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.


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