Today in Worcester hockey history: January 16


1955 at New Haven 8-1 loss
Bob Verrier scored in the final minutes for Worcester to break up the shutout.

1996 AHL All-Star Game: USA 6, Canada 5 (Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania)
Despite being born in Canada goaltender Eric Fichaud played for USA, and earned the win making nine saves on 11 shots in the third period. Jamie Rivers played for Team Canada, and finished (-2) with a shot in goal.

1997 AHL All-Star Game: World 3, Canada 2 (SO) (Harbour Station, Saint John, New Brunswick)
Bob Lachance was (-1) and had a shot on goal for World, Rory Fitzpatrick was “E” and had two shots for World. Terry Virtue was (-2) with two shots for Canada. Jamie Rivers was “E” and had an assist on Rob Murray’s game tying goal at 15:16 of the third period. Team Canada’s head coach was IceCats Head Coach Greg Gilbert.

1999 vs Providence 2-2 tie
Twice the Worcester IceCats would fall behind on power play goals by Cameron Mann of the Providence Bruins, and twice they’d make up that deficit in a 2-2 tie with the Baby-Bs. Mann had the only goal of the first period, at 16:44. Tyson Nash would get the ‘Cats back to even 30 seconds into the middle period, assisted by Bryce Salvador. Mann would score again at 3:40 for the 2-1 P-Bruins lead. Jeremiah McCarthy would knot the score with the IceCats skating five on three at 7:14. Jamal Mayers and Rory Fitzpatrick had the assists on the play. From there it was all on the goaltenders. Jim Carey had 24 saves for Providence while Rich Parent had 35 for Worcester.

2002 vs Philadelphia 6-3 win
The Worcester IceCats entered the third period with a three goal lead, lost it before the period was over, but then scored three more to defeat the Phantoms 6-3. Eric Boguniecki had the first goal of the game 1:57 into the contest assisted by Eric Nickulas and Dale Clarke. Boguniecki scored again at 12:52, this time helped by Darren Rumble and Matt Walker. Daniel Tkaczuk made it 3-0 ‘Cats at 16:43 of the middle period, with Mark Rycroft and Jame Pollock getting assists. At 3:56 of the third period referee Harry Dumas called a major high sticking penalty on Pollock (the rules at the time called for 5 minutes for drawing blood even if it was accidental), and Philly capitalized with a goal by Vaclav Pletka at 6:43 and two from Pavel Brendl at 7:22 and 8:18 to make it 3-3. Greg Davis got Worcester its lead back at 9:42, with Clarke and Rycroft picking up points. Boguniecki completed his hat trick at 10:10, with Nickulas and Justin Papineau getting the assists. Pollock’s goal at 18:38, from Marc Brown, made it the 6-3 final. With 27 seconds remaining in regulation Philly’s Francis Lessard and Pete Vandermeer were both given 17 minutes each in a wild melee that saw the IceCats get just 5 minutes to Brad Voth. Cody Rudkowsky got the win with 33 saves in net, and Rumble finished at a +5 rating.

2004 at Springfield 3-1 loss
(FALCONS) David LeNeveu made 36 saves and Peter Ferraro scored twice as the Springfield Falcons defeated the Worcester IceCats, 3-1, before a crowd of 4,357 at the Springfield Civic Center on Friday evening. Defenseman Dustin Wood also tallied for the Falcons, scoring his first goal in the American Hockey League. Ferraro potted both of his goals in the second period to provide the Falcons with their two-goal lead. On his first goal, Ferraro stick-handled the puck through the Worcester defense after receiving a cross-ice pass from center Erik Westrum in the neutral zone and scored from the low slot 3:38 into the frame. The marker ended a 17-game goal-scoring drought for Ferraro. The Port Jefferson, New York native connected again 7:13 later by completing a three-on-two Falcons rush. Ferraro shot the puck into the net from his knees after receiving a centering pass from Nikos Tselios and being subsequently hauled down by an IceCats defender. LeNeveu protected the Falcons lead with several sparkling saves in the final two periods including a glove save on a point-blank IceCats opportunity in the middle frame. The rookie also slid from post to post to stop a power-play bid by Worcester defenseman Trevor Byrne in the third period. LeNeveu left the game with 1:49 remaining to play due to cramping in his right leg muscles. Jean-Marc Pelletier completed the game in the Falcons net without having to handle any shots. Ferraro nearly completed a hat trick in the closing minute while the Worcester crease was vacated for an extra skater. However, the right wing?s shot from the Falcons? blue line was off target. The Falcons took a 1-0 lead 4:46 into the game when Wood’s shot from the right point carried past IceCats goaltender Curtis Sanford. Moments after Falcons defenseman Matthew Spiller exited the penalty box to end a Worcester power play, IceCats center Blake Evans poked in a rebound during a scramble in front of the Springfield net. The marker tied the game, 1-1, with 9:55 remaining in the first period.

