Today in Worcester hockey history: February 7

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1996 at St. John’s 4-4 tie
The Worcester IceCats battled back from a two-goal first period deficit and scored late in the third period to tie the Maple Leafs 4-4. St John’s opened up a two goal lead on tallies by Trent Cull (4:30) and Kory Mullin (7:42, PP). Jason Widmer got the ‘Cats winin one at 8:37 on a goal assisted by Alex Vasilevskii and Fred Knipscheer, but Shayne Toporowski would score for the Maple Leafs at 16:36 to make it 3-1 after one. The IceCats tied the game on two second period goals by Terry Virtue. His first came at 7:27 and was assisted by Craig Darby and Shaun Kane, the second was at 12:17 on the power play with Darby and Sergei Kharin providing the helpers. Mark Kolesar gave St john’s another lead 1:52 into the third, but Darby would tie it 4-4 at 15:41 with Kharin assisting. Mike Buzak made 36 saves in earning the point.

1997 at Saint John 2-2 tie
The Worcester IceCats had lots of opportunities to score, but could only do it twice in a 2-2 tie with the Flames. Kevin Hilton had the first ‘Cats goal, unassisted at 5:15 of the first period when he picked off a Saint John clearing pass and skated in on Flames netminder Darrin Madeley and beat him short side. In the second period Jesper Mattsson tied it with a power play goal 48 seconds into the frame, but Chad Dameworth collected his only career IceCats at 6:19, and like Hilton’s was unassisted. Dameworth kept a clearing attempt in the Flames zone and fired a hard shot towards goal, where it hit a Saint John defender and bounced past Madeley. Shane Hnidy tied it 2-2 at 7:27, and the rest of the game would be scoreless. Jamie McLennan had 33 saves in the contest.

1998 at Fredericton 5-1 loss
The Worcester IceCats were no-shows for the second game in a row in their 5-1 loss to the Canadiens. Fredericton’s goals were scored by Donald MacLean (9:49, 1st; 6:47 2nd), Stephane Robidas (12:19pp, 2nd), Eric Belanger (16:35, 2nd), and Terry Ryan (6:36pp, 3rd). Jason Zent avoided the shutout for the ‘Cats with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 10:45.

2001 vs Saint John 3-1 win
The Worcester IceCats got points from eight different players in a 3-1 win over the Flames. Eric Boguniecki got the ‘Cats on the board 1:35 into the opening period on a goal assisted by Justin Papineau and Pascal Rheaume. Mike Martin then tied it for Saint John at 10:21 on the power play. Marty Reasoner made it 2-1 at 11:15 with ‘Cats power play goal. Didier Tremblay and Jaroslav Obsut got the helpers. Rheaume capped the scoring at 16:15, with Ed Campbell and Mark Rycroft picking up assists. Cody Rudkowsky made 38 saves in the victory.

