Today in Worcester hockey history: January 7


1995 vs Cornwall 3-2 loss
The IceCats battled back twice but couldn’t do it a third time in a 3-2 loss to the Corwall Aces. Dwayne Norris got the Aces on the board with a first period goal at 3:15. At 13:26 of the second Blair Atcheynum got Worcester back to even with assists going to Dave Baseggio and Denis Chalifoux. The tie would last for 21 seconds as Karson Kaebel gave Cornwall their lead back. Chalifoux would tie it again at 9:01 of the third, with assists to Baseggio and Terry Virtue, but an Aces goal by Blair Scott at 10:50 gave them the 3-2 win. Wayne Cowley had 21 saves in the loss.

1996 at Portland 1-1 tie
The Worcester IceCats got 41 saves from Mike Buzak and needed every single one of them in a 1-1 tie with the Pirates. Andrew Brunette gave Portland the lead at 15:20 of the second period, and Andreas Johansson tied it for the ‘Cats with an unassisted goal at 1:35 of the third. The IceCats game notes say “Buzak was All World”.

1998 at New Haven 2-1 loss
The Worcester IceCats scored first but the Beast of New Haven scored the last two in a 2-1 ‘Cats loss. The IceCats took the lead at 4:25 when Nick Naumenko’s fluttering shot was saved by New Haven netminder David Lemanowicz. The puck dropped into the crease where Michal Handzus banged it home. Terry Virtue had the second assist on the play. But in the middle period the Beast would get two to take the lead, the first from Kevin Brown at 12:04 and the second by Oleg Kvasha at 15:03, and that would be all the scoring in the game. Brent Johnson had 30 saves in the loss.

2000 at Saint John 4-3 win OT
(TICKER) Bryan Helmer netted the game-winning goal 1:42 into overtime as the Worcester IceCats edged the Saint John Flames, 4-3. It was Helmer’s second game winner and first overtime goal of the season. Reed Low extended Worcester’s lead to 3-1 with 12:05 left in the the second period with his third goal of the season. Tyler Rennette opened the scoring with a power-play marker for the IceCats, who have won three in a row and four of their last five games (4-1-0). Brent Johnson stopped 17 shots for Worcester, which improved to 1-1-7 in overtime. Ronald Petrovicky tied the contest with 4:07 remaining for Saint John. Tyrone Grant, who had two saves in the extra session, turned aside 36 shots for the Flames

2005 at San Antonio 4-1 win
The Worcester IceCats got two unassisted goals in the first period and a 32 save night from Jason Bacashihua in a 4-1 win over the Rampage. Troy Riddle had the ‘Cats first unassisted goal of the night at 7:42 of the first period, and Jay McClement added a unassisted shorthanded tally at 11:26. Eric Boguniecki had the only goal in the second period, connecting on the power play at 9:25. Brendan Brooks and Ryan Ramsay had the assists on the play. Juraj Kolnik scored at 8:53 of the third to ruin Bacashihua’s shutout bid. Blake Evans scored into an empty net at 17:48, from Brendan Buckley and Peter Sejna, for the 4-1 final.

2007 at Hartford 2-1 loss
The Worcester Sharks fired 36 shots on Wolf Pack goalie Stephen Valiquette, many of them high quality bids, but could only beat him once in a 2-1 loss to Hartford. After a scoreless first period Hartford got two goals in the middle period from Greg Moore (12:45, four on four) and Mark Lee (13:45). In the third Steve Bernier scored at 8:45 when his wrist shot hit the addle of Valiquette’s stick and deflected in. Tom Cavanagh and Tomas Plihal had the assists. Thomas Greiss made 21 saves in the game.

2012 vs Providence 5-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Providence Bruins charged out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back as the Sharks dropped their 4th straight game (0-3-0-1) in a 5-2 loss to the Providence Bruins in front of 7,257 fans at DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday night. Sean Sullivan and Mike Connolly scored late goals for Worcester and Jimmy Bonneau extended the Sharks fighting major streak to 20 games with his 12th and 13th fighting majors of the season in the loss. Jimmy Bonneau (12th FM) fought Bobby Robbins (4th FM) off the opening face-off to set the tone for a fast tempo opening twenty minutes of play. The only score of the frame came at 2:27 after a deflection by Jamie Tardif (9th) from on top of the crease after a quick shot from the right point by Kevan Miller. The Sharks trailed the Bruins 1-0 after the first period despite a 13-11 edge on shots. Neither team scored in the second period as Bruins netminder Michael Hutchinson made 12 more saves to keep the Sharks offense at bay. Jimmy Bonneau (13th FM) drilled Marc Cantin (2nd FM) with a series of right and left hands at 6:40 for the second scrap of the evening. Worcester tailed 1-0 after 40 minutes. The Bruins exploded for four third period goals in the first half of the third period and took a commanding 5-0 lead and never looked back. Jamie Arniel (2nd) at 1:18, Calle Ridderwall (3rd) at 5:22, Kyle MacKinnon (5th) at 8:35, and Craig Cunningham (6th) at 9:48 gave the Bruins a five goal lead midway through the 3rd period. Sean Sullivan (5th) broke Michael Hutchinson’s shutout bid at 17:03 with a shot off a skate in front of the Bruins net to get the Sharks on the board. Rookie Mike Connolly (6th) broke a personal 16 game goalless drought after he slammed in a nice pass by Nathan Noon at 18:31 to end the scoring as the Sharks fell 5-2. Worcester’s record falls to 16-11-3-4 (39pts in 34gp) and 8-7-0-1 at the DCU Center.

2018 at Reading 3-0 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (14-14-3-2, 33pts) dropped a 3-0 decision to the host Reading Royals (19-15-2-0, 40pts) in front of 3,042 fans at the Santander Arena on Sunday afternoon. Each team fired 28 shots on goal but John Muse won his 6th straight in net for Reading with his second shutout of the season. Mitch Gillam made 25 saves for Worcester as the Railers concluded their first 4-in-5 game stretch of the season. Ryan Penny scored twice and Chris McCarthy scored the game winner for Reading just 78 seconds into the game as the Railers three game point streak came to an end. Reading grabbed a 2-0 first period lead after Chris McCarthy (11th) snapped a quick shot from the left circle on the power play past Worcester goaltender Mitch Gillam at 1:18 and Ryan Penny (11th) found a bouncing puck on a broken play and zipped a quick shot into the net at 18:52. Shots were 13-5 in favor of the Royals through 20 minutes of play. Worcester had a much better period as they outshot the Royals 14-13 in the second period. Matt Lane had the best chance for Worcester on a breakaway try but netminder John Muse stood tall. Shots were 26-19 through 40 minutes of play in favor of Reading with Worcester trailing 2-0. Ryan Penny (12th) put the game away at 5:10 with his second goal of the game to give Reading the 3-0 lead. Worcester outshot Reading 9-2 in the third period by John Muse stopped all nine for his second shutout of the season.


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