2005 at Providence 2-1 win
Playing their fourth game in five days the Worcester IceCats didn’t show much offense, but with Curtis Sanford making 25 saves they scored just enough to beat the Providence Bruins 2-1. Mike Glumac got the ‘Cats on the board with a power play goal at 4:20. Blake Evans and Mike Mottau had the assists. Patrice Bergeron then tied the game for the Baby-Bs at 19:15. The clubs would remain tied until the third period, when Dennis Wideman scored the game winner on the power play at 11:26. Jon DiSalvatore and Glumac had the helpers.

2008 at Hartford 5-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks dropped to 0-5 against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday evening with a 5-2 loss at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Kaspar and Cavanagh picked up the Sharks’ goals, but it wasn’t enough. Hartford used a three-goal third period to distance themselves after Worcester had cut the lead to one after two periods. Devin Setoguchi did increase his point scoring streak to five games. In that time, he has picked up seven points on one goal and six assists. It wouldn’t take long for Hartford to take the early 1-0 lead. After a battle in the corner, the puck squirted to the right wing point. Michael Sauer threw the puck towards the net. It went through two Sharks defensemen and between goaltender Dimitri Patzold’s pads for his second goal of the season at 2:47 of the first period. Hugh Jessiman and Alex Bourret picked up the assists on the play. The Wolf Pack added insurances less than five minutes later at 7:14. Ryan Callahan made the feed to Dane Byers, who took a shot along the near side boards at the left wing corner. Patzold was surprised by the shot and it beat him five hole. Artem Anisimov picked up the other assist on the play. Worcester had a golden opportunity to inch back into the game. With less than one minute remaining on its first powerplay, Tomas Plihal took a pass from Lukas Kaspar, but was denied point blank by Hartford netminder Miika Wiikman. It didn’t take long for the Sharks to get on the board in the second period. Hartford took a holding penalty 23 seconds into the second frame. Towards the end of the powerplay, Dan Spang found Kaspar at the far side boards. Kaspar skated towards the middle of the ice and let go a wrist shot on top of the right wing circle. It rifled through traffic and past Wiikman to make it 2-1 at the 2:17 mark. The second period continued to go back and forth with numerous opportunities by both teams, but neither team found the back of the net. Patzold started turning it up and made big saves, keeping the Sharks deficit to only one. The Wolf Pack once again retook the two-goal advantage at 8:30 of the third period. Bourret and Lauri Korpikoski found themselves on an odd-man rush. Bourret passed to Korpikoski, who returned the favor. Bourret made it count, burying his seventh goal of the season for the 3-1 lead. It took 1:19 for the Sharks to respond. Hartford’s Andrew Hutchinson got crossed up with referee Ryan Fraser. Setoguchi made a quick touch pass to Tom Cavanagh, who picked up his eighth goal of the season at 9:49. Hartford answered back at 12:52. Thomas Pock took a shot from the right wing side. Patzold made the original save, but the Sharks couldn’t clear the zone, and it went to P.A. Parenteau, who shot the puck into the empty net. Callahan picked up his second assist of the evening on the play. The Wolf Pack capped off the win with a goal by Hugh Jessiman. Patzold made a nice save off a shot from the right wing, but Bourret wouldn’t give up on the play, leading to Jessiman’s tenth goal of the season at 16:40 of the third.

2009 at Norfolk 3-2 win SO
(WORSHARKS) In what has become an intense AHL rivalry, the Sharks used goals from Torrey Mitchell and Matt Fornataro to force overtime, while Fornataro added the game-winning goal in round seven of the shootout to spring Worcester to a 3-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals on Friday evening. Ryan Vesce and Jamie McGinn scored Worcester’s other shootout goals while Justin Keller and Radek Smolenak scored for the Admirals. Mitchell played in his first game of the season after suffering a leg injury during the preseason. On Wednesday, he was sent down from San Jose on a conditioning assignment, marking his first action in Worcester since the end of the 2006-07 season when he skated in 11 regular season games and all six playoff contests. A turnover by Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss led to a shorthanded goal and a quick 1-0 deficit at 2:30 of the first period. Bracken Kearns was the benefactor, scoring his ninth goal of the season into an empty net after Greiss came out of the crease to play the puck. Late in the first, Worcester killed off a full two minutes of a 5-on-3 Norfolk power play, keeping the deficit at 1-0 after one period of play. Norfolk took a 2-0 advantage at 3:54 of the second period behind Brandon Bochenski’s 13th goal of the year. His backhand shot from in between the faceoff circles deflected off the skate of Mitchell and beat Greiss five-hole. Grant Potulny and Mike Lundin were credited with the assists. Greiss made a sensational save on Chris Gratton at the 14:40 mark and the Sharks made it count when Mitchell buried his first of the season only 35 seconds later. He took a pass from Jamie McGinn and found the open net for his first AHL goal since April 27, 2007, which was Game 5 of the Atlantic Division Semifinals at Manchester. The goal was also assisted by Lemieux. The Sharks scored the crucial tying goal at 6:00 of the third. Vesce kept the puck in the Admirals zone and found Fortnataro, who walked in on Norfolk goalie Mike McKenna, changing from backhand to forehand before roofing the puck top shelf to make it 2-2.

