Today in Worcester hockey history: January 22


1955 at Washington (played in Atlantic City) 8-2 loss
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1995 at Providence 3-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats continued to have issues playing in Providence, and dropped a 3-2 contest to the P-Bruins. Brett Harkins put Providence ahead 1-0 at 7:28 of the first period. Dave Baseggio tied it at 1-1 at 3:50 with a four on four goal when he banged home a rebound of Blair Atcheynum’s slap shot. At 15:26 Jim Bermingham made it 2-1 on a goal assisted by Jason Widmer. Peter Laviolette tied it at 9:43 of the third period, and Clayton Beddoes got the eventual game winner at 13:06. Chris Gordon took the loss in net for the ‘Cats. [210Sports note: Several players and Head Coach Jim Roberts were fined for their post game comments, both to AHL off-ice officials and to local media, about referee referee Greg Kimmerly.]

1999 vs Hartford 3-3 tie
The Worcester IceCats had a two goal lead early in the third period and then had to hold on for a point in a 3-3 tie with the Wolf Pack. Jochen Hecht got the ‘Cats on the board with a shorthanded goal at 1:55, assisted by Lubos Bartecko. Rich Brennan would then tie the game for Hartford at 13:55 on the power play. Bryce Salvador had the only goal of the middle period, assisted by Andrej Podkonicky and Bartecko, at 15:21 to take the lead. Bartecko would make it 3-1 at 1:58 of the third, with Podkonicky getting the helper. Hartford would then to on to tie the game with goals by Derek Armstrong (shorthanded, 2:45) and Ken Gernander (power play, 15:44). Brent Johnson made 23 saves in the tie.

2000 at W-B/Scranton 4-2 win
(TICKER) Marty Reasoner scored twice and Brent Johnson made 29 saves as the surging Worcester IceCats topped the Wilkes-Barre Penguins, 4-2. Reasoner scored 3:50 into the final period to give Worcester a 2-1 lead and got the game’s final goal with eight seconds remaining. Johnson stopped 22 shots over the final two periods to improve to 17-11-3. Jim Campbell added a goal and an assist for the IceCats, who have won seven of their last eight games (7-1-0). Robert Dome’s tally with 51 seconds left in the contest cut Wilkes-Barre’s deficit to a goal. But the Penguins fell to 3-9 in games decided by two goals. They have lost four of their last five overall.

2005 at Portland 3-1 loss
(PIRATES) The Pirates Jakub Klepis, Owen Fussey and Trent Whitfield each scored a goal and Maxime Ouellet made 38 saves as the Pirates beat the Worcester IceCats 3-1 on Saturday night in front of 6,276 at the Cumberland County Civic Center. In the first period, Jakub Klepis gave the Pirates the 1-0 lead on a powerplay goal at the 15:52 mark with his tenth goal of the season. Trent Whitfield took the original shot that ended up underneath Worcester’s goaltender Jason Bacashihua. Klepis poked the puck loose on the left side of the net and then fired it to the back of the cage the put the Pirates ahead. For Klepis the goal also extended his point-scoring streak to five games. The Pirates padded their lead just under two minutes later as Owen Fussey stole the IceCats clearing attempt and went in on a breakaway off the right wing wall. Fussey darted to the net and then roofed the puck to the right corner of the net and scored his second goal in as many nights to give the Pirates the 2-0 lead. Trent Whitfield started the second period with his tenth goal of the season at the 4:07 mark to give the Pirates the 3-0 advantage. Jared Aulin fed Whitfield the puck from the right wing corner and then Whitfield buried the puck from the top of the right wing circle past Bacashihua. The IceCats struck back at the 14:28 mark on Konstantin Zakharov’s third goal of the season. Maxime Ouellet came up with the save on the original shot off the stick of Eric Boguniecki, but the rebound snuck loose to the left of the net. Zakharov captured the puck on the doorstep and fired the puck past the outstretched glove of Ouellet to cut the Pirates lead down to two. The Ice Cats had chances in the third and out shot the Pirates 16 to 8 in the final period, but Maxime Ouellet stonewalled the Ice Cats to preserve the 3-1 win.

