Today in Worcester hockey history: December 26


1994 vs Portland 7-4 loss
The IceCats and Pirates were tied early in the third period, but a four goal frame by Portland put the game out of reach as they handed Worcester a 7-4 loss. After a first period Pirates goal by Kevin Kaminski the IceCats took the lead with two early second stanza tallies. Shawn Heaphy had the first at 4:30, assisted by Rob Melanson and Roy Mitchell, while John Carter had the second at 7:57 with Jim Nesich and Terry Virtue having the helpers. Two late goals in the period by Sergei Gonchar and Chris Jensen put Worcester down a goal, but Virtue got his squad back to even again at 3:27 of the final frame with a power play goal assisted by Jason Widmer and Ross Wilson. From there is was almost all Pirates, with David Haas scoring a goal at 9:04, assisted by Blair Atcheynum, that was sandwiched by two goals each from Portland. Les Kuntar had 33 saves in the loss.

1995 at Providence 3-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats allowed three first period goals and never caught up in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins. Providence’s opening period strikes were by Mitch Lamoureux (6:21), Tim Sweeney (16:51), and Andre Roy (17:45). Steve Staios stopped the bleeding with a second period goal at 7:57, assisted by Andreas Johansson and Paul Broten. Johansson would then get the ‘Cats within one at 5:56 of the third, with helpers to Broten and Patrice Tardif, but that was as close as Worcester would get. The loss was the tenth in a row to Providence on the road. Eric Fichaud made 18 saves on 21 shots in the first period but was lifted for Mike Buzak at the start of the second. Buzak went 21-21.

1996 at Portland 5-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats took a 2-1 lead early in the second period but then took the rest of the night off as they were completely outplayed for the last 35 minutes of the game and went back to Worcester 5-2 losers. Marc Potvin gave the Pirates the lead 4:40 into the opening period. Jamie Rivers got the game back to even at 17:08 on the power play, with assist going to Nick Naumenko and Mike Maneluk. At 3:37 Naumenko and Maneluk would team up again on the power play to assist on Stephane Roy’s goal, but from that point on the IceCats generated just 10 shots on goal as the Pirates took over the game. Potvin scored again at 9:44 to tie it, and Jaroslav Svejkovsky have Portland the lead at 11:45. In the third period Svejkovsky scored again at 9:40, and Kent Hulst added a shorthanded empty net goal with two seconds left for the 5-2 score. Jamie McLennan had 30 saves in the game.

1997 vs New Haven 2-1 win
The Worcester IceCats took a two goal lead and then relied on goaltender Brent Johnson to make it stick in a 2-1 win over the Beast of New Haven. Jason Zent got the IceCats on the board at 5:04 of the opening period, with assists going to Michal Handzus and Rory Fitzpatrick. Handzus made it a two goal lead at 18:14 of the second, assisted by Mike Prokopec and Terry Hollinger. Kevin Brown scored for New Haven at 5:02 of the third, but that would be it for the scoring in the game. Johnson ended the contest with 31 saves.

1998 vs Providence 4-1 loss
The Worcester IceCats played their Boxing Day game against Providence with a short bench and it showed in a 4-1 loss to the Baby-Bs. Stephane Roy would give Worcester the lead at 2:24 of the opening period with an unassisted shorthanded goal, but that would be all the ‘Cats would get on the scoreboard. Antti Laaksonen (8:56), Eric Nickulas (9:12), and Cameron Mann (12:46) would all score in the second stanza for Providence. Nickulas would add a power play goal at 19:36 of the third for the 4-1 final.

1999 vs Portland 2-2 tie
(TICKER) Jim Campbell and Daniel Corso scored second-period goals as the Worcester IceCats battled the Portland Pirates to a 2-2 tie. Campbell put Worcester on the board 28 seconds into the second and Corso tied it with four minutes left in the period. Cody Rudkowsky stopped 25 shots for the IceCats, who are 1-1-2 against Portland this season. Alexandre Volchkov and Jeff Nelson scored in the opening session for the Pirates, who are 4-3-3 in their last 10 contests. Curtis Cruickshank recorded 26 saves but is 0-3-1 in four games with Portland.

