Today in Worcester hockey history: March 1

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1995 vs Providence 4-4 tie
Three times the IceCats came back from one goal deficits, and they themselves couldn’t hold on to a one goal lead as Worcester and Providence skated to a 4-4 tie. Sandy Moger opened the scoring for the Bruins at 5:56 of the first period, but the IceCats answered back with an unassisted goal by Jim Nesich at 9:46. Grigori Panteleev gave Providence their lead back at 13:36, but once again Worcester came back to tie it when Shawn Heaphy scored, assisted by Mark Ouimet and Ross Wilson, at 17:10. The Baby-Bs retook the lead for a third time with a Fred Knipscheer goal at 19:33, but a tally by Blair Atcheynum eleven seconds into the third stanza got Worcester back to even again. Cal McGowan and Terry Virtue had the assists on the goal. The IceCats grabbed their first lead of the game at 2:04 on a Wilson goal, assisted by Heaphy and Ouimet, but Providence would tie it at 16:53 on a goal by Brett Harkins. Wayne Cowley had 34 saves in the tie.

1998 vs Syracuse 6-0 win
The Worcester IceCats used six different goal scorers and got 25 saves from Frederic Cassivi in a 6-0 blanking of the Syracuse Crunch during a Sunday afternoon contest at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. In the first period the ‘Cats connected twice, with Robert Petrovicky scoring on the power play at 9:41 assisted by Lubos Bartecko and Libor Zabransky, and Michal Handzus scoring at even strength at 14:18 with Petrovicky and Mike Prokopec getting helpers. Bartecko had the lone goal of the middle stanza, at 5:58, with Handzus earning an assist. In the third Bob Lachance made it 4-0 at 2:46, with Jason Zent and Bryce Salvador earning points. Justin Hocking aded a goal, assisted by Lachance and Salvador, at 12:45. Stephane Roy capped the scoring at 14:10, with Chris Kenady earning a point on the play.

2002 at St. John’s 4-2 loss
(ICECATS) Bob Wren scored twice to lead the St. John’s Maple Leafs past the Worcester IceCats, 4-2, last night at Mile One Stadium. The loss ended Worcester’s four-game winning streak. Mark Rycroft and Marc Brown scored in the second period as the IceCats pulled even at 2. Brown’s goal was his 23rd of the season, Rycroft’s his 10th. Wren’s first goal came on the power play at 9:23 of the first period. His second of the night and 19th of the year came with 57 seconds to go in the second period. It broke the 2-all tie and proved to be the game-winner. Worcester (71) falls four points behind Lowell and Manchester (75) in the Eastern Conference North Division standings. The Lock Monsters and Monarchs both tied last night. Overall, the Maple Leafs are now 24-0-5 when leading after two periods, the IceCats 4-23-3 when trailing after two. The two teams play here again at 7 tonight. Don MacLean had a goal and two assists for St. John’s, which extended its home unbeaten streak to nine games (7-0-2). The Maple Leafs are 15-9-5 at home this season. Wren’s two goals give him 57 points, among the top 10 in the AHL and second on his team to MacLean’s 66. Goalie Mikael Tellqvist made 34 saves in earning the win. He is 5-8-5 on the year. Curtis Sanford allowed three goals on 35 shots for Worcester. He drops to 4-5 on the season. The IceCats suffered another loss earlier in the day when the St. Louis Blues recalled Eric Boguniecki from Worcester. Boguniecki, 26, leads the AHL in scoring with 75 points (34 goals, 41 assists) in 56 games. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound center ranks second in the AHL with a plus-23 rating and was on a four-game assist streak at the time of his recall. Boguniecki’s promotion was made necessary when Blues forward Doug Weight injured his knee Thursday in Calgary. Boguniecki is expected to be in uniform when the Blues play in Edmonton at 10 tonight.

2003 at Springfield 3-3 tie
(ICECATS) Saturday night in Springfield, the IceCats and the Falcons skated to a 3-3 tie. The tie allowed Worcester to remain three points ahead of the Falcons with both having 18 games remaining. Defenseman Terry Virtue registered one goal, unassisted, and one assist. Virtue picked-up the first assist on Kevin Colley’s first marker as an IceCat. Kevin Colley and Marc Brown had the other goals for Worcester.

