Today in Worcester hockey history: March 12


1997 vs Providence 5-2 win
The Worcester IceCats had a two goal lead against the Bruins, lost it, and then built another one in a 5-2 win over the Baby-Bs. Mike Maneluk’s first period goal at 9:14 was unassisted when he picked off a Providence pass and rifled a shot from 15-feet past Providence goaltender Scott Bailey. Chris Kenady made it 2-0 at 15:17 when he banged home a rebound of Jamie Rivers’ shot. Alex Vasilevskii had the secondary assist. In the second frame the Bruins would tie it on a pair of goals by P.C. Drouin (1:34 and 8:07), but Rob Pearson would put the ‘Cats back in the lead at 13:40, with Nick Naumenko helping. In the third period Maneluk scored again to make it 4-2, with Marquis Mathieu picking up the assist. Kenady added an empty net goal, at 19:06 assisted by Vasilevskii and Bob Lachance, made it the 5-2 final. Mike Buzak made 28 saves in the game.

1999 vs Hershey 5-0 loss
The Worcester IceCats fired 47 shots on Bears netminder Marc Denis but couldn’t beat him once in a 5-0 loss to Hershey. First period goal scorers for the Bears were Evgeny Lazarev (3:25) and Ville Nieminen (18:08), and in the middle period it was Serge Aubin (9:24 and 17:01) and Rob Shearer (14:02). Hershey went four for seven on the power play. Scott Roche had 16 saves in the loss.

2000 vs Springfield 5-2 win
(TICKER) Didier Tremblay and Jim Campbell both had a goal and an assist as the Worcester IceCats scored four times in the third period for a 5-2 victory over the Springfield Falcons. Tremblay, who assisted on Pascal Rheaume’s goal in the second period, forged a 2-2 tie on the power play 5:20 into the third. Campbell added his 24th of the season five minutes later for Worcester, which snapped a six-game winless streak. Cody Rudkowsky made 27 saves for the IceCats, who won for only the third time in 26 games when trailing after two periods (3-20-3). Chris Winnes and Sean McCann scored 5:16 apart in the second period to give Springfield a 2-1 lead. Dieter Kochan surrendered all five goals for the Falcons, who fell to 1-5-1 against Worcester this season.

2003 vs Lowell 5-1 win
(ICECATS) Eric Nickulas scored twice as the Worcester IceCats skated to a 5-1 win over Lowell Wednesday night at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. The’ Cats are now unbeaten in five games (3-0-2). Blake Evans, Jeff Panzer, and Marc Brown each scored in the second period to give Worcester a 3-0 lead. Evans converted 28 seconds into the period, marking Worcester’s fastest goal from the start of a period this season. Lowell’s only goal came at the 2:48 mark of the third, as Tomas Kurka went top shelf on ‘Cats goalie Phil Osaer on a feed from behind the net. Nickulas followed that up by scoring twice, including a goal on a major power play. Trevor Gillies was given a match penalty for cross checking Worcester’s Chris Corrinet. Osaer made 20 saves in his first IceCats win since December 12th’s 4-3 victory at Milwaukee. Prior to the game the IceCats learned that goaltender Curtis Sanford has been reassigned to Worcester by the St. Louis Blues. He is expected to be in the lineup for the ‘Cats this weekend.

2004 at Manchester 3-2 loss
(MONARCHS) On a night when the Manchester Monarchs honored hockey hair, they also celebrated their season-best fourth straight win, a 3-2 victory over the Worcester IceCats before a sellout crowd of 9,916 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Friday night. Right wing Pavel Rosa had two of the three Monarchs goals, including the game-winner midway through the second period. Defenseman Maxim Kuznetsov also scored for the Monarchs, who extended their unbeaten in regulation streak to 11 games (7-0-2-2). The Monarchs raced out to a two-goal lead just 13:26 into the first period. Kuznetsov collected his second goal of the season when he tipped center Steve Kelly’s feed under the left pad of goaltender Curtis Sanford 5:10 into the contest. Left wing Chris Schmidt also assisted on the play, extending his personal scoring streak to five games (1-4=5). Rosa extended his goal streak to five games with his 27th goal, scored on a breakaway just 8:16 after Kuznetsov’s tally. Defensemen Richard Seeley and Bryan Muir sent Rosa alone into the Worcester zone with two excellent passes at center ice. Rosa completed the play by lifting his shot over Sanford’s blocker. Center Jeff Panzer put the IceCats on the board at 16:44 of the opening period. Defenseman Aris Brimanis and center Blake Evans assisted on Panzer’s 11th this season. Rookie right wing Mike Glumac tied the game at 8:46 of the middle period with his 20th, scored with the IceCats holding a 5-on-3 power play advantage. Left wing Peter Sejna and center Johnny Pohl assisted. But Rosa scored his team-leading 28th goal just five minutes later when he five-holed Sanford with a slot backhander. Center Michael Cammalleri and left wing Noah Clarke shared assists on the play. Goaltender Adam Hauser (16-13-6) improved to 4-0-2-2 in his last eight games with 23 saves. Sanford (12-12-1) took the loss with 23 saves.

