Today in Worcester hockey history: March 11


1995 at Binghamton 4-3 OTL
(BINGHAMTON) Barry Richter scored 2:47 into overtime to give the Binghamton Rangers a 4-3 overtime victory last night over the Worcester IceCats. The Rangers had a full two-minute two-man advantage when referee Marc Johnette sent off Roy Mitchell for cross-checking at 2:08 of the overtime and Worcester coach Jim Roberts slammed a stick on the boards and argued, receiving a bench minor. When Richter scored, Roberts chased Johnette around the ice for several minutes being held back by assistant Walt Poddubny. Several IceCats players then got involved in a melee with fans, climbing up on boards and trading some blows as they were pelted with trash next to the bench area. Despite being outshot 19-9 through two periods, including only two shots in the second, the IceCats kept the game close. Shawn Heaphy scored high into the net at 11:59 of the third period to tie the game at 3 after the IceCats looked as if they’d been taken out of it earlier in the period. A Worcester turnover in the defensive zone led to a power-play goal for Binghamton’s Ken Gernander that gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead 1:15 into the period. Goaltender Chris Gordon had no chance as Dave Smith, behind the net, fed Gernander all alone in front. The goal came with Worcester’s Cal McGowan in the penalty box for a controversial interference penalty with 30 seconds to go in the second period. McGowan knocked down Michael Stewart away from the puck just inside the blue line on an IceCats rush. Johnette blew the whistle just before Blair Atcheynum let loose a shot from the left wing boards that beat goaltender Jamie Ram to the far side. The goal was nullified and Binghamton kept a 2-1 lead going into the second intermission. While Binghamton dominated play for the first eight minutes of the third period, Atcheynum scored at 4:43 to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Rangers went up 2-1 with 5:30 remaining in the second period when Brad Rubachuk scored off a two-on-one with Andrei Kudinov. Kudinov came down the right boards with IceCats’ defenseman Dean Melanson in the middle. Kudinov waited until Gordon committed and sent a pass to Rubachuk, who directed the puck into the open net for his third goal of the season. Binghamton tied the game at 1-all with 4:25 remaining in the first period when Shawn McCosh tucked the puck into the corner after Craig Duncanson’s shot trickled through Gordon’s pads. It was the 20th goal of the season for McCosh, who has a five-game goal-scoring streak. The IceCats, which entered the game with the lowest rated power-play in the AHL, were outshot 13-7 in the first period despite playing a total 5:57 of the period with at least a man advantage. Ross Wilson put Worcester up 1-0 at 9:12 of the first period, sending a 35-foot blast high to the glove side of goaltender Jamie Ram. Mark Quimet dug the puck out of a battle along the left boards and shoveled it out to Wilson, who moved into the top of the slot untouched before letting the shot go. Peter Ferraro, a 1994 U.S. Olympian and the New York Rangers’ No. 1 draft choice in 1992, made his American Hockey League debut with Binghamton, seeing limited playing time until the third period. Twin brother Chris Ferraro was scratched from the lineup. The Ferraros, who played for the 1993 NCAA champion University of Maine team, signed with the New York Rangers on Friday and joined Binghamton yesterday. Unable to work out a deal with New York last spring, the 22-year-old brothers had been playing with Atlanta of the International Hockey League this season. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 4,643 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. [210Sports notes: Two days layer the AHL announced Roberts was fined $200 and suspended for one game, John Carter was fined $50 and suspended for three games for abuse of officials. Sean Whyte and Ross Wilson were both fined $100 and suspended for one game for climbing the boards to fight back at Binghamton fans, and Shaun Kane and Rob Melanson were both fined $100 for swinging their sticks in the direction of fans.]

1998 vs Cincinnati 4-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats fired 54 shots on Mighty Ducks netminder Chris Mason but didn’t light the lamp enough in a 4-3 loss to Cincinnati. Lubos Bartecko got the ‘Cats on the board with a power play marker at 5:06, assisted by Robert Petrovicky. Mike LeClerc would grab the next two goals for the Mighty Ducks, both on the power play, at 7:00 of the first and 8:40 of the second. Stephane Roy got the IceCats back to even at 13:38, assisted by Terry Virtue, but once again Cincinnati would score two in a row with LeClerc completing the hat trick at 14:53 and Craig Reichert scoring at 13:18 of the third. Roy would grab his second of the game at 19:12 with an extra attacker, assisted by Virtue and Bob Lachance, for the 4-3 final.

