Today in Worcester hockey history: January 8


1997 vs Portland 6-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats scored early but the Pirates scored a lot more as the ‘Cats were outplayed badly in a 6-2 loss to Portland. Konstantin Shafranov got Worcester on the board just 36 seconds into the game when he followed Stephane Roy’s breakaway bid and fired the puck into a wide open net. But from there is was just about all Pirates as Eric Charron scored at 4:08 to tie it and Anson Carter gave Portland the lead with a shorthanded goal at 14:39. In the second period Darren McAusland made it 3-1 at 8:08, and Carter’s second of the game at 16:34 made it a three goal lead. In the third period Carter completed his hat trick at 2:29. Jamal Mayers stopped the bleeding at 18:00, assisted by Chris Kenady and Alex Vasilevskii. Charron scored again at 19:36 for the 6-2 final. Jamie McLennan made 22 saves in the first two period before being relieved by Travis Scott, who made ten in the third period.

1999 at Hamilton 4-1 loss
(HAMILTON) The Worcester IceCats outshot the Bulldogs 45-28 but that stat was misleading as Hamilton was in control for most of the game in a 4-1 ‘Cats loss. Rich Parent started in net for the IceCats, but was replaced by Brent Johnson midway through the second after allowing four goals on 13 shots. Jamal Mayers finally put Worcester on the board at 7:26 of the final period on a power-play goal when he poked in a rebound off Matt Smith’s shot from the point. Worcester came out pressing to start the game, but had only a couple of dented goal posts and an 11-10 edge in shots on goal to show for the effort. Instead, it was Hamilton that twice caught the IceCats back on their heels to go up, 2-0, in the first period. Bulldogs center Terry Marchant took a pass at center ice and raced up the right wing, finding the gap between Parent’s goal pads on a shot from the faceoff circle to draw first blood at 6:29. Four minutes later, Bulldogs center Chris Ferraro took a bullet pass from all-star forward Fred Lindquist and skated up the slot to take dead aim at Parent, putting his team up, 2-0. The IceCats’ luck didn’t change in the second. Worcester got an early power play and came out shooting, but Hamilton’s Dan LaCouture took a pass off a rebound in his own end and carried the puck up the left wing to score shorthanded on a slap shot inside the point to put Hamilton up, 3-0, at 2:03. At 9:51, Hamilton’s Brown did some nifty stickhandling in the Worcester end to score unassisted from right of the slot, top shelf to Parent’s glove side, and lift the score to 4-0. Parent was pulled soon after. Adding to the insult, Hamilton goalie Passmore was the game’s high scorer with assists on both second-period goals.

2000 at Lowell 5-1 win
(TICKER) Brent Johnson stopped 26 shots and Derek Bekar had a goal and an assist to lead the Worcester IceCats to a 5-1 victory over the Lowell Lock Monsters. Johnson, who made 21 saves over the final two periods, improved to 14-10-3. Bekar’s goal 3:41 into the final period extended Worcester’s lead to 3-1. Bryan Helmer added a power-play tally and Marty Reasoner had two assists for the IceCats, who have won six of their last eight games (6-1-1). Josh Green scored on the power play for Lowell, which fell to 8-10-2 at home.

2004 at San Antonio 3-2 OTL
The Worcester IceCats got a late third period goal to send the game to overtime, but Eric Beaudoin would give the Rampage the win a minute into the extra session to hand the ‘Cats a 3-2 overtime loss. Blake Evans gave Worcester the lead in the first period with a goal assisted by Mike Glumac and Scott Pellerin at 5:23. Gregory Campbell would tie it for San Antonio at 18:27. The Rampage would take the lead 39 seconds into the middle period with a goal by Vaclav Nedorost. Johnny Pohl tied the game at 16:03 of the third, with Peter Sejna and Pellerin getting the helpers. Beaudoin then scored on the first shot of overtime. Reinhard Divis made 18 saves in the game.

2010 vs Hartford 5-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks six game winning streak came to an end as they fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack by the score of 5-2 at the DCU Center on Friday night. For the 7th straight game, the Sharks grabbed the first goal of the hockey game as T.J Trevelyan gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 6:54 with his 7th goal of the season with a power play strike past Matt Zaba. After Alex Stalock stopped P.A. Parenteau on a break-away chance, defenseman Illka Heikkinen backhanded a rebound into the net at 7:25 to tie the score at 1-1. Hartford outshot Worcester 13-9 in the first period. The Wolf Pack scored twice more in the second period to take a 3-1 lead through forty minutes as Corey Locke (16th) and Dale Weiss (12th ) each scored their first of two goals of the evening. Locke’s strike came on a 5-on-3 power play at 5:24 and Weise struck on a break away at 12:19. Corey Lock extended the Hartford lead to 4-1 with his second power play tally at 3:10. Joe Callahan’s (4th) blast from the center point on the power play at 12:46 got the Sharks back within two goals but Hartford struck back minutes later. Dale Weise capped the game with his 2nd of the night at 15:52 as Hartford remained perfect against the Sharks this season with their third straight win. With the loss, the Sharks move to 22-13-0-2 (46 points) on the season.

