Today in Worcester hockey history: January 17

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1995 AHL All Star Game, Canada 6, USA 4 (Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI)
Roy Mitchell was (-1) and had a shot on goal for USA.

1997 vs Binghamton 3-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats had a 2-1 lead after one period but gave up two second period goals to end up on the losing end of a 3-2 score in front of 11,834 fans at the Centrum. Konstantin Shafranov gave the ‘Cats the lead at 15:21, assisted by Chris Kenady and Radim Bicanek. Jason Zent made it 2-0 at 18:25 with Kenady and David Williams assisting. Twenty-three seconds later Peter Ferraro cut the ‘Cats lead in half. In the second period Daniel Goneau tied it for the Rangers at 15:08, and former IceCat Sylvain Blouin gave Binghamton the lead at 16:30. Worcester thought they’d tied the game with 1.5 seconds remaining when Terry Virtue put the puck into the Rangers net, but referee Marc Joanette waved the goal off saying he’d blown the play dead before the puck crossed the goal line. Travis Scott had 23 saves in the game.

1998 vs Providence 4-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats came back from down a goal to the Baby-Bs twice but couldn’t come back a third time in a 4-2 loss to Providence. Jean-Yves Roy opened the scoring for the Bruins with a shorthanded goal at 8:41 of the opening period. On that same Worcester power play Jamal Mayers would tie the game, with assists going to Robert Petrovicky and Nick Naumenko, at 9:05. At 14:11 Ed Ronan gave Providence their lead back. Mayers tied the game again at 14:55 of the middle stanza, with helpers going to Petrovicky and Ricard Persson. Roy would give the Baby-Bs their third lead of the game with a late second period goal at 19:29. Randy Robitaille added an empty net goal at 19:26 of the third for the 4-2 final. Frederic Cassivi made 20 saves in the loss.

1999 vs Hartford 5-2 win
The Worcester IceCats fell behind twice to the Wolf Pack, but a three goal third period put the game into the win column for the ‘Cats with a 5-2 final. Former IceCats forward Derek Armstrong had the only goal of the first period to give Hartford the lead after 20 minutes. At 3:00 of the second period Tyson Nash scored a shorthanded goal, assisted by Marty Reasoner and Jeremiah McCarthy to tie the game. Christian Dube gave the Wolf Pack their lead back at 14:33, but Shayne Toporowski would get Worcester back to even at 15:26, assisted by Dan Corso. The IceCats took the lead at 5:06 of the third period when Jamal Mayers lit the lamp. Reasoner and Jan Horacek had the helpers on the play. Matt Smith made it a two goal lead at 13:47, with Andrej Podkonicky and Marek Ivan earning points. Lubos Bartecko would make it the 5-2 final with a goal at 15:20. Ivan and Podkonicky assisted on the play. The two assists in the game were the only two Ivan would have in the AHL. Brent Johnson made 36 saves in the win.

2000 AHL All-Star game: Canada 8, PlanetUSA 3 (Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial, Rochester, NY)
Marty Reasoner had a goal and an assist, was +1, had two shots on goal, and was the game’s #2 star. Ladislav Nagy was (-4) with five shots for PlanetUSA. PlanetUSA played with only 16 skaters vs Canada’s 19.

2003 at Manchester 3-2 OTL
(MONARCHS) Pavel Rosa’s goal 1:47 into overtime extended his goal streak to four games, and more importantly, it gave the Manchester Monarchs a hard-fought 3-2 North Division victory over the Worcester IceCats on Friday night at the Verizon Wirless Arena. The win was the second straight on home ice for the Monarchs. Rosa’s game-winner, his second in overtime against Worcester this season, sent the crowd of 9,231 away with smiles on their faces. The Monarchs, who entered play with a 13-0-1-1 record when scoring the first goal, did just that at 14:44 of the 1st period. Yanck Lehoux’s 12th goal this season was recorded exactly one second after a Monarchs power play had ended. Scott Barney and defenseman Chris Schmidt assisted on the play. Even with the goal, the Monarchs were held to just seven first period shots compared to Worcester’s 15. The IceCats added another 16 shots in the middle period and built a 2-1 lead with goals at from defenseman Tom Koivisto at 5:17 and defenseman Terry Virtue at 9:48. Tomas Zizka’s goal at 15:29 of the middle period enabled the Monarchs to draw even at two. Steve Kelly and Pavel Rosa were credited with assists on Zizka’s ninth goal. The Monarchs outshot the IceCats 3-0 in the extra period, but Worcester held the overall edge in shots by a 37 to 21 margin.