2000 vs Hershey 6-1 loss
(TICKER) Ville Nieminen scored twice and Brian Willsie recorded a goal and two assists as the Hershey Bears snapped their four-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Worcester IceCats. Nieminen opened the scoring 2:35 into the first period and completed it with a power-play goal with 3:21 remaining. Willsie tallied midway through the third period for Hershey, which has scored at least five goals in eight of its last 10 victories. Christian Matte was credited with the game-winning goal and added an assist to increase his league-leading point total to 84. David Aebischer stopped 23 shots to pick up his 23rd win for the Bears. Daniel Corso notched the lone tally for Worcester, which is winless in its last six games (0-4-2).

2001 vs Cincinnati 6-2 win
The Worcester IceCats scored six power play goals, still a city professional record, to defeat the Mighty Ducks 6-2. Andrei Troschinsky got the ‘Cats on the board with a five on four power play marker at 3:46, assisted by Mike Peluso and Doug Friedman. The next three goals by Worcester were all five on three as undisciplined play by Cincinnati made the penalty box look like it had a revolving door. Jame Pollock had the first at 7:12, with Dale Clarke and Mark Rycroft assisting. Rycroft had the next with referee Harry Dumas ready to call another penalty on the Mighty Ducks at 7:50, with Pollock and Troschinsky helping. Marc Brown closed out the scoring in the opening period at 11:40, with Peluso and Ed Campbell providing the helpers. Cincy had the only goal in the middle period when Cam Severson scored on the power play at 12:04. In the third Rycroft collected his second of the game at 2:40, with Tyler Rennette and Clarke assisting. Bob Wren scored the only even strength goal of the contest at 3:59 unassisted, and Friedman capped the scoring at 7:49 with Clarke picking up his third assist of the game on the play. Troschinsky had the second helper. Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves in the win.

2005 at Albany 6-5 win
The Worcester IceCats and Albany River Rats played a see-saw affair that saw 11 goals being scored, with the ‘Cats coming out on top 6-5. Troy Riddle got the IceCats the lead at 6:45, with Jon DiSalvatore getting the lone assist. Aaron Voros would then tie it 1-1 at 7:48. In the second period Pascal Rheaume gave Albany the lead with a power play goal at 2:55. It was then Worcester’s job to tie it, and they did at 3:50 when DiSalvatore scored from Jeff Hoggan and Matt Walker. Once again Rheaume gave the River Rats the lead at 10:01, and the IceCats came right back with a Colin Hemingway power play goal at 13:29. Dennis Wideman and Mike Mottau had the helpers. Once again it was Albany taking the lead when Steven Spencer lit the lamp at 18:02. It took all of 25 seconds to the ‘Cats to tie the score when Riddle scored his second of the game, from DiSalvatore and Brendan Buckley, at 18:27. D.J. King capped the wild stanza with a buzzer beater at 19:59 to give Worcester the lead. Jay McClement and DiSalvatore had the helpers. Jeff Hoggan would get the eventual game winner at 2:20 of the third period, assisted by Walker and Mottau. Albany’s Ilkka Pikkarainen added a goal at 10:24 for the 6-5 final.

2009 vs Binghamton 5-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) A four goal second period for the Senators spelled doom for Worcester as the Sharks fell 5-2 at the DCU Center on Wednesday night. Former Senator Ryan Vesce would pick up his 21st score of the season as he gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when he crashed the net on Binghamton net minder Jeff Glass to score a power play goal at 9:42. Worcester goaltender Taylor Dakers would make an impressive glove save on a shot from inside the crease to maintain the Worcester lead. Glass would make several fine saves as he denied Tom Cavanagh a goal on a loose puck in the crease with a sprawling pad save to keep the score within one. The Senators would then turn up the heat as Jarrett Konkle and Matt Pope scored their first goals of the year as part of a four-goal 2nd period. Binghamton came out firing just :28 seconds into the second frame the Senators would score a power play equalizer as center Zach Smith fired a shot that would deflect off Dakers and into the back of the net. Binghamton would then take a 2-1 advantage after left wing Denis Hamel and Konkle went two on one against Brendan Buckley which allowed for Konkle to score at 14:33. Matt Pope would sweep around from the back of the Worcester net to fire a wrist shot on Dakers to extend the lead 3-1 1:14 later. The Senators were not done in the 2nd as Marc Cavosie would clean up the rebound of a Thomas Kudelka rap-around attempt to go up 4-1 at 17:54. The Sharks would close the deficit in the 3rd when P.J. Fenton’s rap-around attempt was backhanded in by Andrew Desjardins and trimmed the lead to 4-2 at 10:59. However, the Senators would match the goal moments later with a backhanded shot by Greg Mauldin at 11:47 which brought the score to 5-2. The Sharks would outshoot Binghamton 16-3 in the third period, 39-27 through 60 minutes. The loss brings Worcester’s record to 32-29-1-2 with 67 points through 64 games.