2011 at Bridgeport 2-1 win OT
(WORSHARKS) Andrew Desjardins scored 95 seconds into overtime as Worcester defeated the Sound Tigers 2-1 in Bridgeport on Saturday evening. Chris Lawrence scored the other Sharks goal and Carter Hutton made 18 saves as the Sharks outshot Bridgeport 40-19 in the overtime win. Chris Lawrence (1st) gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 14:04 of the first period slamming in a Cory Quirk pass from behind the net and past Bridgeport netminder Mikko Koskinen. The Sound Tigers tied the score at 1-1 on their 4th power play as Michael Haley (10th) deflected a shot past Carter Hutton at 18:57 after a hard shot from Brett Motherwell. Andrew Desjardins hit the post with a minute remaining in the second period for the best chance from either side in the scoreless middle frame. Worcester held a 16-7 shot advantage in the 2nd period as the two teams headed to the locker room tied at 1-1. The Sharks outshot the Sound Tigers 15-2 in the third period and Ryan Del Monte hit the post with 20 seconds remaining as the two teams headed to over time. In the extra frame, Andrew Desjardins (5th) skated the puck in front from the left corner and jammed it past Mikko Koskinen at 1:35 as the Sharks took the 2-1 victory. The Sharks record improves to 18-13-2-4 with 42 points and 9-7-1-3 away from the DCU Center. With the win, the Sharks are now two points ahead of the Sound Tigers for 4th place in the Atlantic Division.

2012 vs Portland 5-0 win
(WORSHARKS) Rookie Harri Sateri made 25 saves for his first professional shutout and rookie Brodie Reid scored his first two professional power play goals as the Sharks broke a four game (0-3-0-1) skid in a 5-0 victory over the Portland Pirates at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. John McCarthy, Mike Connolly, and James Livingston also scored for Worcester as the two teams combined for 72 penalty minutes and three fights. The shutout was the first of the season for Worcester and the second straight game the Pirates were shutout. Despite each team playing their third game in three days, both teams came out with a good jump to their step in the opening period. Jimmy Bonneau (14th FM) and Mike Hoffman (3rd FM) fought for the third time this season with a long scrap at 1:38 to extend Worcester’s fighting major streak to 21 games. Rookie Brodie Reid (6th) struck on the power play after a great entry into the Pirates zone and zipped the puck past the blocker of Justin Pogge from 45 feet at 6:49 to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. The Sharks led 1-0 after 20 minutes and outshot the Pirates 10-7. The Sharks charged out to a 3-0 lead in the second period led by John McCarthy and Brodie Reid, but first, Nathan Moon picked up his 7th fighting major of the season vs. Ethan Werek at 13:58 after a scrum in front of the Pirates net. John McCarthy (10th) scored from on top of the crease after a great feed from behind the net by Mike Connolly at 15:12 to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. On the power play, Alex Bourret grabbed his first point a Shark, as he found Brodie Reid (7th) alone at the side of the net at 17:55. Harri Sateri had 15 saves through 40 minutes of play in net for the Sharks. Worcester did not sit back in the third period as Mike Connolly (7th) finished off a beautiful 2-on-1 rush with Jack Combs to put Worcester ahead 4-0 at 13:54. James Livingston broke a personal 30 game goalless drought with a nice breakaway goal at 18:18 to close out the scoring for a 5-0 Sharks win. Taylor Doherty (2nd FM) scraped with Ryan Hollweg (7th FM) at 10:45 for the third and final fight of the afternoon. Worcester’s record improves to 17-11-3-4 (41pts in 35gp) and 9-7-0-1 at the DCU Center

