Today in Worcester hockey history: January 30


1955 at Baltimore 17-1 loss
Three Clippers had hat tricks, three had two goals. Clippers scored an EHL record 17 goals in a row, no information on Warriors goal to open game.

1998 at Providence 7-2 win
The Worcester IceCats scored five second period goals on their way to a 7-2 blow out win over the Baby-Bs. It was actually the Bruins that would get on the board first when Shawn Bates connected on the power play at 1:42, but the next seven goals in the contest would belong to the ‘Cats. Terry Hollinger tied the game at 9:35 when he tipped in a nice feed from Lubos Bartecko. Nick Naumenko then gave Worcester the lead for good at 19:26 on the power play, assisted by Chris Kenady and Bartecko. In the second period Michal Handzus made it 3-1 with a power play goal at 1:34, with Hollinger and Naumenko helping. Bartecko had the next goal at 4:54, with Hollinger assisting. Naumenko scored again, this time with Stephane Roy assisting, at 5:46. Then it was Roy’s turn to score with a power play tally at 6:42, with Jason Zent and Naumenko assisting. Kenady made it five in the frame with a power play tally at 12:25. Libor Zabransky and Handzus had points on that goal. Jean-Yves Roy added a third period goal at 2:12 for the 7-2 final. Brant Johnson had 23 saves in the game for the win.

1999 at Cincinnati 6-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats played another game they were never really in as they dropped a 6-3 contest to the Might Ducks to extend their winless streak to six games (0-4-2). Scott Ferguson (4:37), Mike Leclerc (5:52), and Igor Nikulin (6:38) all had goals for Cincinnati in the first period. Andrej Podkonicky scored unassisted goal at 16:38 to make it 3-1. Bob Wren and Craig Reichert would later add second period goals, and Leclerc scored again in the third to make a 6-1 contest. Daniel Corso and Jamal Mayers then added goals for the 6-3 final. Brent Johnson took the loss in goal.

2002 at Rochester 5-4 win
The Worcester IceCats got two goals from Jame Pollock to help defeat the Americans 5-4. Marc Brown opened the scoring at 1:50 of the first period, but Craig Charron tied it at 5:20. Jamie Thompson then made it 2-1 at 8:30. Pollock made it a two goal lead with an early second period five on three power play goal. Norm Milley made it 3-2 at 3:24, but Brad Voth got the ‘Cats their two goal lead back at 8:57. Milan Bartovic cut the IceCats lead to one again at 2:53 of the third. Pollock blasted a slap shot from the left point at 16:34 to make it 5-3. Brian Campbell made it the 5-4 final with a power play extra attacker goal at 19:01. Reinhard Divis earned the win. [210Sports note: With Captain Ed Campbell, and alternate captains Eric Boguniecki, Darren Rumble, and Daniel Tkaczuk all not making the trip to Rochester Eric Nickulas, Matt Walker, and Christian LaFlamme wore the “A”s for the ‘Cats]

2004 at Springfield 2-1 win
(FALCONS) Center Jason Jaspers scored late in the third period to pull the Springfield Falcons to within a goal, but the club eventually fell to Worcester IceCats, 2-1, before 3,673 at the Springfield Civic Center on Friday night. Falcons goaltender David LeNeveu stopped 22 of 24 shots while Curtis Sanford made 29 saves in the Worcester net. Forwards Scott Pellerin and Ernie Hartlieb provided the scoring for the IceCats. The IceCats grabbed a 1-0 lead 9:54 into the game when Pellerin one-timed a pass from linemate Mike Glumac from the top of the left wing face-off circle for his seventh goal of the season. The Falcons were able to remain within a goal by successfully killing off a two-man disadvantage and a five-minute high sticking major penalty issued to forward Gary Shuchuk to close out the first period. However, Hartlieb doubled Worcester’s lead 4:28 into the second period. Hartlieb, who leads the IceCats in scoring, redirected a shot by Blake Evans past LeNeveu for his 12th goal of the campaign. The Falcons pressured the ‘Cats in an effort to close the gap in the third period, outshooting the team 14-5 during the frame. Center Erik Westrum one-timed a shot from the top of the right wing face-off circle in the middle portion of the period, but Sanford was able to slide across the crease to make the save. Springfield?s Peter Ferraro fired a slap shot from the right wing off the cross bar a few minutes later. Springfield finally beat Sanford with 3:09 remaining in the contest when Jaspers tipped a wrist shot from the right point by Westrum under the Worcester goaltender. The goal was Jaspers’ fifth of the season. Springfield held a 30-24 shot advantage for the contest.