2010 vs Manchester 5-2 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks crushed the first-placed Manchester Monarchs 5-2 in front of a hefty crowd during their seventh meeting of the season on Saturday night at the DCU Center. Worcester’s Steven Zalewski and Brandon Mashinter both tallied a goal and assist, while Danny Groulx and Jason Demers recorded two assists a piece. Despite three Worcester powerplays and a few close calls in front of Manchester goalie Jeff Zatkoff, the teams were unable to net the puck, leaving the first period scoreless. However, the Sharks controlled the ice, outshooting the Monarchs 16-8. Manchester jumpstarted the second period when defenseman Corey Elkins scored a power play goal at 4:34 to bring the Monarchs to a 1-0 lead. Worcester’s Steven Zalewski responded by wrapping a goal around the post at 10:29 assisted by Danny Groulx and Jason Demers. Right-wing Dan DaSilva took advantage of a power play, sniping yet another goal for Worcester at 13:54, putting the Sharks up 2-1. Derek Joslin and Brandon Mashinter tallied the assists on the goal. Logan Couture tapped in a shorthanded goal past a sprawled Zatkoff at 18:11, assisted by Zalewski and Demers to end the second at 3-1. Worcester’s Brandon Mashinter lengthened the Sharks’ lead with a wicked snap shot form the right circle on the rush scoring his 12th goal of the season at 9:42 in the third period, with Frazer McLaren notching the assist. Manchester’s Viatcheslav Voynov retaliated on a power play at 18:18 with his eighth goal of the year, shortening the gap to 4-2. In rebuttal, John McCarthy scored a goal on an empty Manchester net with just 58 seconds to go, finishing off the game with a score of 5-2. With the win, the Sharks move to 25-14-1-2 (53 points) on the season.

2011 at Providence 2-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) Worcester fired 45 shots on goal but could not light the lamp behind Bruins netminder Matt Dalton as the Sharks dropped a 2-0 decision on Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Frazer McLaren, Jay Leach, and Tommy Wingels all dropped the gloves for the Sharks and Alex Stalock made 17 saves in the loss for Worcester. Providence would take an early 1-0 lead after their 2nd shot of the contest found the back of the net on Alex Stalock. Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman (6th) slapped a puck through the pads of Stalock from the left circle after a feed from behind the net by Antoine Roussel. Frazer McLaren and Brian McGrattan had a terrific toe-to-toe battle at 11:17. Minutes later, Sharks captain Jay Leach danced with Lane MacDermid at 15:28 for the 2nd bout of the period. Worcester trailed 1-0 after twenty minutes of play. Jeff Penner (4th) snuck behind the Sharks defense and snapped a quick shot past Stalock at 4:32 to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd period. Tommy Wingels fought Andrew Bodnarchuck for his first professional fight at 17:25 as the Sharks trailed 2-0 after 40 minutes. Worcester would fire 20 more shots on goal in the third period but Bruins netminder Matt Dalton stood tall and held on for his 2nd shutout of the season. The Sharks record falls to 19-16-2-5 with 45 points and to 10-9-1-3 on the road as Worcester played their 41st game of the season.