2013 at Portland 7-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (18-13-1-2, 39pts) led 2-0 and 3-2 but the Pirates scored the final five goals as Worcester dropped a 7-3 decision to the Portland Pirates (21-12-1-1, 44pts) on Tuesday evening in front of 2,800 fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Denny Urban scored his first AHL goal while James Sheppard and Jon Matsumoto each picked up two assists in the loss for Worcester. Brodie Reid scored his 6th and 7th goals of the season and Alex Stalock allowed seven goals on 39 shots as the Pirates scored the final five goals for the 7-3 win. The Sharks came out flying in the first period and grabbed a 2-0 lead while outshooting the Pirates 14-2 through the first ten minutes. Denny Urban (1st) scored his first AHL goal with a 5-on-3 power strike at 5:31 with Jon Matsumoto and Matt Tennyson picking up the helpers. Physical play picked up as Frazer McLaren (6th FM) and Joel Rechlicz (7th FM) had a rockem-sockem brawl at 6:40 that brought the crowd to their feet. Brodie Reid (6th) gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead at 9:31 with a wicked shot from the right slot past the glove of Chad Johnson as Worcester was buzzing early. But the Pirates came back with a pair of goals as Alexandre Bolduc (17th) slammed home a centering feed by Chris Connor past Alex Stalock at 12:09 followed by a rebound power play marker by Brendan Shinnimin (5th) at 18:19 to tie the score at 2-2. Worcester outshot Portland 18-9 in the opening frame. Brodie Reid (7th) gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead at 2:35 of the second period after he stuffed the puck through the pads of Chad Johnson after a nice feed by James Sheppard. The Pirates would score the next three goals to go ahead 5-3 to end the period. Rob Klinkhammer (10th) evened the score at 3-3 at 3:04 followed by a power play blast by defenseman Michael Stone (6th) at 8:39 to put Portland ahead 4-3. Brendan Shinnimin (7th) scored a breakaway shorthanded tally after he crashed into the net at 12:42 to give Portland the 5-3 lead through 40 minutes. Chris Brown scored twice in the third period at 9:30 and 13:04 to put Worcester away as Portland outshot the Sharks 16-8 in the final frame. The Sharks overall record falls to 18-13-1-2 (39pts in 34gp) and 11-8-0-1 on the road this season.

2022 at Reading 6-2 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (9-14-1-1, 20pts) lost to the Reading Royals (11-7-4-1, 27pts) in the second game of a Friday-Saturday series by the final score of 6-2 in in front of a crowd of 2,955 at Santander Arena on Saturday evening. The Railers are back at the DCU Center on Wednesday, January 12th hosting the Maine Mariners at 7:05 p.m. Reading scored three times in a span of 3:54 in the later stages of the third period to hold a 3-0 lead over Worcester after 20 minutes of play. After a five-minute major assessed to the Royals in the middle half of period two Anthony Repaci (1-0-1) and Cole Coskey (1-0-0) would score on the man advantage to cut the deficit down to 3-2. The game was still 3-2 with 1:55 left in regulation when Jackson Cressey (1-0-1) tacked on the insurance goal followed by an empty net tally with 62 seconds to play to make the Reading lead 5-2. Patrick Bajkov (3-0-3) would cap off the hat-trick on the power play with just 32 seconds to play to hand the Royals a 6-2 win. The game was scoreless until 13:34 of the first period when Brayden Low (7th) deflected a shot home at the top of the crease and then Patrick Bajkov (9th) found the back of the net from the top of the crease at 15:18 to hand the Royals a 2-0 lead. Bajkov (10th) would then notch his second goal of the game which came on the power play at 17:28 as the Royals held a 3-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play as they outshot Worcester 13-6. After a five-minute spearing call assessed to Reading’s Brayden Low at 12:14 of the second frame, the Railers would make the Royals pay. Anthony Repaci (6th) was set up by Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman and from the right circle Repaci roofed it over the glove of Kirill Ustimenko to cut the Railers deficit down to 3-1. Then at 15:08 Cole Coskey (1st) notched his first ECHL goal on a one-time feed from Mathias Lafferiere in which Coskey lasered the puck over the blocker of a sprawling Ustimenko from the left circle. Worcester trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes of play but outshot the Royals 18-5 in the stanza. The game remained 3-2 until 1:55 left in regulation when Jackson Cressey (4th) would tack on an insurance goal to make it 4-2. Grant Cooper would score on an empty-net with 62 seconds to go in to the contest to increase the lead to 5-2. The Royals then grabbed a late power play and Patrick Bajkov (10th) would cap off the hat-trick with just 31 seconds to play as the Royals defeated the Railers 6-2. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd Star: Patrick McNally (0-2-2, +4), 2nd Star: Trevor Gooch (0-2-2, +3), 1st Star: Patrick Bajkov (3-0-3, +1, 7 shots)… Final shots were 30-30… Kirill Ustimenko (2-4-2) made 28 saves on 230 shots for Reading… Jimmy Poreda (1-3-0) made 24 saves on 29 shots for Worcester, while Colten Ellis served as the backup… Worcester went 2-for-4on the power play while Reading also went 2-for-6… Tommy Besinger (DNP), Chris Ordoobadi (DNP), Brennan Feasey (DNP), Myles McGurty () and Grant Jozefek (IR) did not dress for Worcester… Matt Sredl made his professional debut wearing number 61… Ross Olsson led all Worcester skaters with six shots and 14 PIMS… Mike Cornell, Collin Adams, Paul Thompson, Felix Bibeau, and Ken Appleby are all on recall with the Bridgeport Islanders while Blake Christensen, and Drew Callin… Liam Coughlin signed a PTO with Springfield Thursday and Nick Albano signed a PTO with Charlotte (AHL) Friday… The Railers are now 17-17-2-0 all-time vs. the Royals and 7-11-1-0 at Santander Arena against Reading.


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