Today in Worcester hockey history: January 9


1995 vs Providence 5-4 win OT
The IceCats fell behind early but battled back for a three-goal comeback and took the lead, only to be forced into overtime where they would win 5-4. The Baby-Bs ended the first twenty minutes up 3-0 on goals by Guy Larose (6:59), Sergei Zholtok (12:18), and Jeff Wells (14:26). The middle period was Worcester’s turn to score three, with Roy Mitchell breaking the ice at 6:59 with an assist to David Haas. John Carter made it a one-goal game at 8:28, with assists going to Sean Whyte and Shaun Kane. Denis Chalifoux completed the comeback with a goal at 12:54, assisted by Haas and Blair Atcheynum. Worcester scored those three goals on five shots in the frame. Terry Virtue gave the IceCats the lead at 9:27 of the third, assisted by Chalifoux and Haas, but a Bill Armstrong goal at 11:33 forced the game to overtime. Cal McGowan got the game winner at 1:24 of extra time, with Ross Wilson and Shawn Heaphy assisting. Les Kuntar got the start in net and was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots. Wayne Cowley 17 saves the rest of the way to earn the win.

1998 at Providence 6-5 win OT
The Worcester IceCats got four goals from Michal Handzus as they rallied from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Bruins 6-5 in overtime. The Bruins goal scorers were Joel Prpic, Ed Ronan, Randy Robitaille, Andre Roy, and Mattias Timander. Hadzus’ last three goals came at 9:05 and 19:12 (shorthanded) of the third period and 1:15 of overtime. There is no time noted for his first goal, which did happen in the first period. Chris Kenady (17:45, 1st) and Stephane Roy (13:37, 2nd) had the other two goals for Worcester. Bob Lachance had three assists. Brent Johnson had the win in net. [210Sports note: There appears to be no box score for this game and it’s one of the IceCats road games where they didn’t keep a copy of the game sheet.]

2002 at Bridgeport 4-4 tie
The Worcester IceCats got two goals from Eric Boguniecki to tie the Sound Tigers 4-4. Boguniecki got the first goal of the game 40 seconds after the opening face-off by beating Bridgeport netminder Rick DiPietro high glove and just under the crossbar. Darren Clark earned an assist on the play. Just under four minutes later Trent Hunter tied it on the power play. Justin Papineau made it 2-1 at 5:38 with an unassisted goal when he converted a turnover into essentially an empty net. At 3:42 of the middle period Travis Roche made it a tie game on the power play, but Jame Pollock put the ‘Cats back in the lead with a five on thee goal with a booming 40-foot slap shot at 8:36. Matt Higgins tied it the game a third time at 16:48, and Jason Podollan gave the Sound Tigers the lead at 4:05 of the third on the power play. Boguniecki then scored at 16:19 of the third period for the 4-4 tie. Reinhard Divis was in goal for the IceCats.

2004 at Houston 0-0 tie
(AEROS) AHL rookie Kyle Kettles made 20 saves for his first AHL shutout but Worcester’s Reinhard Divis countered with 26 stops and turned aside a Travis Roche penalty shot with 7.6 seconds left in overtime, as the Houston Aeros and IceCats skated to a 0-0 tie at Toyota Center. Kettes, an unbeaten 2-0-3 in his last five while allowing just five goals in that span, made six saves in the first period, eight in the second, four in the third and two in overtime. Divis made nine saves in the first, seven in the second, five in the third and five more in overtime including the Roche penalty shot. The play was set up when Worcester’s Jon Coleman covered up the puck in his own crease, after Kyle Wanvig had a good chance and then both he and Darby Hendrickson were whacking at the puck. Aeros’ head coach Todd McLellan called a timeout, and sent Roche to center ice for hockey’s most exciting play in the most exciting time of the game. Roche deked several times, but Divis stayed with him and kicked out the puck with his left pad when Roche didn’t get enough air under it. The stop helped Divis preserve his third shutout of the season. Houston finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Worcester went 0-for-2.

