Today in Worcester hockey history: January 5


1996 vs Portland 10-7 win
The Worcester IceCats got a hat trick from Fred Knipscheer and two goals by Patrice Tardif in a 10-7 win over the Pirates. Other goal scorers for the ‘Cats were Shaun Kane, Craig Darby, Jarrett Deuling, Derek Armstrong, and Andreas Johansson. Jamie Rivers, Steve Staios and Tardif all added three assists. Others with assists for Worcester were Terry Virtue, Kane, David Roberts, Darby, Armstrong, Johansson, Vasilevskii (2), and Knipscheer. Eric Fichaud made 39 saves for the win.

2001 at Rochester 2-2 tie
(TICKER) Eric Boguniecki’s goal 4:44 into the third period forced a 2-2 tie between the Worcester IceCats and the Rochester Americans. Boguniecki scored his sixth goal in only nine games played this season with Worcester as the IceCats earned their league-leading 51st point of the season. Marty Reasoner added a goal and an assist for Worcester, which extended its unbeaten string to four games (3-0-1). Cody Rudkowsky made 36 saves for the IceCats, including 12 each in the second and third periods, to improve to 9-5-2. Jeremy Adduono scored a shorthanded goal and Dane Jackson had a power-play marker in the first period to pace Rochester, which saw its winless streak reach four games (0-3-1). Tom Askey stopped 23 shots for the Americans, who are 1-0-1 against Worcester this season.

2003 at Portland 4-4 tie
The Worcester IceCats scored two third period goals, including one with just 47 seconds left in regulation, to tie the Pirates 4-4. Justin Papineau scored at 7:38 of the first period to give the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead. Chris Hajt tied it at 8:32. Graham Mink made it 2-1 at 9:49 of the second period, but 13 seconds later Sergei Varlamov scored to tie it again. Matt Pettinger lit the lamp at 14:43, and Chris Ferraro made it 4-2 Portland at 19:23. Marc Brown scored on a power play at 5:57 of the third period, assisted by Terry Virtue, to make it 4-3. And then Eric Nickulas scored the tying goal with an extra attacker on, tipping Virtue’s shot from the point into the net. Curtis Sanford had 39 saves in goal.

2005 vs W-B/Scranton 2-1 win
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats edged the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 on the strength of Blake Evans’ ninth goal of the season at 11:49. Evans game-winning goal was his third straight for the ‘Cats and his league-leading sixth. He tipped an Aris Brimanis shot from the point just five seconds into their second power play. The Penguins’ potent line of Matt Murley, Kris Beech, and Michel Oullet struck to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the 3:50 mark of the first. Brendan Brooks responded later in the frame, taking advantage of a fanned clearing attempt by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Brooks stole the puck and tucked it inside the far post to even the score at 17:19. Jason Bacashihua made 32 saves for the win, his third in a row and seventh in the last eight outings. Worcester (20-11-1-2) travels to Texas for a pair of games this weekend. They battle San Antonio this Friday and Houston on Sunday.

2007 at Providence 2-1 win
(BRUINS) The Providence Bruins were defeated 2-1 by the visiting Worcester Sharks Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. All three goals in the contest were scored on the man-advantage with defenseman Nathan Dempsey netting the score for the P-Bruins, his first of the year. For Worcester, Mathieu Darche and Matt Carle each had multiple-point games. For nearly all of regulation, Friday’s game belonged to its defense and goaltending. Play was scoreless through more than 54 minutes of action in front of the P-Bruins’ Hannu Toivonen and Thomas Greiss of the Sharks before someone finally lit the lamp. Midway through the third period, defenseman Mark Stuart and Bobby Allen were both whistled for tripping just over one minute apart, giving Worcester a 5-on-3 man-advantage late in the game. With only seconds remaining on Stuart’s penalty, winger Graham Mink capitalized, getting around the P-Bruins’ David Krejci and putting home his fifth goal of the season, assisted on by Carle and Darche 14:13 into the third period and giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Only moments after Stuart made his way out of the box, Providence blue-liner Dwayne Zinger was given a penalty for cross-checking, putting Worcester on a two-man advantage once again. Again, Darche and Carle got involved as Carle and Steve Bernier helped to feed Darche the puck for his team-leading 24th goal of the season and 33rd point with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. The Sharks held their 2-0 lead for just over two minutes before Justin Kurtz got two minutes for roughing, putting the P-Bruins on their first power-play since midway through the first period. It only took 51 seconds for Dempsey to tally his first goal of the year with 2:07 left, assisted on by forwards Ben Walter and T.J. Trevelyan. For Walter, playing in his 100th professional game, the assist was his 30th point, tying him with Kris Versteeg for the team lead. In net, Toivonen stopped 25 shots in 58:47 minutes of work, pulled late for an extra-attacker. Meanwhile, Greiss earned the win with 25 stops of his own. Both teams scored on the man-advantage, Providence once in three opportunities and Worcester twice in six chances.

