Today in Worcester hockey history: February 19


1995 at Cape Breton 3-2 win OT
The Worcester IceCats survived a very late game “no goal” call and went on to defeat the Oilers 3-2 in overtime. Ralph Intranuovo had the only goal of the opening period, at 3:49, to give Cape Breton a 1-0 lead. Miroslav Satan made it 2-0 at 13:18 of the middle stanza. Blair Atcheynum cut that lead in half with a goal at 18:05, assisted by Dave Baseggio. Shaun Kane tied it 2-2 at 19:20 with Terry Virtue helping. With time winding down on the third period the ‘Cats had a goal disallowed by referee Brad Watson. There was no doubt that Virtue’s shot went into the net, the argument was did it cross the goal line before the final horn. The green light was on preventing the red light from being turned on. It all turned out to not matter when Sean Whyte scored at 1:47 of the extra session to give the IceCats a 3-2 win. Wayne Cowley was in goal for Worcester.

1997 at Portland 7-4 loss
The Worcester IceCats allowed five third period goals to the Pirates in a 7-4 loss to Portland. Bob Lachance had the only goal of the first period at 4:25 on the power play, assisted by David Williams and Kevin Hilton. In the second Norm Batherson tied it on a shorthanded goal at 1:43. On the same power play Mike Maneluk gave the ‘Cats a 2-1 lead at 2:44, assisted by Lachance and Terry Virtue. Miika Elomo then tied it again for the Pirates at 19:34. In the third Rick Kowalsky gave Portland the 3-2 lead at 4:19, but David Williams tied it for the ‘Cats at 5:09. Chris Kenady had the lone helper on the goal. Marquis Mathieu gave Worcester the lead back on the power play at 6:36 with Konstantin Shafranov assisting, but then the wheels fell off for the IceCats. Kowalsky scored unassisted at 9:01 to tie it, and then Marc Potvin added a natural hat trick (14:03 on the power play, 18:40 unassisted ENG, and 19:33 ENG) for the 7-4 final. Jamie McLennan made 25 saves in the game.

1999 vs Lowell 4-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats battled back from a two goal third period deficit only to give up the game winner with under two minutes to go in a 4-3 loss to the Lowell Lock Monsters. Nic Beaudoin gave Lowell with the only goal of the first period at 8:54 on the power play. Evgeny Namestnikov made it a 2-0 lead 2:42 into the second period. Marty Reasoner cut that lead in half at 14:55, with Shayne Toporowski and Kevin Sawyer supplying the assists. Fourteen seconds later Lowell would regain the two goal lead when former ‘Cats forward Sean Haggerty lit the lamp at 15:09. Forty-five seconds into the third period Rory Fitzpatrick made it 3-2 with a power play goal. Jaroslav Obsut and Jochen Hecht had the assists. At 10:28 Stephane Roy tied the game 3-3 with the help of Hecht. But Lowell would earn the victory when Dmitri Nabokov scored at 18:27 of the period.

2000 vs Lowell 3-1 win
(TICKER) Derek Bekar scored a pair of third-period goals and Cody Rudkowsky made 28 saves as the Worcester IceCats shut down the Lowell Lock Monsters, 3-1. Bekar, who recorded two assists in Friday’s 3-2 win over Springfield, tallied twice in a 1:49 span early in the final period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 advantage. Rudkowsky stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third and won his third straight decision. Reed Low scored into an empty net with 21 seconds left, sealing the IceCats’ fourth win in five games. Jason Podollan scored his team-leading 24th goal for Lowell, which would have moved into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division with a win or tie.

2003 vs Providence 5-2 loss
(ICECATS) The IceCats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Darren Van Oene and the Providence Bruins stormed back to gain a 5-2 win. Van Oene’s natural hat trick in the second period led the Bruins comeback. Andy Hilbert scored Providence’s other goals. Worcester’s effort in the first period found them up 2-0 on goals by Blake Evans and Sergei Varlamov. Jason Dawe assisted on both goals, which came at 6:28 and 8:21. Evans’ power play goal was his first point since February 1st, while Varlamov now has points in seven of his last eight games. ‘Cats goaltender Curtis Sanford was lifted in favor of Cody Rudkowsky after allowing Van Oene’s hat trick goal at 10:44 of the second period. Sanford stopped 16 of 20, while Rudkowsky turned away seven of eight.

2005 at Lowell 4-1 win
The Worcester IceCats gave up the first goal of the game, but would then score the next four in their 4-1 win over the Lock Monsters. Chuck Kobasew had the goal for Lowell at 12:32 of the opening period, but less than a minute later Mike Mottau would connect on the power play, assisted by Eric Boguniecki and Brendan Buckley, to tie the game at 13:18. In the second period Brendan Brooks scored a shorthanded goal at 3:18, assisted by Troy Riddle. Mottau added another Worcester power play goal, this one assisted by Blake Evans, at 6:25 to chase Lock Monsters netminder Brent Krahn from the game. Jay McClement made it the 4-1 final with a third period goal at 16:35, with Jon DiSalvatore and Peter Sejna getting the helpers. Jason Bacashihua had 28 saves for the win.

