Today in Worcester hockey history: January 12

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2001 at Providence 8-3 loss
(TICKER) Jonathan Girard registered a team-record six assists and Andre Savage, Joel Hulbig and Ivan Huml each scored a pair of goals as the Providence Bruins crushed the Worcester Ice Cats, 8-3. Girard, who spent most of December playing for the Boston Bruins, established a career single-game high by surpassing Eric Manlow’s previous team-record of five assists, which he set on December 17 against Hamilton. Jeremy Brown and Jay Henderson also scored for Providence and John Grahame stopped 28 shots to pick up the win as the Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-2-0 versus Worcester this season. Ed Campbell, James Pollack and Jesse Rezansoff each scored for the Ice Cats and Andrei Troschinsky recorded three assists. Cody Rudkowsky suffered the loss to fall to 9-6-2 as Worcester was handed its worst defeat of the season.

2002 at Hartford 8-3 loss
(HARTFORD) Emotions ran high on many fronts Saturday night at the Civic Center. From the moment the Wolf Pack skated on the ice in special patriotic uniforms, the largest home crowd since opening night (9,452) had plenty to cheer while watching an 8-3 victory over the Worcester IceCats. It started with scenes from Sept. 11 on the Jumbotron as Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” and the national anthem played before New York City fireman Rich Nappi dropped the ceremonial first puck. Nappi, a Rangers season ticket holder, contacted the Wolf Pack when he heard the jerseys — covered with stars, an American flag design on the front, a “God Bless America” patch on one sleeve and a team patch on the other — were to be auctioned online this month to benefit the Twin Towers Fund.
Then the Wolf Pack scored four goals in 9:56 of the first period, the last the first of Brad Smyth’s first natural hat trick. West Haven native Eric Boguniecki and IceCats teammate Steve McLaren later got five-minute match penalties for intent to injure and automatic game misconducts, and Wolf Pack left wing Christian Gosselin earned his first automatic game misconduct for three fights, two with McLaren. Mike Mottau, sucker-punched by McLaren with 5:51 left, scored the Wolf Pack’s third goal, a 40-foot shot from the right circle that sent Reinhard Divis to the bench after allowing three goals on eight shots in 16:02. But 1:31 later, Smyth stuffed in Mottau’s pass from the left circle on the first shot on Cody Rudkowsky. Then 4:18 into the second, Mottau set up Smyth’s second power-play goal 1:18 after Boguniecki, the AHL’s No. 3 scorer, got his match penalty for hitting Rico Fata in the chin with his stick along the boards. And the ice was soon littered with hats at 9:08 when Smyth completed his hat trick, scoring his team-leading 17th goal on Barrett Heisten’s rebound. Fata, who had three assists, and Jason Dawe gave the Wolf Pack a 2-1 lead. Cam Severson scored the other two goals, and Dawe, Michal Grosek and Ken Gernander each had two assists as the Wolf Pack improved to 5-1-1-1 in their last eight. Jason LaBarbera made 40 saves for his first victory since Dec. 8, and Smyth extended his assist and point streaks to eight games, both team highs this season. Justin Papineau scored twice and Brad Voth once for the IceCats (18-18-4-1)

2003 at Lowell 2-0 loss
The Worcester IceCats fired 44 shots at Lock Monsters netminder Randy Petruk, who entered the game with a 1-12-2 record, and he stopped them all in a 2-0 loss to Lowell. Tomas Kurka (17:22, 2nd) and Mike Zigomanis (14:14, 3rd) had the Lock Monster goals. Phil Osaer made 26 saves for the ‘Cats, but had no chance at all making saves on the two Lowell scores.