2013 vs Hershey 3-2 SOL
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (19-15-1-3, 42pts) earned a point, but fell to the Hershey Bears (20-17-1-1, 42pts) 3-2 in a shootout on Wednesday evening in front of 3,067 fans at the DCU Center. Rookie Daniil Tarasov scored his first AHL goal with 10.7 seconds remaining in regulation to secure a point for the Sharks. Denny Urban recorded a goal and an assist in the game and also scored the Sharks lone shootout goal in the loss. Alex Stalock was great in net for Worcester, stopping 29 of 31 shots that he faced in the game. Garrett Mitchell and Ryan Potulny scored for Hershey in the shootout to secure the victory for the Bears. After the Sharks were called for interference, Hershey capitalized on their first power play when Tomas Kundratek found Kane Boyd (7th) backdoor, who tapped it into an empty net, giving Hershey a 1-0 lead. Bears goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped all 10 shots that he saw in the first period, while Worcester’s Alex Stalock turned aside 10 out of the 11 shots that he faced. The Sharks didn’t waste any time getting the equalizer in the second period. Just 15 seconds into the period, Denny Urban (3rd) was found all alone in the attacking zone and released a bomb from the top of the circles that beat Philip Grubauer blocker side, tying the game 1-1. However, Hershey caught a lucky break at 4:47, when T.J. Syner (3rd) stepped out of the box after serving a penalty and went in on a breakaway and beat Alex Stalock, allowing Hershey to regain the lead 2-1. The Sharks were outshot 11-6 in the second period. After the Sharks applied strong pressure on the Bears for nearly the whole third period and outshot them 11-5, the hard work finally paid off late. Following a strong entry into the zone, Daniil Tarasov (1st) was able fire a centering feed by Denny Urban for his first AHL goal, tying the game with just 10.7 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the game into overtime. The Hershey Bears brought pressure in the overtime period, but Alex Stalock was up to the task, turning aside the four shots that he faced in overtime, forcing a shootout. Garrett Mitchell and Ryan Potulny scored in the shootout for Hershey, while Denny Urban was the lone goal scorer in the shootout for Worcester, resulting in a 3-2 win for Hershey. The Sharks overall record falls to 19-15-1-3 (42pts in 38gp) and 8-6-1-2 at the DCU Center.

2015 vs Manchester 5-4 win SO
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (18-14-3-2, 41pts) kicked off their 3-in-3 weekend with a thrilling 5-4 shootout win over the Manchester Monarchs (25-9-3-2, 55pts) for their fifth straight victory in front of 3,122 fans at the DCU Center on Friday night. Taylor Fedun (1-1-2), Jeremy Langlois (1-2-3), Chris Tierney, and Travis Oleksuk scored goals for Worcester as the Sharks trailed 2-0, 3-2, but led 4-3 before the Monarchs forced overtime. Bryan Lerg scored the only goal in the shootout while Troy Grosenick made 30 saves and stopped all three shooters in the shootout as the Sharks improved to 4-0-0-0 on their five game home stand which ends Saturday night vs. the Penguins at 7pm. Colin Miller (1-2-3), Andrew Crescenzi, Adam Hughesman, and Michael Mersch scored for Manchester while JF Berube made 24 saves in net in the shootout loss.
Manchester struck at the 5:03 mark of the first period when forward Adam Hughesman (1st) scored the first goal of his AHL career after poking the puck past Troy Grosenick in front of the net. The Monarchs added another at 7:26 when Andrew Crescenzi (1st) stole it in front of the crease and found the back of the net, giving the Monarchs the 2-0 advantage. Despite Worcester’s 11-7 shot advantage, they trailed 2-0 through twenty minutes. Worcester got on the board at 11:21 of the second period when Gus Young ripped one from the point that was tipped into the net by Jeremy Langlois (11th) to cut the lead to one. Less than four minutes later, an off-balance Chris Tierney (5th) rocketed a wrist shot past Manchester’s netminder Jean-Francois Berube after a solid pass across the left circle from Ryan Carpenter to even the score at 2-2. The Monarchs regained the lead with 54.6 seconds left in the second period when defenseman Colin Miller (10th) beat Grosenick with a quick shot from the left point with traffic in front of the net. Grosenick made 10 saves on 11 shots with the Sharks down 3-2 going into the second intermission. Five minutes into the third period, Travis Oleksuk (4th) lit up the lamp after ripping one in front of the crease to tie the game. The Sharks took the lead for the first time of the night after Taylor Fedun (2nd) fired a wrist shot in front of the blue line on the power play that got past Berube. Manchester tied it up once again when Michael Mersch (8th) knocked a backhander in the net with 2:18 left in the third period. Worcester outshot Manchester 12-11 in the third period, as they game remained 4-4 at the end of regulation. No goals were scored during the sudden-death overtime period and the Monarchs and Sharks went to a shootout. Bryan Lerg’s goal in the shootout gave the Sharks the 5-4 shootout victory. The Sharks overall record improves to 18-14-3-2, 41pts, and 12-6-2-1, 275pts at the DCU Center this season.

2023 ECHL All-Star Game, 3 on 3 tourney won by “Destroyers” (Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia)
Railers forward Collin Adams played for the Eastern Conference, scoring a goal and an assist in the round-robin tourney.


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