Today in Worcester hockey history: February 16


1995 at Saint John 6-1 win
The Worcester IceCats got a hat trick and an assist from Shawn Heaphy in their 6-1 win over the Flames. Saint John had just 14 skaters available, two below the roster limit. After a scoreless opening period Heaphy made it 1-0 at 1:28 of the middle stanza. At 12:42 Cal McGowan made it 2-0. Sean Whyte made it a three goal lead at 17:54. In the third period Jason Widmer scored on a backhander at 4:08, and Heaphy put a 40-foot slap shot in at 6:21. Dennis Purdie got the Saint John goal at 7:21 to ruin Wayne Cowley’s shutout bid. Heaphy completed his hat trick at 16:56.

1996 at Providence 3-2 win OT
The Worcester IceCats fired 58 shots on Providence netminder Rob Tallas but needed an overtime strike to put away the Baby-Bs 3-2. Ted Crowley gave the Bruins the lead with a power play goal at 12:43 of the second period, and Alex Vasilevskii got the ‘Cats back to even at 17:58 with Fred Knipscheer picking up the assist. Jarrett Deuling gave Worcester the lead 1:12 into the third period with Jamie Rivers and Derek Armstrong picking up the helpers, but Brendan Flynn would tie it at 4:00 for the Bruins. Vasilevskii scored the overtime game winner at 1:38, with Steve Staios and Ken Sutton assisting. Jamie McLennan made 19 saves for the win.

2001 at Albany 3-2 win
(TICKER) Andrei Troschinsky’s second goal of the game 7:17 into the third period powered the Worcester IceCats past the Albany River Rats, 3-2. Troschinsky recorded his third multiple-goal game of the season as he netted third-period even-strength goals just over six minutes apart to erase a 2-1 Worcester deficit. Mark Rycroft also chipped in a second-period power-play tally as the IceCats won their third straight game and fourth in their last five (4-1-0). Cody Rudkowsky made 34 saves, including all 11 in the third period, as he raised his record to 12-8-2. Jason Lehoux and Chris Ferraro both notched a goal for Albany, which fell to 0-3-0 against the IceCats this year. Frederic Henry stopped 31 shots for the River Rats in a losing effort.

2002 vs Quebec 3-2 win
The Worcester IceCats lost two one-goal leads but didn’t lose a third in a 3-2 win over the Citadelles. Justin Papineau got the ‘Cats on the board at 5:07 of the opening period with a goal assisted by Eric Boguniecki and Eric Nickulas. Francois Beauchemin then tied it for Quebec at 10:26 on the power play. Christian Laflamme gave the IceCats the lead back at 17:45, with Daniel Tkaczuk and Blake Evans picking up points. That lead would last until 2:08 of the third when Jason Ward tied it again for the Citadelles. But 39 seconds later Mark Rycroft would light the lamp with the eventual game winner, assisted by Tkaczuk. Curtis Sanford had 23 saves in the victory.

2003 vs Providence 4-1 win
(ICECATS) The IceCats snapped Providence’s five-game win streak in convincing fashion on the strength of Jeff Panzer’s two goals and Curtis Sanford’s 28 saves in a 4-1 win Sunday at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. The ‘Cats held a 3-0 lead by the 15:08 mark of the second period after scoring twice in the first. Christian Backman, Panzer, and Ernie Hartlieb, respectively, scored as the ‘Cats gained their largest advantage since a 3-0 win at Springfield December 28th. Bruin Lee Goren snapped Sanford’s shutout bid at 3:02 of the third. Panzer, a former teammate of Goren’s at the University of North Dakota, followed up the Providence marker nine seconds later to reclaim the ‘Cats three-goal rule.
Hartlieb assisted on Panzer’s first goal, giving the forward three points in his first two AHL games: 2(2/1/3). The IceCats are now 4-2-2 versus the Bruins this season. With the win Worcester skated back to .500, while the B’s lost for only the 13th time.