2008 at Albany 4-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) Despite scoring the first goal of the game for the second-consecutive night, the Worcester Sharks dropped a back-and-forth affair Saturday evening, 4-3, to the Albany River Rats at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. All seven of the goals were scored within two offensive outbursts in the contest. Four were recorded in a 7:09 span in the second period, breaking a scoreless tie, while three were tallied in a 5:45 span of the third. In the end, a strong goaltending effort by Albany goaltender John Grahame, along with timely goals, led to the River Rats coming out on top in the first meeting of four between the two teams. The Sharks started the game with good pressure, but couldn’t find a way to beat Grahame, an eight-year NHL veteran. With just under 14 minutes remaining in the first period, Devin Setoguchi took a shot from the high slot. The rebound went to Riley Armstrong from point blank range, but Grahame came up with the big stop to keep the game scoreless. Less than one minute later, Setoguchi and Armstrong found themselves on a two-on-one. Setoguchi tried to go top shelf, but Grahame got a shoulder on it to deflect it away. The remaining of the period remained physical, with numerous big hits by both squads. Neither team was able to find the back of the net, despite Setoguchi continuing to earn more golden opportunities. Worcester thought they had taken the league in the third minute of the second period, but referee Ghislain Hebert waved off the goal. Ashton Rome beat Grahame off a rebound, but it was ruled to have been kicked in. T.J. Fox, a native of Oswego, NY, had many friends and family in attendance at the game. He came through with a tally at 4:47 of the second period, giving the Sharks the 1-0 lead. Off a rebound, he beat Grahame for his sixth goal of the season, marking the ninth time in the last ten games Worcester has struck first. Tom Walsh and Setoguchi were credited with assists on the play. What looked like a harmless play led to Albany tying the score at one. Joey Mormina threw the puck towards the net at 7:44. Sharks goaltender Taylor Dakers was unable to find the puck through the traffic in front of him, leading to Mormina’s second goal of the season. Jakub Petruzalek picked up the lone assist on the goal. The River Rats took the lead less than two minutes later, when David Gove scored his eighth. He faked a shot at the left side boards in favor of a high slap shot. It snuck through the pads of Dakers at 9:40 for the 2-1 lead. Jamie Johnson and Brian Rodney picked up the assists. Worcester answered right back at 11:56. Patrick Traverse took the body and found Lukas Kaspar on the right wing side. Kaspar took a slap shot that rifled off the crossbar and snuck in for his tenth of the season. In the third period, Albany’s Jordan Fox found an opportune time to tally his first-career AHL goal. Rodney took a shot, with Fox and the Sharks’ Tom Walsh battling in front of the net. Fox was able to deflect the shot past Dakers at 8:44 for the 3-2 advantage. Jerome Samson picked up the other assist on the play. Armstrong capped off a strong game with his second goal in as many games, tying the score at three at 13:19 of the third period. Tom Cavanaugh threw the puck towards the net, with Armstrong beating Grahame for his ninth goal of the season. Setoguchi picked up his second assist of the game on the play. The seesaw battle continued as the River Rats responded with what would end up as the final blow to retake the lead 1:10 later, 4-3. Nicholas Blanchard cleaned up a loose puck in the crease, beating a sprawling Dakers.

2013 at Albany 4-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (19-14-1-2, 41pts) fell 4-1 to the Albany Devils (14-12-1-6, 35pts) on Saturday evening in front of 7,321 fans at the Times Union Center. Eight healthy regulars did not dress for Worcester (Tennyson, McCarthy, McLaren, Sheppard, Kearns, Irwin, Pelech, and Petrecki) as Patrick Rissmiller made his return to the Sharks organization in the 4-1 loss. Freddie Hamilton scored in his 2nd straight game and former Sharks winger Steve Zalewski scored and added an assist for the Devils. Alex Stalock made 24 saves in the loss for Worcester. Rookie Freddie Hamilton (6th) banged home a loose rebound past Devils’ netminder Keith Kinkaid at 7:16 after a nice rush by Daniil Tarasov to give Worcester a 1-0 lead. Albany tied the score with 35 seconds as former Sharks forward Steve Zalewski found the back of the net on a wrap around try past Alex Stalock to tie the score at 1-1. Shots were 8-4 in favor of the Devils through 20 minutes. The Devils scored the only two goals of the second frame on 12 shots to take a 3-1 lead. Mattias Tedenby (9th) scored on the power play with a wicked shot from 30 feet at 3:15 to give Albany a 2-1 lead. Steve Zalewski found Gelinas (3rd) at the center slot with a terrific pass at 18:54 to give the Devils a 3-1 lead through two periods of play. Albany added an insurance goal at 8:44 as Darcy Zajac (4th) deflected home a centering feed by Mattias Tedenby to give Albany a 4-1 lead. The Sharks could only muster five shots in the third period on Keith Kinkaid in the loss. The Sharks overall record falls to 19-14-1-2 (41pts in 35gp) and 11-9-0-1 on the road.

