Today in Worcester hockey history: February 26


1997 vs Springfield 2-2 tie
The Worcester IceCats took two leads against the Falcons and lost them both in a 2-2 with Springfield. Stephane Roy gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead at 1:42, assisted by Jamal Mayers and Radim Bicanek. Scott Levins then tied it at 2:55. Rob Pearson made it 2-1 with a five on three power play goal at 8:27, assisted by Bicanek and Mike Maneluk. In the second period Chad Kilger tied it again for the Falcons at 7:53, and that’s the way the game would end. Jamie McLennan had 30 saves in the game.

1999 at Providence 5-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats allowed two power play goals and two shorthanded tallies in a 5-2 loss to the P-Bruins. Shawn Bates scored at 1:54 of the first period to give Providence a 1-0 lead. Roger Maxwell made it 2-0 at 12:29. Andrej Podkonicky’s power-play goal at 16:52 cut the Baby-Bs lead in half, but Eric Nickulas scored shorthanded at 19:58 to make it 3-1 Providence. Bates scored shorthanded at 15:09 of the second period for the three goal lead. Rory Fitzpatrick scored at 14:14 of the third period to make it 4-2, but Bates added a shorthanded empty net goal in the closing seconds for the 5-2 final.

2000 at Quebec 4-1 win
(TICKER) Brent Johnson turned aside 34 shots and Daniel Corso scored a power-play goal as the Worcester IceCats defeated the Quebec Citadelles, 4-1. Johnson made 14 saves in the first period and 12 in the third to improve to 22-15-4. Corso, who has three goals and an assist in three games against Quebec this season, scored at 6:21 to spark a three-goal second period. Tyler Willis added a goal and an assist for Worcester, which completed a 2-2 road trip. Mathieu Garon surrendered all four goals and suffered his 24th loss for the Citadelles.

2010 vs Abbotsford 5-4 SOL
(WORSHARKS) The Abbotsford Heat scored three unanswered goals in the second period and hung on to defeat the Worcester Sharks, 5-4, in a shootout on “Be A Leader” night presented by Abigail Williams and Associates at the DCU Center Friday night. It was the first-ever meeting between the two organizations. Benn Ferriero had a goal and two assists, including a shootout tally and Danny Groulx added four assists, but it was Radek Smolenak’s shootout goal in the eight-round that sealed the deal for the Heat. Logan Couture returned to the Worcester lineup after missing the previous 10 games due to a shoulder injury and made his presence known at the 10:07 mark of the first period. After Ferriero’s shot was misplayed off a carom by David Shantz, Couture (19) dove and poked a loose puck from the crease into the back of the net. Groulx, the AHL’s leading point-scoring defenseman collected the other assist. Abbotsford tied the game, 1-1, when former Sharks forward Riley Armstrong (11) blasted home a one-time pass from Staffan Kronwall. The Sharks capitalized two minutes later, at the 15:08 mark, on the power play. Once again, it was Couture, Groulx, and Ferriero linking up to put Worcester ahead, 2-1. Couture slid a pass across the tops of the circles and Ferriero (19) sniped one past Shantz. Alex Stalock denied Olivier Latendresse on a breakaway opportunity and the teams headed to the locker rooms with Worcester on top, 2-1. The Sharks outshot Abbotsford, 12-11. Abbotsford, the most penalized team in the entire AHL, lived up to their name in the second period. In the span of 30 seconds, Abbotsford committed 21 minutes of penalties leading to an extended five-on-three power play for the Sharks. Worcester capitalized, 7:29 into the period, when Ryan Vesce’s (9) wrist shot snuck through the blocker side of Shantz. Vesce’s goal was his third in the two games since his return and was assisted by Groulx and Ferriero. The Heat responded at the 11:28 mark when Jason Jaffray backhanded one off the post behind Stalock and onto the stick of Mikael Backlund (14) who lit the lamp. Abbotsford pulled even, 3-3, at the 14:16 mark when David Van der Gulik (9) mustered one through traffic past Stalock. The Heat scored their third unanswered goal when Brett Sutter (8) banged home a loose rebound, 16:23 into the second period. Shots were even for the period, 13-13. T.J. Trevelyan went coast-to-coast 8:10 into the third period, skated around a Heat defender, and shifted one past Shantz to tie the game, 4-4. It was Trevelyan’s 14th goal of the season assisted by Groulx and John McCarthy. It turned out to be the only scoring of the period as Shantz and Stalock were equally tremendous down the stretch. The Heat held the shot advantage, 10-9. Both teams had opportunities in overtime, but neither found the back of the net. Abbotsford outshot Worcester, 5-3 in the extra session. Van der Gulik, Jaffray, and Smolenak scored in the eight-round shootout as the Heat captured the game with a shootout score of, 3-2.

