set up with a great pass from Lukas Kaspar. The Sharks took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, out shooting the Pirates 14-7. The Sharks would take a 2-0 lead after veteran defenseman Patrick Traverse fired a rocket from on top of the left wing circle top shelf on a 4on3 power play with assists from Ryan Vesce and Cory Larose. Worcester would have several chances to make it 3-0 but Enroth was strong in net. The Pirates would get on the board at 16:55 as Colin Murphy would find room between the pads of Taylor Dakers after a rush up the middle to cut the lead in half, 2-1. Lukas Kaspar would have a breakaway on a power play, but Enroth would rob Lukas with a nice glove save. The Pirates out shot the Sharks 16-15 in the 2nd period as Worcester took a one goal lead into the third period. Former Shark Mathieu Darche would jam home a rebound to open the third period just 70 seconds in to tie the game at 2-2. Eight minutes later, Marek Zagrapan would deflect a shot past Dakers to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead. The Sharks would pull Taylor Dakers in the final minute but could not tie the game. The loss drops Worcester’s record to 16-14-0-0, while the win improves the Pirates to 17-9-1-2.

2011 vs Springfield 6-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) Tommy Wingels extended his point streak to seven games with a third period goal as the Sharks fell 6-3 to the Springfield Falcons at DCU Center on Wednesday night. Antero Niittymaki made 21 saves in his third start on a conditioning assignment from the San Jose Sharks for Worcester and Jack Combs extended his point streak to four games (3-3-6) with an assist for the Sharks. Ryan Garlock and Tomas Kubalik each scored two goals for the Falcons in the victory. Worcester fired a season low four shots on goal in the opening period and trailed 2-0 after one. Ryan Garlock (2nd) sent a quick low shot from ten feet through a screen and past Antero Niittymaki at 6:16 to give Springfield a 1-0 lead. The Falcons struck again at 14:47 on the power play as prolific AHL goal scorer Alexandre Giroux sent a one timer from on top of the right circle through traffic and deflected by Tomas Kubalik (4th) and past Niittymaki. The Sharks trailed 2-0 after twenty minutes and were outshot 10-4. Springfield would score three more times in the middle period and charge out to a 5-1 lead. Ryan Garlock (3rd) finished off an odd man rush with a shorthanded goal just 49 seconds into the second period. John McCarthy (6th) got Worcester on the board at 3:15 with a laser snap shot from on top of the right circle and past the glove of Manny Legace to cut the score to 3-1. Tomas Kubalik (5th) at 10:03 and Maksim Mayorov (1st) at 12:28 finished off odd man rushes as the Falcons buzzed out to a 5-1 advantage. Brandon Mashinter (3rd FM) and Mike Thomas (2nd FM) dropped the mitts at 12:31 as the physical play picked up in the middle frame. Worcester trailed 5-1 after 40 minutes of play. Brodie Reid (4th) got Worcester back into the game briefly after he finished a rush down the right side past Springfield goaltender Allen York at 2:01 to cut the Falcons lead to 5-2. Just 12 seconds later, Cam Atkinson (15th) slapped a puck top shelf past the glove of Niittymaki at 2:13 for a 6-2 Springfield edge. Curt Gogol (10th FM) fought 6-foot-5 Tim Spencer (3rd FM) at 18:08 after the Falcons tough guy slashed Ryan Del Monte. With Worcester on the power play, Tommy Wingels (12th) extended his point streak to seven games with a deflection of a Sena Acolatse shot from the point for the third and final Worcester goal.

2012 at Providence 5-4 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (14-10-1-2, 31pts)defeated the Providence Bruins (14-10-0-2, 30pts) 5-4 in a game that featured 134 penalty minutes on Friday evening in front of 7,572 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center. After a three day holiday break, the Sharks return to action on Wednesday night at 7pm in Manchester to battle the Monarchs. Jon Matsumoto (5th) scored with 10.5 seconds remaining for the game winner and James Sheppard scored his 4th goal in three games and added an assist in the Sharks 9th straight one goal game (5-3-0-1). Alex Stalock was superb with 32 saves in his 10th win of the season and Matt Tennyson extended his point streak to four games (2-3-5) with his 3rd goal of the season in the victory. The two teams traded chances in the first period, but no one found the back of the net. Towards the end of the period, the chippy play started to pick up. At 17:18 of the first period, a major scrum ensued in the Sharks zone, with Bobby Robins receiving a penalty for contact to the head of Worcester’s Matt Tennyson. At the end of the period, Providence’s Christian Hanson (2nd FM) and Worcester’s James Livingston (2nd FM) dropped the gloves in a quick bout that was a stalemate. The Sharks outshot the Bruins 13-12 in the period, despite going 0-for-4 on the power play. The Sharks were able to strike first, capitalizing on their fifth power play chance of the game, on a blast from the point by Matt Tennyson (3rd), giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 4:39. Heavyweights Frazer McLaren (6th FM) and Bobby Robins (16th FM) were both ejected from the game, dropping the gloves during a television timeout, in a long fight with both players connecting on several bombs. The Bruins got the equalizer from Chris Bourque (3rd) on a 5-on-3 power player, when a shot that Alex Stalock appeared to make the save of the year on, was reviewed by the referees and ruled a goal at 10:31. Through two periods of play, the teams combined for 122 penalty minutes. The two teams came out firing in the third period. It only took the Bruins 34 seconds to take the lead, with Chris Bourque (4th) burying his second goal of the game, on a nice feed from Carter Camper, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. However, it didn’t take long for the Sharks to respond. Less than two minutes later, James Sheppard (7th) evened the game on a backhand shot that he roofed over the shoulder of Providence goalie Niklas Svedberg. The Sharks struck again less than a minute later, when Bracken Kearns (8th) tipped a shot from the point past Svedberg, giving the Sharks a 3-2 lead at 3:02. After the Bruins responded with two quick goals of their own by Craig Cunningham (4th) at 6:46 and Jamie Tardif (14th) at 8:16, the Sharks capitalized on a power play when Denny Urban found John McCarthy (4th) with a great slap pass, who redirected the puck past Svedberg, evening the game 4-4 at 13:12. Jon Matsumoto (5th) played the role of hero for Worcester, tucking a shot under the crossbar with only 10.5 seconds remaining, after a great shift by Matsumoto, Sheppard, and Brodie Reid, lifting the Sharks to a 5-4 win. The Sharks overall record improves to 14-10-1-2 (31pts in 27gp) 9-5-0-1 (19pts in 15gp) on the road this season.