2005 vs Portland 4-0 loss
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats saw their two-game winning streak snapped Sunday in a 4-0 loss to the Portland Pirates. The loss also ended a five-game home winning streak. The Pirates scored a goal in each period, and also tacked on an empty-netter in the third. Graham Mink made it 1-0 Portland at 3:03 of the first, then Brian Sutherby made it 2-0 at 4:03 of the second while the ‘Cats were on a power play. Brooks Laich’s penalty-shot goal, also while Worcester was on the power play, deflated the ‘Cats at 4:26 of the third. Jared Aulin added the empty-net goal at 18:49. The loss set two IceCats records, both involving shutouts. Worcester has now been shut out eight times overall, and five times at home.

2009 vs Springfield 3-1 win
(WORSHARKS) The second half of the 2008-09 AHL season kicked off Friday night as the Worcester Sharks defeated the Springfield Falcons at the DCU Center 3-1 in a hard fought battle. After a fast and physical start by both teams, the Sharks struck first with Steven Zalewski’s 9th goal of the season at 3:25 of the opening period. The goal was assisted by Cory Larose and Lukas Kaspar. The assist extended Larose’s point streak to eight games. Brad Staubitz then added to the Sharks’ 54 fighting majors on the season as he and Springfield’s Mathieu Roy dropped the gloves at 5:42 into the period. The Sharks held the momentum for the remainder of the period by keeping the pressure on Springfield goalie Devan Dubnyk. The Sharks outshot Springfield 14-4 in the first period and led 1-0. Tempers continued to flare as the teams returned to the ice for the opening of second period as Worcester’s Matt Jones was called for a fighting major penalty, along with Springfield’s Gilbert Brule at 3:00. After a couple strong bids by the Worcester offensive attack, the Sharks were unable to take advantage of a 5 on 3 power play. The Falcons were then blanked on a 5 on 3 advantage of their own as Sharks’ goalie Thomas Greiss fought off a strong Springfield power play attack. The period came to a close with the Sharks maintaining a 1-0 score. Lukas Kaspar opened the final frame by firing his 11th goal of the season at 3:16 of the third period as the Sharks took a 2-0 lead. Soon after, Riley Armstrong and Viacheslav Trukhno who drop the gloves in front of the Springfield bench.. The Falcons would find the back of the net when Guillaume Lefebvre scored on a feed from Tyler Spurgeon and Jake Taylor at 8:11. Brad Staubitz and Guillaume Lefebvre would drop the gloves at the end of the period before the Sharks sealed the game with an open net goal by Riley Armstrong at 19:25. The win brings the Sharks’ record to (25-19-0-2) with 52 points, while the Falcons dropped to (16-23-6-1) 39 points. The Sharks are now just one point behind the first place Bruins, Wolf Pack, and Pirates.

2012 AHL All-Star game: West 8, East 7 SO (Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ)
Matt Irwin was “E” and had a shot on goal for the East. Tyson Sexsmith took the shootout loss for the East, stopping nine of 11 regulation shots and going two for four in the shootout.