2005 at Houston 1-0 win
(AEROS) Jason Bacashihua made 29 saves for his eighth career shutout, out-dueling former goaltending-mate Mike Smith, as the Worcester IceCats handed the Houston Aeros their second straight shutout loss, 1-0, at Toyota Center. Jon DiSalvatore scored 7:20 into the second period for Worcester, which hasn’t allowed a goal at Toyota Center in the two games it has played there. The IceCats, winners of three straight and five of six, improved to an impressive 12-2-1-2 in one-goal games. Bacashihua made 11 saves in the first period, eight in the second and 10 in the third to win for the ninth time in 10 decisions. He is also 3-0-1 in his last four starts versus Houston. Bacashihua and Smith spent the last two seasons together in Utah. Bacashihua, who has won eight of his last nine starts, was great with 6:52 left in the first, stopping Junior Lessard three times in a span of seconds. He equaled those stops and then some when he robbed Mikko Koivu with his glove and Houston on the power play as time expired in the opening period. Worcester’s Brendan Brooks couldn’t find the handle on a breakaway four minutes into the second, but DiSalvatore put the IceCats on the board at the 7:20 mark. Mike Glumac won a battle behind the net and fed DiSalvatore in the right circle. His original shot was blocked in front, but he pounced on the rebound and put it in for his 10th goal of the season tying Glumac for the team lead. Bacashihua withstood a barrage of shots with Houston on the power play late in the second. In the third, Bacashihua?s best save came with 7:40 left, when he just got a piece of his blocker on a Stephane Veilleux attempt, pushing it over the net. Houston went on its fourth power play with 6:49 left when Aaron MacKenzie got called for high sticking, and Bacashihua kicked out Brent Burns’ rocket from the top of the left circle. Houston finished 0-for-4 on the man advantage, while Worcester went 0-for-7. Worcester’s January 9 shutout at Toyota Center last season, behind Reinhard Divis, was Houston’s last home shutout against.

2009 vs Albany 4-1 win
(WORSHARKS) The only thing that could beat Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss was the back board as Worcester topped the Albany River Rats, 4-1 on Friday night at the DCU Center. Greiss was sensational in net, making 36 saves for his 12th win of the season. A late second period fluke goal was the only that stood between him and his first-career shutout. Matt Fornataro and Lukas Kaspar each added a third period goal and assist as the Sharks improve to 20-17-0-1 on the season. After a number of glittering scoring chances early in the first period, the Sharks finally lit the lamp at the 15:27 mark, taking advantage of a delayed penalty for the 1-0 lead. Andrew Desjardins was at the right wing half wall when his pass intended for T.J. Fox in front tipped off Albany’s Tim Conboy and past River Rats goalie Justin Peters for Desjardins’ fourth goal of the season. Claude Lemieux and Mike Moore were credited with the assists on the play. Worcester killed off a full 1:20 of 5-on-3 hockey to preserve the 1-0 advantage heading into the first intermission. Shots were aplenty with Worcester leading 18-14 after one. Frazer McLaren and Nicolas Blanchard engaged in a heated fight at 8:52 of the second period following a number of scuffles after the whistle. Then off a faceoff in the neutral zone, the two immediately went at it, throwing a number of heavy punches on one another near the Albany bench. The chippiness continued to pick up with Lemieux in the middle of a number of altercations. Albany got on the scoreboard late in the second period via a lucky bounce. Jerome Samson fired the pucks around the boards from just inside the blue line and it took a strange bounce from behind the net back in front, hitting off Greiss and past the goal line for the 1-1 score. Kaspar scored the first clean goal of the night at 4:41 of the third to give Worcester the 2-1 advantage. While falling down, Fornataro made a sweeping pass to Kaspar who fired the puck past Peters from in between the faceoff circles for his ninth goal of the season. Only 2:03 later, the Sharks added a power play goal for some insurance to make it 3-1. Kaspar, who was positioned high in the zone, made a pretty pass to Fornataro right outside the crease who easily found the open net. Steven Zalewski was credited with the other assist on the play. Riley Armstrong added an empty net goal at 17:52 to cinch the 4-1 win.

