Today in Worcester hockey history: December 30

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1995 at Portland 3-2 OTL
The Worcester IceCats lost two leads and then the game in overtime in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Fred Knipscheer had the only goal in the opening twenty minutes, a strike at 19:05 assisted by David Roberts and Steve Staios. That lead stood until 2:41 of the third when Jason Allison scored on the power play. Alex Vasilevskii gave Worcester its lead back with a power play goal at 12:05, assisted by Terry Virtue and Kevin Sawyer, but Sergei Tertyshny tied it with an extra attacker goal at 19:20. Jason Christie then followed that with the overtime game winner. Eric Fichaud had 31 saves.

1996 at Syracuse 2-1 OTL
The Worcester IceCats took a second period lead, lost it in the third, and then lost the game in overtime on a bad break as they dropped a 2-1 contest to the Crunch in Syracuse. After a scoreless first period Konstantin Shafranov gave the ‘Cats the lead at 7:30 of the second when he wheeled the net and fired a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Syracuse netminder Frederic Cassivi. Stephane Roy and Alex Vasilevskii had the assists on the goal. The Crunch tied it at 10:07 when Rob Gordon was able to jam the puck past ‘Cats goaltender Travis Scott after a wild goalmouth scramble. It stayed tied until overtime when Nathan LaFayette’s long slapshot hit a Worcester defender in front and deflected in. Scott ended the game with 23 saves.

1998 vs Springfield 4-2 win
The Worcester IceCats got a hat trick from Kevin Sawyer and 38 saves from Brent Johnson in a 4-2 win over the Falcons. After a scoreless opening 20 minutes Sawyer got his first of the game at 6:26 of the middle stanza, assisted by Tyler Willis and Tyler Harlton. Tavis Hansen would tie it for Springfield at 7:34 on the power play, and then Sean Gagnon would give the Falcons the lead with a goal at 1:10 of the third. Sawyer’s second of the game came at 4:34, with an assist to Jason Widmer, to tie the game. Sawyer’s hat trick goal was the game winner, with Willis and Rory Fitzpatrick getting the helpers, at 6:52. Jochen Hecht added a late unassisted goal at 19:37 for the 4-2 final.

1999 vs W-B/Scranton 5-2 win
(TICKER) Marty Reasoner and Bryan Helmer both scored twice to lead the Worcester IceCats to a 5-2 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Reasoner opened the scoring and snapped a 2-2 tie 4:46 into the second period. Helmer got both of his goals in a 13-minute span for Worcester, which improved to 7-8-3 at home. Brent Johnson turned away 25 shots, including all 11 in the third period, for the IceCats. Andrej Podkonicky, Tyler Rennette and Reed Low had two assists apiece for Worcester, which is 11-1-2 when leading after two periods. Dylan Gyori’s goal forged a 2-2 tie late in the opening period for Wilkes-Barre, which has lost five straight.

2003 vs Hartford 4-0 win
The Worcester IceCats got 35 saves from Curtis Sanford and went three-for-four with the man advantage to defeat the Wolf Pack 4-0. Terry Virtue got the ‘Cats on the board at 8:04 of the first period, with assists going to Peter Sejna and Aaron MacKenzie. Ernie Hartlieb made it 2-0 with a power play goal, assisted by Tom Koivisto and Jeff Panzer, at 6:30 of the middle stanza. Skating five-on-three Sejna made it a three goal lead with Blake Evans and Mike Glumac getting the assists at 8:46 of the third period. Panzer capped the scoring with another power play goal at 9:08, with Hartlieb and Koivisto getting the helpers.

2006 vs Portland 3-2 win SO
The Worcester Sharks played one of their best games of their young franchise history and defeated the Pirates 3-2 in a shootout. After a scoreless first period Clay Wilson gave Portland the 1-0 lead at 4:07 of the middle stanza on the power play. In the third period Mathieu Darche evened the score with a four on three power play tally 1:12 into the frame, assisted by Patrick Traverse and Brad Staubitz. Mike Iggulden then gave the WorSharks the lead at 2:17, with Tom Cavanagh and Tomas Plihal providing the helpers. Matt Keith tied it for Portland at 8:41. After a scoreless extra session Iggulden and Darche were the only scorers in the shootout to give Worcester the 3-2 win. Thomas Greiss made 45 saves and was a perfect 4-4 in the shootout to earn the win.