2003 at Utah 7-2 loss
(GRIZZLIES) The Grizzlies tamed, de-clawed and sent the visiting Worcester IceCats thinking about the re-match tomorrow night as they defeated the IceCats 7-2 tonight at the E-Center. Steve Ott scored two goals and added two assists gaining his first four-point game as a professional. The third meeting of the season between Utah and Worcester started out slowly, but midway through the first things got interesting. The IceCats struck first blood as Igor Valeev found the stick of forward Greg Davis, coming in from the far side of Jason Bacashihua. Davis managed to slip the puck under Bacashihua as the Utah goaltender lost track of the puck due to traffic in front of the net. Worcester led 1-0 at 11:50. Less than two minutes later, the Grizzlies tied the game at one a piece on the power play. Gavin Morgan received a pass from Greg Hawgood and went up ice untouched. Just inside the Worcester blue line, Morgan let loose a hard slap shot from the far side that rebounded straight to Steve Ott’s stick as he came crashing the net on the near side. Ott waited a second and slid the puck cross ice back to Morgan who chipped it past Cody Rudkowsky and in the back of the net, recording his 12th goal of the year (12-18-30), tying the game at 1-1. Grizzlies kept the magic rolling with another power play goal only 76 seconds later. Alexi Komarov blasted a one-timer past Rudkowsky for his fourth goal of the year. Ott and Jim Montgomery assisted on the goal giving the Grizzlies the lead at 2-1. Utah continued dominating with the man advantage at the 17:46 mark as Alexei Komarov found room inside the IceCat blue line and slapped a high strike at the chest of Rudkowsky. He couldn’t handle the puck and the rebound hit the tape of Eric Landry soaring in from the far side, putting the puck in the back of the net giving the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead. After twenty minutes of play, Utah had the advantage with 10 shots on net over Worcester’s 8. The Grizzlies also made the most of their power play opportunities going 3 for 4 in the period. The Ice Cats opened the scoring in the second period with a power play conversion of their own. Worcester’s Sergei Varlamov dished the puck off to center Jeff Panzer who wheeled to the mouth of the net from the near circle and squeaked the puck past Bacashihua just inside the far goal post. Utah still up a goal, 3-2. After that it was all Utah. At 14:07, the Grizzlies were on a 5 on 3 power play as Jim Montgomery controlled the puck deep into the Worcester zone and tried a cross-ice pass to Jon Sim who one-timed it wide of the net. The rebound found Montgomery on the other side and Montgomery got enough of the puck to send it out to the middle to a wide open Steve Ott who went top shelf, beating Rudkowsky giving the Grizzlies a 4-2 lead. David Gosselin would get on the score sheet with his 7th of the season later in the second period as Marcus Kristoffersson and David Oliver got credit for the assists and found Oliver in the slot, blasting it high into the net. Utah had a 5-2 lead at that point leading on the shot board 24-20 after two periods of play. The Grizzlies kept the visiting IceCats on their heels in the third and tacked on two more goals. Steve Ott and David Gosselin both had their second goals of the night on respective break-away’s. Ott beat Rudkowsky low, inside the near post with a hard wrist shot, giving him his 9th goal on the year (9-10-19). Gosselin would get set up by Eric Landry (19-22- 41) and beat Rudkowsky low on the far side of the net, giving him seven goals on the year (7-10-17). Utah outshot Worcester 39-35 for the game as Jason Bacashihua wins his seventh straight game making 33 saves.

2004 at Manchester 3-1 loss
(MONARCHS) Unlike last week in Worcester, a three-goal third period lead was more than enough for the Manchester Monarchs, who fought their way to a 3-1 victory over the Worcester IceCats before a sold out Verizon Wireless Arena crowd (9,916) on Saturday night. Right wing John Tripp had the game-winning goal for the Monarchs. Right wing Pavel Rosa and left wing Chris Schmidt also scored for the Monarchs, who blew a three-goal lead before settling for a 3-3 tie with the IceCats in Worcester last Saturday. Goaltender Adam Hauser earned the win, his 11th, with 26 saves. The IceCats, who entered the weekend unbeaten in five, have lost two straight. After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the Monarchs took the lead 1:05 into the middle period with Rosa’s team-leading 20th goal. Schmidt and center Michael Cammalleri shared assists on the play, with Schmidt firing his pass across the slot to Rosa, who then chipped the puck over the glove of goaltender Curtis Sanford. The Monarchs doubled their lead midway through the period with Tripp’s power play goal at 9:16. Tripp, assigned to the Monarchs by the Los Angeles Kings for a conditioning assignment earlier in the week, jammed a crease rebound past Sanford for his eighth goal. Defenseman Tim Gleason started the play with his shot from the left point. He and Cammalleri each notched assists on Tripp’s fourth power play goal of the season. The Monarchs stretched their lead to 3-0 with Schmidt’s third goal, scored when he tipped Rosa’s slap shot from the left circle at 11:14. Rosa and defenseman Tomas Zizka, who like Tripp was assigned to the Monarchs from the Kings earlier in the week, had assists on the play. Rookie left wing Peter Sejna, last year’s Hobey Baker Award winner, spoiled Hauser’s shutout bid 7:44 into the final period with his sixth goal. Sejna stole the puck at the top of the left circle and slipped his shot over the glove of Hauser. The puck clanked off the right post before caroming into the net. Sejna’s goal was unassisted. Sanford finished with 25 saves. The IceCats were 0-for-3 on the power play. The Monarchs were 1-for-3.

