1995 vs Albany 6-3 loss
The IceCats surrendered a River Rats goal just 36 seconds into the game and never fully recovered in a 6-3 loss to Albany. Mark Ouimet, assisted by Cal McGowan and Terry Virtue, had a first period goal at 11:51 to make the score 2-1. Roy Mitchell had an unassisted goal at 17:21 to make it 3-2, but that was as close as Worcester would get. McGowan added his second goal of the game at 14:12 of the third period, assisted by Ross Wilson, for the 6-3 final. Wayne Cowley had 30 saves in the loss.
2000 vs Hartford 3-2 win
(TICKER) Marty Reasoner scored twice in a four-minute span of the second period as the Worcester IceCats edged the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, for their fifth straight win. Reasoner, who is tied for the league lead with 45 points, put Worcester ahead to stay nine minutes into the middle frame and provided the margin of victory with 6:57 left. He also assisted on Tyler Rennette’s goal nine minutes into the first period for the IceCats. Brent Johnson made 25 saves to improve to 15-10-3. P.J. Stock and Brad Smyth scored for Hartford, which has lost four of its last six games.
2004 vs Springfield 3-1 win
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats defeated the Springfield Falcons 3-1 on the strength of Mike Glumac’s three-point effort Wednesday night at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. The ‘Cats rookie had a pair of goals, including the game-winner and added an assist. Glumac opened the scoring in the first period at 16:25, as he redirected a point shot from the stick of Trevor Byrne. Glumac then answered Springfield’s only goal of the game in the second. Eight minutes after Goran Bezina tied the game, Worcester’s leading scorer bagged his 14th of the season. It turned out to be the deciding marker. Terry Virtue padded Worcester’s lead in the third, tucking a shot past Jean-Marc Pelletier after faking a wraparound. For Virtue, it was his fourth goal of the season and his 199th regular season point in an IceCats uniform. Curtis Sanford captured the win in net with 29 saves and the IceCats have now earned a point in four straight games
2005 at Manchester 7-4 loss
(MONARCHS) Defenseman Tim Gleason collected the game-winning goal with 13:57 remaining in the third period as the Manchester Monarchs beat the Worcester IceCats, 7-4, before a crowd of 9,634 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night. The Monarchs closed Friday’s game third period goals from Gleason, defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, right wing George Parros and center Michael Cammalleri. All four players helped the Monarchs match a season high for goals in a period and goals in a game. Grebeshkov broke a 3-3 third period deadlock with his second goal of the season, scored on the power play at 5:43. Gleason followed just 20 seconds later with the game-winner, his sixth goal of the campaign. Cammalleri and left wing Noah Clarke assisted on the Grebeshkov goal. Left wing Jeff Giuliano and right wing Tom Kostopoulos shared assists on the Gleason goal. Center Ryan Ramsay pulled the IceCats to within one goal at 14:21 of the period with center Eric Boguniecki and left wing Peter Sejna assisting, but Parros put the icing on the cake with his third goal of the season, scored from the right circle at 17:23. Cammalleri completed the scoring with his team-leading 24th goal, scored into an empty net with less than a minute to play. Right wing Dan Welch assisted on the Parros marker. Clarke had the only assist on the Cammalleri empty-netter. The Monarchs opened a 3-1 lead early in the second period with the 23rd goal of the season for center Yanick Lehoux, who one-timed his shot by goaltender Curtis Sanford (24 shots, 18 saves) at 1:22. Left wing Dustin Brown and Kostopoulos assisted on the play. The IceCats made it a one-goal game with the sixth goal of the season for rookie center Troy Riddle, jammed past goaltender Mathieu Garon (23 shots, 19 saves) on a rebound at 1:49 of the period. Left wing Erkki Rajamaki and center Jay McClement assisted. McClement also had a part in the next Worcester goal, scored by Ramsay at 5:35 of the period. Riddle notched the second assist on the play as the IceCats and the Monarchs finished the period tied. The Monarchs led 2-1 through one period thanks to goals from right wing Brad Smyth and Clarke. Smyth finished a rush into the Worcester zone with his 11th goal, scored at 2:45. Cammalleri and defenseman Mike Weaver assisted on the play, with Weaver?s neutral zone steal starting the rush. Clarke took over the league lead with his fourth shorthanded goal, scored at 14:56 of the period. Defenseman Joe Rullier and Gleason assisted on Clarke?s 13th overall goal this season. Boguniecki had the only first period goal for the IceCats. He scored his second of the season with assists from Ramsay and defenseman Aaron MacKenzie at 17:25 of the period. Garon (18-7-1) earned the win, his 18th of the season. Sanford took the loss, his ninth (9-9-2) in 22 appearances.
2007 at Portland 5-4 SOL
The Worcester Sharks went into the third period tied but needed two goals in the period to make it to overtime before losing the game in the shootout 5-4. Graham Mink gave the WorSharks the lead at 11:12 of the opening period, assisted by Mathieu Darche and Brad Staubitz. Early in the second period Portland got the next two on goals by Matt Keith (2:48) and Brett Skinner (4:56). Tomas Plihal knotted the game 2-2 when a wicked wrist shot from about 20-feet out after taking a nice feed from Steve Bernier. Brennen Evans had the secondary helper. Once again the pirates would grab twogoals in a row, with Zenon Konopka (8:31) and Brian Salcido (10:20) giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead. Lokas Kaspar scored at 12:31 of the third period to make it 4-3 when he banged home the rebound of Josh Prudden’s bid. Dan Spang picked up a point on the play. It took three or four whacks at the puck but Steve Bernier finally tied it at 17:24 when he continued to fight for a loose puck after a Tomas Plihal shot. Through overtime and to the shootout the teams went, where Portland’s Matt Keith had the only goal to give the Pirates the 5-4 win. Nolan Schaefer made 33 saves in the loss.
