Today in Worcester hockey history: January 11

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1995 vs Portland 5-3 loss
The IceCats battled back from down two goals but stumbled at the end in a 5-3 loss to the Pirates. Worcester got on the board first with a goal by Shawn Heaphy at 5:29 the first period, with assists going to Ross Wilson and Cal McGowan. Andrew Brunette tied the game for Portland at 10:23 of the period, and then the Pirates took the lead with a Darren McAusland goal at 11:40 of the second. McAusland would add another at 3:35 of the third, but a Terry Virtue goal at 8:33 would stop the bleeding. The assists went to Heaphy and Dave Baseggio. Jarrett Deuling, with assists to Virtue and Baseggio, would tie the game at 12:39. McAusland picked up his hat trick to give Portland the lead for good at 16:55, and Norm Batherson added an empty net goal just as the final horn sounded for the 5-3 final. The hand-written official score sheet lists the goal at 20:00. Wayne Cowley had 40 saves in the loss.

1997 at Portland 5-4 win
The Worcester IceCats got a game winning penalty shot goal from Jamal Mayers to defeat the Pirates 5-4. Portland jumped out to a two goal first period on strikes by Benoit Gratton (4:56) and Anson Carter (12:25,pp). Konstantin Shafranov cut that lead in half with a goal at 15:23, assisted by Stephane Roy. In the second period Marc Potvin made 3-1 at 8:36 with a power play goal. The ‘Cats then grabbed the next two goals, with Roy getting Worcester within one at 13:34 with Chris Kenady assisting and Mayers tying it at 16:38 with Mike Maneluk and Daniel Guerard providing the helpers. In the third Terry Virtue game the IceCats the lead at 6:30, with Alex Vasilevskii and Jamie Rivers assisting. Potvin scored his second of the game at 14:59, and then Mayers won it with his penalty shot at 15:53. Mayers was awarded a penalty shot because referee Kevin Maguire ruled Portland netminder Robb Stauber threw his stick in an attempt to stop Mayers’ breakaway bid. Jamie McLennan made 34 saves in the win.

2002 at Providence 2-1 loss
The Worcester IceCats continued their offensive slump in Providence and lost 2-1 to the Bruins. It appeared the ‘Cats scored in the first period when Jame Pollock and Darren Rumble had a two on one break into the P-Bruins zone. Pollock’s initial bid was stopped, but in the wild scramble the developed in front of the net Marc Brown pushed the puck over the goal line where it was swiped out by Providence’s defenseman Zdenek Kutlak. Referee referee Eric Furlatt, who was out of position, waved it off saying the puck didn’t cross the goal line. Carl Corazzini (2:18) and Aniket Dhadphale (4:43) then scored early in the second period for Providence. Andrei Troschinsky made it 2-1 at 4:09 with a nice 15-foot wrist shot that beat Baby-Bs netminder Jeff Maund. [210Sports note: After the game Rumble was adamant the puck was over the goal line “by a couple inches” and had no issues telling everyone he saw about it.]