2000 vs Springfield 5-2 win
The Worcester IceCats scored three first period goals, all with Dan Corso picking up the primary assist, and never looked back in a 5-2 win over the Falcons. Mike Van Ryn got the ‘Cats on the board at 1:24 of the first with Corso picking up the lone assist. Eric Boguniecki followed with a goal at 2:10 to make it 2-0, assisted by Corso and Mike Peluso. Daniel Briere cut the IceCats lead in half with a power play goal at 9:54, but Peluso would connect at 18:35 from Corso and Ed Campbell to make it 3-1 after one. At 11:05 of the middle period Juraj Kolnik got the Falcons within one again. Worcester would score on its next power play attempt, a Darren Rumble tally from Peluso and Dale Clarke at 15:31. With Patrick DesRochers pulled from the Springfield net Jamie Thompson would add an empty net power play goal at 19:36 of the third. Peluso picked up his fourth point of the night with the primary assist, and netminder Cody Rudkowsky had the other helper. Both goaltenders finished the game with 31 saves.

2001 at Springfield 4-0 win
The Worcester IceCats got 29 saves from Cody Rudkowsky and two goals from Jeff Panzer to defeat the Falcons 4-0. Panzer got the got the first goal of the game at 17:33 of the first period on the power play. Jame Pollock and Eric Boguniecki had the helpers. Greg Davis scored at 16:38 of the second period to make it 2-0. Eric Nickulas scored a shorthanded goal at 9:05 of the third while the IceCats were killing a high sticking major called on Justin Papineau. Panzer added a late shorthanded empty net goal for the 4-0 final.

2003 vs Portland 1-1 tie
Reinhard Divis of the Worcester IceCats and Rastislav Stana of Portland combined to make 57 saves in a 1-1 draw between the two clubs. Jeff Panzer gave the ‘Cats the lead with a goal at 3:35 of the middle period. Sergei Varlamov and Peter Sejna had the assists. Darcy Verot tied the game for Portland with a power play goal at 1:11 of the third. Both teams would have two shots in the extra period.

2004 vs Springfield 4-1 loss
(ICECATS) Worcester’s Jay McClement broke the shutout, but the IceCats still lost to the Springfield Falcons 4-1 Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center. Worcester outshot the Falcons 12-3 in the first period, but couldn’t solve goaltender Jamie Storr. He wound up making 34 saves, and was only beaten in the third period by McClement with 2:46 left to go as the ‘Cats had the extra skater on the ice. Andre Deveaux scored twice in the second period to make it 2-0. Shrewsbury native Marc Busenburg collected his first two points of the season, assisting on Deveaux’s second goal before scoring one of his own to make it 3-0 in the third. Former IceCats forward Derek Bekar sealed the Springfield victory with an empty net goal. Curtis Sanford was sagged with the loss and made 20 saves. If not for McClement’s goal, Worcester would have tied a franchise-record with their seventh shutout against. The Falcons won their fourth in a row after losing seven straight.

2006 vs Hartford 2-0 loss
The Worcester Sharks fired 20 shots on Wolf Pack netminder Al Montoya but virtually none of them was a tester as the WorSharks played like guppies in a 2-0 loss to Hartford. Brandon Dubinsky (3:14, 1st) and Dane Byers (10:56pp, 2nd) had the goals. Nolan Schaefer made 28 saves.