2011 vs Bridgeport 6-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) Bridgeport would score five unanswered goals as Worcester lost at the DCU Center 6-3 in front of a record sell-out crowd of 9,803 on Saturday night during Worcester IceCats Night. The Worcester Sharks wore special IceCats jerseys and former IceCats captain Terry Virtue dropped the ceremonial puck before the game. Tommy Wingels, Matt Irwin, and Dan DaSilva scored goals for the Sharks and Alex Stalock made 24 saves in the Sharks loss. Physical play was the story in the first period as the Sharks and Sound Tigers combined for several big hits and skirmishes. Worcester defenseman Nick Schaus had the two biggest hits of the period, including a thundering hip check at the defensive blue line on Olivier Labelle. Bridgeport would take the lead at 14:16 as defenseman Dustin Kohn fired a slap shot from the blue line past Alex Stalock. Worcester would tie it up with 0:24 remaining as Tommy Wingels (8th) put home his own rebound on top of the crease past Joel Martin. Ryan Lannon and Justin Braun picked up assists on the tying goal. Shots were 15-7 in favor of the Sharks and the score was tied 1-1 after twenty minutes. The Sharks would take a two goal lead in the second and give it right back late. Matt Irwin (8th) scored on the power play as he fired a slap shot from the left point 4:37 into the second with Jonathan Cheechoo and Cam MacIntyre netted assists on the go ahead goal. Less than three minutes later, Dan DaSilva (9th) scored as his wrist shot found its way past Bridgeport goalie Joel Martin. After the ensuing faceoff, Cam MacIntyre squared off with Michael Haley at center ice, as Haley tried to spark Bridgeport. Jesse Joensuu cut the lead to 3-2 as he scored on a breakaway after a give away at center ice at 11:08 of the second. The Sound Tigers tied it at 3-3 with 0:45 remaining as Rob Hisey (5th) was alone near the left post and put home a rebound on a Bridgeport power play. After forty minutes, the score was tied at 3-3. Bridgeport would take command in the third period as they completed the comeback. Jesse Joensuu (6th) scored just over ten minutes in as he threw a puck on goal from the left corner and it snuck past Alex Stalock to give the Sound Tigers a 4-3 lead. Just 80 seconds later, later Justin DiBenedetto (5th) scored on the power play as he snapped a one timer from the slot to put Bridgeport up 5-3. With the Sharks pressing for their own comeback, Bridgeport would seal the victory with an empty netter with 1:45 remaining by Dustin Kohn (2nd). The Sharks record falls to 20-18-2-5 with 47 points and to 10-8-1-2 at the DCU Center.

2012 vs St. John’s 3-2 SOL
(WORSHARKS) Brandon Mashinter scored twice for the Sharks, the 2nd to tie the game late in the third period but Worcester came up empty in overtime and the shootout in a 3-2 loss to the first place St. John’s IceCaps at the DCU Center in Worcester on Sunday afternoon. Tyson Sexsmith was solid in goal with 36 saves in net for the Sharks as the IceCaps remained perfect at the DCU Center this season (3-0-0-0). Neither team found the back of the net in the first period with Worcester leading the way physically and the IceCaps taking charge with the majority of the scoring chances aided by two power plays. The IceCaps outshot the Sharks 10-7 in the opening frame. Brandon Mashinter (6th) gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead on the power play after a terrific pass from behind the IceCaps net by Nathan Moon at 2:27. Mashinter buried the puck past David Aebischer from on top of the crease with the secondary assist given to Matt Irwin. The IceCaps would tie the score at 1-1 with a terrific conversion of a 3-on-2 rush finished off by Ben Maxwell (4th) at 9:09. The score was tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of play with St. John’s holding a 18-14 shot advantage. In the third period, Garth Murray (2nd) deflected a Kenndal McArdle shot from the left slot past Sexsmith at 9:43 to give the IceCaps a 2-1 advantage. The Sharks would tie the score late with the goaltender pulled and an extra attacker on with a faceoff in the offensive zone. After a faceoff win, Jack Combs sent a centering feed to Brandon Mashinter (7th) who then buried the puck past Aebischer at 18:33 to force overtime. Neither team scored in a wide open overtime period as the game headed to the shootout. Garth Murray was the only shooter through five rounds to find the back of the net for the game winner. Worcester’s record falls to to 20-12-3-5 (48pts in 40gp) and 11-7-0-2 at the DCU Center.