2008 at Providence 3-0 win
(WORSHARKS) Behind strong goaltending by Dimitri Patzold and Devin Setoguchi’s first AHL goal, the Worcester Sharks defeated the Providence Bruins for the second-consecutive game, 3-0, Friday evening at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. The Sharks rode the momentum from Saturday’s thrilling shootout win by jumping out to the quick 2-0 lead and handing the first-place Bruins only their sixth regulation loss of the season. Patzold finished the night with 25 saves, recording the first-shutout in franchise history, and his fifth career AHL shutout. Worcester improves to 3-1-0-1 against the Bruins this season. It marks only the second two-game losing streak suffered by the Bruins this season. The Sharks jumped out of the gate with one of their strongest periods of the season. After numerous opportunities in the offensive zone, they capitalized at 7:09 of the first, giving Worcester the all-important first goal. It marked the eighth time in the last nine contests that the Sharks have lit the lamp first. Lukas Kaspar sent a shot towards the net from the top of the left faceoff circle. Riley Armstrong redirected the rising puck by Providence goaltender Tuukka Rask for his eighth goal of the season. Tom Cavanaugh was also credited with an assist on the play. Worcester continued to keep up the pressure. They upped their lead to 2-0 at 16:01 when Setoguchi scored his first-career AHL goal, assisted by Dan Spang. Spang made an outlet pass from the Sharks’ defensive zone to a streaking Setoguchi. He skated in all alone on the left wing side and beat Rask with a perfectly placed shot to the top right corner of the net. Providence nearly cut the lead to one with under two minutes remaining in the first. The Sharks turned the puck over in front of Patzold, but Martin Karsums was denied by Patzold, who made the strong save. The Bruins came out of the locker room with an extra jump in their step, looking to cut into the Sharks’ advantage. They did not capitalize on their first four shots and Worcester made them pay. At 2:35, Ashton Rome made a nifty pass from behind the net to former Bruin Dennis Packard. Packard’s shot from the left faceoff circle beat Rask to the far post for the 3-0 lead. It was Packard’s fifth goal of the season. At 3:55 of the second, Rask was pulled in favor of Jordan Sigalet after allowing three goals on 11 shots. T. J. Trevelyan nearly got Providence on the board with 7:16 remaining in the first period, but Patzold made a quick left pad save. After 15 minutes of back-and-forth action in the third with neither team lighting the lamp, Patzold continued to come up with clutch saves. With 4:30 remaining in the game, the Bruins attempted a wraparound, but Patzold moved quickly from his left to his right to deflect the puck away from the right post.

2011 vs Albany 2-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks fell behind early and could not mount a consistent offensive attack as the Albany Devils skated away with a 2-0 shutout victory Tuesday night at the DCU Center. Michael Swift scored both goals for Albany and goalie Mike McKenna stood tall making 32 saves in the shutout effort. The Sharks struggles on the power play would continue as they went 0-for-6 with the man advantage. The first twenty minutes was controlled by the Albany Devils strong forecheck and neutral zone play. The Sharks were limited to just two shots in the period, which included two power plays. Albany took a 1-0 lead 10:47 into the first as Michael Swift (14th) finished a three-on-one rush for the Devils. Shots were 8-2 and the score was 1-0, both in favor of the Devils at the end of one. Worcester began to break out of their offensive slump in the second period. Kevin Henderson had the best chance of the period as he was stopped down low on a backhand when he was left alone in front. Both teams failed to convert on power play chances in the second, as the period ended with a spirited bout between Dan DaSilva and Devils defenseman Rob Davison. The score stayed 1-0 through forty minutes. The Sharks outshot Albany 18-10 in the period. The Sharks pushed forward with their comeback attempt in the third period but could not solve Devils goalie Mike McKenna. The Sharks did not capitalize on two third period power plays, including a 6-on-4 with under a minute remaining, as Albany scored an empty net insurance goal with six seconds remaining. The Devils would go on to win by a score of 2-0. The Sharks record falls to 18-14-2-5 with 43 points and to 9-7-1-2 at the DCU Center.