2010 at Binghamton 4-3 win
(WORSHARKS) Dan DaSilva scored with just 3:14 remaining in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and Alex Stalock made 38 saves for a team record 31st victory in net as the Sharks won their 4th straight game overall in a 4-3 victory over the Senators on Friday night in Binghamton. T.J. Trevelyan, Benn Ferriero, and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Sharks while Danny Groulx and Jason Demers each had two assists in Worcester’s 35th win of the season. The Senators broke out to a 1-0 lead at 6:45 after Martin St. Pierre (16th) banged in a loose rebound in front after a nice initial rush by defenseman Geoff Kinrade down the right wing was stopped by Alex Stalock. The Sharks trailed 1-0 after a sloppy twenty minutes of play that saw plenty of icings and off-sides. T.J. Trevelyan (13th) tied the score at 1-1 at 8:15 of the second period as he jammed in a loose puck off Mike Brodeur at the far post after a goal mouth scramble. Just under three minutes later, Benn Ferriero(18th) fired a blazing shot from 45 feet on the right wing with Andrew Desjardins providing the screen in front on the power play at 11:14 to give the Sharks their first lead of the game at 2-1. The Sharks had a goal advantage after two periods outshooting the Senators 38-29. The Senators broke out with two goals early in the third period to take a 3-2 lead. Martin St. Pierre (17th) fired in a loose rebound at 4:23 and Tomas Kudelka (3rd) scored an unassisted tally after a turnover deep in the Sharks zone at 7:46. Jamie McGinn (7th) tied the score on the power play at 11:18 with a terrific shot from the right circle with traffic in front. Dan DaSilva (12th) scored into an empty net after a super cross ice pass by Danny Groulx found DaSilva on the right wing side past a sprawled Mike Brodeur at 16:46. The Sharks held off a late Senators charge for the 4-3 victory. Worcester’s record moves to 35-16-2-2 (74 points) in the Atlantic Division with a five point advantage over the Pirates and Monarchs.

2011 at Springfield 3-2 OTL
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks trailed 2-0 after the first period, battled back and forced overtime, but fell in the extra session 3-2 to the Falcons on Saturday evening at the Mass Mutual Center. Kyle Wilson scored all three goals for the Falcons as Springfield won for the third straight time. Patrick Davis and Kevin Henderson scored for the Sharks and Daren Machesney made 22 saves in net for Worcester as they dropped their third straight game (0-2-1-0). Fireworks kicked things right off from the opening shift as Falcons enforcer Tom Sestito took down Dan DaSilva with a hard cross check and then fought Joe Loprieno at :28 seconds of the first period. Sestito was given a double major and a game misconduct which gave the Sharks a three minute major power play right off the bat, but Worcester could not convert. Springfield took a 1-0 lead as Kyle Wilson (8th) snapped a shot through the pads of Daren Machesney at 13:46 from the right slot. Wilson (9th) gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead after he slipped the puck past Machesney at the side of the net after a scramble in front at 16:51. On the ensuing faceoff, Mike Swift and Chris D’Alvise went toe-to-toe in a lengthy battle at center ice at 16:57. The Sharks trailed 2-0 after the first period despite outshooting the Falcons 11-7. In the middle frame, newcomer Patrick Davis (4th) scored his first goal in a Sharks jersey after he finished off a nice rush down the right wing, waited for Gustaf Wesslau to go down, and snapped a shot just inside the far post to get the Sharks on the board at 8:26. Brandon Mashinter got the lone assist after his pass from inside the Sharks blue line sprung Davis free. Worcester outshot the Falcons 8-4 in a relatively quiet second period. Kevin Henderson (5th) tied the score at 2-2 with a terrific deflection from the left circle on a shot from Nick Petrecki at the left point at 4:25. The Sharks had a four minute power play late in the third period but could not covert as the game headed to overtime. Nick Petrecki took an interference penalty in overtime to set up the game winner for Kyle Wilson (10th). Wilson grabbed the hat trick at 2:44 of overtime as he roofed a snap shot over the shoulder of the Sharks netminder from the left circle to give the Falcons their first three game win streak of the season. The 4th place Sharks record falls to 25-20-3-6 with 59 points and to 11-12-2-3 on the road.