2008 vs Providence 3-2 SOL
(WORSHARKS) Lukas Kaspar tied the score at two with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, but it wasn’t enough as the Providence Bruins outscored the Sharks in the shootout to come away with a 3-2 victory in an extremely physical game on Friday evening. Worcester did salvage a point and now improves to 33 points on the season (16-14-0-1). It marked the first overtime or shootout game the team has dropped. It had previously been 3-0 with two overtime victories and a shootout win. The Bruins quickly took advantage of their first power play, scoring only 16 seconds into the man advantage. Peter Schaefer carried the puck down the left wing side and found Martins Karsums between the faceoff circles, who adjusted to his shooting hand and beat Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss with a wrist shot for the 1-0 lead at 6:42 of the first. Johnny Boychuck was credited with his 23rd assist of the season to tie him for the league lead among defensemen. The Sharks capitalized on a power play of their own, knotting the score at one at 12:07 of the second period. Having 1:01 of a two-man advantage to work with, Worcester put relentless pressure on Providence goaltender Tuukka Rask, who made a number of great saves until Derek Joslin was able to beat him with a laser inside the right post. Joslin’s seventh goal of the season came from nearly the identical spot as Karsums’ first-period tally. Patrick Traverse and Cory Larose tallied the assists on the play. A great individual effort by Wacey Rabbit gave the Bruins a 2-1 advantage at 8:15 of the third. After streaking down the right wing side, his lefty slap shot beat Greiss over his right shoulder, finding iron before crossing the goal line. The goal was assisted by Karsums and Jeff Penner. Steven Zalewski set up Kaspar for a highlight-reel goal at 15:44 of the third period which tied the score at two. Kaspar took the nifty backhand pass in the right wing circle and found the open net for his sixth goal of the year. Mike Moore was credited with the other assist. Less than one minute later, it appeared as Larose had given the Sharks a 3-2 advantage, but Referee Terry Koharski had blown his whistle, nullifying the go-ahead goal. Mikko Lehtonen and Karsums scored in the shootout for Providence while Ryan Vesce lit the lamp for the Sharks. Rask made a number of key stops to preserve the win.

2009 vs Springfield 7-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Behind eight different multi-point scorers, the Worcester Sharks captured the Springfield Falcons in a 7-2 win on Saturday night at the DCU Center. Worcester’s Benn Ferriero scored two goals and two assists continuing a three game point streak, with Mike Moore compiling three assists and was +5. The Sharks set a season high with seven total goals in the game and three goals in the first period. After an early first period fight between Brandon Mashinter and Geoff Paukovich, Worcester’s Benn Ferriero retaliated with a shorthanded goal at 6:23. Dan DaSilva brought the Sharks to a 2-0 lead at 10:50 when he knocked in a weak side goal past Springfield’s Levasseur. At 17:29, Zalewski scored on a 5 on 3 powerplay, the first time the Sharks have scored three goals in a period this season. Callahan netted a wristshot for Worcester at 2:55 in the second period, assisted by Ferreiro and Zalewski. Logan Couture tapped in Mike Moore’s slapshot rebound at 14:40 to bring the Shark’s in 5-0. Springfield’s Bill Thomas responded at 17:28, scoring his fifth goal of the season and the Falcon’s first goal of the game. McCarthy scored at :26 seconds in the third on a one-on-one breakaway against Springfield’s Dean Arsene. Shortly after, Benn Ferriero sniped his second goal of the game against Springfield’s Sorochan at 6:05 in the third, Ferriero’s sixth goal of the season. On a powerplay at 7:12, Taylor Chorney netted Springfield’s second goal of the game against Stalock, to bring the score to 7-2, with the Sharks eventually captured the win. With the win, the Sharks move to 17-12-0-2 (36 points) on the season.