2010 vs Providence 4-3 win
(WORSHARKS) In front of a raucous crowd of 6,334, the Worcester Sharks scored two goals just 49 seconds apart, late in the 3rd period to defeat the Providence Bruins, 4-3. It was the third time this season that the Sharks trailed the Bruins entering the 3rd period of action and on each occasion, the Sharks managed to comeback for the victory. Steven Zalewski and Andrew Desjardins were the heroes for the Sharks as they scored the two late goals. Derek Joslin scored and assisted on the Zalewski tally. Despite controlling much of the first period action, the Sharks were unable to escape the first period with a lead. However, they did tally first, 11:32 into the period when Michael Wilson (4) took the puck from a scrum at the top of the crease, skated around the pile of bodies, and beat a helpless Dany Sabourin glove side. With the team trailing by a goal and being outshot badly in the period, the Bruins looked to gain momentum as Lane MacDermid squared off with the Worcester’s Brandon Mashinter a minute after the goal. Both players dropped each other during the scrap. The fight energized the Bruins and they equalized at the 15:21 mark when Jordan Knackstedt found Levi Nelson in front to tip it past Sharks goalie Alex Stalock. The score stayed level at 1-1 after the first period of action. Worcester had the puck in the Providence zone much of the period and outshot the Bruins, 21-9. Levi Nelson put the Bruins ahead just over a minute into the second period when he sent a hard wrist-shot from the left circle that eluded Stalock. The goal, Nelson’s second of the game, was assisted by Knackstedt. Providence extended its lead to 3-1, 11:55 into the frame when Zach Hamill trickled his way through two Sharks defenders and got the puck through the pads of Stalock. Nelson and Knackstedt each earned assists. Finding themselves down by two and on the power-play late in the period, the Sharks struck. Derek Joslin’s shot from just inside the blue line snuck past Sabourin and the teams headed for the second intermission with the Bruins ahead 3-2. It was Joslin’s first goal of the season and was assisted by Dan DaSilva and Brandon Mashinter. Worcester continued to fire rubber towards Sabourin and outshot the Bruins once again, 15-8. For the second time this season against the Bruins at the DCU Center, the 3rd period provided plenty of drama. With Sabourin making save after save, the Sharks appeared to be headed for their second loss in a row. But their perseverance paid off in the form of two late goals. After Joslin’s blast from the point, Zalewski (13) banged home the rebound and tied the game with less than three minutes left in regulation. Joslin and Logan Couture picked up the assists. Then, 49 seconds later, the Sharks struck again. After a Wilson dump-in, DaSilva muscled Sabourin off the puck and found Desjardins (10) all alone in front of an empty-net. Desjardins took care of the rest and put the Sharks in front for good 4-3. Worcester outshot Providence in the period, 15-9. With the win, the Sharks moved to 23-13-0-2 (48 points) on the season. The Sharks set a franchise record with 55 shots on goal in the victory