2012 at Springfield 2-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Making his first AHL start in 379 days, goaltender Alex Stalock made 15 saves and stopped Alexandre Giroux on a third period penalty shot attempt as the Sharks broke a two game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Springfield Falcons at the Mass Mutual Center on Sunday afternoon.
Andrew Murray and Nick Petrecki scored first period goals for the Sharks as Worcester pulled five points ahead of the Falcons for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. Game four of the four game road trip (1-2-0-0) concludes on Tuesday night with a 7pm start vs. the Syracuse Crunch.
The Sharks came out buzzing in the first period and charged out to a 2-0 lead. Andrew Murray (2nd) sent a blast from on top of the left circle on a rush through the pads of Manny Legace at 7:56 to give Worcester a 1-0 lead. Nick Petrecki (1st) put the Sharks ahead 2-0, with a wicked wrist shot from the left point that deflected off a Falcons defenseman and past Legace at 17:46. Alex Stalock made four saves in net as the Sharks led 2-0 and outshot the Falcons 12-4 through 20 minutes. The Falcons had four consecutive power plays to start off the second period and finally broke through with a 5-on-3 tally by Dane Byers (13th) at 9:35. Byers fired a blocked shot past Stalock to get the Falcons on the board. Springfield outshot Worcester 10-6 in the middle frame with the Sharks holding a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes. The Falcons only fired two shots on goal in the third period but Alexandre Giroux was rewarded a penalty shot at 6:01 and was denied by Alex Stalock. The Sharks played superb defensive hockey in the final frame to hold on for the 2-1 victory. A near line brawl broke out after the final whistle as Matt Pelech (10th FM) took on Dan Byers (6th FM) at the 20:00 mark. Worcester’s record improves to 24-17-4-5 (57pts in 50gp) and 12-8-4-3 away from the DCU Center.

2020 at Jacksonville 5-1 Loss
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (17-32-3-0, 37pts)continued on their southern road trip and suffered a 5-1 loss to the Jacksonville Icemen (19-24-5-1, 44pts)in front of 4,120 fans at the Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday evening.The Railers will hop on the bus Thursday before a pair of games in Greenville starting on Friday Feb 21 vs. the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at 7pm. Barry Almeida (1-0-1) scored the lone goal for Worcester while Jacksonville scored three times in the second period, two of which were on the power-play. Jakub Skarek made 20 saves in net for Worcester while Adam Carlson made 39 in net for Jacksonville. The Railers losing streak hit a franchise high nine games dating back to January 26thwhere the Railers are (0-8-1). Wacey Rabbit (5th) gave the Icemen a 1-0 lead at 10:40 of the first period when he redirected a point shot in the high slot past the low blocker of Jakub Skarek. Barry Almeida (14th) was able to answer the bell for the Railers jamming home a rebound with just 10 seconds left in the period after an initial shot from the half wall courtesy of Jack Macnee. The two teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play as Worcester outshot Jacksonville 17-10. Jacksonville would grab two power-play scores in the second period first from Chase Lang (17th) at 8:52 and then Bobby Lynch (8th) at 15:36 to take a 3-1 advantage. The Icemen were able to increase their advantage to 4-1 when Mike Hedden (9th) put home a rebound with just 1:55 remaining in the second period. Jacksonville led 4-1 after 40 minutes of play as they outshot Worcester 11-8 in the middle stanza. Chase Harrison (3rd) at 2:56 of the third period capitalized on a two on one effort to make the Icemen lead 5-1 which would prove to be the final score. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd star: Chase Lang (1-2-3, +3) 2nd star: Adam Carlson (39 saves, Win) 1st star: John Albert (0-4-4, +2)…. final shots were 40-25 in favor of Worcester …. Adam Carlson (14-11-3) made 39 saves on 40 shots for Jacksonville…. Jakub Skarek (2-7-2) made 20 saves on 25 shots for Worcester while Evan Buitenhuis as the backup….Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Jacksonville went 2-for-3…., JD Dudek (IR), Kyle Thomas (IR), Yanick Turcotte (IR), Tanner Pond (IR), Dylan Sadowy (IR), Arnaud Durandeau (INJ), Bryce Nielsen, Ivan Chukarov, Jack Stander and Ian Milosz did not dress for Worcester…. Mike Cornell and Linus Soderstrom are all with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers…. Justin Murray has now played in 42 straight games…. Dante Salituro was traded to Rapid City on Tuesday for Tyler Poulsen and Myles McGurty…. Myles McGurty made his Railers debut and wore #16…. Tyler Poulsen made his Railers debut and wore #10 and recorded two shots…. Ben Thomson led all skaters with nine shots…. The Railers are 0-for-31 in the last 10 games…. Worcester has 20 games left on the regular season…. The Railers are now 1-1-0-0 all-time vs. the Icemen and 0-1-0-0 at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