2019 ECHL All-Star game: Three on three tourney, won by Eastern Conference (Huntington Center, Toledo, OH)
Mitch Gillam saved two out of four shots in a game one loss to “Team Hooks”, saved six of nine in a game two loss to “Team Fins”, saved nine of ten shots in a game three win vs the West, beat the West again in the semi-finals making five saves on eight shots, and won the final making nine saves on ten shots and making a save in the sudden-death shootout.

2020 ECHL All-Star game: Three on three tourney, won by Eastern Conference (INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas)
Jordan Samuels-Thomas had two goals and one assist over the five games played.

2022 vs Adirondack 3-2 win
(RAILERS) The Railers beat the Adirondack Thunder Saturday night, 3-2, and play the Glens Falls guys again Sunday with a chance to win two in a row for the first time this season. The triumph was officially of the come from behind variety since Worcester fell behind, 1-0, early in the second period. The Railers followed up with goals by Ross Olsson, Anthony Repaci and Cole Coskey to give goalie Ken Appleby a little leg room. Repaci and Coskey scored 33 seconds apart in the third period. Appleby needed the leg room as the Thunder made it 3-2 by scoring with six seconds left in the third period. Both Adirondack goals were on the power play. Joe Masonius had the first, Robbie Payne the last. “We had to catch up to that game a little bit,” coach Dave Cuniff said. “I just don’t think we were playing fast enough.” The Railers survived that slow start and began to put things together with Olsson’s goal at 13:14 of the second period. It wasn’t pretty — not many of Olsson’s goals are — but it was a significant one for both the Railers and him. The puck appeared to go in off Olsson’s body after Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman sent a pass across the top of the crease. The Thunder argued “no goal” but Olsson was being taken down by Adirondack defenseman Jimmy Mazza at the time and Mazza was going to be penalized. Referee John Lindner had it as a good goal all the way. “It went in off my (veranda),” Olsson said. “No, he’s not pretty, but he’s effective,” Cunniff said of his wingman. “Some other guys should take a look at what he’s doing.” It was Olsson’s 10th of the season and the 24th of his Railers’ career. That ties him for third on the team’s all-time list in that department. Barry Almeida has 60 and Tylers Barnes 28. Olsson, Nic Pierog, Woody Hudson and Matty Gaudreau also have 24. Ken Appleby had another strong game in net to help keep the Railers in it early and wound up with 32 saves. Brandon Kasel made one few on the same number of shots for the Thunder. The Railers allowed the game’s first goal for the third time in a row. This time it came early in the second period via a power play goal by Masonius. The Thunder delivered three straight good shots that Appleby stopped. Masonius got a fourth rebound, though, in the right circle and snapped one home from there at 2:18. Worcester had not lead in a game for 148 minutes until Repaci made it 2-1 at 8:02 of the second period. Brent Beaudoin forced a turnover behind the Thunder net and Repaci gained control, then popped one past Kasel that just made it over the goal line. Coskey, set up by Bobby Butler, zipped home a 30-foot wrist shot 33 seconds later and the Railers held on for the victory, although the final seconds were frantic. In limited ice time once again, Butler made a difference. He had the assist and is 1-5-6 in three games. He was plus-2 and is plus-5 in those games. MAKING TRACKS_ Five of Olsson’s 10 goals have been scored against Adirondack. … With Colten Ellis back for the moment, and backing up Appleby Saturday night, the Railers have three goaltenders including Luke Peressini. Worcester has used seven goalies already this year, one short of the city’s pro record. The Sharks used eight in 2003-04. Only twice in Worcester history has a team gone with just two for the season. The IceCats did it in 1997-98 with Frederic Cassivi and Brent Johnson. The Sharks used Troy Grosenick and Harri Sateri in 2003-04. … Brennan Feasey, released by the Railers earlier in the week, was claimed by the Thunder and was in the starting lineup. He had an assist on the late goal. … The 3-in-3 homestand finishes Sunday at 3:05 with Adirondack the opposition again. … Attendance was 3,108. The Railers are just 6,853 people shy of drawing their 500,000th fan. … Lavallee-Smotherman remains hot. He has a five-game points streak and is 3-4-7 in those games. … Nobody on the Railers finished with a minus-rating. … Repaci has 47 shots on goal in his last 13 games and is 6-8-14 along the way.