2015 at Providence 5-4 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (22-16-3-2, 49pts) opened up the unofficial second half of the AHL season with 5-4 loss to the Providence Bruins (22-17-5-1, 50pts) in front of 7,924 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Friday evening. Jeremy Langlois scored his team leading 15th and 16th goals of the season while Freddie Hamilton and Matt Taormina also scored for Worcester. JP Anderson made 37 saves in net in his 5th straight start for Worcester and Taylor Fedun added two assists. On a conditioning assignment from the Boston Bruins, Niklas Svedberg, made 25 saves in net for Providence and Seth Griffith led the way offensively with three points (2-1-3) as the Bruins defeated Worcester for the first time this season. Jeremy Langlois (15th) gave Worcester an early 1-0 lead after he was sprung free over the middle and broke in on Bruins netminder Niklas Svedberg and fired a snap shot top shelf just 43 seconds in. But the Bruins would score three goals within four minutes to take a 3-1 lead. Zach Trotman (1st) sent a shot from the blue line that went off a Worcester stick and past Anderson at 5:27 to even the score. Alexander Khokhlachev (11th) found the puck alone in front of JP Anderson and slid the puck around a lunging JP at 6:41 to put the Sharks down 2-1. Joe Morrow sent a one-timer past Anderson from 35 feet on the power play at 9:27 for the final score of the opening period. Worcester trailed 3-1 after 20 minutes as the Bruins also held an 18-9 shot advantage. Providence went ahead 4-1 with a great individual score at 6:03 of the second period as Seth Griffin (4th) snapped a great shot from the left circle past JP Anderson. After Anderson made several great saves to keep the score close, Freddie Hamilton (9th) scored on the power play from in tight at 19:33 to get the Sharks back to within two scores. The Bruins led 4-2 after 40 minutes and held a 32-18 shot advantage after two periods. Seth Griffith (5th) scored on the power play at 4:36 of the third period to put the Bruins up 5-2. Worcester would score twice late in the game as Jeremy Langlois (16th) scored a rebound power play goal at 17:56 and Matt Taormina (6th) snapped a shot from 60 feet past Svedberg at 18:48 to get the Sharks back within a goal at 5-4. JP Anderson went to the bench for the extra attacker and the Sharks had a few chances late to tie but fell short as the horn sounded. The Sharks overall record falls to 22-16-3-2, 49pts, and 9-9-2-2, 22pts on the road this season.

2019 at Brampton 5-4 SOL
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (19-18-3-3, 43pts) kicked off a three game Canada road trip with a 5-4 shootout loss to the host Brampton Beast (21-18-3-1, 46pts) in front of 5,020 fans at the CAA Centre on Wednesday morning. Ivan Kosorenkov, Tyler Barnes (2-1-3), and Ryan MacKinnon all scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made 27 saves in net in the shootout loss. Four different players scored for the Beast and goaltender Jake Paterson made 30 saves in net in the win as Worcester fell to 7-11-0-2 on the road this season. Worcester trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before leading 4-2 but the Beast battled back to force overtime. With the shootout loss, Worcester now trails the Manchester Monarchs by two points for the final playoff spot in the North Division. Worcester trailed 1-0, 2-1, before grabbing a 3-2 lead through 20 minutes of play. Ivan Kosorenkov (7th) tied the score at 1-1 at 6:29 and Tyler Barnes (13th) tied the score at 2-2 at 16:51. The Railers went ahead 3-2 in the final minute of the opening frame as Tyler Barnes fed Ryan MacKinnon (4th) who rushed down the middle and finished a great forehand backhand move past Jake Paterson to give Worcester a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes of play. Jordan Henry (13th) and Jackson Leef (8th) scored for the Beast while Worcester held a 15-10 shot advantage in the first period. Tyler Barnes (14th) gave the Railers a 4-2 advantage with a great ring-a-round-the-rosy score with great puck possession and a quick snap shot from 40 feet at 5:04. Brampton got the score back as Daniel Ciampini (10th) slammed home a backdoor feed into an empty net after a long shift in the Worcester zone at 10:14. Worcester took a 4-3 lead into the second intermission and held a 25-17 shot advantage through 40 minutes. It looked like the Railers were going to win the game in regulation, but the Beast would tie the score with the extra-attacker with under a minute remaining as David Vallorani (13th) deflected a shot through Mitch Gillam at 19:24 to tie the score at 4-4. The overtime period was wide open with both teams having several chances to win the game in the 3-on-3 session. Ivan Kosorenkov scored the only goal in the shootout for the Railers while Nathan Todd and Artur Tianulin struck for the Beast to give them the 5-4 shootout home win.