2008 vs Providence 4-3 win SO
(WORSHARKS) Brad Staubitz tallied his first goal of the season, fellow blueliners Dan Spang and Derek Joslin also scored, and Thomas Greiss stepped up in a shootout as the Worcester Sharks knocked off the Providence Bruins at the DCU Center by a score of 4-3 on Saturday night. The Sharks came into the contest having scored first in each of their last seven games, and looked poised to continue that streak when Bruins winger Jeff Hoggan was whistled for tripping at 8:26 of the first period. Just 13 seconds into the power play, however, Pascal Pelletier took advantage of a turnover in the Worcester zone and beat Greiss to tally a shorthanded goal for Providence. Worcester would outshoot the visitors by a 13-6 margin in the opening frame, but failed to solve Bruins netminder Andy Franck until after the intermission. After withstanding a quick flurry of shots from the Bruins in the opening minutes of the second period, Spang pulled the Sharks even thanks to a great individual effort. Dennis Packard deflected a pass just inside the Providence blue line and Spang scooped up the loose puck, skating around two Bruins before shelving the puck over the glove of Franck for his fifth goal of the year. One minute later, Worcester found the back of the net again, but referee Chris Brown ruled that Tomas Plihal was in the crease and disallowed what would have been Mike Iggulden’s 16th goal. Whistles went the Sharks way before long, as consecutive minor penalties to the Bruins gave the home squad a 5-on-3 power play midway through the period. Steady and deliberate passing on the man advantage led to an open look for Derek Joslin, and the rookie blasted a shot past Franck to put the Sharks on top 2-1. Tom Cavanagh and Devin Setoguchi were credited with assists on the tally. At the 12:58 mark, Joslin sparked the crowd again when he engaged in a spirited bout with Vladimir Sobotka. Prior to the fight, however, Joslin shoved TJ Trevelyan to the ice after the whistle, and was tagged with a roughing minor that gave Providence a power play. Worcester’s penalty kill held strong until the final seconds of the Bruins advantage, when a centering feed from Martins Karsums hit off the leg of Sharks defenseman Brennan Evans and slid into the net, tying the game at two. Providence had the majority of the chances through the third period, but another hard-nosed goal from an unlikely source put the Sharks in front again at 15:03. Brad Staubitz controlled a deflection at the right point, skated around Sean Curry and beat Franck from between the circles for his first goal of the year. The Bruins saved their final effort until the end, and while matching minors created a 4-on-4 stint, Providence pulled the goaltender and capped a late onslaught by poking a rebound past Greiss with 22 seconds remaining. The goal was credited to Alexandre Imbeault, his first of the season. After a scoreless overtime, Greiss nailed down a victory for Worcester, denying all four Bruins skaters in the shootout while Iggulden and Graham Mink converted for the Sharks. The loss was just the third setback in the previous 18 contests and the first shootout loss of the season for Providence, the AHL’s top team with 61 points through 37 games.

