Today in Worcester hockey history: February 12

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1995 vs Providence 1-0 loss
The Worcester IceCats did everything they needed to do to beat the powerhouse Baby-Bs except score in a 1-0 loss to Providence. Future IceCats forward Fred Knipscheer had the only goal of the game for Providence at 12:53 of the third period when the puck somehow ended up on his stick after a cross ice pass deflected off of several players. Scott Bailey had 33 saves for Providence. Wayne Cowley was in net for the ‘Cats.

1997 vs Saint John 4-4 tie
The Worcester IceCats were down 3-0 after one period and looked down and out, but slowly got themselves back into the game and then got two third period goals from Terry Virtue to earn a point in a 4-4 tie. The Flames for opening period goals from Burke Murphy (10:59), Ladislav Kohn (15:30), and Jesper Mattsson (16:15) to lead 3-0 after twenty. The ‘Cats comeback started with a Bob Lachance strike at 6:32 of the second on a partial breakaway, assisted by Jamal Mayers and Kevin Hilton. Konstantin Shafranov made it 3-2 with a power play goal at 13:17, assisted by Marquis Mathieu and Radim Bicanek, but Keith McCambridge would get the Flames their two goal lead back at 17:07. Virtue got the IceCats within one at 4:31 of the third, assisted by Chad Dameworth and Lachance, and tied it at 11:21 with Lachance and Mathieu helping. Mike Buzak made 25 saves for the win, but left the game briefly after the third Flames goal due to an equipment issue. Jamie McLennan entered the game and didn’t make a save, but did throw a huge body check on Paxton Schulte that sent the winger back to the Saint John bench hunched over.

2000 vs Providence 5-2 win
(TICKER) Ladislav Nagy recorded a hat trick and Cody Rudkowsky stopped 35 shots as the Worcester IceCats defeated the Providence Bruins, 5-2. Nagy scored back-to-back goals in the second and third periods to give Worcester a 3-1 lead. He added an empty-netter with 10 seconds remaining for the IceCats, who have won the last three meetings with Providence. Rudkowsky, who made 16 saves in the first period, evened his record at 4-4-4 for Worcester. Jay Henderson and Peter Ferraro tallied for the Bruins, who are 1-18-3 when trailing after two periods. Kay Whitmore surrendered four goals on 29 shots and was charged with his ninth loss.

2003 vs Hartford 4-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats had a lead with under five minutes remaining in regulation but two quick strikes by the Wolf Pack handed the IceCats a 4-3 loss. Roman Lyashenko had the only goal in the opening 20 minutes to give Hartford a 1-0 lead at 7:52. The ‘Cats would tie the game on a Panzer shorthanded strike at 11:28, assisted by Terry Virtue. Hartford retook the lead on the power play at 18:42 with a goal by John Tripp. Jame Pollock got Worcester back to even before the period ended with a power play goal at 19:33, assisted by Panzer. Pollock then gave the ‘Cats the lead at 10:51, with Sergei Varlamov and Chris Corrinet providing the helpers. But Tripp would score two quick goals to complete his hat trick, the first at 16:07 and the second just 44 seconds later, to give the Wolf Pack the 4-3 win. Curtis Sanford made 19 saves in the loss.

2010 at Bridgeport 6-1 win
(WORSHARKS) The first place Worcester Sharks got two goals by Matt Jones and Cory Quirk along with strong goaltending by Alex Stalock in a 6-1 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Arena in Harbor Yard on Friday night. Matt Jones had two goals and an assist and was +4, Benn Ferriero extended his goal scoring streak to three games, and Nick Petrecki fought and had two assists in the Sharks 32nd victory of the season. Nick Petrecki and Michael Haley dropped the mitts and helmets and skated to center ice for their third brawl of the season at 3:53 of the opening period. After the fight, Haley left for repairs after he was cut by a right hand by Petrecki. After Alex Stalock and Nathan Lawson each stopped breakaway chances, the Sharks got on the board late in the period. Cory Quirk (4th) scored after he won the faceoff deep in the offensive zone and fired a rebound chance past Nathan Lawson at 17:14. Matt Jones recorded the only assist on the score as Worcester led 1-0 after twenty minutes of play. The Sharks and Sound Tigers traded goals in the middle frame with Bridgeport striking first. Anton Klementyev scored his first professional goal hoping on a loose puck in the right circle after an odd man rush for Bridgeport resulted in a blocked shot in front of Stalock. Klententyev fired the puck past a fallen Stalock at 9:14 to tie the score at 1-1. The Sharks would strike on the power play at 16:32 as Benn Ferriero (17th) slammed in a pass from Steven Zalewski from the back door ten feet on top of the crease down the right wing. Worcester out shot Bridgeport 21-14 in the 2nd period and headed into the locker room with a 2-1 advantage after two periods. The Sharks exploded for four goals in the third period, two by Matt Jones. After Jones had a power play goal disallowed by the linesman on a high stick call, he found the back of the net at 3:35 with a nice deflection off a Mike Moore shot from the left point. Jones scored his 4th of the season after Nick Petrecki kept in a clearing attempt and found Jones alone in the right circle at 8:44. Corey Quirk (5th) scored his second of the game firing in a loose puck past Lawson after a great rush by Jason Demers. Brandon Mashinter (15th) finished of the scoring with a wicked shot down the left wing at 17:31 after a great feed out of the Sharks zone by Petrecki. Worcester’s record climbs to 32-16-2-2 (68 points) and remain in first place in the Atlantic Division.

2012 vs Portland 5-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Tim Kennedy, Brandon Mashinter, and Ryan Del Monte scored second period goals to lead the way to a 5-2 victory over the Portland Pirates in front of a sellout crowd at the DCU Center on PINK in the RINK on Sunday afternoon. Harri Sateri grabbed 3rd star honors making 32 saves in net for Worcester for his 11th win of the season and Tim Kennedy added three points (1-2-3) to lead the way offensively for the Sharks. Jack Combs (11th) lit the lamp for a third straight game with a power play goal at 6:29 to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Combs had the puck in the right corner behind the goal line and zipped the puck off goaltender Justin Pogge and into the net with assists to Tim Kennedy and Mike Connolly. Each team fired eight shots in the opening frame with the Sharks taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. The Sharks exploded for three goals in the second period after Patrick O’Sullivan (8th) tied the game for the Pirates at 7:29 with a nice individual rush and stuffing a shot past Harri Sateri. Tim Kennedy (5th) gave the Sharks a 2-1 advantage with a terrific shot from the right circle through Justin Pogge on the power play at 11:18. Brandon Mashinter (9th) sent a rocket from the left circle past Pogge after a great cross ice feed by James Livingston on the rush at 16:15. The goal gave the Sharks a 3-1 lead and ended the afternoon for Justin Pogge as he was yanked after allowing three goals on 13 shots. Ryan Del Monte (5th) greeted netminder Marc Cheverie rudely after a terrific cycle by James Livingston and Brandon Mashinter found Del Monte alone in the center slot and a nice score to give the Sharks a 4-1 lead at 19:36. The Sharks led by three goals after 40 minutes, despite being outshot 19-15 by Portland. Brock Trotter (14th) gave the Pirates some life with a laser one timer shot from the left circle after a cross ice feed on a 2-on-1 with Marc-Antoine Pouliot at 5:16. The Sharks and Sateri shut the door the rest of the way and Andrew Murray (1st) added an insurance marker with an empty net tally at 19:20 to secure the 5-2 Worcester victory. Worcester’s record improves to 23-15-4-5 (55pts in 47gp) and 12-9-0-2 at the DCU Center.

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