2007 at Bridgeport 2-1 OTL
(SOUND TIGERS) Eric Boguniecki batted a loose puck out of the air and into the net for the decisive goal in a 2-1 Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ overtime victory over the Worcester Sharks on Wednesday night. Boguniecki crashed the goal mouth and connected on a rebound of Jamie Fraser’s point shot that kicked off the end wall and into the crease area just below the cross bar. The goal came during a five-on-three power play at 4:32 of the extra session before 2,273 fans at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The Sound Tigers won for the third time in four games against the Sharks to cap the season series, and in doing so avenged a 6-2 loss at Worcester this past Friday. Bridgeport improved to 22-20-1-4 and Worcester picked up a point but fell to 24-17-2-6. Sound Tiger Blake Comeau tied the game with a first-period breakaway goal set up on a long pass by Brandon Nolan. Comeau skated in alone on Worcester goaltender Dimitri Patzold and put a low shot into the back of the net at 14:55 of the opening period. Allan Rourke earned an assist on both Sound Tiger goals in his first game back after a stint with the parent club New York Islanders. The Sharks drew first blood when Lukas Kaspar squeezed a tough-angle shot past Sound Tiger goaltender Wade Dubielewicz 8:19 into the game. Dubielewicz stopped 29 of 30 Worcester shots and Patzold kicked aside 24 of 26 Sound Tiger shots. Bridgeport was 1-for-4 on the power play and Worcester was 0-for-7 on the man advantage.

2010 at Providence 6-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Providence Bruins scored four goals in a 130 second span in the second period as the first place Sharks dropped their second straight meeting with their Route 146 rivals at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence by the score of 6-2 on Super Bowl Sunday. Benn Ferriero tied a Sharks record with his third shorthanded goal of the season and Matt Jones scored his 2nd of the season in a game that featured 77 penalty minutes and a near brawl during the warm up skate. Dennis McCauley and Drew Fata dropped the mitts at the opening faceoff to set the tone at the get go and the Sharks responded early. Matt Jones scored his 2nd goal of the season, his first since a recall from Kalamazoo at 2:02 after a shot from the right point by Joe Loprieno was deflected to the top of the crease on the left side where Jones was stationed. The Bruins tied the score on the power play as Andy Wozniewski’s shot (9th) from the right circle found the back of the net past Tyson Sexsmith at 4:04. Providence took a 2-1 lead after Matt Marquardt (1st) rushed down the right wing and banked a shot off Danny Groulx in front and through the pads of Sexsmith at 12:16. The Sharks trailed 2-1 after the first period and was outshot 18-8. Benn Ferriero (16th) tied the score at 2-2 after a nice shorthanded rush down the right wing at :32 seconds of the middle frame. But the Bruins charged back with four goals in a 130 second span soon after. John Lammers (1st), Jordan Knackstedt (4th), Drew Larman (6th), and Mikko Lehtonen (17th) all scored for the Bruins as Providence took a 6-2 advantage. Tyson Sexsmith was pulled after the fifth goal at 27:01 in favor of Alex Stalock. On the next faceoff after the Bruins went ahead by four, Andrew Desjardins and Drew Fata fought in a long battle with Andrew connecting with a ton of left hands late in the brawl. Frazer McLaren was ejected with 23 seconds remaining in the period after a spearing major during a confrontation with the Bruins bench. The Sharks trailed 6-2 after forty minutes as the two teams combined for 73 penalty minutes. Tyson Sexsmith returned in net for the third period and made 14 saves. There were no more fireworks or scoring in the final period as the Bruins held on for the four goal victory. Worcester’s record fell to 31-16-2-2 (66 points) but remain in first place in the Atlantic Division.