2005 at Manchester 2-1 win
(MONARCHS) A shorthanded goal from center Peter Sejna with 2:53 to play served as the game-winner as the Worcester IceCats edged the Monarchs, 2-1, before 9,413 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Tuesday night. Sejna picked the pocket of goaltender Adam Hauser (24 shots, 22 saves) behind the Monarchs net to score his 12th goal of the season. The shorthanded goal was the league-leading 15th allowed by the Monarchs this season. The teams skated through a high-energy opening period that included plenty of chances to score, but no goals. IceCats center Jay McClement started things off with a breakaway just 20 seconds in, but Hauser calmly kicked away his short-range wrist shot. IceCats center Brendan Brooks saw his breakaway chance stopped in a similar fashion later in the period. The Monarchs best chance to score in the stanza came with 4:08 remaining when rookie right wing Ryan Kinasewich fed rookie center Jeff Miles for a one-timer in the right circle. Miles got all he wanted on the shot, but still couldn’t stuff it past IceCats goaltender Curtis Sanford (34 shots, 33 saves). The end-to-end action continued in the middle period with both teams collecting goals in the first 10 minutes. Center Michael Cammalleri added to his league-leading goal total when he roofed his 33rd of the year over Sanford?s shoulder at 5:28. Right wing Brad Smyth and left wing Noah Clarke shared assists as Cammalleri extended his scoring streak to seven games (2-7=9). The IceCats tied the game on the power play 2:02 later with the 15th goal of the season for Brooks, jammed through Hauser’s pads on a rebound in front of the net. Center Blake Evans and defenseman Mike Mottau had assists on the play. Sanford improved his record to 15-16-2 with the win, his second against the Monarchs this season. Hauser saw his record dip to 13-8-0.

2008 at Albany 3-2 SOL
(WORSHARKS) Despite holding a 2-0 lead after two periods, the Worcester Sharks fell to the Albany River Rats, 3-2, in a shootout on Saturday evening at the Times Union Center in Albany. The Sharks did earn a point, their fifth in the last three games. With Manchester and Springfield winning, Worcester stands six points behind the fifth-place Monarchs and 10 behind the fourth-place Falcons. All four regulations goals were scored on the power play. The Sharks had two goals on the man advantage within 11:38 to take a 2-0 lead before Albany stormed back with two power play tallies within a span of 6:48 in the third period to force overtime. The shootout went to sudden death tied at two before Jakub Petruzalek won it in round eight. Mike Iggulden and T.J. Fox scored Worcester’s two shootout goals. Sharks goaltender Dimitri Patzold had a solid game in net, stopping 27 of 29 shots that came his way. Michael Leighton stopped 30 of 32 for the River Rats. The name of the game in the first period was power plays. Riley Armstrong quickly drew a penalty less than three minutes into the game when Brett Carson was called for holding. After the Sharks’ Dan Spang was whistled for hooking, Armstrong had a break on the shorthand. He went from his fore hand to his backhand hoping Leighton would bite. Leighton stuck with him to keep the game scoreless, but on the play, Marc Cavosie was called for hooking which nullified Albany’s first man advantage. Patzold had his first true test of the game at 8:03. Cavosie came out of the box after serving his penalty and skated in all alone on the left wing side. Patzold stuck with him and cut off any angle by making a split, forcing Cavosie without a shot on the scoring bid. At 10:52, Worcester struck first on another power play opportunity. Nate Raduns swung the puck in front to Fox at Leighton’s doorstep. Fox, an Oswego N.Y. native playing in front of friends and family, easily found the open net for his 10th goal of the season. Raduns and Tom Walsh were credited with the assists on the play. After one period, the Sharks held the 17-5 shot advantage. The 17 shots tied the total amount taken in last night’s game vs. Manchester. Worcester converted on another man advantage at 2:30 of the second period. Iggulden took a shot on the right wing side. Leighton made the save, but the rebound bounced in front. Graham Mink picked the puck out of a goal mouth scramble and despite not getting all of it, was still able to beat Leighton, who was on his stomach. For Mink, it was his 16th goal of the season, and his team-leading ninth power play tally. Iggulden and Tom Cavanagh picked up the assists on the play. With less than one minute remaining in the period, it looked like Albany would be able to cut the lead in half, but J.D. Forrest came up with a big defensive play. Jeff Hamilton skated down the left wing side and put a shot on goal. Patzold made the save, but a juicy rebound kicked in front. Forrest came into the play and made a strong back check to ensure that no Albany player would make a bid for the open net. The River Rats held the 12-6 second period shot advantage. Worcester went into the locker room with the 23-17 advantage through two. On its sixth power play chance, Albany converted for the first time to cut the Sharks’ lead to 2-1 at 7:17 of the third period. Cavosie made a move in the offensive zone around Fox. He threw it in front to Kyle McLeod, who was stationed in the right wing circle. He took the shot from 30 feet away which beat Patzold for his second goal in as many games since his recall from the ECHL. Hamilton picked up the other assist on the play. Albany continued its furious comeback when it scored on its second-straight power play to tie the game at two. After the puck was thrown out in front from the left wing corner, Cavosie fired a one-timer past Patzold for his second of the season at 14:05. Jamie Johnson and Hamilton had the assists. No team was able to find the back of the net for the final 5:55, and Worcester held the 29-28 shot advantage after regulation. After a scoreless overtime session, the game went into the shootout where Petruzalek came up big with two of Albany’s three goals, including the game-winner in round eight.

