Today in Worcester hockey history: January 19


1996 vs Fredericton 1-0 loss
The Worcester IceCats fired 52 shots on Canadiens netminder Patrick Labrecque but didn’t light the lamp once in a 1-0 ‘Cats loss. Darcy Tucker had the only goal of the game, unassisted at 15:13 of the second period. Fred Knipscheer had 11 shots in the game, at the time a franchise record. Mike Buzak made 19 saves.

1998 vs Hartford 2-2 tie
The IceCats overcame a two-goal deficit to tie Hartford 2-2. Chris Winnes gave the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead with a first period goal at 10:43, and Daniel Goneau made it 2-0 with a second period tally at 13:22. Chris Kenady began the comeback at 15:19 of the middle period, assisted by Michal Handzus and Jason Zent. Robert Petrovicky got the IceCats to even, with assists to Lubos Bartecko and Jamal Mayers, at 16:28. Brent Johnson had 32 saves in the game.

2001 at Springfield 1-1 tie
(TICKER) Jame Pollock scored the game-tying goal on the power play in the third period as the Worcester IceCats tied the Springfield Falcons, 1-1. Pollock scored his seventh goal of the season 7:32 into third stanza as Worcester’s overtime record this season-4. AHL All-Star Dwayne Roloson stopped 37 shots and is 16-6-2. Ramzi Abid scored Springfield’s goal with 2:21 remaining in the opening frame as the Falcons have only one loss in their last five games (3-1-1). Patrick DesRochers turned aside 35 shots and is 7-14-4 for the season.

2002 vs Providence 2-2 tie
The Worcester IceCats got two goals from Marc Brown and the Providence Bruins got two from Dennis Bonvie in a 2-2 tie between the clubs. Bonvie’s power play goal at 5:46 of the first period gave the Baby-Bs the lead, but Brown’s tally at 7:58 tied it. Arvids Rekis and Justin Papineau had the assists on the play. Brown scored again at 12:32, with Mark Rycroft and Jame Pollock assisting, to make it 2-1 ‘Cats. At 7:36 of the middle period Bonvie struck again, this time at even strength. The teams went scoreless the rest of the way. Andrew Raycroft made 51 saves in the game, including 22 in the opening period. Reinhard Divis made 29 in earning the point.

2003 vs Bridgeport 3-2 OTL
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats earned a point last night despite falling in overtime, 3-2, in front of a season-high crowd of 9,636 at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. The IceCats heavily out-shot the Tigers 45-23, including a 21-3 margin in the second period. However, Bridgeport goalie Rick DiPietro was outstanding, allowing only two goals through the first 40 minutes. Justin Papineau tied the game for Worcester after Mike Souza opened the scoring for Bridgeport in the first period. Jason Dawe gave the ‘Cats a 2-1 lead that held up until Eric Manlow tied the game at 2-2 late in the third. Papineau’s power play goal made him the IceCats All-Time individual leader in power play goals. The Ottawa, Ontario native has amassed 23 during his IceCats tenure. The Sound Tigers earned the extra point in overtime as Jeff Hamilton poked home a rebound on a two-man advantage just 1:23 into the extra session.

2005 at Manchester 2-0 loss
(MONARCHS) Goaltender Mathieu Garon finished with 33 saves and his fifth shutout of the season as the Manchester Monarchs beat the Worcester IceCats, 2-0, in front of 7,113 Verizon Wireless Arena fans on Wednesday night. With just one win in their last four contests, the IceCats (1-2-1-0) remained in a tie with the idle Lowell Lock Monsters for third place in the division. Goals from left wing Dustin Brown and center Michael Cammalleri helped Garon (20-7-1) earn his 20th win of the season. Brown opened the scoring with his 18th goal, scored from the right side of the crease at the 15-minute mark of the second period. Defenseman Denis Grebeshkov (0-2=2) and left wing Jeff Giuliano assisted on the goal as Brown extended his scoring streak to seven games (2-7=9). Cammalleri iced the game with his team-leading 27th goal, tipped into the net off a slot feed with just 2:34 remaining in the third period and the Monarchs holding a power play advantage. Right wing Brad Smyth and Grebeshkov had assists on the play as Cammalleri took over the league lead with his 13th power play goal of the season. Goaltender Jason Bacashihua (12-6-0) took the loss, his first in regulation over his last six outings (4-1-1-0). He finished with 26 saves.