2009 at Philadelphia 7-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) You know the feeling when the odds are against you. That’s what the Sharks had to face on Wednesday night. Worcester, playing its second-ever game at the Wachovia Spectrum, which will be torn down following the season, was handed a quick 4-0 first period deficit before falling by a 7-1 final. The loss drops Worcester’s all-time record against Philadelphia to 0-3-0-0. The Phantoms were coming off a tough five-game road trip eager to skate on home ice where it entered the game 9-5-1-1 compared to 11-13-0-0 on the road. Former NHL All-Star Daniel Briere played in his first game of a conditioning assignment, scoring a shorthanded goal and adding an assist in his first AHL game in eight years. Jared Ross had a hat trick and an assist while five other Phantoms had multiple point nights. Thomas Griess’ bid for a fifth straight win ended quickly. He allowed four goals on nine first period shots and finished the night with 16 saves on 23 shots. Greiss had only allowed five goals in his previous four games. The loss came in a game in which the Sharks outshot their opponent for a 14th straight game. One bright spot came from Lukas Kaspar and Ryan Vesce, who continue to impress as they combined on the Sharks’ lone goal at 13:31 of the second period. In the process, Vesce upped his point streak to a Sharks’ season-high eight games, while Kaspar is up to six straight. After Philadelphia took a 6-0 second period lead, tempers boiled over when James McEwan, making his AHL debut, dropped the gloves against Matt Clackson at 8:33 of the period. Off the ensuing faceoff, Frazer McLaren and Garrett Klotz squared off. Mike Moore and Clackson also had a fight in the first. The second period included three Phantoms goals, by Ross, Briere, and Jonathan Matsumoto, to up their lead to 7-1 heading into the second intermission. Briere quickly made his presence felt with an assist on Philadelphia’s second goal at the 13:17 mark of the first period. Patrick Maroon scored, jamming the puck into the net after Greiss made the initial save on Ross. Only 1:28 later, Ross lit the lamp for the first time to hand Worcester a 3-0 deficit. Ross added his second goal with 14 seconds remaining in the opening frame to put the Sharks into a 4-0 hole heading into the first intermission. A familiar name, Sean Curry, gave the Phantoms the 1-0 lead at 5:47 of the first period with a hard slap shot from 50 feet. Curry is in his first season with Philadelphia and is best remembered by Sharks fans from his time with the Providence Bruins.
2011 at Springfield 3-1 win
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks battled back from an 1-0 third period deficit and scored three goals in a 2:40 span late in the third period in a 3-1 victory over the Falcons on Friday evening at the Mass Mutual Center. Coach Roy Sommer became just the 4th coach in AHL history to coach 1,000 games, joining AHL Hall of Famers Frank Mathers (1,256), Fred “Bun” Cook (1,171) and John Paddock (1,125) in his 461st career victory. Cam MacIntyre, Jonathan Cheechoo, and Dan DaSilva scored goals for Worcester to break a 1:33:03 scoreless streak and Alex Stalock made 21 saves in the win. Neither team scored in a physical first period that saw plenty of post whistle scrums and a good tilt between Chris Lawrence and Dane Byers at 17:54. Worcester outshot Springfield 15-6 through 20 minutes of play. After Joe Loprieno and Steven Goertzen dropped the mitts at 3:15, Tom Sestito (7th) scored on a wrap-around attempt past Alex Stalock at 3:21 on the power play to put the Falcons ahead 1-0. Stalock made several stellar saves in the 2nd period, stopping Trevor Frischmon on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush and Tom Sestito on a one-timer on a Falcons power play to keep the Sharks within one goal. Gustaf Wesslau had 27 saves after two periods of the play as the Sharks trailed 1-0 after 40 minutes.
Falcons captain Ben Guite was whistled for a major penalty for boarding at 9:38 to give the Sharks a five minute power play. After Dane Byers was stopped on a shorthanded breakaway rush, Alex Stalock sent a 90 foot pass to the left side for Jonathan Cheechoo to lead Worcester on the break out. Cheechoo and rookie Cam MacIntyre exchanged passes before MacIntyre (2nd) struck on the power play to tie the score at 1-1 at 12:17. The goal broke a 133:03 scoreless drought for the Sharks. Jonathan Cheechoo (14th) struck at 14:22 firing in a rebound past Wesslau for the Sharks second power play score. Just 35 seconds later, Dan DaSilva (7th) backhanded the puck around the Springfield netminder after a faceoff win by Ryan Del Monte in the Falcons zone. The Falcons pressed late but the Sharks held on for a stunning come-from-behind 3-1 victory over the Falcons. The Sharks record improves to 19-14-2-5 with 45 points and to 10-7-1-3 on the road as Worcester hits the midway point of the season.