2022 vs Fort Wayne 6-4 loss
(RAILERS) The Railers tried driving as far as they could Sunday with their “low fuel” warning light on, but the tank finally ran dry after 45 minutes in a 6-4 loss to the Fort Wayne Komets, Worcester playing its third game in 2 1/2 days. Worcester had a 3-0 lead with the game more than half over. It marked merely the second time in team history the Railers had a three-goal lead in a game and didn’t get at least one point out of it. The last thing the home team needed was to spend a lot of time in the penalty box but that’s what happened. The Railers had to kill eight penalties to two for Fort Wayne and the Komets capitalized once, officially, but twice in reality. It was the fifth time in franchise history Worcester had to kill that many penalties. The Railers are 0-5-0 in those games. They also had to play much of the game with five defensemen. Myles McGurty, hit in the face with a puck on Saturday night, was reinjured four minutes into the first period and did not return. “It was three in three, and we traveled from Maine on Friday night,” coach David Cunniff said, “so it was really unfortunate that the game was called the way it was because we really didn’t have much of a chance today…it’s asking too much of the guys. “It’s a matter of time before things break down.” Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman had two goals for the Railers and has 17 for the season. Anthony Repaci and Collin Adams had the other Worcester goals. Oliver Cooper scored twice for Fort Wayne. Shawn Boudrias was 1-3-4. Matt Alvaro, Zach Porchiro and Chays Ruddy also scored for the Komets. Smotherman made it 1-0 at 1:13 of the first period. He was set up by defenseman Austin Osmanski, who slid him a long pass from the left side. Smotherman connected from the bottom of the right circle and Osmanski’s assist was his first professional point. It was 2-0 less than a minute later as Adams notched his third of the season. He was set up in close by Cole Coskey as the clock registered 2:01 Repaci gave the Railers a 3-0 lead at 5:49 as he and Blake Christensen worked a textbook 2 on 1. That was it, again, for Komets goaltender Zach Bouthillier. As on Saturday night, he was replaced by Mario Culina with his team in a big hole. Bouthillier had a weekend to forget. In two games he allowed 7 goals on 15 shots in a little more than 20 minutes in net. Ken Appleby made 20 saves in the first period to maintain Worcester’s lead but Fort Wayne continued to press in the second period with referee Alex Normandin sending Railers to the penalty box at a steady pace. The Komets finally broke through at 13:19 when Alvaro sent home a one-timer from the bottom of the left circle. Fort Wayne then made it 3-2 at 19:41, just as a penalty to Jacob Hayhurst expired. Cooper deflected home a shot by Kellen Jones. Smotherman scored at 3:10 of the third period as he re-directed a pass by Osmanski to make it 4-2 but the Komets scored four times in the next 6:10 to complete their comeback. MAKING TRACKS_This long homestand continues with another 3 in 3 next weekend. The Kalamazoo Wings provide the opposition for all three games. It will be the first time the Railers have played that franchise. … The Boudreau family has a 12-14-7 coaching record at the DCU Center. Bruce Boudreau coached here against the IceCats and Sharks with Lowell, Manchester and Hershey. Son Ben is 1-1-0 with Fort Wayne. … With the season about half over, Repaci is the Railers leader in Three Stars points, with 30. Appleby is second with 24, Lavallee-Smotherman third with 11. … The Railers have gone more than a full season’s worth of games since recording a shutout. Evan Buitenhuis blanked Brampton, 2-0, at Brampton on Dec. 4, 2018. That was 76 games ago. Worcester’s last home shutout was by Mitch Gillam on March 18, 2018. It was a 5-0 victory over Adirondack. … A note from Saturday night — Will Cullen’s two-goal performance was just the third ever by a Railers defenseman. Patrick McNally and Ivan Chukarov also did it. No Worcester defenseman on any team has ever recorded a hat trick. … Appleby, who faced 47 shots Sunday, appeared in his 200th professional game.


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