2015 at Norfolk 4-0 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (25-17-3-2, 55pts) picked up a 4-0 win over the host Norfolk Admirals (19-24-3-2, 43pts) in front of 5,818 fans at the Norfolk Scope Arena on Saturday evening. The Sharks are now 2-1-0-0 on their five game road trip. John McCarthy, Micheal Haley, Travis Oleksuk, and Ryan Carpenter scored for Worcester while Aaron Dell made 38 saves in net for Worcester in his fourth straight start between the pipes. Veteran netminder Jason LaBarbera made 31 saves between the pipes for Norfolk for the Admirals in the Sharks 4-0 road victory. The Sharks came out buzzing in the first period and grabbed a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes. John McCarthy (7th) stuffed home a loose puck in the crease past goaltender Jason LaBarbera after a great rush towards the net by Eriah Hayes at 3:40 for a 1-0 advantage. Worcester went ahead 2-0 as Micheal Haley (13th) deflected home an Evan Trupp diagonal feed on top of the Admirals crease on the power play at 12:41. Worcester outshot Norfolk 14-12 in the first period as Aaron Dell stood tall in net for the Sharks. Norfolk outshot Worcester 15-14 in the second period but goaltender Aaron Dell was superb between the pipes for the Sharks. Konrad Abeltshauser left the game with about four minutes left in the period after he was clobbered from behind into the stantion by the Sharks bench by Max Friberg – the call was not penalized but the Sharks didn’t like it. (Abeltshauser returned for third period). Moments later Travis Oleksuk (5th) fired home a puck that pinballed in front of the Admirals cage on a Worcester power play at 16:44 to give Worcester a 3-0 lead. Shots were 28-27 in favor of Worcester after 40 minutes. Worcester went ahead 4-0 as Ryan Carpenter (8th) followed up his own rebound and scored past LaBarbera at 10:22 for the final score of the game. Jimmy Bonneau (6th FM) dropped the mitts with Andrew O’Brien (3rd FM) at 13:32 in front of the Worcester bench for the only scrap of the weekend. Aaron Dell made 11 more saves in the third period as the Sharks finished strong with the 4-0 victory. The Sharks overall record improves to 25-17-3-2, 55pts, and 11-10-2-2, 26pts on the road this season.

2018 vs Reading 3-2 win OT
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (20-19-4-2, 46pts) never led but pulled through with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Reading Royals (27-19-3-0, 57pts) in front of 1,923 fans at the DCU Center on a wintry Wednesday evening. Chris Langkow scored at 4:01 of the overtime period for the game winner while Barry Almeida (1-1-2) and Justin Hamonic also scored for the Railers. Eamon McAdam made 28 saves in net including a big save just a few moments before Langkow buried the game winner. The game marked just the 10th time in ECHL history that a game ended without a single penalty called. With the win, the Railers have points in a season high six straight games (5-0-1) and are now 5-3-1-0 on their season long eleven game home stand. Neither team found the back of the net in a slow moving uneventful opening period as Worcester was outshot 13-1. Eamon McAdam was the best player on the ice for the Railers making 13 first period saves while John Muse was able to snooze his way through the first 20 minutes. Worcester outshot Reading 13-9 in the second period but it was the Royals that scored the only goal. Matt Willows (18th) extended his point streak to ten games and gave Reading a 1-0 lead at 10:23 from Matt Wilkins and Chris McCarthy for the only score. John Muse made several great saves in the middle frame as the Railers trailed 1-0 through 40 minutes of play. Barry Almeida (13th) tied the score at 1-1 after a Nick Saracino shot went off the end wall and found Barry Almeida on the other side of the net. James de Haas (5th) put Reading back up a goal at the 7:00 minute mark after a great cross ice feed on the rush by Matt Wilkins. Worcester would tie the score again at 18:25 with an extra attacker on the ice as Justin Hamonic’s (1st) drive from 50 feet broke off the pad of John Muse and into the back of the net to tie the score at 2-2. Shots were 7-6 in favor of Worcester in the third period as the game headed to overtime tied at 2-2. In overtime, the Railers controlled much of the play, but Eamon McAdam made a huge save with about two minutes remaining to keep the game going. Matty Gaudreau entered into the offensive zone and feathered an exquisite pass to Chris Langkow (11th) who then deflected the puck past Muse for the game winner at 4:01 for the Railers first overtime home win.

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