Today in Worcester hockey history: January 10

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1996 at Baltimore 3-3 tie
(BALTIMORE) During their game against the Worcester IceCats last night at the Baltimore Arena, the Bandits enjoyed three leads, the exact number they gave away as the teams skated to a 3-3 tie. As a result, it was one of those it-could-have-been-a-lot-worse nights in the home locker room as bigwigs from the parent Mighty Ducks of Anaheim wandered hither and yon. Every time the Bandits would forge ahead, wham, there was an IceCat tying the score. The teams matched goals in the first period, Dwayne Norris getting his 17th for Baltimore, Shaun Kane his third for the visitors. J. F. Jomphe (13) scored for the Bandits and Dave Roberts for the visitors in the second. On the Bandits’ second power play of the evening, Sean Pronger (8) scored what looked for 20 minutes of playing time to be the winning goal. Fred Knipscheer (19) tied it again with 4:33 remaining. The Bandits had the best scoring chance during the extra session, but goalie Mike Buzak was easily up to the challenge. Actually, the home team squandered quite a few opportunities throughout but, again, the coach charged it off to nerves. That and the fact a decent line of late, Slava Butsayev, Jeremy Stevenson and Pete Leboutillier, was turn asunder as Stevenson started a six-game suspension for leaving the bench to fight last Saturday in Worcester, and Leboutillier was tossed out of the game as a third-man-in-a-melee instigator.

1997 at Albany 6-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats allowed three first period goals and were never really in the game in a 6-2 loss to the River Rats. Albany got first period goals from Rob Pattison (8:05 and 10:14) and Bobby House (9:34) and a second period strike from Jeff Williams (18:16,pp) to take a 4-0 lead into the third period. Vadim Sharifijanov made it 5-0 at 1:13 before Mike Maneluk got the IceCats on the board with a power play goal assisted by Bob Lachance and David Williams at 3:09. Pattison completed his hat trick at 17:40, and Nick Naumenko made it the 6-2 final with a power play goal at 19:06. Chris Kenady and Travis Scott, who made 23 saves in the game, had the assists on the goal. [210Sports note: This was the first AHL game played after the name change of Albany’s arena. It went from “Knickerbocker Arena” to “Pepsi Center” two days before. The building is now called the “Times Union Center”.]

1999 at New Haven 7-1 loss
The road weary Worcester IceCats had nothing left in the tanks and it showed in their 7-1 loss to the Beast of New Haven. Jochen Hecht gave the “Cats a 1-0 lead when he deflected Bryce Salvador’s shot, but that was pretty much the end of the highlights for Worcester. New Haven goal scorers were Tom Buckley, Dwayne Hay, Scott Levins, Ian MacNeil, Byron Ritchie, Jaroslav Spacek, and Shane Willis. Brent Johnson was in goal for the IceCats.

2001 vs Hartford 4-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats overcame two one-goal deficits but two late goals by the Wolf Pack resulted in a 4-2 loss for the IceCats. Former ‘Cats forward Derek Armstrong got Hartford on the board at 9:00 of the opening period on the power play, but Marty Reasoner would tie it for Worcester at 11:02 with assists going to Dan Corso and Eric Boguniecki. Dave Duerden gave the Pack their second lead of the game at 4:34 of the middle stanza, but Jamie Thompson’s shorthanded goal at 13:07 tied it once again. ‘Cats netminder Dwayne Roloson had the assist on the play. But in the third period Brad Smyth gave Hartford the lead for good at 16:38, and old friend Terry Virtue added an empty net goal for the Wolf Pack at 19:48 for the 4-2 final. Roloson finished the game with 38 saves.

2003 at Providence 5-1 loss
The Worcester IceCats played from behind the entire game and never really were in it during a 5-1 loss to the Baby-Bs. Pat Leahy made it 1-0 P-Bruins 11 seconds into the contest. Matt Herr scored on the power play at 2:57 of the second period, Chris Kelleher made it 3-0 at 7:34, and then Lee Goren scored at 16:20. Sergei Varlamov ended the period with a five on three power play goal. Jarno Kultanen made it 5-1 with a third period tally. Curtis Sanford took the loss in goal.