2023 vs Trios-Rivieres 3-2 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers took down the Trios-Rivieres Lions to wrap up their home three-in-three weekend against three different teams within the ECHL’s North Division. The triumph was Worcester’s first regulation victory in more than a month, or since last Dec. 18, and it was a big one both emotionally and mathematically. The Railers are in fourth place, the Lions in fifth. Worcester was able to extend its lead over Trois-Rivieres to 13 points. The home team got goals from two players who were not on the opening day roster, Nick Fea and Billy Jerry, as well as from familiar face Blake Christensen. Jerry had an assist as well and was plus-3. Brent Beaudoin had two helpers, and Quin Ryan and Collin Adams had one apiece. Ryan and Fea are the Railers’ most productive forwards at present. Ryan is 1-5-6 in his last six games. Fea is 3-2-5 in his six games with Worcester after being summoned from Birmingham of the SPHL. Fea has a little Jacob Hayhurst in him, the kind of speed and quickness Worcester has needed in recent weeks. Fea looks like a long-term contributor, not just some up-and-down insurance player. “Absolutely,” coach Jordan Smotherman said of the rookie. “He’s shifty, and obviously he works well with Quin Ryan. That line in general does a really great job of reading where the puck is gonna go.” Tikkanen stopped 36 of 38 shots. As the game wore on, and the Railers’ legs got a little rubbery, Tikkanen was at his best. “He was exactly what we needed,” Smotherman said. “He made some huge saves, especially near the end.” Fea’s goal 46 seconds after the opening faceoff was the earliest one of the season for the Railers and a pretty one. Ryan found Fea speeding down the left wing and set him up nicely. Fea finished the play with a high wrist shot from about 20 feet out to beat Joe Vrbetic. Worcester took a 2-0 lead a little more than a minute later on Jerry’s second goal of the year, this one coming at 2:05. Brent Beaudoin sent a pass around the boards to Christian Evers at the left point and Evers delivered a hard slap shot from 55 feet away that Jerry redirected from the top of the crease. The Railers had a 16-11 edge in shots on goal in the first period. That was reversed in the second period as the Lions closed their deficit to one goal. D-Jay Jerome made it a 2-1 game at 10:02. Trois-Rivieres won a faceoff cleanly in the right circle and two passes later Jerome had an open net from just ouside the left post. Worcester regained its two-goal lead at 14:31 with Christensen scoring his seventh of the year. Jerry snapped a shot on net from the right circle and Christensen went to the net to flip home the rebound. Cedric Montminy provided a potential “oh, no, not again” moment when he cut the Worcester lead to 3-2 with a goal nine seconds from the end of the period. The Railers had to kill two penalties and survive a pulled-goalie ending in the third period to hang on for the victory. They did, and Tikkanen was a big reason for that. MAKING TRACKS – The homestand continues with a game versus Reading at the DCU Center Friday then the teams play at Reading on Saturday. The Railers are overdue to beat the Royals, who have beaten Worcester nine straight times with two of the victories coming in overtime. … Nice to see ex-IceCat Pascal Rheaume back in the city as an assistant coach with the Lions. It is his second season on the job up there; Rheaume is one of the former Worcester players with his name on the Stanley Cup. … It was a matchup of young rookie goalies. Tikkanen is 22, Vrbetic just 20. … Connor McCarthy was back in the lineup, Artur Terchiyev out. Jerry was in, Zach Bross out up front. … Worcester has improved its penalty killing dramatically. The Railers were a perfect 13 for 13 for the weekend and are 19 for 20 in the last five games. … Evers was called for a closing-the-hand penalty, making it two straight games with one of those rare penalties for the Railers.
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