2009 at Norfolk 6-5 win OT
(WORSHARKS) Ryan Vesce scored at 3:04 of the overtime period as the Sharks scored five unanswered goals and shocked the 4th largest crowd in Admirals history with a come from behind 6-5 victory over the Admirals on Saturday night at the Scope Arena. The Sharks would start off on the right foot scoring on the opening shift as Patrick Traverse intercepted a clearing attempt and fired a wrist shot through traffic at: 34 seconds of the first period to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. The good fortunes for the Sharks would end there, as the Admirals would rattle off five straight goals on Sharks net minder Taylor Dakers in the opening period to tie a franchise record for most goals in a period. It was the most goals the Sharks have allowed in a period this season. Blair Jones scored twice, Chris Gratton, Bracken Kearns and Chris Lawrence all added tallies in an offensive barrage in the Sharks zone. The first period featured two fights, Sharks rookie James McEwan and Jay Rosehill tangled at 1:56, just one second after Norfolk took a 2-1 lead. Frazer McLaren and Zenon Konopka dropped the mitts at 13:13 after McLaren laid a body check on Brendon Bochenski. The Sharks trailed 5-1 after twenty minutes and were out shot 18-14 heading into the first intermission. Worcester would come storming back in the second period, with Riley Armstrong scoring his 16th goal of the season just: 14 seconds into the middle frame. Ryan Vesce would extend his team high ten game point streak after finishing off a 3on2 shorthanded rush at 17:37 after a centering feed by Lukas Kaspar. With less than two minutes remaining in the period Worcester, the Sharks would connect on their 4th power play of the period, as Jamie McGinn scored his 9th of the year firing a shot from the right circle at 18:53. Worcester outshot the Admirals 17-6 in the second period, outscoring Norfolk 3-0, to trim the deficit to just one goal heading into the second intermission. Taylor Dakers stoned Brandon Segal on a penalty shot at 8:06 of the third period to keep the Sharks within a goal. Just thirty seconds later, Jason Demers would score his 2nd of the season, a power play strike at 8:36 of the third period to tie the score at 5-5. The game would then go into overtime for the second straight evening with shots after 60 minutes, 42-34 in favor of Worcester. Each team had several great chances in a wide open overtime period, but Sharks defenseman Mike Moore got in deep and fired a puck off the post which landed in the crease behind Karri Ramo and was slammed in by Sharks captain Ryan Vesce at 3:04 in overtime. The overtime goal was Vesce’s third overtime strike of the season. The win improves Worcester’s record to 23-18-0-1, while the loss drops the Admirals to a 16-19-1-5 record. The Sharks finished with a 4-0-0-0 record vs. the Admirals this season with a total of ten fights in the season series.

2010 at Bridgeport 4-2 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks grabbed their 10th road win of the season in another complete team effort in a 4-2 victory over the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon. Worcester’s Danny Groulx had three assists, Jamie McGinn a goal and two assists, and Logan Couture scored his AHL leading 8th game winning goal of the season as the Sharks took over 2nd place in the Atlantic Division heading into the All-Star break. The Sound Tigers put pressure on early in the first six minutes of the first period but came up empty as Alex Stalock turned away four shots on goal. “Stalock made some big saves to keep us in early… he allowed us to weather the storm,” said Coach Sommer. After an icing against Worcester, Roy Sommer called a time-out and was very vocal on the bench. The Sharks responded as Cory Quirk scored his 3rd of the season as he batted in a loose rebound past goaltender Scott Munroe after the initial shot by Dwight Helminen at 7:16. A little over four minutes later, Jamie McGinn ripped a wrist shot from the right circle rushing down the wing on the power play at 11:42. The Sharks led 2-0 after the first period of play. Sean Bentivoglio (14th) got Bridgeport on the board at 3:04 of the 2nd period knocking in a loose rebound on top of the crease. The Sharks got the goal right back just 89 seconds later when Logan Couture (16th) deflected a hard shot from on top of the crease after a bullet from 55 feet by Danny Groulx at 4:33. The Sharks led 3-1 after forty minutes of play despite being outshot 18-15. After Nick Petrecki and Michael Haley dropped the mitts at 6:21 and Petrecki getting an extra two for roughing, Greg Mauldin’s 15th goal of the season on the power play at 7:39 got Bridgeport within a goal. Bridgeport continued to pressure in the third period but Steven Zalewski (16th) fired a bulls-eye into the empty net from 120 feet to secure the victory for the Sharks. “We played a desperate team tonight and we got timely goals and key saves. Our big line played real big and that was the main thing,” said Sommer. With the win, the Sharks move to 26-14-1-2 (55 points) on the season.