2011 at Manchester 3-1 win
(WORSHARKS) Carter Hutton made 34 saves in his return between the pipes for Worcester as the Sharks defeated the Monarchs 3-1 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night. With the Whale loss to Hershey and the Sharks victory, Worcester is now tied with the Connecticut Whale for the 3rd and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division with 15 games to go. Brandon Mashinter scored in his third straight game, Tommy Wingels lit the lamp shorthanded, and Dan Dasilva added an empty netter for the Sharks while Carter Hutton made 34 saves in net. Making his first start between the pipes since February 5, Carter Hutton was brilliant in the opening period making 14 saves, including a great glove stop on Bud Holloway. Brandon Mashinter (14th) struck on the power play as he jammed a puck past Martin Jones after a missed shot by Jon Landry and a nice feed from behind the net by Dan DaSilva at 7:51. The Sharks led 1-0 after 20 minutes despite being outshot 14-5. Each team fired 10 shots in the second period as Carter Hutton and Martin Jones stood tall in a scoreless middle frame. Tommy Wingels (12th) sniped a snap shot past Jones on a rush down the left wing for a shorthanded goal at 1:45 into the third period to put the Sharks ahead 2-0. Oscar Moller (19th) sent a rocket from the center slot off the cross bar and off the back of Hutton and over the goal line to put Manchester on the board at 10:37. The Monarchs pressed late, with Hutton making several nice stops before Dan DaSilva (13th) iced the game with an empty netter at 19:57 for a Sharks 3-1 victory. The Sharks record improves to 30-23-4-8 with 72 points and to 13-13-2-4 on the road. Worcester has 15 games remaining on their 80 game AHL regular season schedule (7 home, 8 away)

2012 vs Adirondack 4-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) Jack Combs scored his 13th goal of the season, the only strike on 41 shots on goal on Adirondack netminder Michael Leighton as the Sharks lost to the Phantom 4-1 at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. The Sharks dropped below .500 on home ice with the loss (13-4-0-2) and Harri Sateri made 32 saves in net in a game that saw only three minor penalties. The Sharks carried most of the play in a fast moving opening frame but it was the Phantoms that grabbed the only score. Shane Harper (13th) scored on a breakaway chance past Harri Sateri at 14:22 as Adirondack took a 1-0 lead. Worcester outshot the Phantoms 11-10 through 20 minutes. Worcester fired 21 shots in the second period on goaltender Michael Leighton and came up empty. Adirondack went ahead 2-0 with a rebound score by Matthew Ford (20th) at 57 seconds in the middle frame and Michael Leighton stopped Brandon Mashinter on a breakaway before the buzzer as the Sharks trailed by two through 40 minutes. Nathan Moon sent a perfect pass from behind the Phantoms net onto the tape of Jack Combs (13th) who then ripped it past the glove of Michael Leighton to give Worcester some life at 10:24 of the third period. Just over two minutes later, Mike Testwuide (10th) deflected a Rob Bordson shot from the point past Sateri at 12:39 as the Phantoms regained their two goal advantage. Tye McGinn (10th) buried an empty netter at 19:15 to seal the deal for Adirondack in the 4-1 Sharks loss. Worcester’s record falls to 26-23-4-7, with 63pts and currently one point behind the Albany Devils for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with one game in hand.