2009 vs Lowell 2-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Brett Westgarth’s first goal in a Worcester Sharks uniform proved to be a game-winner as the Sharks ended their season-long seven-game home stand with a 2-1 win over Lowell on Saturday evening at the DCU Center. It marked the fourth-straight win over Lowell after the Devils won the first game on Oct. 11. The Sharks end their franchise long seven game home stand at 5-2-0-0 and now hit the road with a 21-17-0-1 record (43 points). Midway through the first period, the Sharks had an apparent goal taken away as referee Francois St. Laurent deemed that the whistle had been blown. P.J. Fenton would have gotten credit for the goal as his touch in front appeared to cross the goal line before the whistle had blown, but it was for naught. Mike Moore laid out Nicklas Bergfors with a clean open-ice hit at 11:21 of the first period. After the hit, both Stephen Gionta and Ryan Murphy looked ready to drop the gloves, but it was Murphy who eventually battled Moore. Along with the fighting majors, Gionta was also assessed an extra minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Sharks lit the lamp first behind T.J. Fox’s third goal of the season at 2:28 of the second period. Lowell goalie Dave Caruso got a piece of Claude Lemieux’s hard slapper, but it deflected over his shoulder, allowing Fox to tip it into the open net. Andrew Desjardins was credited with the other assist on the play. Lowell quickly tied the score at one when Anssi Salmela netted his sixth goal of the year on a delayed penalty. He was falling down, but was still able to get a low shot off that beat Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss at the 4:37 mark. Bergfors tallied the other assist on the play. Worcester defenseman Jason Demers saved a goal late in the second period after the Devils sprung a two-on-none. Barry Tallackson made a nice pass across to Alexander Vasyunov who stared at a wide-open net, but his shot was deflected away by Demers, keeping the score at 1-1. After 33:47 of game action without a goal, Westgarth picked a great time for his first goal of the season. His low shot from the point went through traffic and hit iron before crossing the goal line. Matt Fornataro, who was screening in front, was credited with an assist along with Ryan Vesce. The Devils pulled Caruso, but could not beat Greiss as the 2-1 score stood.

2010 vs Portland 6-5 win OT
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks made their second straight comeback, once down 5-1 in the second period, to secure an overtime win defeating the Portland Pirates 6-5 during their fifth matchup of the season Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center. Dwight Helminen netted the game-winning goal in overtime and Steven Zalewski and Logan Couture both had a goal and two assists, while Benn Ferriero chipped in with a goal and three assists. Danny Groulx tied the game with :43 seconds remaining with the extra attacker to force overtime. Portland started the first period off quickly when Mike Kostka netted his second goal of the season at just 42 seconds past Worcester’s Tyson Sexsmith, assisted by Mark Mancari and Felix Schutz. Despite a few close calls and a crossbow shot by Dean Strong, the Sharks remained scoreless in the first, yet still outshot the Pirates 16-15. Portland’s Joe DiPenta jumpstarted an eventful second period scoring a shorthanded, unassisted goal at 3:42, only to be followed at few minutes later with a goal by Felix Schutz at 6:02. The Sharks were down by three only for a minute until Steven Zalewski retaliated, netting Worcester’s first goal at 7:02. The Pirates struck again at 10:28 when Mancari scored, sniping his second point of the game. A tough scramble in front of Sexsmith put the Sharks down 5-1 as Paul Byron chipped in his seventh goal of the season. The Sharks wouldn’t leave the second without putting up a fight, as Brandon Mashinter scored at 16:28, shortening the gap to 5-2. A Sharks’ powerplay late in the second proved beneficial to Worcester as Logan Couture netted a much needed goal, his 14th goal of the season, putting the score at 5-3 at the end of the second. Worcester’s Benn Ferriero wasted no time in the third, scoring at just 3:20, putting the score at 5-4. With less than a minute left in the period and an empty Sharks’ net, Groulx scored to tie the game up at 5-5. A nail-biting overtime lasted 3:29 before Helminen netted the game-winning goal assisted by Joslin and Ferriero to snatch the win from underneath the Pirates. With the win, the Sharks move to 24-13-0-2 (50 points) on the season.

2014 vs Hartford 3-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Tyler Gron scored in his debut as the Worcester Sharks (15-15-2-1, 33pts) picked up a 3-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack (11-18-0-5, 27pts) in front of 3,203 fans at the DCU Center in on Friday evening. Brodie Reid nabbed the game winner at 13:39 of the third period and Daniil Tarasov added an empty netter for Worcester while Troy Grosenick was strong in net as he made 21 saves in his 7th victory of the season. Yanni Gourde assisted on the game winner in his return for the Sharks as Worcester moved back to .500 on home ice. A fast moving first period saw Hartford score the only goal on the power play at 7:23. Ryan Bourque (6th) fired a rocket over the shoulder of goaltender Troy Grosenick from the left circle to put the Wolf Pack up 1-0 through 20 minutes. Worcester outshot Hartford 8-7. The Sharks picked up play in the second period and new comer Tyler Gron (1st) struck on the power play at 10:16 as he fired a loose puck at the side of the net past netminder Dov Grumet-Morris to tie the score at 1-1. Worcester outshot Hartford 13-6 as the two teams headed into the locker room knotted at 1-1. After winning a puck battle along the left wing boards in the Wolf Pack zone, Yanni Gourde found Brodie Reid (4th) at 13:39 of the third period on top of the left circle and Reid’s shot broke through the Hartford goaltender for the eventual game winner. Daniil Tarasov (10th) added an empty netter while Troy Grosenick made nine 3rd period saves to preserve the victory. The Sharks overall record improves to 15-15-2-1, 33pts and 7-7-0-1, 15pts at the DCU Center this season.