2007 vs Lowell 3-1 win
(DEVILS) Graham Mink scored twice and Thomas Greiss made 24 saves to lead the Worcester Sharks (19-15-1-6) to a 3-1 victory over the Lowell Devils (19-18-3-1) at the DCU Center Friday night. The Devils and Sharks skated to a scoreless first period. Entering the game with a 2-0 record in Worcester this season, Lowell was strong on defense from the start. They allowed just four shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes, compared to nine of their own, but neither team lit the lamp. Graham Mink put the Devils back on their heels in the middle frame. The second year winger and Vermont native scored twice in the period to put Worcester in command. His eighth of the season came 4:30 into the period, and he added his second of the game with a power play marker at 13:26. Worcester outshot Lowell in the period, peppering Frank Doyle with 12 shots on goal. Lowell took control in the final period, fighting to get back in the game. They outshot the Sharks 10-6 in the last stanza, and finally got on the board. Chris Minard potted his team-leading 17th of the season from Tuomas Pihlman and Barry Tallackson on the power play at 6:06. The Devils had three more man advantages during the remainder of regulation, but could not close the gap. Lukas Kaspar added the insurance with an empty netter with 28 seconds left.

2008 vs Providence 4-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) Despite a quick start and an early lead, the Worcester Sharks were unable to snap a three game skid and dropped their fourth straight game, falling to the Providence Bruins at the DCU Center by a 4-3 count on Saturday night. A fast paced first period produced 25 combined shots, setting the stage for a high-scoring evening. The Sharks nearly broke through in the opening minutes after Tom Cavanagh split the Bruins defense with a sharp pass, but a quick pad save from Bruins netminder Jordan Sigalet denied winger Graham Mink on the weak side. Worcester remained offensive, and at the 8:27 mark of the period, the Sharks did indeed take an early lead. Riley Armstrong’s wrist shot from between the circles was knocked down by Sigalet, but Cavanagh, who had been knocked to his knees in front of the Providence net, poked home the rebound for his ninth goal of the year. Providence answered back three minutes later, as Bruins center Matt Hendricks served a lazy centering feed from behind the Sharks net that slid all the way to the blue line. Matt Lashoff stepped up and fired a slap shot back through traffic that found its way past the lunge of goaltender Dmitri Patzold. Just three more minutes passed before the visitors struck again. Aaron Slattengren flicked a puck from the right wing boards toward the net, and the puck deflected off both Patzold and Bruin Nate Thompson, who was credited with the goal despite protests that the redliner had a skate in the crease when the goal was scored. The next controversial decision from referee Jeff Smith favored the Sharks, however, and it gave the Sharks an equalizing goal at the last possible instant before the intermission. Tomas Plihal tucked a rebound behind Sigalet as time expired in the period, but despite all zeros on the scoreboard clock, Smith immediately signaled that the puck crossed the goal line in time. Plihal’s fifth goal of the year, officially at 19:59 of the first period, tied the game at two goals apiece. With the game still tied, Wacey Rabbit carried the puck behind the Worcester net before centering to T.J. Trevelyan. His shot bounced off Patzold and slid along the mouth of the goal until Jeff Hoggan touched it across the line, reclaiming the lead for Providence midway through the second period. The Bruins struck again at the 17:49 mark, with Martins Karsums extending the Providence lead to 4-2. Matt Hendricks led a three on two rush and used a crafty drop pass to set up Slattengren, whose one-timer was kicked by Patzold right onto the stick of Karsums. Worcester started slowly in the final period, but came to life after a great hustle play by T.J. Fox created a turnover in the Bruins defensive zone. Fox found Dan Spang, who set up Ashton Rome for a turnaround snipe from the left faceoff circle that cleared the left shoulder of Sigalet at 11:32. The Sharks were able to manage five shots down the stretch, but Sigalet held strong to send Worcester home on the short end of the 4-3 score.