2011 at Portland 6-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Portland Pirates charged out to a 3-0 first period lead and never looked back as the Sharks dropped a 6-2 decision on Tuesday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME. Dan DaSilva and Sean Sullivan each scored their 12th goals of the season and Tyson Sexsmith made 23 saves for Worcester. Frazer McLaren jumped into 2nd place all-time in Sharks history with 390 penalty minutes, as he accumulated nine penalty minutes in the road loss to Portland. The Pirates barged out to a 3-0 lead in the opening period grabbing goals by Luke Adam (18th), Paul Byron (15th), and T.J. Brennan (11th). Adam scored on a tic-tac-toe play down low in the Sharks zone at 1:55, Byron off a faceoff win to the right of Sexsmith, and Brennan a blast from the point at 17:57. Portland out shot Worcester 15-9 in the first period. Sean Sullivan (12th) got Worcester on the board with a snap shot from forty feet through a screen at 9:19 after a nice rush into the Pirates zone by Dan DaSilva. Portland made the score 4-1 less than a minute later, on the power play, as Derek Whitmore’s (22nd) wrist shot from the left slot clanged off the crossbar and past Sexsmith at 10:23. Dan DaSilva (12th) zipped the puck into the net at 14:11 after Andrew Desjardins found him all alone on top of the blue paint in the Portland zone. Luke Adam (19th) scored his second goal of the game with 4.9 seconds left in the period after he intercepted a Benn Ferriero pass in the Pirates zone, and then scored a backhander on a breakaway to put the Pirates ahead 5-2 after 40 minutes. Colin Stuart (11th) added a power play goal at 11:50 of the third period to seal the victory for Portland and end the Sharks three game point streak. The Sharks record falls to 27-22-3-8 with 65 points and to 12-13-2-4 away from the DCU Center. Worcester is still in the third and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.

2013 at Providence 3-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (25-22-1-5, 56pts) kicked off their 3rd consecutive 3-in-3 weekend with a 3-1 loss to the Atlantic Division leading Providence Bruins (32-18-0-4, 68pts) on Friday evening in front of 9,182 fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Alex Stalock was superb with 22 saves and was denied win #75. Marek Viedensky scored in his second consecutive game with an unassisted shorthanded goal late in the second period but it wasn’t enough offense for the Sharks. Neither team found the back of the net in a fast moving and rather uneventful first period. Alex Stalock made the best save of the opening frame on a nice poke check on Jordan Caron midway through. Providence outshot Worcester 6-4 through 20 minutes of play. In the second period after two spectacular saves by Alex Stalock on Craig Cunningham and Kyle MacKinnon the Sharks would get a late shorthanded goal to take a 1-0 lead. After Graham Mink lost the puck in the offensive zone, Marek Viedensky (2nd) raced down the right side and ripped a shot from the right circle past Niklas Svedberg at 19:15 for the first lamp lighter of the contest. After the score, a nine skater scrum broke out as things got rather nasty to end the period. Worcester led 1-0 after 40 minutes of play despite getting outshot 16-13. The Bruins scored three times in the third period, the first coming after back-to-back penalty calls against Worcester. Kyle MacKinnon (10th) slammed home across the crease pass from Jamie Tardif at 12:53 to tie the score at 1-1. Alden Hirschfeld (3rd) stole the puck away from Matt Tennyson in the Worcester zone and wristed the puck over Stalock at 17:33 to give the Bruins a 2-1 edge. Captain Trent Whitfield sealed the deal with an empty net goal at 19:02 as the Bruins stole the two points with a 3-1 win. The Sharks overall record falls to 25-22-1-5 (56pts in 53gp) and 15-12-0-2 (30pts in 29gp) on the road this season.