2007 at Hartford 3-0 loss
The Worcester Sharks managed just 15 shots on Wolf Pack netminder Al Montoya in a 3-0 loss to Hartford. The Wolf Pack goal scorers were Brad Isbister (13:27pp, 1st), Dwight Helminen (6:35, 2nd), and Lauri Korpikoski (3:42, 3rd). The lone WorSharks highlight was Brad Staubitz beating up Dale Purinton twice, earning 32 penalty minutes in the process. Staubitz received the two fighting majors, an instigating minor, the 10-minute misconduct that comes with instigating, and a game misconduct for being an aggressor in the second battle when Purinton turtled and Staubitz kept throwing bombs. Brandon Dubinsky then jumped into the battle and was give a game misconduct for third man in after Brennan Evans landed a few shots on him. Dimitri Patzold made 32 saves in the game.

2008 at Norfolk 4-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) Despite two Devin Setoguchi goals in a 50 second span and a 50-21 shot advantage, the Worcester Sharks fell to the Norfolk Admirals for the second straight night, 4-2, on Saturday evening at the Scope in Norfolk. Thomas Greiss played tremendously in net despite only 17 saves. Norfolk goaltender Marc Denis made 48 saves on 50 shots, stuffing numerous golden scoring opportunities. The Sharks fall to nine points behind the Springfield Falcons for fourth place and remain five points behind Manchester for fifth. Worcester received a scare only 1:50 into the first period when Blair Jones unleashed a shot from over 45 feet away. The wrist shot got past Greiss, but hit the right post to keep the game scoreless. The Sharks had two consecutive power plays early in the first period, but were unable to convert on either opportunity. Norfolk made Worcester pay when they scored at 7:25 to take the quick 1-0 lead. David Schneider took the original shot from the top of the right wing circle. A scramble ensued for the rebound, as Norm Milley finished it off for his 15th of the season before Greiss could locate the puck. Along with Schneider, Jones tallied the other assist on the play. The Admirals quickly added insurance at 12:22 via Jay Rosehill’s second goal of the season. Vladimir Mihalik threw the point toward the net from just inside the point. Milley picked up the loose change at the left post and passed in front to Rosehill near the crease, who easily found the open net for the 2-0 advantage. Worcester cut the lead in half via a much-needed power play goal at 16:49. After Denis came up with some big saves, the Sharks finally converted on its fourth shot of the sequence. Rather than attempting a rebound attempt of his own, Nate Raduns opted for the backhand pass in front to Setoguchi, who finished for his fifth of the season. Lukas Kaspar picked up the other assist on the play, snapping a seven-game point drought. Off the ensuing faceoff, Brennan Evans and Kyle Wanvig dropped the gloves. Wanvig had some big rights before Evans took him to the ice. Off the next draw, it was déjà vu as Brad Staubiz and Rosehill lined up against each other wanting to fight. Staubitz connected on some monstrous lefts in a toe-to-toe battle along the Norfolk bench. Following the two fights, Sharks’ tough-guy Jonathan Tremblay lined up against Friday night’s nemesis Kyle Stewart. Tremblay attempted to bait Stewart into a third-consecutive fight, but instead was whistled for two minors: slashing and roughing. The Sharks channeled the energy effectively, riding it to a tie score at 17:39. Setoguchi skated down the right wing side on the shorthand and put a shot on net. Denis stuffed the initial shot as well as Patrick Traverse’s rebound attempt, but could not stop number three. Setoguchi finished off the rebound for his second of the game and sixth of the season, capping off a 50 second span that included two Sharks’ goals and two fights. Tom Cavanagh tallied the other assist on the play. On the same double minor, it looked like the Admirals would retake the lead, but Greiss moved beautifully from right to left, denying a Radek Smolenak attempt to keep the score tied. After one period, shots heavily favored Worcester, 24-8. Norfolk retook the momentum 6:18 into the second period. Wanvig carried the puck into the offensive zone from the left wing side. He made a move around Worcester defender Tom Walsh and threw the puck in front of the net to Paul Szczechura. Szczechura made the touch over Greiss’ glove and in for the 3-2 advantage. Smolenak tallied the second assist on the play. The rough stuff wouldn’t subside as Wanvig baited Graham Mink into a fight at 7:09, which also earned him the extra instigating minor and ten-minute misconduct, giving the Sharks a power play. The two teams skated the rest of the period without any additional scoring. The Sharks had the 11-7 second period shot advantage and carried the 35-15 lead into the second intermission. In the third period, Setoguchi took a boarding penalty 15 minutes into the period, giving Norfolk a two-man advantage for 1:17. The Sharks came up big, failing to allow even a shot. Worcester couldn’t convert on the added momentum, but not for a lack of opportunities. Over six minutes into the period, Mike Iggulden stole the puck behind the net and passed to Cavanagh on Denis’ doorstep at the right point, but the Norfolk goaltender made the big save. The Admirals made their bid to put the game away on multiple occasions. Midway through the period, Jay Leach’s long shot hit the cross bar. At 11:15, Norfolk took a penalty, giving the Sharks another power play. The Admirals made a bid for the game’s second short handed goal when Stewart was sprung on a breakaway. He took a wrist shot 10 feet in front of the crease, but Greiss closed the pads for another clutch stop. A few minutes later, Smolenak had his second golden opportunity, but was robbed once again. With less than four minutes remaining in the period, Wanvig had an opportunity down the right wing side. He faked a high slap shot, baiting Greiss to the ice, but his shot hit the post, the Admirals’ third post of the evening. Wanvig eventually added an empty-net goal at 19:39 for the 4-2 win.