2007 vs Lowell 4-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) For the second time in as many nights the Worcester Sharks squandered an early lead, falling to the Lowell Devils by a 4-3 count at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Two power play goals less than a minute apart spelled doom for the Sharks and spoiled a two goal night from Tom Cavanagh. Worcester held the Devils shotless through the first nine minutes but were unable to find much of an offensive stride themselves until their second power play of the game. With Lowell defenseman Sean Zimmerman serving two minutes for interference, Tom Walsh fed Cavanagh between the circles, and Cavanagh flicked a quick shot over the right shoulder of Devils goaltender Frank Doyle for his sixth goal of the year. The Sharks came up empty on two power play chances over the period’s closing minutes, but took a 1-0 lead into the middle frame. With Lukas Kaspar already in the penalty box for cross-checking, Lowell was granted a 5-on-3 advantage when Nate Raduns was whistled for hooking at 4:10 of the second period. Just 21 seconds later, Barry Tallackson tipped the rebound of a Petr Vrana shot behind Sharks netminder Taylor Dakers, tying the game at 1-1. Midway through the period, Lowell’s Grant Marshall won a faceoff back to Mark Fraser, whose slap shot was redirected through the legs of Dakers by Pierre-Luc LeBlond, who scored his first goal of the season. Worcester answered back quickly, however, with a goal that looked fairly similar to the first Sharks tally. Raduns slipped a pass to Mike Iggulden, who blasted a rocket past Doyle from between the circles to tie the score at 11:46. In contrast to a primarily defensive opening period, the second frame featured 28 combined shots, including 17 by the Devils. Play favored the Sharks through the opening minutes of the final period, but successive minor penalties to Devin Setoguchi and Lukas Kaspar gave Lowell another 5-on-3 power play. Worcester managed to kill off the two-man advantage but did not survive the remaining penalty kill, as Petr Vrana scored the go-ahead goal at 10:53 of the third period. Eight seconds after a hooking call to Raduns at 11:34, Vrana fed Tallackson for a blue line slapper that again beat Dakers to complete a two goal burst over just 49 seconds. A wild bounce brought the Sharks back within a goal at 12:24, as Cavanagh’s try from the high slot deflected off a Lowell stick, then caromed hard off the end boards, deflected off the skate of Doyle and backward into the net. The goal, credited to Cavanagh, was his second of the game and put Worcester in a position to push for a tying goal late in the game. That goal nearly came courtesy of Derek Joslin, but the defenseman’s effort in the closing minutes struck iron and bounced safely wide of the cage.

2010 vs Bridgeport 2-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks attempted comeback from a 2-0 deficit fell short as the Sound Tigers held on for a tightly contested 2-1 win at the DCU Center. Robin Figren and Olivier Labelle scored for Bridgeport with Michael Haley picking up two assists. Jonathan Cheechoo scored his team leading 12th goal for the only Sharks tally to extend his point streak to a season high five games (3-4-7). Alex Stalock made 22 saves for the Sharks. The first twenty minutes between the Sharks and Sound Tigers was a battle of defense as both teams failed to capitalize on power plays. Worcester ended the period on a 5-on-3 power play that carried over into the second period while Bridgeport failed to convert on their lone chance. The period ended 0-0 with the Sharks holding a 10-7 lead in shots. In the second period, both teams continued their defense first play until late in the period. After a Sharks turnover at their own blue line, Robin Figren (10th) buried a snapshot past goalie Alex Stalock at 14:44. Tomas Marcinko and Michael Haley picked up assists on the go ahead goal. Just 0:52 later, the Sound Tigers struck again to take a 2-0 lead. Olivier Labelle roofed a backhand from in tight past Stalock for his 2nd of the season. Tony Romano and Michael Haley grabbed assists on the goal. After forty minutes Bridgeport led 2-0 with Worcester leading in shots 23-14. Bridgeport would hold the 2-0 lead for the majority of the third period. After goalie Alex Stalock kept the Sharks in the game with a few good saves, the Sharks would finally get on the board. Jonathan Cheechoo would score his 12th of the season with just over five minutes remaining after slamming home a loose puck in the crease. Sean Sullivan and Andrew Desjardins grabbed assists on Cheechoo’s team leading tally. Worcester would come close several times in the closing seconds with an extra attacker, but Bridgeport would hold on for the 2-1 win. The Sharks record falls to 16-11-2-4 with 38 points and to 8-5-1-1 at the DCU Center.