2011 at Adirondack 2-1 SOL
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks and the Phantoms combined for 76 shots on goal, but could only muster a single goal each, as Worcester dropped their second straight game via the shootout in a 2-1 loss Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Jamie McGinn scored a power play goal and Daren Machesney grabbed 3rd star honors making 36 saves as the Sharks battled for a road point in the shootout loss. Neither team would find the back of the net in the opening period as Daren Machesney made 11 saves for Worcester and Michael Leighton made eight saves for the Phantoms. The Phantoms went 0-for-3 on the power play in the first period while Benn Ferriero had a great chance shorthanded but could not convert. In the middle frame, Greg Moore (7th) gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead after he sent a knuckle puck towards the net and past Machesney at 1:59. Worcester would tie the game on the power play at 17:38. T.J. Trevelyan sent a terrific pass from the right wall to Jamie McGinn (5th) in the center slot. McGinn quickly redirected the puck past Leighton to light the lamp for the Sharks. The score was tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of play with the Sharks holding a 26-25 shot advantage. Adirondack outshot Worcester 9-8 in a scoreless third period and neither team would strike in the overtime session. Jonathan Cheechoo scored the only shootout goal for Worcester while Greg Moore grabbed the game winner with a nice backhander in Round 6 to secure the win for the Phantoms. The Sharks record falls to 26-21-3-8 with 63 points and to 12-12-2-4 on the road.

2022 at Idaho 4-2 Win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (22-20-3-1, 48pts) beat the Idaho Steelheads (29-21-2-1, 61pts) in on Saturday night by the final score of 4-2 in front of a crowd of 5, 189 at Idaho Central Arena. The Railers are back east at Santander Arena in Reading, PA to take on the Reading Royals on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7:10 p.m. Ross Olsson (3-0-3) recorded his second hat trick of the season by scoring a goal in each period on Saturday night against the Steelheads. Worcester jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second before Idaho responded with a pair of their own, tying the game at 2-2 heading into the second. It would be Olsson for the third time early in the third to put the Railers ahead for good to make it a 3-2 game. Nolan Vesey (1-0-1) added an insurance marker on the empty net tally to give the game its final score of 4-2. Jimmy Poreda was excellent in net for the Railers, making 35 saves on 37 Idaho shots. After a game on Friday which saw seventeen total penalties called, it seemed like Saturday night’s game would suffer a similar fate. Worcester’s power play was given an opportunity early in the game as Idaho committed a penalty just 1:07 after the opening puck drop. Worcester didn’t get to exercise the entirety of the power play, as Nolan Vesey committed a tripping penalty with 29 seconds remaining on the man advantage. These were the first two of seven penalties called in the period between both Worcester and Idaho. In one of the brief stints of five-on-five play, Ross Olsson (15th) would break through with a perfectly placed shot to beat Jake Kupsky top-shelf past and give the Railers the game’s first lead, 1-0. Neither team scored the rest of the frame, as the horn sounded with Worcester up 1-0. Shots in the period favored Idaho 11-7. Six more penalties would be called in the second, as Idaho was finally able to capitalize on the power play. First, it was Ross Olsson (16th) who struck for the second time on the night, drilling a one-timer from Jacob Hayhurst in the high slot right past Kupsky, extending the Worcester advantage to 2-0 just 1:52 into the frame. Idaho responded mid-way through the period as Chase Zieky (12th) in the low slot slapped home a feed from Darren Brady, who supplied the puck from beneath the goal line to make it 2-1. Hardly five minutes later, A.J. White redirected a feed from Colby McAuley out in front to tie the game at two apiece going into the break. Shots in the period favored Idaho 11-9, as the Steelheads outshot Worcester 22-16 through 40. For the third straight period, Ross Olsson (17th) would open scoring. The Billerica native received a stretch pass which spanned the full length of the ice from Cole Coskey, and beat Kupsky to help Worcester regain the 3-2 lead. Worcester would secure the victory late in the game as Chris Ordoobadi tried to sail a puck into the empty Idaho net with under a minute to go, but missed just wide left. Nolan Vesey (11th) cancelled the icing call by being the first one to it, and then promptly deposited the puck into the back of the net, giving the game its final score of 4-2. Idaho outshot Worcester 15-7 in the third, and outshot the Railers 37-23 for the game. Notes: Three Stars: 3rd Star: Chase Zieky (1-0-1, +1, 1 shot), 2nd Star: Jimmy Poreda (35 saves, 2GA, .946 SV%), 1st Star: Ross Olsson (3-0-3, +3, 5 shots)… Final shots were 37-23 in favor of Idaho… Jake Kupsky (13-10-0) made 19 saves on 22 shots for Idaho… Jimmy Poreda (2-3-0) made 35 saves on 37 shots for Worcester, while Colten Ellis served as the backup… Worcester went 0-for-5 on the power play while Idaho went 1-for-6… Will Cullen (DNP), Reece Newkirk (DNP), Connor McCarthy (DNP), John Furgele (IR), Bobby Butler (IR), and Grant Jozefek (IR) did not dress for Worcester… 17 minor penalties were called between the two teams for the second straight game… Ross Olsson led the Railers in shots with 5… The Railers are now 2-0-1-0 all-time vs. the Steelheads and 2-0-1-0 at the Idaho Central Arena against Idaho.