2011 vs Connecticut 2-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) Connecticut scored two goals late in the third period to defeat the Worcester Sharks 2-0 at the DCU Center on Wednesday night. Tim Kennedy had a two point night for the Whale (1-1-2 ) and Evgeny Grachev added a shorthanded insurance goal with 2:47 remaining. Chad Johnson stopped 27 shots for the shutout while Alex Stalock stopped 19 of 21. It didn’t take long for the renewed rivalry between Worcester and Connecticut to make its presence known. Tough guys Justin Soryal and Erick Lizon had a long bout at center ice just 3:25 into the first period to kick off the physical play. The period didn’t see a goal scored despite several scoring chances for both sides. The first twenty minutes was scoreless with the shots tied 9-9. The game continued to be tightly contested into the second period. Both teams failed to convert on power plays in the second frame and the first forty minutes ended tied just as the game began, 0-0. Shots at the end of two periods were tied at 17-17. Connecticut would take control of the game in the third period with two unanswered goals. The Whale would capitalize on a power play with 7:48 remaining on a goal by Tim Kennedy (8th) on a pretty feed by Michael Del Zotto. The Sharks would get a power play chance late in the period but Whale forward Evgeny Grachev (6th) would take a blocked shot in on a breakaway and deked a backhand shot past Alex Stalock with just over three minutes to go. The Sharks would pull Stalock but could not start a comeback as they fell 2-0. The Sharks record falls to 17-13-2-4 with 40 points and to 9-6-1-1 at the DCU Center. It was the third time this season the Sharks ere shutout and the second time at the DCU Center.

2013 at W-B/Scranton 3-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (17-12-1-2, 37pts) fell 3-0 to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (15-15-2-1, 33pts) on Saturday evening in front of 5,884 fans at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Brad Thiessen made 30 saves for the Penguins as Worcester was shutout for the first time since the home opener 4-0 to the Devils on Oct 20. Harri Sateri made 17 in the loss as the Sharks streak of 13 straight games decided by a single goal came to an end in the 3-0 loss. Former Worcester Sharks forward Benn Ferriero (4th) gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead at just 40 seconds of the first period after he slammed home a centering pass from Beau Bennett past Harri Sateri for the only strike of the opening frame. Worcester outshot the Penguins 11-10 through 20 minutes as goaltender Brad Thiessen was sharp early for Wilkes-Barre. The Penguins went ahead 3-0 with two second period goals on eight shots. Riley Holzapfel (9th) fired a puck through a screen from the left wing side at 3:43 to put WBS ahead 2-0. Warren Peters (5th) gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead after a rebound strike at 7:11 past Sateri after the Sharks were hemmed in their own zone. The Sharks trailed 3-0 after 40 minutes despite outshooting the Penguins 22-18. Worcester outshot the Penguins 8-2 in the third period with the best chance to ruin the shutout by Yanni Gourde with eight minutes remaining with a shot from the right circle. Final shots were 30-20 in favor of Worcester as the Penguins held on for the 3-0 win. The Sharks overall record falls to 17-12-1-2 (37pts in 32gp) and 10-7-0-1 on the road this season.

2014 at Providence 8-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) Rookie defenseman Dylan Demelo scored his 1st professional goal but the Worcester Sharks (14-15-2-1, 31pts) closed out their five game road trip with an 8-2 loss to the host Providence Bruins (19-11-1-5, 44pts) in front of 8,692 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI on Sunday afternoon. The Sharks ended the five game road trip with a 1-3-1-0 record as Dylan Demelo and Travis Oleksuk scored for Worcester while netminder Harri Sateri allowed eight goals on 39 shots in the loss. Seven different Bruins scored goals and Malcolm Subban made 33 saves in the win and improved to 4-0-0 vs. Worcester this season. The Bruins scored three quick goals in the first 5:46 of the 1st period to charge out to a 3-0 lead. Nick Johnson (14th) got things rolling at 2:33 after he banked a shot off a skate in the crease as a Sharks penalty came to an end to put Providence ahead 1-0. Carter Camper (8th) fired home a rebound at 4:45 and Anthony Camara (5th) finished off a nice 3-on-2 rush at 5:46 past Harri Sateri to put Worcester down 3-0. Head Coach Roy Sommer would then use his timeout to settle things down as there was no more scoring the rest of the period. Worcester did outshot Providence 11-9. Providence came out charging again in the middle frame and Craig Cunningham (13th) tapped in a centering feed past Harri Sateri at 6:34 to put the Bruins on top 4-0. Worcester finally broke through at 16:10 as Dylan Demelo (1st) scored his 1st professional goal with a terrific shot from the high left slot over the shoulder of Malcolm Subban on a Worcester 5-on-3 power play. The Bruins got the score right back as defenseman Ben Youds (2nd) snapped a shot from the right circle at 18:58. Worcester was outshot 17-12 in the second period and trailed 5-1 after 40 minutes. The Bruins outscored the Sharks 3-1 in the third period with a pair of power play goals from Anthony Camara (6th) and Rob Flick (1st) along with a score from the point by Ben Youds (2nd). Travis Oleksuk (4th) scored the final goal of the game at 16:30 with a shot off the post and past Subban from 47 feet. Providence outshot Worcester 13-12 in the third period as the Sharks tied a franchise record for most goals allowed in a hockey game. The Sharks overall record falls to 14-15-2-1, 31pts and 8-8-2-0, 18pts on the road this season.