2010 AHL All-Sar game: Canada 10, PlanetUSA 9 SO (Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME)
Logan Couture had a goal and an assist (on Alexandre Giroux game tying goal), had a goal in the shootout, was “E”, and had two shots for Canada. Danny Groulx had an assist, was +1, and had two shots on goal for Canada. Alex Stalock took the shootout loss for PlanetUSA, making 15 saves on 19 shots in the third period and going two for four in the shootout.

2011 vs Portland 5-3 win
(WORSHARKS) Worcester controlled play for the first forty minutes taking a 3-0 lead into the third period but would have to cling to the victory after a third period comeback attempt by Portland Wednesday night at the DCU Center. Tommy Wingels, Brandon Mashinter, Andrew Desjardins, Justin Braun and TJ Trevelyan scored for the Sharks and Alex Stalock made 26 saves in the winning effort. Nick Schaus and Jody Pederson each added two assists in the Sharks 20th victory of the season. Portland had the early momentum in the first with the help of three power plays but it was Worcester who would score first. On their first power play, defenseman Jody Pederson fired a shot from the point that deflected in off Brandon Mashinter (8th), fresh from his 10 game stint in San Jose. The Sharks led 1-0 after one and led in shots 18-6. The Sharks shut down the Portland offense and added to their lead in the second period. Andrew Desjardins (6th) finished a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play as he deflected in a pass from Dan DaSilva on the doorstep at 13:14. Nick Schaus would also receive an assist on the play. Just 27 seconds later, Justin Braun (2nd) would fire a one timer past Pirates goalie Jhonas Enroth to give Worcester a 3-0 lead. The Sharks outshot Portland 14-3 in the period and led 3-0 heading into the third. The Pirates would break out in the third period as Worcester would have to fend off a furious comeback attempt. Igor Gongalsky (2nd) got the Pirates on the board at 2:44 of the third period, jamming in a pass from behind the net by former Shark Dennis McCauley. Tommy Wingels (7th) struck on the power play, deflecting a Pederson shot from the point into the net at 5:23. Derek Whitmore (15th) and Mark Mancari (19th) would make it a one goal game late in the third. With Portland continuing to mount offensive pressure and with an extra attacker, the Sharks would seal the victory with an empty net goal by TJ Trevelyan (9th) with just over three seconds remaining. The Sharks record improves to 20-16-2-5 with 47 points and to 10-7-1-2 at the DCU Center.

2013 vs Adirondack 2-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (19-17-1-3, 42pts) fell to the Adirondack Phantoms (16-19-1-1, 34pts) on Rob Gronkowski bobble head night in a fiesty 2-1 affair on Saturday evening in front of a sellout crowd of 6,959 fans at the DCU Center. Brodie Reid (9th) scored the Sharks lone goal in the 2-1 loss on a nice feed from Michael Pelech. With the assist, Pelech recorded his first AHL point. Former San Jose Sharks goaltender Brian Boucher backstopped Adirondack to the win, turning aside 28 of the 29 shots that he faced. Cullen Eddy (1st) and Tye McGinn (11th) scored a goal apiece for the Phantoms in the game. Alex Stalock was the tough luck loser, stopping 20 of the 22 shots that he faced while Matt Pelech recorded his team leading 10th and 11th fighting majors in his return to Worcester. It didn’t take long for the Phantoms to get on the board. Adirondack scored on their first shot of the game just 2:40 into the first period, when Cullen Eddy (1st) released a bomb from the point that found its way through the five-hole of Alex Stalock, giving the Phantoms a 1-0 lead. Nearing the midway point of the period, Matt Pelech unleashed a booming check on an Adirondack defenseman, causing Ian Slater (2nd FM) to drop the gloves with Pelech (10th FM). In a one-sided fight, Pelech easily handled Slater, connecting on several punches. Less than two minutes later, a similar situation occurred, when Bracken Kearns (5th FM) dropped the gloves with Cullen Eddy (9th FM) following a hard clean check, scoring the take down in another one-sided bout. Feeding off of the momentum from the two fights, the Sharks were able to find the equalizer. At 10:11 of the first period, Brodie Reid (9th) received a great feed from Michael Pelech and buried the puck past Brian Boucher after a great deke out in front, evening the game 1-1. The one man wrecking crew known as Matt Pelech didn’t stop after the first period. After a big clean check in the neutral zone, Pelech (11th FM) dropped the gloves for the second time of the game, this time with Zack FitzGerald (9th FM), landing the majority of the blows and notching another win. The Phantoms took their second lead of the game just over halfway through the second period. Following two sensational saves by Alex Stalock, Tye McGinn (11th) was finally able to tuck it to the back of the net on the power play, allowing Adirondack to regain the lead 2-1. The Sharks had a goal disallowed late in the period after Denny Urban appeared to have scored for the Sharks but the goal was waved off. The Sharks brought a ton of pressure offensively in the third period, but they couldn’t seem to solve Adirondack goaltender Brian Boucher. Deserving a better outcome, the Sharks outshot the Phantoms by a total of 14-4 in the third period of play, but Boucher turned aside all 14 shots to secure the 2-1 victory for Adirondack. The Sharks overall record falls to 19-17-1-3 (42pts in 40gp) and 8-8-1-2 (19pts in 19gp) at home this season.