2023 at Savannah 3-2 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (27-24-3-0 57 points) defeated to the Savannah Ghost Pirates by a score of 3-2 at Enmarket Arena in front of a crowd of 6,876. Worcester is home next weekend for a 3-in-3 against the Newfoundland Growlers on Friday and Saturday, and the Maine Mariners in Portland on Sunday. The Ghost Pirates struck first when Daniel D’Amato (1-0-1) scored on a rebound. Jake Pappalardo (1-0-1) tied things up for Worcester on the power-play. Nick Fea (1-0-1) took the lead for Worcester at the end of the first period. Brandon Estes (1-0-1) tied the game up with a wrist shot early in the second, while Brent Beaudoin (1-0-1) retook the lead for Worcester later in the period. In these two teams first ever meeting, the Ghost Pirates struck first five minutes into the game. Daniel D’Amato (10) took advantage of a scrum out in front of Railers goalie Henrik Tikkanen and was able to get the puck into the back of the net. Ten minutes later, Connor Corcoran was whistled for a high stick, giving Worcester the first power play of the game. Jake Pappalardo (2nd) took advantage of a beautiful pass from Max Johnson to tie things up. Not too long after tying the game, Anthony Repaci found Nick Fea open on the blue line. Nick Fea (5th) had a one-on-one with Ghost Pirates goalie Michael Bullion and scored. This extended Repaci’s point streak to 14 games. The Railers went into the first intermission up 2-1. Five minutes into the second period Savannah tied things up. Brandon Estes (6th) was wide open on the near side and fired a wrist shot top shelf to beat Tikkanen. Worcester retook the lead later in the period. The Railers were in the offensive zone moving the puck when Brent Beaudoin fired a laser at Bullion, beating him just underneath the crossbar, to retake the lead. The period ended with Worcester out in front 3-2. Worcester outshot the Ghost Pirates in the period 12-8. Worcester still had a one goal lead halfway through the final period of play. The Ghost Pirates had a good chance to tie things up, but a good save and cover by Tikkanen kept them behind by one goal. The Ghost Pirates pulled Bullion in favor of an extra skater with ninety second left to play, needing one to tie things up. The Railers did a good job of keeping the puck out of their own zone for extended periods of time. Myles McGurty fired the puck all the way down the ice, just missing the goal. Icing was called with ten seconds left to play. A good defensive effort on the final faceoff secured the win for the Worcester Railers. Notes: 3rd Star: Pat Guay (0-2-2). 2nd Star: Anthony Repaci (0-2-2). 1st Star: Brent Beaudoin (1-0-1). Brent Beaudoin and Trevor Cosgrove lead the Railers in shots with 4. Connor Corcoran led the Ghost Pirates in shots with 5. Henrik Tikkanen had 26 saves on 28 shots. Michael Bullion had 27 saves on 30 shots. Worcester was penalized zero times in this game and went 1-1 on the powerplay. Worcester moves to (27-24-3-0 57 points).


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