2018 at Adirondack 4-3 win SO
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (13-13-3-2, 31pts) began a six-game road trip with a thrilling 4-3 shootout win over the host Adirondack Thunder (18-14-1-2, 39pts) in front of 2,320 fans at the Cool Insuring Arena on Friday evening. Connor Doherty, Woody Hudson, and Jeff Kubiak all scored for Worcester in regulation as the Railers trailed 1-0, 2-1, but led 3-2 before winning in the shootout. Mitch Gillam wearing his shiny new blue pants made 21 saves for his 6 th win of the season and stopped all three shooters in the shootout before Kellen Jones won the game in the third round for the Railers. The Thunder struck first with a shorthanded penalty shot goal by Connor Riley (4th) as he flipped a shot past Mitch Gillam at 5:25 of the first period to give Adirondack a 1-0 lead. Holden, MA native Connor Doherty (1st) scored his first professional goal as he was the late man entering in on the rush and took a nice feed from Barry Almeida at 12:47 and Doherty fired a snap shot off the glove of MacKenzie Blackwood. Shots were 10-8 Railers through 20 minutes of play as the score was tied into the first intermission. Adirondack went ahead 2-1 as Ty Loney (17th) scored a power play goal after a shot from the point was blocked in front and Loney was able to swipe it in at 6:09. Woody Hudson (12th) fired a quick shot from on top of the crease after a short pass by defenseman Sean Gammage from the side of the cage at 16:38 to tie the score at 2-2. Just 58 seconds later, Worcester would grab their first lead of the night as Jeff Kubiak (4th) finished off a beautifully executed 3-on-1 rush with Nick Saracino and Yanick Turcotte at 17:36. The Railers led 3-2 after 40 minutes and held a 24-15 shot advantage through two periods of play. The Thunder would tie the score late in the third period with the extra attacker as Mathieu Brodeur (2nd) sent a slap shot from on top of the left circle through a screen at 19:38 to tie the score at 3-3 and force overtime. Shots were 29-22 Worcester through 60 minutes of play. In a wild overtime that saw very few whistles and end to end rushes, neither team was able to find the back of the net as each team fired two shots on goal. In the shootout, neither team found the back of the net until Kellen Jones ripped home the game winner in the third round to give Worcester their first win past regulation this season.

2019 at Greenville 4-1 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (13-16-3-2, 31pts) continued their three game South Carolina road trip with a 4-1 loss to the host Greenville Swamp Rabbits (14-18-3-2, 33pts) in front of 4,656 fans at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Saturday evening. Alex Vanier scored his first goal as a member of the Railers while Evan Buitenhuis made 33 saves in net for Worcester in the loss. Greenville scored four unanswered goals which included two within a 12 second span late in the third period while Chris Nell made 20 saves in net for the win. A wild brawl broke out with 25 seconds left in the third period which led to several fights by the Greenville bench and led to game misconducts to Yanick Turcotte and Alex Vanier. Worcester grabbed the lead in the first period just 18 seconds into their first power play as Alex Vanier (1st) scored his first goal as a Railer with a wicked shot from just inside the left circle at 6:18 that beat netminder Chris Nell assisted by Ryan MacKinnon and Barry Almeida. Evan Buitenhuis made nine first period saves as the Railers took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room through 20 minutes. Jake Bolton (7th) snuck one through with a quick release from 45 feet at 2:36 of the second period to tie the score at 1-1. Just two minor penalties were called in the middle frame, but the physical play and the nastiness level jumped up a few gages. Shots were 27-14 in favor of Greenville through 40 minutes of play with the score tied 1-1. Greenville took their first lead of the game at 16:36 of the third period as Thomas Ebbing (9th) scored an unassisted goal after an icing called against the Railers. Just 12 seconds later, Chris Izmirlian (10th) scored on a breakaway to put the Swamp Rabbits ahead 3-1. Garrett Milan (1st) added an empty netter at 18:16 to put the game away at 4-1. A wild brawl broke out that continued into the Greenville bench and led to ejections to Yanick Turcotte and Alex Vanier at 19:35 as the Railers frustrations boiled over in the final minute.