2011 vs Springfield 3-2 SOL
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks battled back from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime but the Falcons won the game in the 5th round of the shootout in a 3-2 final on Sunday afternoon in front of 5,514 fans at the DCU Center. T.J. Trevelyan and Matt Irwin scored for Worcester with Alex Stalock making 29 saves in the losing effort. Tomas Kubalik and Trevor Smith scored for Springfield to give them a 2-0 lead early in the second period. The Sharks were held scoreless in the first period after failing to convert on two power play chances, including a four minute power play, while also ringing the puck off the iron twice in the period. Springfield would score the only goal of the period on a wrist shot by Tomas Kubalik (11th) at 3:07 of the first. Erik Lizon would get into his second scrap in three games, and would land several right hands, when he squared off at center ice with Falcons defenseman Theo Ruth late in the period. The period would end with Springfield leading 1-0 with shots in favor of Worcester, 17-12. Springfield would increase their lead to 2-0 midway through the period on a power play goal. Trevor Smith (14th) would one time a pass from David Savard from the right circle past Alex Stalock. Less than a minute later, the Sharks would finally break through. TJ Trevelyan (7th) would gather his own rebound near the left post and wrap it past Falcons goalie Gustaf Wesslau. Mike Moore and James Marcou were given assists on the goal. Erick Lizon would get into his second scrap of the game with veteran tough guy Nick Tarnasky off a faceoff midway through the second. The score at the end of twenty minutes was 2-1 Springfield. Matt Irwin’s (7th) one timer found the back of the net after a feed from Ryan Del Monte with just over four minutes into the third to tie the game 2-2. Both teams had power play chances in the period that they did not covert on, as the period ended tied at 2-2. Both teams would have a handful of offensive rushes in the overtime period but Alex Stalock and Gustaf Wesslau stood tall. Dan DaSilva nearly won it as he had an open net but his shot was stopped by Falcons forward Tom Sestito while he was lying on his back in the crease. The shootout would go five rounds as Dan DaSilva and Nikita Filatov traded goals in the first four rounds. Cody Goloubef would score in round 5 for Springfield to put them ahead and Wesslau would stop Sharks forward Cory Quirk to seal the win for the Falcons. The Sharks record falls to 18-13-2-5 with 43 points and to 9-6-1-2 at the DCU Center.

2015 vs Binghamton 6-3 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (15-14-3-2, 35pts) kicked off their five game home stand with an exciting 6-3 win over the visiting Binghamton Senators (15-16-3-1, 34pts) in front of 2,667 fans at the DCU on Friday evening. The Sharks scored three power play goals for the first time this season as Worcester received multipoint games from Willie Coetzee (1-3-4), Konrad Abeltshauser (1-2-3), Dylan Demelo (0-2-2), Chris Tierney (1-1-2), and Daniil Tarasov (1-1-2). Ryan Carpenter netted the game winner and Jeremy Langlois knotted his team leading 10th goal of the season while Troy Grosenick made 26 saves for his 11th win of the season. Willie Coetzee picked up three points (1-2-3) in the first period as Worcester charged out to a 3-1 lead through 20 minutes. Coetzee (3rd) gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead with a power play score at 2:20 after his shot from the left circle beat goaltender Andrew Hammond. Chris Tierney (4th) finished off a beautiful rush with a quick stick handle and flick of the wrists on top of the crease at 8:37 to give Worcester a 2-0 edge. The Senators struck back just 18 seconds later after a turnover behind the Worcester net led to David Dziurzynski (4th) firing a quick shot from five feet past Troy Grosenick at 8:53. Worcester struck again on the power play as Daniil Tarasov (7th) fired a cross ice pass from Willie Coetzee past Andrew Hammond at 11:15 to put the Sharks ahead 3-1. Binghamton held a 15-11 shot advantage through 20 minutes but the Sharks held a 3-1 lead. Tough guy Darren Kramer (1st) scored his first goal of the season in his 34th game after the Sharks turned the puck over at their blue line and Max McCormik sent the puck towards the Sharks net and Kramer was able to tip it past Grosenick at 3:07. The Sharks got their two goal lead back at 10:45 as Ryan Carpenter (5th) broke a 22 game goalless drought with a shot from the right circle on the rush to put the Sharks ahead 4-2. Matt Puempel (9th) tipped a Shane Price shot past Grosenick on the power play at 18:31 to get the Senators back to a single score. Worcester held a 4-3 advantage through 40 minutes and had a 26-20 shot advantage through 40 minutes. Worcester would pad their lead with a pair of goals in the third period as Konrad Abeltshauser (3rd) scored an insurance goal at 12:49 and Jeremy Langlois (10th scored on the power play at 18:47 with an easy tap in from the goal line to finish the scoring for the night. Worcester outshot Binghamton 10-9 in the third period in the 6-3 victory. The Sharks overall record improves to 15-14-3-2, 35pts, and 9-6-2-1, 21pts at the DCU Center.


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