2013 vs Springfield 4-3 win OT
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (19-13-1-2, 41pts) topped the Northeast Division leading Springfield Falcons (19-9-3-3, 44pts) 4-3 in a see-saw overtime thriller on Friday evening in front of 3,663 fans at the DCU Center. Sharks defenseman Nick Petrecki (1st) delivered the knockout blow in overtime, burying the game-winner with 42 seconds remaining. The Sharks led 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and eventually won 4-3. Denny Urban (2nd), Bracken Kearns (9th), and Freddie Hamilton (5th) also scored for Worcester. Harri Sateri was great in net for the Sharks, making 25 saves on 28 shots, giving his team a chance to win as John McCarthy and Jon Matsumoto each had two assists. After Springfield carried much of the play early on, the Sharks were able to break the stalemate at 6:05. Freddie Hamilton (5th) got the Sharks on the board with a highlight reel goal, pulling the puck past a Falcon’s defenseman and sniping it top shelf over the shoulder of Curtis McElhinney, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. The Sharks were successful in killing off both of Springfield’s two power plays in the period as Harri Sateri was sharp with 11 saves. Springfield’s relentless pressure finally paid dividends at 6:00 of the second period, when Tomas Kubalik (7th) redirected a nice pass from Michael Chaput past Harri Sateri, evening the score at 1-1. Worcester’s Matt Pelech (9th FM) and Springfield’s Dalton Smith (6th FM) dropped the gloves just past the midway point of the second period, after Pelech hit Smith in open ice, but not many punches connected. The Sharks grabbed ahold of the lead once again less than five minutes later, when Worcester won a draw in the offensive zone back to Denny Urban (2nd), who wristed a shot through traffic to the back of the net, making it a 2-1 game. The Falcons found the equalizer yet again just over six minutes into the third period, when Sean Collins (7th) cleaned up a rebound on the doorstep after a nice passing sequence from Manchester, tying the game 2-2. However, it didn’t take Worcester long to answer. It was Bracken Kearns (9th) deflected home a Denny Urban bomb from the point on a Shark’s power play, rifling it past Curtis McElhinney, giving the Sharks a 3-2 lead. After the Sharks were called for a penalty with just 2:11 left in regulation, Tomas Kubalik (8th) notched his second goal of the game, burying a rebound, sending the game into overtime. The second shot of overtime came at 4:18 and sent Sharks fans home happy. After Mike Wilson made a nice backhand feed, Nick Petrecki (1st) collected the puck at the point and wristed the puck through traffic, finding the back of the cage and giving the Sharks a 4-3 win. The Sharks overall record improves to 19-13-1-2 (41pts in 35gp) and 8-5-1-1 at the DCU Center.

2014 vs Norfolk 5-1 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (16-15-2-1, 35pts) exploded for three second period goals and won their third straight home game with an impressive 5-1 victory over the Norfolk Admirals (19-13-1-4, 43pts) in front of 3,616 fans at the DCU Center in on Saturday evening. Freddie Hamilton, Adam Comrie, Yanni Gourde, Daniil Tarasov, and Dan DaSilva scored for Worcester while Troy Grosenick was strong in net as he made 24 saves in his 8th victory of the season. The two teams combined for 64 penalty minutes in a feisty affair as Worcester put an end to the Admirals three game win streak. Neither team found the back of the net in the opening period as Worcester fired 12 shots on netminder Frederick Anderson – fresh off his assignment from the Anaheim Ducks. Troy Grosenick made six first period saves while the fans enjoyed a true heavyweight bout between Jimmy Bonneau (8th FM) and Zack Stortini (22nd FM) at 6:11 in a physical period. The offense picked up in the middle frame with the first goal awarded to Freddie Hamilton (12th) at 38 seconds while the Sharks were shorthanded after a video replay review several minutes after the score. Hamilton’s shot beat Anderson and went through the net and was confirmed by video replay. Norfolk tied the score at 1-1 as Devante Smith-Pelly (11th) finished off a nice string of passes on the Admirals power play at 6:04 with a tip in past goaltender Troy Grosenick. Worcester went ahead 2-1 after Yanni Gourde stole the puck in the offensive zone and sent a perfect pass to Adam Comrie (2nd) who then ripped a hard low shot past the glove of Frederick Anderson at 12:15. Yanni Gourde (1st) struck on the power play after he slithered through the middle and past two defenders and slid the puck through the pads of Anderson at 15:32. Worcester outshot Norfolk 17-6 in the second period and took a 3-1 advantage into the locker room through 40 minutes. Worcester would add two more goals in the third period as Daniil Tarasov (11th) found the back of the net at 3:20 after a great fore-check and pass by Freddie Hamilton and Dan DaSilva (4th) put the game away with a wicked shot just inside the crossbar at 17:24 to put the Sharks ahead 5-1. Two near line brawls nearly broke out in the final two minutes as 26 penalty minutes were dished out before the final horn sounded. The Sharks overall record improves to 16-15-2-1, 35pts and 8-7-0-1, 17pts at the DCU Center this season.

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