2020 vs Jacksonville 6-3 Win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (13-19-2-0, 28pts) skated to their third straight victory and their fourth straight game with a point to kick off a four game homestand with a 6-3 win vs. the Jacksonville Icemen(10-18-4-0, 24pts) in front of 2,520 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. The Railers kick off a home three in three weekend on Friday Jan. 10 vs. the Adirondack Thunder at 7pm. Ross Olsson (2-0-2) registered his first-multi goal performance and added a fighting major while Nic Pierog scored his team leading fourteenth score and league leading fourth short-handed tally. Drew Callin, Shane Walsh, and Barry Almeida also scored for Worcester while Ian Milosz made a career high 40 saves in net for his second win of the season. Pierre-Luc Mercier scored two goals for Jacksonville while Griffen Outhouse made 21 saves in net for the loss. Jacksonville would score first for the fifteenth time this season when Pierre-Luc Mercier (4th) was able to capitalize on a rebound effort on the far side post at 7:43. Jacksonville had three-power plays while Worcester had two but neither team would convert on the man advantage. The Icemen took a 1-0 lead into the locker-room after 20 minutes of play and Jacksonville led in shots 11-7. Worcester headed into the second period short-handed and it took just 18 seconds for Nic Pierog (14th) to score his league leading fourth short-handed score of the season coming down on a breakaway firing one past the shoulder of Griffen Outhouse to tie the game at 1-1. After an initial shot from Ben Thomson from the top of the right circle, Outhouse left a juicy rebound at the top of the crease where Drew Callin (7th) back handed one into the back of the net to give the Railers a 2-1 lead at 16:05. Just 64 seconds later the former Jacksonville Icemen, Shane Walsh (11th), found a rebound after the initial point shot from Ivan Chukarov and Walsh blasted it home making it a 3-1 lead which the Railers took to the dressing room through 40 minutes of play. Ross Olsson (5th) scored two goals in a 17 second span in the third period beginning at 12:40 when he found a loose rebound after a blast from the point by Ryan MacKinnon to give the Railers a 4-2 lead. Ross Olsson (6th) again at 12:57 cashed in on another rebound to give the Railers a three-goal lead. Pierre-Luc Mercier (5th) cut the deficit down to 5-3 at 13:20. Barry Almeida (9th) notched an empty net tally to secure the victory for Worcester 6-3. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Pierre-Luc Mercier (2-0-2, 7 shots) 2nd star: Ian Milosz (40 saves, Win) 1st star: Ross Olsson (2-0-2, FM) …. final shots were 43-27 in favor of Jacksonville…Griffen Outhouse (1-3-2) made 21 saves on 26 shots Jacksonville… Ian Milosz (2-2-0) made 40 saves on 43 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis served as the backup…. Worcester went 1-for-3 on the power play while Jacksonville went 0-for-4…. Yanick Turcotte (susp), Kyle McKenzie (inj,), Jordan Samuels-Thomas (inj), JD Dudek (IR), Tanner Pond (IR), did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell was recalled by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers today and David Quenneville, Linus Soderstrom, Jakub Skarek are all currently on recall with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Ross Olsson recorded his first multi-goal performance of his career and is now tied for the team lead with four fighting majors…. Ivan Chukarov extended his point streak to four games with an assist…. Nic Pierog registered his league leading fourth shorthanded-goal and has (6-5-11) in his last eight games…. The goal from Pierog 18 seconds into the second period was the fastest goal to be scored this season by Worcester to start a period…. Drew Callin now has five goals in his last five games…. Ben Thomson extended his point streak to three games with an assist…. Connor Doherty is the only Railers player to play in the first 34 games this season….. the Railers are now 9-9-1 under Coach Cunniff…. Worcester is now 1-1-0-0 vs. the Icemen all time and 1-1-0-0 at the DCU Center.


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