2010 at Springfield 6-0 win
(WORSHARKS) Alex Stalock tied a team record with his 30th victory of the season as the Worcester Sharks knocked off the Springfield Falcons, 6-0, at the MassMutual Center in a rare Tuesday night contest. Steven Zalewski reached the 20-goal plateau with two goals in the game. Benn Ferriero added two assists and Stalock made 21 stops as Worcester finished the season unbeaten in regulation against the Falcons. The last time Worcester was in Springfield, they hopped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. They bettered themselves this time as they went out to a 3-0 lead after the first twenty minutes of play. 2:34 into the period, T.J. Trevelyan (12) provided all the offense Worcester would need, as he tipped home a Corey Quirk centering pass behind J.P. Levasseur and Worcester was ahead, 1-0. The lead doubled on the power play when nifty passing from Jamie McGinn and Benn Ferriero gave Steven Zalewski (19) a wide-open net to knock the puck home. Dwight Helminen (9) stretched the lead to, 3-0, at the 9:03 mark, with his fourth point in the past two games. Dan DaSilva and Jason Demers assisted on the tally. Worcester outshot Springfield, 15-3. Worcester scored the lone goal of the second period, at the 10:18 mark, when Zalewski (20) scored his second of the game. After a scrum in the right-wing corner, Zalewski collected the puck at the top of the circle and sniped one glove-side past Devan Dubnyk. Ferriero collected his second assist of the game on the goal. The period was highlighted when Worcester killed off a four minute power play to begin the frame. The Falcons held the shot advantage, 10-8. Dennis McCauley (8) scored his fourth goal in his last two games in Springfield, as he blasted one through the armpit of Dubnyk, 9:11 into the third period. Brandon Mashinter and Danny Groulx earned assists. Mashinter (16) tallied a goal of his own 3:54 later as he uncorked one that ripped through the glove of Dubnyk. DaSilva and Andrew Desjardins picked up the assists. Worcester’s record moves to 34-16-2-2 (72 points) and they extend their Atlantic Division lead to three points over the idle Manchester Monarchs.