2014 at Bridgeport 2-1 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (24-26-3-1, 52pts) snapped a seven game skid with a 2-1 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (26-25-1-4, 57pts) in front of 5,711 fans at the Webster Bank Arena on Saturday evening. Freddie Hamilton scored his team leading 16th goal of the season while Travis Oleksuk (12th) scored in his second straight game for the eventual game winner late in the first period. Harri Sateri made 25 saves in net for the victory as the Sharks snapped the Sound Tigers seven game win streak with the 2-1 victory. Worcester would grab their first lead in 425:38 as Freddie Hamilton (16th) fired home his own rebound past goaltender Kevin Poulin at 5:38 to give the Sharks a 1-0 advantage. The lead did not last long as just 2:01 later Joe Diamond (7th) blocked a point shot in the Sound Tigers zone and raced out for a breakaway score at 7:39 past Harri Sateri to even the score at 1-1. Worcester retook the lead at 19:46 after a series of tic-tac-toe passing from Yanni Gourde to Dan DaSilva that found Travis Oleksuk (12th) in the left slot and Oleksuk buried a one timer through a screen. Worcester outshot Bridgeport 14-8 through 20 minutes. Both teams fired eight shots in a scoreless middle frame as Jimmy Bonneau hit the iron with a shot from 70 feet for a near Sharks score. Worcester led 2-1 after 40 minutes and held a 22-16 shot advantage through two periods. Bridgeport outshot Worcester 10-5 in the third period aided by a three minute major power play midway through the period. Dan DaSilva was ejected for cross checking at 7:40 during a near line brawl that broke out after Matt Donovan clocked DaSilva with a booming check after an off sides call. Daniil Tarasov had an insurance goal waved off late in the period as Harri Sateri stood tall in the final frame as the Sharks held on for their first victory post All-Star break. The Sharks overall record improves to 24-26-3-1, 52pts and 12-15-3-0, 27pts on the road.

2015 at Manchester 2-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (30-19-4-2, 66pts) were shutout for the second time in less than 24 hours after a 2-0 loss to the host Manchester Monarchs (34-14-5-2, 75pts) in front of 4,896 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday afternoon. Aaron Dell was solid in net for Worcester as he made 30 saves but the Sharks offense came up short for the second straight game as Patrik Bartosak made 29 saves for Manchester in his first AHL shutout. Brian O’Neill and Jordan Weal each had a goal and an assist for the Monarchs as the Sharks were shorthanded a season high seven times in the loss. Worcester was whistled for three consecutive penalties in the first 3:24 of the first period and Manchester would connect with a two man advantage at 3:03. Brian O’Neill (18th) fired a quick one timer from the side of the net after a great feed from Mike Richards for the only score of the opening frame. Manchester held a 7-3 shot advantage through 20 minutes of play. A total of 31 shots were fired in the second period as Aaron Dell made 14 saves and Patrik Bartosak made 17 stops as the two teams headed into the second intermission with the Monarchs holding onto a 1-0 lead. Manchester went ahead 2-0 at 6:45 of the third period as Jordan Weal’s initial shot from the right circle was stopped by Dell but the rebound went off a Worcester player in front and into the Sharks net. Worcester fired nine more shots in the third period but came up empty on the Monarchs rookie netminder. The Sharks overall record falls to 30-18-4-2, 66pts, and 13-11-2-1, 29pts on the road this season.

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