2011 at Portland 3-2 win OT
(WORSHARKS) Worcester barreled back from an early 2-0 deficit and John McCarthy provided the heroics with an overtime game winner with 2:04 remaining to give the Sharks a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Portland Pirates at Cumberland County Civic Center on Monday night. Tyson Sexsmith was brilliant with 33 saves in goal for Worcester, Mike Moore added three assists, and Jimmy Bonneau scored his first goal as a member of the Worcester Sharks and added his 9th fighting major in the win. The Pirates charged out to a 2-0 lead before the team duked it out to end the opening period. Andy Miele (8th) was spotted all alone in front and swung the puck past Tyson Sexsmith at 52 seconds to give the Pirates an early lead. On the power play, the Pirates went ahead 2-0 with a strike by Brett Hextall (4th) from on top of the crease at 12:25. Fireworks galore closed out the opening frame with the two heavyweights getting things rolling at 14:40. Jimmy Bonneau (9th FM) and Mike Hoffman (1st FM) tangled at center ice followed by a near line brawl at 19:52. John McCarthy (1st) fought Andy Miele (2nd FM) and Tommy Wingels (2nd FM) brawled with Ashton Rome (2nd FM) at 19:52 after a loose puck battle in the Sharks zone. After the final horn, James Livingston (1st FM) picked up his first professional fighting major after he traded punches with Chris Summers (1st FM) to end a scrappy first frame with the Sharks trailing 2-0. Worcester barreled back in the middle period with a pair of scores within a 2:01 span midway through the period. Rookie Nathan Moon (5th) scored on the power play to get the Sharks on the board at 11:10 after a quick shot from the blue line by Sean Sullivan was deflected off Moon’s stick and past Justin Pogge. Sharks tough guy Jimmy Bonneau (1st) tied the game for Worcester with a rebound score after a Mike Moore shot from the point at 13:11. The Sharks and Pirates were tied 2-2 after two periods. Tyson Sexsmith was sharp making 15 stops in the middle frame.
Tyson Sexsmith made eight more saves in the third period in a scoreless period to force overtime. In the overtime period, Tommy Wingels drew a hooking penalty on Maxim Goncharov at 2:25 to set up the Sharks third power play of the game. John McCarthy (7th) was patient in the right circle and buzzed a quick shot top shelf past Justin Pogge for the game winner at 2:56. The Sharks record improve to 14-8-3-3 with 34 points through 28 games and 8-2-3-2 on the road this season.

2012 at Manchester 2-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (14-11-1-2, 31pts) had their three game win streak verse the Manchester Monarchs (14-12-2-2, 32pts) come to an end in 2-1 loss on Wednesday evening in front of 4,993 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Alex Stalock was solid between the pipes in the loss with 25 saves in Worcester’s 10th straight one goal game (5-4-0-1). James Livingston (2nd) scored the only goal for Worcester in the loss, as the Monarchs used two second period goals to secure the win. The two teams will battle again on Friday at the DCU Center in Worcester at 7:30pm. Alex Stalock was superb in the first period making 13 saves and keeping Manchester scoreless through the first period. James Livingston (2nd) put home a rebound from a Matt Irwin shot from the point to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 9:25. Manchester’s best scoring chance came on the period’s only power play, when Stalock made a unbelievable split save on a Monarchs one timer that came across the crease. The Monarchs outshot the Sharks 13-7 and had the lone power play in the opening frame. Manchester scored both goals of the second period to take a 2-1 lead. The Monarchs started the scoring when Stefan Legein (2nd) took a shot from the top of the slot and with the help of heavy traffic in front to tie the game at 1-1 at 6:35. Andy Andreoff (4th) came down the right side of Worcester’s zone on a 2-on-1 and slipped a low wrist shot past Stalock to give Manchester a 2-1 lead at 8:30. Through two periods of play Manchester held a 24-17 lead in shots as the Sharks trailed 2-1 after two periods. The two teams were unable to find the back of the net in the third period as the game remained at 2-1. The Sharks best chance came when a pass from Tim Kennedy sprung John McCarthy on a short break-away but was denied by Peter Maninno at 1:30 in the third period. Worcester was unable to convert on the power play going 0-2 in the period and 0-3 for the game. Worcester outshot Manchester 13-3 in the period and fell 2-1. The Sharks overall record falls to 14-11-1-2 (31pts in 28gp) 9-6-0-1 (19pts in 16gp) on the road this season.