2011 at Rochester 6-4 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks led on three different occasions but Rochester came barreling back each time as Worcester fell 6-4 to the Americans on Wednesday evening in their first ever visit to the Blue Cross Arena. The loss snapped the Sharks season high five game win streak and six game point streak (5-0-0-1). T.J. Trevelyan scored three points (2-1-3) in his return to the Sharks lineup and Daren Machesney made 18 saves in net in his second straight start for Worcester in the loss. It was only the 4th time in 25 games that the Sharks lost in regulation after scoring the first goal of the game (20-4-0-1). The Sharks came out buzzing in the opening period and struck first at 7:04 after a turnover in the Rochester zone. Brandon Mashinter extended his point streak to four games after he stole a pass deep in the Americans zone and found T.J. Trevelyan alone in front of Rochester netminder Tyler Plante. Trevelyan (11th) sent a quick backhander past Plante to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Former Shark P.J. Fenton (3rd) evened the score for Rochester as he took a pass from the point by Clay Wilson and zipped the puck past Daren Machesney from on top of the crease at 15:20. The score was tied 1-1 after twenty minutes of play. Sean Sullivan (11th) scored his first goal since January 2nd after he found a loose puck at the side of the net on the power play at 6:46 to put the Sharks ahead 2-1. Rochester tied the score again as Michal Repik (9th) scored on a wrap-around attempt on the power play at 9:57. T.J. Trevelyan (12th) struck again with a wrap-around attempt of his own on the backhand to give Worcester a 3-2 lead at 13:25. Just 23 seconds later, Bill Thomas (11th) broke down the right side and fired the puck through the pads of Machesney on a 2-on-1 rush to tie the score at 3-3. The Americans would take their first lead of the game at 16:25 as Jordan Knackstedt (11th) wristed the puck past Machesney on another odd man Rochester rush. The Sharks trailed 4-3 after forty minutes of play. Worcester controlled the majority of the action in the third period but goaltender Tyler Plante was sharp. Jonathan Cheechoo (15th) broke a personal 11 game goalless drought with a nifty backhand past Plante at 13:58 to tie the score at 4-4. But Rochester struck just 34 seconds later as Chris Taylor sent a laser just under the cross bar from the center slot to put Rochester ahead for good. Hugh Jessiman (4th) added an insurance marker less than a minute later to seal the 3rd straight victory for the Americans. The 4th place Sharks record falls to 25-19-2-6 with 58 points and to 11-11-1-3 on the road.

2013 at Adirondack 3-2 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (23-19-1-5, 52pts) picked up their 12th 1-goal victory on the road this season with a 3-2 win over the Adirondack Phantoms (20-25-2-1, 43pts) on Saturday night in front of 4,442 fans at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Alex Stalock made 26 saves to snap a personal six game skid (0-4-0-2) and Jon Matsumoto scored against his former team while captain John McCarthy made it three goals in his last three games. Freddie Hamilton broke a 2-2 tie late in the third period for the game winner as the Sharks won 3-2. The Sharks are now 3-1-0-0 on their five game road trip. The Sharks grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first period with a pair of late goals. Jon Sim (7th) gave Adirondack a 1-0 lead at 4:47 with a power play strike by finishing off a 2-on-0 after a turnover in the Sharks zone. Worcester tied the score at 1-1 with a power play strike by former Phantoms forward Jon Matsumoto (11th) after a great feed behind the net by Bracken Kearns at 16:16. John McCarthy (8th) was the beneficiary of a terrific Freddie Hamilton pass at 18:16 to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead. McCarthy took a diagonal feed by Hamilton and the Worcester captain ripped it past the clocker side of Scott Munroe. The Sharks outshot the Phantoms 10-7 through 20 minutes of play. Adirondack tied the score at 2-2 in the second period after Garret Roe (4th) sent a one timer rocket from the right circle past Alex Stalock midway through the frame. Bracken Kearns (7th FM) and Cullen Eddy (12th FM) dropped the mitts at 19:24 after Andreas Lilja sent Kearns to the ice with a wicked check. Each team had 20 shots on goal through 40 minutes of play. Rookie Freddie Hamilton scored the only goal in the third period with a beautiful set play after a faceoff win in the Phantoms zone. Hamilton ripped a shot from the right slot after a nice feed from John McCarthy at 16:34 to give the Sharks a 3-2 lead. Stalock held the fort the rest of the way and held on for his 13 win of the season. The Sharks overall record improves to 23-19-1-5 (52pts in 48gp) and 15-10-0-2 (30pts in 27gp) on the road this season.