2013 at Hershey 3-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Freddie Hamilton extended his point streak to five games (6-3-9) with a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Worcester Sharks (12-10-1-1, 26pts) past the Hershey Bears (11-10-2-3 27pts) by the count of 3-2 in front of 8,744 fans at the Giant Center on Saturday evening. Matt Tennyson added a first period power play marker and an assist while Troy Grosenick was terrific making 29 saves in the victory as the Sharks improve to 2-0-0-0 in the 3-in-3 weekend. Hershey came out with a good jump to start the game as goaltender Troy Grosenick was sharp early on for the Sharks and made ten first period saves. Freddie Hamilton (8th) extended his point streak to five games with a terrific rush that started at the red line as he carried the puck into the Bears zone and behind the Bears net and sent a wrap-around shot past netminder David Leggio at 15:16 for an unassisted strike to put Worcester ahead 1-0. After a charging penalty to the Bears’ Joel Rechlicz, Matt Tennyson (2nd) fired home a power play marker from the right circle past Leggio at 16:59 assisted by Bracken Kearns and Freddie Hamilton to give the Sharks a 2-0 advantage through 20 minutes. Four consecutive minor penalties during a 2:29 span early in the second period gave Hershey several power play chances including a lengthy 5-on-3 advantage. Julien Brouillete (5th) ripped a shot from the right slot over the shoulder of Troy Grosenick at 8:04 to cut the Sharks lead to 2-1. Hershey outshot Worcester 11-9 in the middle frame as the Sharks took a 2-1 advantage into the second intermission. After Eriah Hayes had an apparent goal waved off early in the third period the Sharks would strike once again on the power play with a two man advantage at 12:12. Goaltender David Leggio made a slew of great saves but could not stop Freddie Hamilton (9th) with a point blank rebound try to put the Sharks up 3-1. The Bears would battle back as Nicolas Deschamps (7th) deflected home a Matt Watkins pass on the rush in front of the Sharks cage at 15:49 to get the Bears back within a single goal. Hershey would pull the goaltender and have a later power play but Troy Grosenick and the Sharks defense shut the door the rest of the way as the Sharks held on for a 3-2 victory. The Sharks overall record improves to 12-10-1-1, 26pts and 7-4-1-0, 15pts on the road this season.

2014 “Magic Bus” postponement
Game postponed, but Sharks don’t believe Sound Tigers’ story”: https://www.telegram.com/article/20141221/NEWS/312219694/1149/COLUMN21

2018 vs Adirondack 5-3 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC(12-13-3-1, 28pts) fought back twice but eventually fell 5-3 to the visiting Adirondack Thunder (14-9-2-2, 32pts) in front of 3,057 fansat the DCU Center on Friday evening. Tyler Barnes, Matt Schmalz, and Ivan Kosorenkov all scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made 32 saves in net in the loss. Michael Sdao broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period for the eventual game winner for the Thunder while Alex Sakellaropoulos made 29 saves in net in the win. The game featured 70 total penalty minutes as the Railers fell to 7-5-3-1 on home ice this season. A feisty first period saw a lot of booming checks and each team finding the back of the cage once. Jacob Reichart (2nd) had a rebound go off his chest from on top of the crease that ended up behind Mitch Gillam at 13:35. Woody Hudson picked up his second fighting major of the season with a good scrap with Alexandre Carrier at 17:37 as the physical play continued. Worcester would tie the score at 19:37 as Tyler Barnes (8th) batted home a loose rebound from on top of the crease to close out the period assisted by Josh Holmstrom and Nick Sorkin. A wild second period saw four total goals and a line brawl at 15:52 that involved nearly every player on the ice except the goaltenders. Dylan Walchuk (1st) and Matias Cleland (1) scored within a five-minute spell early in the second period to put the Thunder ahead 3-1 at 8:30. Matt Schmalz (3rd) scored his first as a member of the Railers with a nice one-timer at 10:03 followed by Ivan Kosorenkov just 34 seconds later to tie the score at 3-3. A wild brawl broke out at 15:52 that saw 36 penalty minutes handed out which included a fighting major to Yanick Turcotte. Just over two minutes later Alex Adams picked up his first fight as a Railer as he dropped the mitts with Matt Tessier at 18:18. Shots were 28-22 in favor of Worcester through 40 minutes of play in a 3-3 game. Michael Sdao (2nd) broke a 3-3 tie with a shot from 43 feet through a screen at 16:54 of the third period for the eventual game winner and Peter MacArthur (7th) added an empty netter at 19:07 to put the game away. Worcester was outshot 15-4 in the third period to drop the game 5-3 on home ice.

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