2013 vs Providence 4-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (12-12-1-1, 26pts) fell back to .500 after getting shutout for the 2nd straight game in a 4-0 loss to the Providence Bruins (15-9-1-5, 36pts) in front of 5,186 fans at the DCU Center on Thursday evening in the first game back after the three day holiday break. Carter Camper, Scott Campbell, Anthony Camara, and Seth Griffith scored for the Bruins while Niklas Svedberg made 34 saves for his 1st shutout of the season. Troy Grosenick made 28 saves in net for Worcester as the Sharks have not scored a goal in 127:48. The Bruins charged out to a 2-0 first period lead with goals from Carter Camper (5th) at 3:33 and a shorthanded breakaway rebound strike by Scott Campbell (1st) at 17:55. Sena Acolatse (1st FM) fought tough guy Bobby Robins (13th FM) at 1:31 followed by a great bout by Marek Viedensky (1st FM) and Rob Flick (4th FM) at 16:58. Worcester was outshot 14-9 through 20 minutes of play. Providence went ahead 3-0 at 6:16 of the 2nd period as Anthony Camara (3rd) fired home a rebound past Troy Grosenick on a 3-on-2 rush. On the next shift, Rob Flick (5th FM) picked up 29 penalty minutes after his fight with Curt Gogol (6th FM) at 6:54. Goaltender Niklas Svedberg made 14 saves in the middle frame as the Sharks trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes of play. Seth Griffith (7th) added an insurance marker at 13:02 of the 3rd period with a power play goal from in tight to put the Bruins ahead 4-0. Worcester would fire another 11 shots in the 3rd period but Svedberg stood tall in net for the 4-0 final. The Sharks overall record falls to 12-12-1-1, 26pts and 5-7-0-1, 11pts at home this season.

2014 vs Manchester 5-4 SOL
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (11-13-3-1, 26pts) fell short in an entertaining 5-4 shootout loss to the red hot Manchester Monarchs (21-6-1-1, 44pts) in front of 3,346 fans at the DCU Center on Friday afternoon. Worcester led 1-0, trailed 2-1 and 3-2, and led 4-3 before Brian O’Neill tied the score with 39 seconds left in the third period for Manchester to force overtime. Jeremy Langlois (2-1-3) and Bryan Lerg (1-1-2) led the way offensively for Worcester while Adam Burish put the Sharks ahead 4-3 at 8:16 of the third period. Brian O’Neill (1-1-2), Colin Miller (1-1-2), and Nick Shore (1-1-2) all had big games for Manchester as JF Berube picked up his AHL leading 16th win with 32 saves in net. A wild first period saw three goals in the opening 92 seconds and a goaltender change as Manchester went ahead 2-1. Bryan Lerg (3rd) scored just 15 seconds in after a great check by Jeremy Langlois on the fore-check and Lerg stationed in front and deflected a Nick Jones shot past JF Berube. It was the fastest goal to start a game in Sharks history as Worcester had an early 1-0 lead. Nick Shore (16th) tied the score just 35 seconds later with a shot from the right corner that deflected off Troy Grosenick and into the net. Manchester went ahead at 1:32 as Colin Miller (7th) sent a blast from 50 feet past Grosenick. JP Anderson replaced Grosenick in net after Troy allowed two goals on three shots. Worcester tied the score at 11:08 with a beautiful deflection by Jeremy Langlois (6th) on a Taylor Fedun shot from the point on the power play. Worcester held a 9-8 shot advantage through 20 minutes. Troy Grosenick returned to the net in the second period for Worcester as the Sharks outshot the Monarchs 13-6 in the middle frame. Nick Ebert (2nd) scored the only goal of the period on a 3-on-2 rush with a quick snap shot from 40 feet that beat Grosenick through the pads at 7:34. JF Berube made several nice saves as Worcester trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes. Worcester would grab a 4-3 advantage as Jeremy Langlois (7th) scored his 2nd of the contest at 4:53 and Adam Burish (3rd) put the Sharks ahead at 8:16 with a quick shot from the left circle. With JF Berube on the bench for an extra attacker, Brian O’Neill (10th) fired home the equalizer from 25 feet with a wicked shot from between the circles to force overtime. The Sharks outshot Manchester 7-1 in a scoreless seven minute overtime frame which included a Worcester power play. Konrad Abeltshauser had the best chance for the Sharks but Berube made a superb glove save. Brian O’Neill and Nick Shore scored in the shootout for Manchester while Bryan Lerg scored for Worcester as Manchester won their 4th straight game with a 5-4 victory over the Sharks. The Sharks overall record drops to 11-13-3-1, 26pts, and 7-5-2-1, 17pts at the DCU Center this season.