2014 at Springfield 4-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (23-22-3-1, 50pts) closed out their season high five game road trip with a hard fought 4-1 loss to the Northeast Division leading Springfield Falcons (32-15-1-4, 69pts) in front of 3,406 fans at the Mass Mutual Center on Sunday afternoon. Daniil Tarasov scored the only goal for Worcester in a game that featured four fights and 56 penalty minutes as the Sharks closed out the road trip with a 1-4-0-0 record. Michael Chaput recorded three goals for Springfield and Mike McKenna made 29 saves in net as Springfield snapped a three game losing skid. With both teams heading into the game with a pair of losses on the weekend, it was a heads up feisty opening frame that saw the Falcons score the only goal. Michael Chaput (13th) sent a snap shot through a screen and past Troy Grosenick at 12:31 on the power play to give Springfield a 1-0 advantage. The period saw plenty of hard hits, post whistle scrums, and a heavy weight battle between Jimmy Bonneau (13th FM) and Dalton Prout (1st FM) at 7:51. Springfield outshot Worcester 13-7 with the best Sharks chance came early as Taylor Doherty hit the cross bar five minutes in. The second period featured three fights and a pair of goals. Michael Chaput (14th) sent a laser past Grosenick after the Sharks turned the puck over behind their own net at 5:47 to put Springfield ahead 2-0. Daniil Tarasov (12th) one timed a beautiful feed from Matt Tennyson past goaltender Mike McKenna at 7:51 to put Worcester on the board. Cody Bass (10th FM) got the better of Sena Acolatse (5th FM) at 3:45 put Acolatse (6th FM) got the TKO in round 2 on Bass (11th FM) at 11:38. Nick Petrecki (3rd FM) dropped the mitts with Dalton Smith (14th FM) at 10:38 as tempers continued to flare. Springfield took a 2-1 advantage into the second period and held a 22-19 shot advantage. Jonathan Marchessault (14th) scored on a breakaway at 14:13 to put Springfield ahead 3-1 and Michael Chaput (15th) found an empty net with 2:17 remaining for the hat trick as the Falcons picked up their first win of the weekend with a 4-1 win over Worcester. The Sharks overall record falls to 23-22-3-1, 50pts and 11-13-3-0, 25pts on the road.

2018 at Orlando 4-1 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (22-21-4-2, 50pts) scored revenge in a 4-1 win over the host Orlando Solar Bears (22-24-5-1, 50pts) in front of 4,393 fans at the Amway Center on Friday evening. Tommy Kelley, Matt Lane, Barry Almeida, and Kyle McKenzie scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made a franchise record 42 saves in net for his ninth win of the season. Ben Masella added three assists from the blue line as the Railers improved to 1-1-0-0 on their season long seven game road trip. The Railers grabbed a 2-0 first period lead as Mitch Gillam was strong in net making 11 saves in net. Yanick Turcotte won the puck on the forecheck and zipped it to the slot where Tommy Kelley (3rd) ripped the puck top shelf past Cal Heeter at 5:53. Worcester went ahead 2-0 with a power play goal as a Ben Masella shot from the center point was deflected by Matt Lane (8th) at 8:58. Shots were 12-11 Orlando through 20 minutes but the Railers took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Worcester would score two more goals in the middle frame and Mitch Gillam remained strong in net with 16 more saves. Barry Almeida (16th) slid home a rebound just pass the goal line at 6:11 and Kyle McKenzie (3rd) fired home a 60-foot shot while Cal Heeter was out of the net at 7:58. The fourth goal would spell the end of the night for Cal Heeter as he was replaced by Mackenzie Skapski. The Railers led 4-0 after 40 minutes despite getting outshot 27-23. Max Novak (15th) got the Solar Bears on the board at 11:04 of the third period with a rebound score to ruin Gillam’s shutout bid and cut the Railers lead to 4-1. Gillam made 15 more saves in the third period as Worcester held on for the 4-1 road victory.