2018 vs Jacksonville 5-3 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (15-17-3-2, 35pts) opened a season long eleven game homestand with a 5-3 loss to the visiting Jacksonville Icemen (11-22-3-2, 27pts) in front of 3,655 fans at the DCU Center on Friday evening. Woody Hudson (1-1-2) and Barry Almeida (1-1-2) each had multi-point games for the Railers and Matt Lane also scored for Worcester in the home loss. Mitch Gillam made 22 saves on 27 shots in the first two periods before Alex Sakellaropoulos made eight saves in the third period in relief. Kyle Shapiro and Tyler Eberle each had a goal and assist for the Icemen while Austin Lotz made 22 saves in net for the win as Jacksonville won just their 5th road game of the season in 20 tries. Jacksonville grabbed a 2-1 first period lead as the two teams combined for a pair of power play goals. Josh Erickson (5th) gave the Icemen a 1-0 lead at 5:06 after the Railers were unable to convert a 4-on-2 rush the other way. Worcester would tie the score at 13:47 on the power play as Woody Hudson (13th) deflected a Matty Gaudreau shot past goaltender Austin Lotz. Jacksonville would go back ahead at 15:30 with a power play goal of their own as Everett Clark (7th) snapped a quick shot past Mitch Gillam. Shots were 11-6 in favor of the Icemen through 20 minutes of play. The Railers tied the score at 2-2 as Barry Almeida (11th) took a beautiful feed from Woody Hudson at 59 seconds of the second period and jammed the puck home. Jacksonville went ahead 3-2 as Tanner Eberle (12th) scored on a breakaway at 3:50. Matt Lane (4th) crashed the net and put in a rebound after Barry Almeida’s shot was stopped at 5:35 and the score was tied at 3-3. The Icemen would score back-to-back goals to end the period as Elgin Pearce (13th) at 10:04 and Kyle Shapiro (1st) 18:38 gave Jacksonville a 5-3 lead headed into the second intermission. Shots were 27-16 Jacksonville through 40 minutes of play. Neither team found the back of the net in a quick moving and rather uneventful third period as Alex Sakellaropoulos made his Railers debut in net and stopped all eight shots that he saw in relief of Mitch Gillam. Shots were 9-8 in the third period for Worcester but the Icemen were able to take home the 5-3 road victory.