2021 vs Adirondack 5-0 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (8-11-0-1, 17pts) lost to the Adirondack Thunder (11-8-1-0, 23pts) by the final score of 5-0 at the DCU center on Sunday night. The Railers are back at the DCU Center against the Reading Royals on Monday, December 27th at 7:05 for the second of their “Home for the Holidays” games. The Thunder came out swinging as Jake Ryczek (1-1-2), Jordan Kaplan (1-1-2), and Robbie Payne (1-1-2) each scored in the first 3:43 to give Adirondack a quick 3-0 lead. Alexandre Carrier (1-0-1) would score as well midway through the first to make it 4-0. The second would be scoreless, as the Railers managed to outshoot Adirondack in the period 16-10. Tyler Irvine (1-1-2) scored the lone goal of the third period with 9:26 remaining to give the game its final score of 5-0. Adirondack didn’t waste any time in the first period, as Jake Ryczek (3rd) scored just 22 seconds into the game. The Thunder kept rolling, as Jordan Kaplan (2nd) and Robbie Payne (5th) scored just 24 seconds apart. The Thunder would hold a 3-0 lead 3:43 into the contest. The Railers thought that they had their first goal of the game with 12:12 to go in the first, but video replay determined that the puck did not cross the line. The game would remain 3-0 Adirondack. One minute after the video review, the Thunder struck again. Alexandre Carrier (4th) put one past Poreda to make it 4-0 Adirondack, with 11:12 remaining in the first. Neither team would score again for the rest of the period, as the first twenty minutes would come to an end with Adirondack leading 4-0. The Thunder led in shots 19-9. It was a quiet second period, as neither team found the back of the net. The best chance of the period for the Railers came with 9:34 to go in the period, as Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman found the puck alone in front but was denied by the outstretched right toe of Thunder goaltender Brandon Kasel. Ross Olsson (3rd FM) and Jimmy Mazza (3rd FM) dropped the gloves and squared off for the second time this season with 5:31 remaining in the period. The score would remain 4-0 heading into the third. Worcester outshot Adirondack 16-10 in the period, while Adirondack led 29-26 on the game. The only goal of the third period came with 9:26 to go in the game, as Tyler Irvine (11th) put home a loose puck in front to make it 5-0 Adirondack. Neither team would score the rest of the way, as Worcester would fall to Adirondack by the final score of 5-0. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd Star: Robbie Payne (1-1-2, +2, 1 shot), 2nd Star: Tyler Irvine (1-1-2, +1, 3 shots), 1st Star: Brandon Kasel (33 saves, 0GA, 1.000 SV%)… Final shots were 39-33 in favor of Adirondack… Brandon Kasel (2-0-0) made 33 saves on 33 shots for Adirondack… Jimmy Poreda (1-2-0) made 34 saves on 39 shots for Worcester, while Rob Lemelin served as the EBUG… Worcester went 0-for-3 on the power play while Adirondack went 1-for-2… Tommy Besinger (CEL), Reece Newkirk (CEL), Grant Jozefek (INJ), Will Cullen (DNP) and Anthony Repaci (DNP) did not dress for Worcester… Mike Cornell, Collin Adams, Connor McCarthy, Paul Thompson, Felix Bibeau, and Ken Appleby are on recall with the Bridgeport Islanders… Drew Callin, Blake Christensen, and Colten Ellis are on recall with the Springfield Thunderbirds… Jacob Hayhurst led the Railers in shots with 6… Chris Ordoobadi and Jason Salvaggio made their Worcester debuts… Worcester has 52 games left on the regular season 25 of which are at the DCU center… The Railers are now 22-15-2-0 all-time vs. the Thunder and 8-8-1-0 at the DCU Center against Adirondack.


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