2015 at Bridgeport 5-1 win
(WORSHARKS) John McCarthy recorded three points (2-1-3) to lead the Worcester Sharks (32-21-4-2, 70pts) to a commanding 5-1 victory over the host Bridgeport Sound Tigers (22-30-6-1, 51pts) in front of 2,881 fans at the Webster Bank Arena on Wednesday evening. John McCarthy (2-1-3) surpassed Dan DaSilva (144pts) for the most points in franchise history while Troy Grosenick made 25 saves in net for the Sharks as Worcester moved into 7th place in the Eastern Conference with 70 points. Eriah Hayes, Daniil Tarasov, and Dylan Demelo also scored for Worcester and Willie Coetzee extended his point streak to four games (1-5-6) with an assist. Troy Grosenick was solid in the first period with nine saves in net for Worcester while Kevin Poulin made eight stops for the Sound Tigers. The two teams headed into the first intermission in a scoreless tie.
The Sharks scored twice within 63 seconds in the middle period to take a 2-0 lead. Eriah Hayes (6th) gave Worcester a 1-0 lead after great work along the boards by Rylan Schwartz and Ryan Carpenter at 6:06. Hayes wrapped a backhander from behind the net past Poulin for the first score of the game. John McCarthy (10th) fired a puck into an empty net after Micheal Haley picked up a rebound, faked a shot, and sent a pass in front to McCarthy who then gave Worcester a 2-0 advantage. Troy Grosenick made nine more saves in the second period as the Sharks led 2-0 after 40 minutes of play. Daniil Tarasov (12th) at 7:46 and Dylan Demelo (6th) at 13:34 gave Worcester a 4-0 lead with a pair of power play goals in the third period. Harry Zolnierczyk (18th) ruined Grosenick’s shutout bid at 14:49 with a rebound power play goal to make the score 4-1 Worcester. John McCarthy (11th) surpassed Dan DaSilva with point # 145 with his second goal of the game as Trevor Parkes stole the puck behind the Bridgeport net and sent the puck in front to a wide open McCarthy at 18:58 as the Sharks cruised to a 5-1 road victory. The Sharks overall record improves to 32-21-4-2, 70pts, and 14-12-2-1, 31pts on the road this season.

2018 vs Adirondack 3-2 win SO
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (27-25-4-3, 61pts) opened a four game homestand with a wild 3-2 shootout win over the visiting Adirondack Thunder (34-21-3-4, 75pts) in front of 4,231 fans at the DCU Center on Sunday afternoon. Jeff Kubiak and Matt Lane scored for Worcester while Mitch Gillam made 28 saves along 11 more in the 12-round shootout. Mike Cornell scored in the 12th round of the shootout and Ryan MacKinnon extended his point streak to five games with an assist. Each team fired ten shots in a wide open first period of play with Adirondack connecting for the only goal. Playing in his first game for the Thunder, Kenton Miller (22nd) fired a rocket off the crossbar and into the net from 25 feet at 6:14 assisted by James Henry and Tomas Wallin. Each team went 0-1 on the power play as the Railers trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.
Worcester would tie the score at 1:27 of the second period as Jeff Kubiak (11th) fired home a loose rebound from in tight past goaltender Olivier Mantha after a great shift by Woody Hudson and Matty Gaudreau. Brian Ward (22nd) gave the Thunder the 2-1 lead with a great deflection off a Mike Bergin shot from the point at 6:44. The Railers would tie it again at 16:44 as Matt Lane (10th) deflected a Ryan MacKinnon shot into the net at 16:44 with Frankie DiChiara picking up the secondary assist. Shots were 13-8 in favor of Worcester in the middle frame as the two teams headed into the second intermission tied at 2-2. Neither team scored in the third period or the five-minute overtime session as shots were 36-30 in favor of Worcester through 65 minutes of play. Frankie DiChiara and Terrence Wallin each scored in the 4th round of the shootout and then Mitch Gillam and Olivier Mantha each made six saves each before the game went to the 12th round. Defenseman Mike Cornell scored in his first career shootout opportunity for the game winner before Mitch Gillam stopped Mike Bergin to give the Railers the 3-2 home victory.