2014 vs Portland 4-3 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (17-15-2-1, 37pts) won their fourth straight home game with a 4-3 victory over the Portland Pirates (15-14-1-5, 36pts) in front of 3,558 fans at the DCU Center in on Sunday afternoon. Lane Scheidl, Travis Oleksuk, Yanni Gourde, and Taylor Doherty scored for Worcester while Harri Sateri made 18 saves and picked up the win in relief after an injury to Troy Grosenick early in the second period. Worcester fired 42 shots and Dylan Demelo extended his point streak to five games with an assist in the 4-3 victory over the Pirates. Worcester came out flying in the first period and Lane Scheidl (1st) banged home a loose rebound past Mark Visentin at 5:18 to give Worcester a 1-0 lead. Travis Oleksuk (5th) also found a loose rebound and fired it home after Dan DaSilva stole the puck in the right circle on the power play and snapped a hard low shot that was stopped by the Portland netminder. Portland got on the board at 18:24 after Mathieu Brodeur (1st) sent a laser from the left point through traffic and past Troy Grosenick to cut the Sharks lead to 2-1. Worcester outshot Portland 15-6 in the first period.
Yanni Gourde (2nd) extended his point streak to three games (1-4-5) with a wicked shot from 45 feet off the post and into the net at 3:57 with a shorthanded tally with Freddie Hamilton picking up the only assist. Goaltender Troy Grosenick left the game with 12 minutes remaining in the second period with an apparent injury after he was twisted up with a Pirates player and was replaced by Harri Sateri. Worcester outshot Portland 15-10 in the second period and took a 3-1 lead into the third period. Jordan Martinook (6th) got the Pirates within a goal at 3:36 of the third period but the Sharks responded after a blast by Taylor Doherty (3rd) from the left point hit the twine at 8:11 which gave the Sharks a 4-2 lead. Portland struck back as Chris Brown (6th) deflected a point shot past Harri Sateri at 10:56 and cut the Sharks lead to 4-3. Portland was held at bay the rest of the way as the Sharks held on for the 4-3 victory on home ice. The Sharks overall record improves to 17-15-2-1, 37pts and 9-7-0-1, 19pts at the DCU Center this season.

2018 at Manchester 2-1 win OT
(RAILERS) Matt Lane scored at 3:34 of the overtime period to give the Worcester Railers HC (15-15-3-2, 35pts) a 2-1 overtime win over the first place Manchester Monarchs (21-12-2-1, 46pts) in front of 1,498 fans at the SNHU Arena on Friday evening. Matt Lane and Barry Almeida scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made 30 saves in net for his 7th win of the season. Kellen Jones and Mike Cornell added assists as the Railers won their first overtime game in franchise history on their 7th try. Manchester scored the only goal in the opening frame as Spencer Watson (4th) was able to break down the right wing and cut across the crease before sliding the puck past an outstretched Mitch Gillam at 5:50. The Railers tied the score at 17:04 after Barry Almeida (10th) snapped a quick shot from the left circle past the glove of Charles Williams at 17:04. Shots were 13-9 in favor of Worcester through 20 minutes of play with the score tied at 1-1. Neither team found the back of the net in the second period as Manchester outshot Worcester 10-6 in the middle frame. The two clubs headed into the second intermission with each scoring a goal on 19 shots on net. Shots were 10-9 in the third period in favor of Manchester with both Mitch Gillam and Charles Williams making some big saves to force the game to overtime. Both teams played a relatively conservative overtime period until Matt Lane (3rd) snapped a quick shot down the left wing side on the rush for the game winner at 3:44 to give the Railers a 2-1 victory on the road.

2019 vs Reading 4-1 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (15-16-3-2, 35pts) kicked off a four game homestand with a 4-1 win over the visiting Reading Royals (17-11-3-5, 42pts) in front of 4,324 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening. Bo Brauer (1-1-2), Matt Schmalz (2-1-3), and Nick Sorkin scored for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis made 30 saves in net for Worcester for his 6th win of the season. David Quenneville and Connor Doherty each added an assist and were each +3 in a game that featured no power plays the entire game as the Railers closed out the first half of the season with a home win. Neither team found the back of the net or ended up in the penalty box in the first period with Reading holding a 9-6 shot advantage through 20 minutes of play. A much better tempo in the second period saw the Railers grab a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Matt Schmalz (5th) buried a Bo Brauer pass from on top of the crease just 35 seconds into the middle frame to give Worcester a 1-0 lead. Former Railers Frankie DiChiara (11th) made a nice move down the left-wing side and sick handled the puck through the pads of Evan Buitenhuis at 13:40 to tie the score at 1-1. Bo Brauer (2nd) scored in his second straight game after Matt Schmalz rushed down the right-wing side and Brauer batted a rebound from his hip and into the net from on top of the crease at 16:57 past goalie Callum Booth to give Worcester a 2-1 lead. Shots were 19-18 in favor of Worcester through 40 minutes of play. Matt Schmalz (6th) scored a great individual effort goal as he skated down the right-wing side got around a defender before he cut across the crease and sent a backhander off the post and into the net at 10:18 of the third period for a big insurance goal. Nick Sorkin (8th) added an empty netter at 18:54 assisted by Connor Doherty to give the Railers the 4-1 home victory.

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