2011 vs Connecticut 4-3 win
(WORSHARKS) Brandon Mashinter scored with 2:56 remaining in the third period for the Sharks 4th and final lead of the game in a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Connecticut Whale in front of 5,091 at the DCU Center on Friday night. Tony Lucia, John McCarthy, and Jack Combs also scored for the Sharks and Harri Sateri made 31 saves for his 7th win of the season as Worcester won their third straight game and improved their record to 10-2-0-1 in the month of December. Tony Lucia (3rd) found a loose rebound on top of the blue paint and quickly backhanded the puck at 5:20 of the first period to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Brandon Mashinter and Marek Viedensky picked up the assists on the score with good work along the wall. Sena Acolatse (5th FM) fought the much bigger Andre Deveaux (3rd FM) at 18:00 after Deveaux hit Mike Connolly after the whistle. Sena handled himself very well landing several rights to get the crowd buzzing to end the period. The Sharks led 1-0 after 20 minutes while outshooting the Whale 13-10. In the second period, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (11th) tied the score at 1-1 with a terrific deflection from in between the face off circles in front of Harri Sateri at 5:02. Worcester took a 2-1 advantage with a beautiful breakaway strike by John McCarthy (8th) past Cam Talbot at 7:10. Connecticut tied the game again with a power play goal by Tim Erixon (2nd) from the left circle at 9:50. Brandon Mashinter (4th FM) and Jared Nightingale (4th FM) had a good scrap after a scrum at 19:54 as tempers boiled over at the end of a tied up second period. The Sharks grabbed another lead at 8:49 as newcomer Jack Combs (4th) scored as a Sharks power play expired to give the Sharks a 3-2 edge. But the Whale tied the score again after Andreas Thuresson (8th) deflected a Tim Erixon shot from the point for the equalizer at 13:32. After some big saves by Harri Sateri, the Sharks would take one more lead for the eventual game winner. Tony Lucia and Ryan Del Monte worked the puck down low and found Brandon Mashinter (4th) alone in the left slot at 17:04. Mashinter ripped the puck past the blocker of Talbot for the game winner and to complete the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. The Sharks record improves to 16-8-3-3 with 38 points through 30 games and 8-6-0-1 at home this season.

2014 vs Bridgeport 6-2 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (13-13-3-1, 30pts) have points in four straight games after a convincing 6-2 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (15-12-3-1, 34pts) in front of 3,621 fans at the DCU Center on Tuesday evening. Travis Oleksuk scored twice, Dylan Demelo added four points (1-3-4), Freddie Hamilton picked up four assists, and Troy Grosenick made 21 saves in net for his 9th win of the season as the Sharks extended their point streak to four games (2-0-1-1). Adam Burish (1-1-2) and Konrad Abeltshauser (1-1-2) each had two point games and Greger Hanson scored his 1st AHL goal for Worcester. With the win, head coach Roy Sommer tied John Paddock (589 wins) for the third most wins in AHL history. The Sound Tigers opened up the scoring at 2:24 of the first period as Colin McDonald (12th) finished off a 2-on-1 rush after a great feed by Kael Mouillierat to give Bridgeport a 1-0 lead. Worcester would finally get on the board with 11.1 seconds remaining after several great chances on goaltender David Leggio. Travis Oleksuk (2nd) fired a shot from in between the circles through a screen assisted by Freddie Hamilton and Dylan Demelo for the only Sharks score of the period. Worcester outshot Bridgeport 15-7 in the first period with each team going 0-for-2 on the power play. Bridgeport grabbed a 2-1 lead at 7:13 as rookie defenseman Ryan Pulock (12th) scored his 10th power play goal of the season with a laser from 45 feet past Troy Grosenick. Worcester would tie the score with a power play goal of their own as Dylan Demelo (2nd) sent a point shot past David Leggio at 10:07. Oleksuk (3rd) deflected a centering feed by Freddie Hamilton with 1.1 seconds remaining in the second period to give Worcester their first lead of the night at 3-2. The Sharks led 3-2 after 40 minutes and held a 28-15 shot advantage through 40 minutes.
Worcester exploded for three more goals in the third period to pull away for the 6-2 win. Greger Hanson (1st) scored his 1st AHL goal with an easy tap in after a great feed by Adam Burish at 6:04. Konrad Abeltshauser (2nd) struck on the power play at 9:16 to put the Sharks ahead 5-2 and Adam Burish (4th) finished the scoring at 17:11 for the 6-2 win. Troy Grosenick made eight saves in the third period, four of which were spectacular in nature for his 9th win of season. The Sharks overall record improves to 13-13-3-1, 30pts, and 8-5-2-1, 19pts at the DCU Center this season.