2022 vs Adirondack 5-4 win
(RAILERS) Worcester won another game that went down to the final seconds, this one a 5-4 victory over the Adirondack Thunder. The triumph moved the Railers into a dead heat for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division with Maine. Both teams are 24-22-6 for 54 points in 52 games. Worcester had a 3-1 lead in the second period and allowed the Thunder to come back to tie it. The Railers had a 5-3 lead halfway through the third and Adirondack cut it to 5-4, then went on the power play with 2:23 to go. Worcester survived it and came away with the two points. “The way Ken (Appleby) was playing in net I felt like he was gonna make the last save,” coach David Cunniff said. “Give Adirondack credit. They battle and they have some good offensive players and they make you work for it, but I felt confident because we had Ken on our side.” Jordan Lavallee-Smotherman had yet another two-goal game to lead the way offensively. The captain has 25 for the season and is just the second Railer to reach that mark. Tyler Barnes had 28 in 2018-19. Blake Christensen and Ross Olsson were both 1-1-2, Liam Coughlin had a pair of assists and Cole Coskey had three assists. “That kid was a force tonight,” Cunniff said of Coskey. “He’s been playing strong, he’s been playing heavy but tonight, with the speed he was playing with and with his north-south game, I thought he was a man among boys.” Nolan Vesey had the other Railers goal. Ryan Smith had two goals for Adirondack, Luke Stevens had one and Justin Kaplan was 1-2-3. Coughlin’s two assists helped but his biggest contribution was probably on faceoffs, especially in the final two minutes when the Thunder pulled goalie Marek Mitens and had two extra skaters. “He was big winning faceoffs,” Cunniff said of his center. “With their power play, if they get the puck it doesn’t leave the zone until the whistle blows and they’re pulling it out of the net.” The teams traded power play goals in the first period, which ended 1-1 and featured something familiar — a goal by Lavallee-Smotherman — and something that has become uncommon, a fighting major. Smotherman made it 1-0 at 1:55 as he took a pass from Coughlin and fired a high 40-footer past Mitens. Kaplan tied it at 12:37, slipping one past Appleby from in close after Appleby had made several excellent saves. Rookie Ethan Price snapped Worcester’s streak of 17 games without a fighting major when he battled Jake Hamilton at 7:45. Price had actually been involved with Kaplan but Hamilton came off the bench to intercede and wound up with the matching major. It was an active period for Price who barely missed scoring his first pro goal at 15:50 when his deflection to finish an odd-man rush went off the right post and stayed out. Vesey scored just 19 seconds into the second period, popping in a pass from Bobby Butler that hit Mitens’ stick and bounced out front. Olsson got his 10th power play goal of the season at 5:50 and the Railers maintained that two-goal lead until the fateful end of the period. Stevens scored at 18:14 on a play that looked offside then Smith converted on the power play at 19:25. Smotherman put Worcester back ahead at 8:03 of the third period, Christensen scored from in close at 9:11 and Smith got his second of the night at 11:50. The last eight minutes were wild and woolie and the Railers wound up with two critical points. Before the game, the Railers roster went back to a state of flux, although it is not Covid-related. Defenseman Will Cullen is gone, recalled by Bridgeport then released. He has signed with Idaho. Appleby is back from Bridgeport and started Friday night, so Jimmy Poreda was released. Mike Cornell was recalled to Bridgeport and Worcester signed rookie defenseman Artur Terchiyev out of Wisconsin-Superior. Terchiyev is a native of Kiev, Ukraine and is merely the fourth Ukrainian to play for a Worcester team through the years. The previous three were all IceCats — Alex Vasilevskii, Maxim Linnik and Sergei Varlamov. Terchiyev has Number 44, same as Varlamov. He is in town but did not play Friday night. MAKING TRACKS_ The Railers are 5-2-1 in Butler’s eight games. … Worcester has won five straight over the Thunder. … Their next game is Wednesday night at Trois-Rivieres, a team Worcester has a chance to catch in the North Division playoff race. The next game at the DCU Center is Friday, March 18 versus South Carolina. … Cornell has not been with the Railers much this season but has set a franchise record by scoring at least one goal in six different calendar years. That list includes 2017, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22. Terry Virtue holds the city record, of course, scoring in eight different calendar years with the IceCats. … Chris Oorodbadi has joined Connor McCarthy and Grant Jozefek on the injured list. … Attendance was 2,815. … Olsson has eight goals in eight games versus Adirondack.


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