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.


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