2017 vs Manchester 5-4 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (12-12-2-2, 28pts) led 1-0 and 2-1 but faltered late in the third period in a 5-4 loss to the first place Manchester Monarchs (20-10-1-1, 42pts) in front of 7,118 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening. Woody Hudson scored twice, Barry Almeida and Kellen Jones also found the back of the net while Mike Cornell added two assists for the Railers in the loss. Manchester had five different goal scorers and got 30 saves from Brandon Komm to even up the series vs. the Railers with four wins apiece. Eamon McAdam made 20 saves for Worcester in a game that saw Worcester lead on two occasions before the Monarchs pulled away in the third period. Woody Hudson (9th) scored in his third straight game with a nice deflection from on top of the crease on a Mike Cornell shot from the point at 9:40 to give Worcester a 1-0 lead. Manchester would answer just over two minutes later as Matt Leitner (7th) deflected a David Kolomatis blast past Eamon McAdam on the power play at 11:46. Shots were 13-6 in favor of Worcester through 20 minutes of play. Each team scored twice in the second period as the see-saw affair continued. Woody Hudson (10th) struck at 1:38 with another deflection in front past goaltender Brandon Komm to give the Railers a 2-1 advantage. Manchester tied it again at 9:24 as Michael Doherty (6th) tapped home a power play score after a nice feed by Matt Buckles. The Monarchs grabbed their first lead at 13:26 as Francois Beauchemin (1st) buried a quick shot after a faceoff win in the Railers zone as Worcester went down 3-2. Worcester would tie it late in the period as Barry Almeida (8th) deflected a TJ Syner shot into the net at 19:03 to knot the score at 3-3. Shots were 21-19 Worcester through 40 minutes of play. Zac Lynch (15th) scored on the rush with a nice finish at 2:58 of the third period to put Manchester back on top, and this time for good at 2:58. Worcester thought they had tied the score with about four minutes left but it was ruled by the officials that the puck was kicked into the net. Spencer Watson (3rd) scored into the empty net at 18:18 to put Manchester ahead 5-3. The Railers would get back within a goal as Kellen Jones (6th) was set up by Patrick McNally at 19:27, but it was too little too late as the Monarchs held on for a 5-4 road victory.

2019 at Newfoundland 6-3 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (10-19-1-0, 21pts) score first goal of game but fall 6-3 loss to the Newfoundland Growlers(21-10-0-0, 42pts) in front of 3,969 fans at Mile One Centre on Monday evening. The Railers close out the 2019 calendar year on Tuesday vs. the Growlers. Nic Pierog (10th) and Barry Almeida (8th) each scored power-play goals for Worcester while Ian Milosz made 25 saves in net for the loss. Shane Walsh (0-2-2) continued his hot streak adding two assists. Former Holy Cross Crusader Scott Pooley scored four goals for the Growlers while Parker Gahagen made 29 saves in Newfoundland’s eleventh straight win at the Mile One Centre. Worcester received three power-plays in the first period and it would be Nic Pierog (10th) at 3:20 who would capitalize receiving a feed from the left circle courtesy of Shane Walsh who found Pierog at the top of the right circle who let one blast past the blocker of Parker Gahagen giving the Railers a 1-0 lead. Newfoundland scored a power-play goal of their own at 10:57 on a rebound finished off by Marcus Power (14th) to tie it up at 1-1. With under a minute the Growlers took the lead on a goal from Matt Bradley (4th) and the home team went into the dressing room up 2-1 after 20 minutes of play. At 8:27 of the second period Scott Pooley (13th) drove down the left wing and rose a backhand shot from the left dot overt the shoulder of Ian Milosz to give the Growlers a 3-1 lead. It would be Scott Pooley (14th) notching his second of the game this time short-handed on a breakaway increasing Newfoundland’s lead to 4-1. Worcester held the edge in shots 19-17 through 40 minutes of play. Scott Pooley (15th) scored his third of the night this time coming on the power-play at 14:34 to give the Growlers a 5-1 lead. Off a beautiful drop pass from Dante Salituro, Drew Callin (3rd) snapped one of from the high slot beating Gahagen at 15:32 to decrease the deficit to 5-2. The Railers on the power-play for the seventh time of the net it would be Barry Almeida (8th) notching the second power-play score of the night with just 2:22 to cut the lead to 5-3. Despite having the goaltender pulled at the end of the game Newfoundland found the back of the net as time expired from Scott Pooley (16th) to give Newfoundland the 6-3 win. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Giorgio Estephan (0-1-1) 2nd star: Parker Gahagen (29 saves, Win) 1st star: Scott Pooley (4-0-4, 7 shots) …. final shots were 32-31 in favor of Worcester…Parker Gahagen (3-1-0) made 29 saves on 32 shots Newfoundland… Ian Milosz (1-2-0) made 25 saves on 30 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis served as the backup…. Worcester went 2-for-7 on the power play while Newfoundland went 2-for-4…. Yanick Turcotte (susp ECHL), Kyle McKenzie (inj,), JD Dudek (inj) and Tanner Pond (IR), did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell, David Quenneville, Linus Soderstrom, and Jakub Skarek are all currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Kyle Thomas signed a PTO with the San Diego Gulls (AHL) on Dec 26…. Connor Doherty is the only Railers player to play in the first 30 games this season….. Nic Pierog (1-1-2) recorded his sixth multi-point performance of the season…. Shane Walsh (0-2-2) recorded his third multi-point performance of the year and now has (8-3-11) in his last nine games….the Railers are now 6-9-0-0 under coach Cunniff…. Worcester is now 4-10-0-0 vs. the Growlers all time and 1-6-0-0 at the Mile One Centre.

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