Today in Worcester hockey history: January 28

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1995 vs Portland 7-2 loss
The IceCats fell behind 22 seconds into the contest and were never really in the game in a 7-2 loss to the Portland Pirates. Blair Atcheynum had a first period goal assisted by John Carter and Denis Chalifoux. Atcheynum also added a second goal in the middle period, with Chalifoux picking up the assist. Chris Gordon took the loss, making 27 saves.

2000 vs Albany 4-3 win
(TICKER) Marc Brown scored twice and Cody Rudkowsky made 28 saves as the Worcester IceCats defeated the Albany River Rats, 4-3. Brown, who has accumulated 10 points in his last 13 games after managing just three in his first 24, scored his second with Worcester shorthanded 4:26 into the final period. Rudkowsky, who stopped 13 shots in the second session, won for just the second time as a member of the IceCats. Andrej Podkonicky supplied a pair of assists for Worcester, which won for the ninth time in its last 11 games. Pierre Dagenais collected a goal and two assists for Albany, which lost its second in a row after winning six of seven.

2004 vs Hartford 4-1 win
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats won their second game in a row, scoring three times in the third period to defeat the Atlantic Division-leading Hartford Wolf Pack 4-1 Wednesday night at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. The ‘Cats are now 3-0 against their New England rivals. The ‘Cats held a 1-0 lead after the first period, despite a shot disadvantage of 14-4. Rookie Jay McClement continued his hot streak by netting his eighth goal of the year, shorthanded and unassisted. He now has four goals his last three games. Hartford’s Lawrence Nycholat tied the game in the second period, but Worcester worked off the solid goaltending of Curtis Sanford (32 saves) and made the most of their opportunities in the third. Ernie Hartlieb scored the game-winner on a feed from McClement at 4:30, then Marc Brown redirected a Brendan Brooks saucer to make it a 3-1 Worcester lead. Brooks bagged an empty-netter to close things out in the final minute. Hartlieb and Brown are now tied for second in goal scoring for Worcester with 11 each.

2005 vs Lowell 5-3 win
(ICECATS) Eric Boguniecki’s powerplay goal at 1:28 of the third period broke a 3-3 tie to lift the Worcester IceCats to a 5-3 victory over the Lowell Lock Monsters Friday at the DCU Center. The win also lifted the ‘Cats to third place in the Atlantic Division standings, one point better than the Monsters. Brendan Brooks scored two goals for the ‘Cats, one to tie the game at 3-3 and the other into an empty net to pad the ‘Cats lead. Brooks’ first goal capped a Worcester comeback from a 3-1 deficit. The ‘Cats led 1-0 on Troy Riddle’s goal at 2:26 of the first period, but then allowed Lowell three straight goals. Eric Staal tied the game with a shorthanded goal late in the first period. Chad Larose gave the Monsters a 2-1 lead on the powerplay at 3:13 of the second period, then Staal made it a two-goal lead at 4:44. Worcester’s comeback began at 6:30 of the second as Ryan Ramsay slammed home a rebound off the boards. Brooks tied the game at 3-3 on a pretty pass from Riddle at 11:05. Lowell goaltender Brent Krahn was duped by Riddle, who faked a wraparound. Riddle took the puck behind the net and delivered it on a no-look behind-the-back pass to Brooks, who easily put it in the near-empty net. Goalie Curtis Sanford earned the win for Worcester with 26 saves.

2008 AHl All-Star game Canada 9, PlanetUSA 8 SO (Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY)
Mike Iggulden was “E” and had two shots for Canada.

2011 vs Bridgeport 3-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Worcester jumped out to a two goal first period lead and would hold on for a 3-2 victory over Bridgeport Friday night at the DCU Center. John McCarthy and Jamie McGinn suited up for the Sharks in their first AHL games of the season as Worcester defeated the Sound Tigers for the first time in regulation this season (eight games). Justin Braun (2 goals) and Dan DaSilva (GWG) combined with goalie Alex Stalock (17 saves) to control play in the first and third periods for the Sharks. Kevin Poulin made 45 saves in the losing effort for the Sound Tigers. Worcester controlled the first period of play as they took an early two goal lead. Justin Braun scored twice on slap shots from the point, one on the power play, for his 3rd and 4th goals of the season. Dan DaSilva and Kevin Henderson picked up the helpers on the first goal 2:22 in with Benn Ferriero and Jonathan Cheechoo grabbing assists on the Braun power play goal at 13:58. Kevin Poulin was sensational in net for Bridgeport keeping the Sound Tigers in the game early. The Sharks led 2-0 at the end of one and lead in shots 24-6. The tables were turned in the second as Bridgeport scored two goals and controlled the flow of play in the period. Justin DiBenedetto (9th) scored 4:32 into the second to cut the Sharks lead to 2-1 as he put home a loose puck at the top of the crease. At 10:06 of the period, the Sound Tigers would score just as a penalty to Brandon Mashinter expired to tie the game at 2-2. Dylan Reese (3rd) wristed a shot from the slot high glove side past goalie Alex Stalock with Ron Hisey and Jesse Joensuu assisting on the goal. The score was tied 2-2 at the end of forty minutes with shots in the period 10-6 in favor of Bridgeport. In the third period, Worcester would pepper Bridgeport goalie Kevin Poulin with 18 shots and break through with the game winning goal. With just under twelve minutes remaining, Dan DaSilva (10th) would deflect a Nick Schaus shot past Kevin Poulin to put the Sharks ahead to stay 3-2. The Sharks record improves to 21-18-2-6 with 50 points and to 11-8-1-3 at the DCU Center.

