Today in Worcester hockey history: January 1

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2001 at Springfield 4-1 win
(TICKER) Eric Boguniecki scored a pair of goals, including the go-ahead score early in the third period, as the Worcester Ice Cats scored three times in the final stanza to beat the Springfield Falcons, 4-1. Boguniecki broke a 1-1 tie at the 3:06 mark of the third period with his 17th goal of the season and capped the scoring with 3:54 remaining in the game, giving him five goals in six games for Worcester. After Daniel Briere’s power-play goal 4:30 into the game gave Springfield a 1-0 lead, Jaroslav Obsut tied the score at 1-1 with six seconds left in the second period. Andrei Troschinsky also scored for the Ice Cats and Dwayne Roloson stopped 28 shots to improve to 14-5-1 as Worcester won its third straight. Stephen Valiquette suffered the loss for the Falcons despite making 38 saves. Springfield lost its fourth consecutive game and fell 23 points behind the New England Division-leading IceCats.

2005 vs Binghamton 3-2 win
(ICECATS) Blake Evans scored with 5:40 left in regulation to lead the Worcester IceCats past the Binghamton Senators 3-2 on New Year’s night in Worcester. Binghamton’s Josh Langfeld made it 1-0, wristing home Denis Hamel’s rebound at 9:16 of the first period. Worcester’s Erkki Rajamaki evened things up at 11:28 for his third goal this season. He sent a long shot past Binghamton goalie Ray Emery right after crossing the blue line. The ‘Cats took the lead 1:19 into the second period as Aris Brimanis stayed with a bouncing puck that he eventually lifted over a sprawling Emery. Hamel scored his 22nd goal of the year on a feed from Chris Kelly at 10:20 to make it a 2-2 game. Hamel kept the shot low, beating Jason Bacashihua from the right circle. Evans scored the winner without a stick in his hand. Jon DiSalvatore circled the Senators net from the left wing to the right wing, finally settling in the mid-slot. His backhander found its way through several bodies, then bounced off Evans’ right leg past Emery. Worcester (19-10-1-2) has won eight times in its last 11 games and sits two points behind third place Providence with 41 points.

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