2014 at Norfolk 3-2 win SO
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (18-15-2-1, 39pts) kicked off their four game road trip with their 4th straight win overall with an exciting 3-2 shootout victory over the Norfolk Admirals (20-13-1-5, 46pts) in front of 5,807 fans at the Norfolk Scope on Friday evening. Lane Scheidl and Sena Acolatse scored for Worcester while Harri Sateri was strong in net as he made 17 saves in his 10th victory of the season. Yanni Gourde extended his point streak to four games (2-4-6) with an assist and also scored in the shootout while Dan DaSilva nabbed the game winner in the shootout in the 6th round as he skated in his 200th game for the Sharks in the victory. Worcester grabbed an early 1-0 lead as Lane Scheidl (2nd) took a pass in front of the Admirals net from James Livingston and spun a backhander past netminder John Gibson at 1:50. Just seven seconds later, a near line brawl broke out as Sena Acolatse (3rd FM) and Alex Grant (4th FM) dropped the mitts while Curt Gogol (9th FM) and John Kurtz (11th FM) danced at 1:57. The Sharks hit the crossbar twice during a 5-on-3 power play soon after but couldn’t tuck another goal home. Harri Sateri and John Gibson each made eight first period saves as the Sharks took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Sharks would go ahead 2-0 at 6:23 as Worcester connected for a power play marker in a 6th straight game as Sena Acolatse(2nd) fired home a one timer from the left point though a screen and into the net. Tyler Gron almost made it 3-0 but his breakaway try was stopped by the left toe of the Admirals netminder midway through the period. With Jimmy Bonneau in the box for a four minute high sticking penalty, Reading, MA native Ryan Whitney (9th) deflected home an Alex Grant shot from the point at 16:06 to cut the Sharks lead in half. Worcester headed into the 2nd intermission ahead 2-1 and had a 17-15 shot advantage through 40 minutes. Norfolk only fired three shots in the third period but they would tie the game at 2-2 with the extra attacker with just 25.5 seconds remaining. NHL Veteran Dave Steckel (4th) slammed home a rebound after Sateri made a terrific stop on a point drive by Devante Smith-Pelly. Neither team found the back of the net in overtime with Worcester outshooting the Admirals 2-1 in the extra five minute frame. Yanni Gourde scored for Worcester and Jesse Blacker scored for Norfolk through the first five rounds of the shootout as we headed to sudden death. In Round 6, Dan DaSilva ripped home shot past the blocker of Gibson and Sateri shut the door on Steckel as the Sharks grabbed their 4th straight victory with the 3-2 shootout win. The Sharks overall record improves to 18-15-2-1, 39pts and 9-8-2-0, 20pts on the road this season.

2015 vs W-B/Scranton 4-0 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (19-14-3-2, 43pts) stomped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (20-16-1-3, 44 pts) with a 4-0 shutout win for their sixth consecutive victory in front of 5,132 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening. Four Worcester players scored, including Daniil Tarasov (1-0-1,+1),Taylor Fedun (1-0-1,+1), Freddie Hamiltion (1-0-1,+1) and Bryan Lerg (1-0-1,+1) in the Sharks’ offensive onslaught. Troy Grosenick picked up his 15th win, making 25 saves on all 25 shots he saw in the shutout. Sharks now have points in seven consecutive games, as they sweep their five-game homestand after shutting out the Penguins 4-0 in their first meeting of the season. Worcester surged out to the 3-0 lead in the first period. The scoring began at 12:11 when Daniil Tarasov (10th) displayed some stylish stickhandling after stealing it in the Sharks’ attacking zone and netting an off-balance wrist shot to beat W-B/Scranton’s goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. At 15:05, Sharks’ forward Freddie Hamilton (8th) ripped a high wrist shot from the left circle that found the back of the net. With 28.3 seconds left in the period, Matt Taormina launched a slap shot from in front of the blue line that deflected off several players, and a sprawling Bryan Lerg (6th) scored on the power play for Worcester’s third goal of the period. The Sharks outshot the Penguins 8-6, as Troy Grosenick stopped all 6 shots that he saw. Worcester led the game 3-0 through twenty minutes. With just over five minutes to play in the second period, Worcester tacked on another goal when Taylor Fedun (3rd) fired a shot past the glove of W-B/Scranton’s replacement goalie Matt Murray after a solid circle-to-circle feed from forward Evan Trupp. The Sharks were outshot 12-4, but Grosenick stood tall as the Sharks had the 4-0 advantage going into the second intermission. It was a quiet third period, as Worcester held on for the 4-0 shutout. Grosenick made 25 save on all 25 shots that came his way for his 15th win of the season. The Sharks overall record improves to 19-14-3-2, 43pts, and 13-6-2-1, 29pts at the DCU Center this season.

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