Today in Worcester hockey history: February 19

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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.

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