2019 vs Newfoundland 5-1 loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (17-17-3-2, 39pts) had their four game win streak come to an abrupt end in a 5-1 loss to the visiting first place Newfoundland Growlers (27-11-2-0, 56pts) in front of 4,053 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening. Ivan Kosorenkov scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made 36 saves in net for the Railers in the loss. Worcester played with just four defensemen in the final forty minutes as the Railers finished 3-1-0-0 on their four game homestand. Michael Garteig made 22 saves in net for Newfoundland for his 16thwin of the season while Sam Babinstev had three points (1-2-3) to lead the way offensively as the Growlers extended their point streak to eight games with the win. Ivan Kosorenkov (6th) tied the score for Worcester at 6:09 of the first period but the game changed late in the opening frame after Brady Ferguson threw a late nasty headshot to Tyler Mueller at 18:24 which led to his injury and an ejection to Mike Cornell. Worcester played the rest of the game with just four defensemen which led to goals by the Growlers’ Sam Babinstev (9th), Zach O’Brien (15th), Ryan Moore (9th), and Scott Pooley (18th) as Worcester fell on home ice 5-1.

2020 at Reading 5-1 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC(15-23-2-0, 32pts)allowed three power play goals and dropped their third straight game in a 5-1 road loss to the host Reading Royals (22-13-4-0,48pts) in front of 2,388 fans at the SantanderArena late Sunday afternoon.The two teams will battle again with a 1pm start in Reading for one last game before the ECHL All-Star Break. Ross Olsson scored the only Railers goal while netminder Ian Milosz made 33 saves on 37 shots for Worcester in his first Sunday loss of the season. Corey Mackin (1-2-3), Steven Swavely (1-1-2), and Garrett Mitchell (1-1-2) led the way offensively for the Royals while Kirill Ustimenko made 31 saves in net for his 15thwin of the season. Worcester has now been outscored 12-1 in their last seven periods of play and now 0-3-0-0 on their five-game road trip. Reading grabbed a 1-0 lead as Hayden Hodgson (6th) snapped a power play goal from the left slot at 8:10 of the first period. The Railers would fire four shots on their man advantage just a few minutes later but Reading netminder Kirill Ustimenko stood tall to keep Worcester at bay. Shots were 9-8 in favor of Reading through 20 minutes with Worcester trailing 1-0. The Royals struck again on the power play as Steven Swavely found captain Garrett Mitchell (7th) high in the right slot at 13:07 of the second period. Corey Mackin (14th) came rushing down the middle and one-timed a rebound opportunity at 15:31 to put Worcester down 3-0. Shots were 25-15 in favor of the Royals after 20 minutes of play and held a 3-0 advantage. The Railers scored their first goal in 124:00 as Ross Olsson (9th) defected a Phil Johansson shot from the point that snuck through the Royals netminder at 2:12 of the third period. Reading would net the next two as Steven Swavely (7th) put Reading ahead 4-1 at 12:07 with another power play goal while Brayden Low (10th) scored an unassisted empty netter at 19:46 to give the Royals a 5-1 home win. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Steven Swavely (1-1-2), 2nd star: Garrett Mitchell (1-1-2) 1st star: Corey Mackin (1-2-3) …. final shots were 38-32 in favor of Reading…Kirill Ustimenko (15-4-4) made 31 saves on 32 shots for Reading… Ian Milosz (3-3-0) made 33 saves on 37 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis served as the backup…. Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Reading went 3-for-5…. Cody Payne, Yanick Turcotte, Connor Doherty, Ivan Chukarov (INJ), JD Dudek (IR), and Tanner Pond (IR) did not dress for Worcester….Eric Cairns, Chris Terreri, and Bob Deraney were behind the bench for the Railers as coach Cunniff served game one of his two game ECHL suspension….Bo Brauer skated on the blue line for Worcester….before the game, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers loaned Ryan MacKinnon back to Worcester leaving Mike Cornell, David Quenneville, Linus Soderstrom, and Jakub Skarek with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers….Kyle McKenzie celebrated hist 27th birthday…Nic Pierog led all Worcester skaters with seven shots… Dante Salituro added five shots on goal….the Railers are now 11-13-1-0 under GM/coach Cunniff….Worcester is now 7-12-2-0 on the road this season….The Railers are now 15-10-1-0 all-time vs. the Royals and 6-8-0-0 at the Santander Arena.


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