2022 at Utah 6-2 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (20-19-2-1, 43pts) beat the Utah Grizzlies (29-17-2-1, 61pts), on Saturday night by the final score of 6-2 in front of a crowd of 5,445 at the Maverik Center. The Railers are back at the Maverik Center again against the Utah Grizzlies on Monday, February 21st at 3:10 p.m. EST. It was Utah who struck first this time around, as Quinn Ryan (1-0-1) gave the Grizzlies the 1-0 lead midway through the first on a lone breakaway down ice. The Railers responded in the second with a goal from each Anthony Repaci (1-0-1) and Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman (2-0-2) to take the 2-1 lead heading into the third. Worcester scored four straight goals to open the third period, as Lavallee-Smotherman scored his second of the night just 50 seconds into the frame, making it a 3-1 game. Blake Christensen (1-0-1), Liam Coughlin (1-1-2), and J. Hayhurst (1-0-1) would each follow suit with a goal apiece to put Worcester up 6-1. Utah got a goal late in the third, as the game came to a 6-2 close. The Grizzlies picked up the game’s first goal at 7:47 into the opening frame. Nate Clurman left a stretch pass perfectly for Quinn Ryan (11th), who broke down ice and beat Colten Ellis in alone to make it a 1-0 game. Neither team would find the back of the net for the rest of the period, as the frame ended with Utah up 1-0. No penalties were called in the period, while Utah outshot Worcester 10-8. Worcester didn’t wait long to tie the game in the second. Anthony Repaci (16th) finished an odd-man breakaway for the second straight night just 3:46 into the frame to put the Railers on the board and tie the game 1-1. Utah found themselves with a two-man advantage midway through the period, but Worcester was able to kill off the opportunity to keep it a tie game. Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman (20th) broke down the left side with 1:59 to go in the period, and unleashed a wrist shot on Miner that he then followed up to put Worcester ahead for good, 2-1. Worcester outshot Utah 13-11 in the period, while shots were nodded up at 21 through two. The Railers opened the floodgates in the third period as they scored four unanswered goals to open the third period, and extend their lead to 6-1. First, it was Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman (21st) who wrapped the puck around the cage and tucked it nearside just 50 seconds into the period to record his second of the game and put the Railers up 3-1. 2:43 later, on the power play, Blake Christensen (9th) blasted a one-time feed on an odd man rush from Nolan Vesey past Trent Miner to push the Worcester lead to 4-1. 2:05 after the Christensen goal, again on the man-advantage, it was Liam Coughlin (6th) who had a perfect deflection out in front on a blast from Nick Albano to make it 5-1. After allowing his fifth goal of the night on 28 shots, the Grizzlies pulled goaltender Trent Miner and put in Peyton Jones in relief. The Railers weren’t done yet, as Jacob Hayhurst (9th) found the puck along the near side while shorthanded, and blazed down the right side to score Worcester’s fourth shorthanded goal of the season, and second shorthanded goal in as many days to give the Railers a 6-1 lead. Utah would get one back as Zac Robbins (7th) redirected a quick shot from the left side from Tyler Penner to give the game its final score of 6-2. Shots in the third favored Worcester 16-8, and in the game favored the Railers 37-29. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd Star: Liam Coughlin (1-1-2, +1, 1 shot), 2nd Star: Colten Ellis (27 saves, 2GA, .931 SV%), 1st Star: Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman (2-0-2, +1, 10 shots)… Final shots were 37-29 in favor of Worcester… Trent Miner (11-7-4) made 23 saves on 28 shots, while Peyton Jones made 8 saves on 9 shots for Utah… Colten Ellis (11-3-2) made 27 saves on 29 shots for Worcester, while Jimmy Poreda served as the backup… Worcester went 2-for-4 on the power play while Utah went 0-for-3… Worcester is (9-2-1) in their last 11 games outscoring their opposition 53-32… The Railers have scored a goal on the power-play in four straight games (6/15, 40%)… Worcester has now scored short-handed goals in back-to-back games and are (22/25, 88%) over the last six games… Anthony Repaci has goals in three straight games and increased his point streak to four games (3-2-5)… Reece Newkirk notched his second straight multi-point game with two assists… Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman tallied his team leading 11th multi-point game of the season and his seventh multi-goal game of the year… Will Cullen (DNP), Ethan Price (DNP), Chris Ordoobadi (DNP), Matt Sredl (DNP), John Furgele (IR), Bobby Butler (IR), and Grant Jozefek (IR) did not dress for Worcester… Five different Railers scored for Worcester… Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman recorded his team leading 12th multi-point game of the season… Reece Newkirk is now on a four-game point streak… Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman led the Railers in shots with 10… The Railers are now 4-0-1-0 all-time vs. the Grizzlies and 3-0-1-0 at the Maverik Center against Utah.


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