2019 at Tulsa 1-0 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (23-20-5-3, 54pts) continued their season long seven-game road trip with their first shutout win of the season in an 1-0 victory over the host Tulsa Oilers(29-18-4-2, 64pts) in front of 7,034 fans at the BOK Center on Saturday evening. Tyler Barnes scored for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis made 47 saves in net for his first professional shutout as the Railers improved to 2-0-1-0 on their seven-game road trip. Tyler Barnes extended his point streak to a franchise record 12 games (11-5-16) with a goal as Worcester improved to three games over .500 for the first time this season with the victory. The Railers grabbed a 1-0 first period as Tyler Barnes (22nd) scored at 5:59 to extend his point streak to 12 games with Ryan Hitchcock and Bo Brauer picking up assists. Yanick Turcotte (10th FM) dropped the mitts with fellow tough guy Mike McKee at 13:14 as Tulsa held a 14-13 shot advantage through 20 minutes of play. The Oilers controlled most of the second period as Evan Buitenhuis made 18 saves including a breakaway stop in the final two minutes of play of the second frame. Shots were 32-19 in favor of the Oilers as Worcester held a 1-0 lead through 40 minutes of play. Boots made 15 more saves in the third period as the Railers held on for the 1-0 road victory – the first shutout win of the season for Worcester.

2020 at Reading 3-0 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (17-31-3-0, 37pts) kicked off a five game 10 day road trip with a 3-0 loss to the Reading Royals (29-14-5-0, 63pts)in front of 2,810 fans at the Santander Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Railers will fly to Jacksonville on the Monday morning and face off against the Icemen at 7pm on Wednesday. Brayden Low (1-0-1), Steven Swavley (1-0-1), and Thomas Ebbing (1-0-1) each scored goals for Reading while Kirill Ustimenko made 33 saves in net for his 19thwin of the season and his second shutout. Ben Thomson led all skaters with eight shots on net while Jakub Skarek made 24 saves in net for the loss. The only goal of period one would come from Reading when Brayden Low (14th) was able to beat Jakub Skarek through the wickets to give the Royals a 1-0 lead at 11:38. The best chance of the period would come from Shane Walsh midway through the frame on a breakaway but Kirill Ustimenko would make a big glove save. Reading led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play despite being outshot 18-8. Steven Swavley (9th) increased the Royals advantage to 2-0 finishing off a two on one just 87 seconds into the second period. Worcester was outshot 11-9 in the middle frame and trailed 2-0 through 40 minutes of play. Thomas Ebbing (7th) tacked on an insurance goal with an empty net tally with just 45 seconds left to give Reading the 3-0 victory. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Steven Swavley (1-0-1) 2nd star: Brayden Low (1-0-1) 1st star: Kirill Ustimenko (33 shots, Win)…. final shots were 33-28 in favor of Worcester …. Kirill Ustimenko (19-4-5) made 33 saves on 33 shots for Reading…. Jakub Skarek (2-6-2) made 24 saves on 26 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis as the backup….Worcester went 0-for-2 on the power play while Reading went 0-for-4…., JD Dudek (IR), Kyle Thomas (IR), Yanick Turcotte (IR), Tanner Pond (IR), Dylan Sadowy (IR), Arnaud Durandeau (INJ), Bryce Nielsen, and Ian Milosz did not dress for Worcester….Ryan MacKinnon was recalled by Bridgeport on Saturday…. Mike Cornell, David Quenneville, Ryan MacKinnon, and Linus Soderstrom are all with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Justin Murray has now played in 41 straight games…. Eddie Matsushima made his Railers debut and wore #11…. The Railers losing streak hits a season high eight games…. Worcester has been shut out seven times this season…. Ben Thomson led all skaters with eight shots…. The Railers are 0-for-31 in their last nine games on the man advantage…. Worcester has 21 games left on the regular season…. David Quenneville was traded from the New York Islanders to the New Jersey Devils earlier this afternoon…. The Railers are now 16-13-1-0 all-time vs. the Royals and 7-9-0-0 at the Santander Arena.


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