2012 at Manchester 3-2 OTL
(WORSHARKS) John McCarthy and James Livingston scored late in the third period within 28 seconds to force overtime, but defenseman Jake Muzzin scored on the power play in overtime as the Sharks dropped a 3-2 decision to the Manchester Monarchs at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night. Tyson Sexsmith made 20 saves in the overtime loss and forward Tim Kennedy made his Worcester Sharks debut after he was traded by Florida for Sean Sullivan on Thursday. Three great fights got things rolling early in the first period as the two Atlantic Division rivals duked it out. Curt Gogol (11th FM) and Richard Clune (12th FM) fought at 3:31 followed by the two heavyweights Frazer McLaren (3rd FM) and Justin Johnson (13th FM) at 3:33. 11 seconds later, Sean Acolatse (6th FM) and J.D Watt (3rd FM) finished off the early fireworks with a lengthy one sided battle won by Acolatse. Justin Acevedo (8th) tipped in a terrific cross ice pass from Stefan Legein into the net past Tyson Sexsmith at 15:49 on the power play to put Manchester ahead 1-0. In the second period, Dwight King (10th) finished off a terrific rush into the Sharks zone sweeping a backhander past Sexsmith at 5:56 to put the Monarchs ahead 2-0 in a relatively quiet middle frame. Worcester trailed 2-0 after forty minutes despite outshooting Manchester 19-15 through two periods. After a slow start to the third period, the Sharks came to life after a slashing penalty to Richard Clune late in the third period. John McCarthy (12th) roofed his own rebound chance from on top of the crease at 16:06 to get the Sharks on the board. Just 28 seconds later, James Livingston (4th) stuffed in a loose puck past Jeff Zatkoff after a mad scramble in front of the Monarchs net to tie the score at 2-2. Taylor Doherty assisted on the score for his first professional point as the two teams headed to overtime. In the extra frame, Mike Connolly was whistled off for slashing which set up the game winner with a blast off the stick of Jake Muzzin from the right circle at 3:56 as the Monarchs grabbed the victory. Worcester’s record falls to to 20-13-4-5 (49pts in 42gp) and 9-5-4-3 on the road.

2013 AHL All-Star game: West 7, East 6 (Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, RI)
Bracken Kearns had a goal, was +1, and had three shots on goal for the East.

2018 vs Florida 3-2 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (18-19-3-2, 41pts) wrapped up another 3-in-3 weekend with a thrilling come from behind 3-2 victory over the visiting Florida Everblades (30-9-1-3, 64pts) in front of 4,754 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Vinny Muto (1-2-3) and Jeff Kubiak (1-1-2) scored in the third period for the Railers as Worcester came back from a 2-1 deficit to take home their third straight victory on home ice. Frankie DiChiara also scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made 28 saves and added an assist as the Railers picked up six points this weekend. Worcester is now 3-3-0-0 on their eleven game homestand and will host two more games next weekend. Florida scored the only strike in the opening frame with a power play goal at 16:13 after an offensive faceoff win and a Matt McKenzie (4th) bomb from the center point through a screen and past Mitch Gillam. Chris Langkow was robbed earlier in the period after his point-blank try was stopped by the glove of Callum Booth as the Railers headed into the first intermission down 1-0 as Florida led in shots 11-10. Frankie DiChiara (5th) fired the puck from the left wall with traffic in front that found its way through goaltender Callum Booth at 8:59 assisted by Vinny Muto and Jeff Kubiak. Florida would counter back with their 11th shorthanded goal at 15:43 after John McCarron (14th) followed up a rebound opportunity to give the Everblades a 2-1 lead. Shots were tied 23-23 through 40 minutes of play. Vinny Muto (1st) scored his first ECHL goal at 3:34 of the third period after a great feed by Chris Langkow to tie the score at 2-2. Jeff Kubiak (5th) scored with a wicked shot on the rush down the left-wing side at 6:12 after a terrific feed from inside the Railers blueline by Vinny Muto. Mitch Gillam would stand tall the rest of the way has he made seven third period saves to hold onto his 8th win in net and the Railers ninth win at the DCU Center this season.

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