2015 vs Providence 4-3 win OT
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (16-14-3-2, 37pts) came back three times and skated away with a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory over the visiting Providence Bruins (17-15-4-1, 39pts) in front of 6,083 fans at the DCU on Saturday evening. The Sharks trailed 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2 before captain Bryan Lerg won the game in overtime on a penalty shot at 6:15. Dylan Demelo, Willie Coetzee, and Daniil Tarasov scored for Worcester and Troy Grosenick made 26 saves in his 12th win of the season. John Buccigross was in attendance on his #bucciovertimechallenge bobblehead night and witnessed the first penalty shot overtime game winner in Sharks history as Worcester improved to 6-0-0-0 vs. the Bruins this season. The two teams combined for five goals on just 15 shots as the Bruins took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. Colin Stuart (1st) gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 1:41 after his quick shot from the left wall broke off a Sharks defender and sputtered past Troy Grosenick. Worcester would tie the score on their first shot of the game after Willie Coetzee won an offensive zone faceoff and Dylan Demelo (3rd) quickly fired a shot past netminder Jeremy Smith at 6:10 just two seconds into the Sharks power play. Providence went ahead 2-1 as Brian Ferlin (6th) sent a snap shot from the right circle on the rush that broke off the glove of Grosenick and into the net at 7:57. The Sharks tied the score again as Daniil Tarasov intercepted a clearing attempt inside the Bruins zone and cut to the left circle and sent a laser that was tipped in front by Willie Coetzee (4th) at 17:17. Providence would strike right back at 17:44 as All-Star Alexander Khokhlachev (8th) broke in alone on Troy Grosenick after the Sharks turned the puck over and sent a backhander into the net. Providence held a 10-5 shot advantage through 20 minutes. Each team fired 11 shots in the second period but Troy Grosenick and Jeremy Smith were able to stand tall. Providence took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission and held a 21-16 shot advantage through 40 minutes. Worcester would tie the score for a third time at 3:58 of the third period as Daniil Tarasov (8th) took a pass from behind the net by Willie Coetzee and fired a quick shot from in tight that beat Jeremy Smith on the short side as the score was evened up at 3-3. Worcester outshot Providence 15-6 in the third period as the game headed to overtime tied 3-3. Chris Tierney was tripped up by Steve Eminger at 4:43 of the overtime period to give the Sharks a power play. After a goal mouth scramble in the Bruins crease, it was ruled that a Bruins defender covered the puck up in the crease and a penalty shot was awarded to the Sharks. Sharks captain Bryan Lerg (5th) fired a backhander past Jeremy Smith for the overtime game winner at 6:15 to give the Sharks a thrilling 4-3 victory. The Sharks overall record improves to 16-14-3-2, 37pts, and 10-6-2-1, 23pts at the DCU Center.

2018 at Reading 4-2 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (14-15-3-2, 33pts) dropped a 4-2 decision to the host Reading Royals (20-15-2-0, 42pts) in front of 2,051 fans at the Santander Arena on Wednesday evening. Barry Almeida added two points (1-1-2), Kellen Jones recorded his eighth goal of the season, and Pennsylvania native Eamon McAdam made 29 saves in net but Reading got a goal midway through the third period to break a 2-2 tie before adding an empty netter. The Railers finished the three-game set in Reading with a 1-2-0-0 record vs. the Royals. Worcester struck first as Kellen Jones (8th) tapped in a rebound from the crease past goaltender John Muse assisted by Chris Langkow and Barry Almeida at 7:11 of the first period. Reading would answer back at 16:49 as Nolan Zajac (8th) fired a one-timer past Eamon McAdam after a nice feed from behind the net by Matt Willows. No penalties were called in the opening frame as Reading held a 13-8 shot advantage. The Railers went ahead 2-1 on their first shot of the second period as Barry Almeida (9th) stole the puck at center ice and broke in on John Muse and scored with a quick shot through the pads at 7:00. The Royals would tie the game again at 15:38 after a turnover behind the Railers net and a quick pass in front to Chris McCarthy (12th). Each team had a power play in the second period as Reading held a 24-13 shot advantage through two periods of play but the score was tied 2-2. Reading would grab their first lead of the game at 10:41 as Alex Krushelnyski (11th) sent a snap shot through a screen from the left circle to give the Royals the 3-2 lead. Worcester would send a flurry of activity on the net in the final two minutes with the extra attacker but Matt Willows (13th) would put the game away with an empty netter at 19:52 to give Reading the 4-2 home victory.

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