2005 vs Providence 5-2 win
The Worcester IceCats were down a goal to the Providence Bruins after 40 minutes, but a third period natural hat trick by Peter Sejna got them in the win column with a 5-2 victory. Kevin Dallman gave the Baby-Bs the lead with a power play goal at 3:56 of the first period. In the second frame Jeff Hoggan tied the game at 10:12, assisted by Jay McClement and Aris Brimanis. Less than a minute later Brad Boyes gave Providence their lead back with a power play tally at 11:03. Sejna’s first goal of the third period came at 6:30, and was assisted by Konstantin Zakharov and Dennis Wideman. His second goal gave the ‘Cats the lead at 14:43. Zakharov and Mike Mottau had the helpers. Sejna completed the hat trick with a shorthanded goal at 17:47, with McClement and Brimanis earning their second points of the game with the assists. Brendan Brooks added an empty net goal, from Brimanis and Blake Evans, at 19:32 for the 5-2 final. Curtis Sanford made 31 saves for the win.

2008 vs San Antonio 3-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) In a physical contest, the Worcester Sharks dropped a 3-1 decision to the San Antonio Rampage at the DCU Center on Wednesday night. The Sharks (25-28-4-6) remain eight points behind the Springfield Falcons who own the fourth and final Atlantic Division playoff spot. With Manchester’s win, the Sharks now trail the Monarchs by four points for fifth. San Antonio struck first at 9:49 of the first on its only power play of the period. The Sharks failed to clear the zone and it came back to haunt them as the Rampage found the back of the net with 17 seconds remaining in the man advantage. On a broken play, Jon DiSalvatore took the puck from behind the net to the right of Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss. He stuffed it low and past the Worcester netminder for his 17th of the season. Mike Zigomanis and Bill Thomas assisted on the play. The Rampage extended their lead at 13:06 off Brendan Bell’s seventh goal of the season. DiSalvatore skated down the right wing side and unleashed a shot in the faceoff circle. Greiss made the save, but never had control of the puck and Bell finished with a backhand flip into the open net. Matt Murley was credited with the other assist on the play. T.J. Fox was hooked at 14:53 of the second period, giving the Sharks a golden opportunity to cut the lead in half. Fox skated down the right wing side and let go a shot from 10 feet away, but Rampage goaltender Josh Tordjman made the big blocker save. San Antonio all but iced the game on another power play tally at 7:13 of the third period. Derek Joslin was called for interference at 5:50 and Riley Armstrong followed with a tripping penalty at 6:59 creating a 5-on-3 power play. Bryan Helmer let go a shot from the left wing side that beat Greiss blocker side for the three-goal advantage. The puck hit iron before crossing the goal line for his fourth of the season. Bell and DiSalvatore each picked up their first assists and second points of the game on the play. As Worcester’s five minute power play ended, the Sharks found the back of the net, ending a three-period scoreless drought. Skating up ice, Dan Spang made a touch pass to Graham Mink down the left wing side. Mink put a shot on net from the faceoff circle and Spang cleaned up the rebound for his seventh of the season. Tom Walsh extended his point streak to four games with an assist on the play.

2010 vs Binghamton 6-4 win
(WORSHARKS) T.J Trevelyan scored a goal early in the first period and added an empty netter as the Sharks defeated the Binghamton Senators 6-4 at the DCU Center in Worcester on Friday night for their third straight victory and their 40th win of the season. T.J. Trevelyan took over the Sharks scoring lead now with 23 goals and Danny Groulx added three points (1-2-3) as the Sharks swept the Senators in the two game season series. 13 different Sharks players recorded at least one point and Alex Stalock made 32 saves for his AHL leading 34th victory in net. T.J. Trevelyan (22nd) kicked off the game at 5:01 with a terrific shot from the left slot past Chris Holt putting the Sharks up 1-0 in the first period. The Sharks led 1-0 after twenty of minutes as each team had ten shots in a quick moving opening period. The Sharks broke out offensively and scored three goals in the second period, but it was the Senators that struck first in the middle period. Binghamton tied the game at 3:38 when Keller and Daugavins assisted Josh Hennessy’s 25th strike of the season. Danny Groulx (10th) made it 2-1 Worcester after a blast from the blue line at 6:52. 62 seconds later, John McCarthy (9th) broke an 18 game goalless drought with a wicked backhand shot off an offensive zone face off victory to put the Sharks ahead 3-1. Derek Smith (9th) connected on the power play at 11:33 to cut the Sharks lead to 3-2. During a 4-on-4, Ryan Vesce (13th) sniped in front after a super rush at 16:31 to give the Sharks a 4-2 advantage after forty minutes of play. Logan Couture (20) snapped the puck past Chris Holt from the left circle on the power play to give the Sharks insurance (a three goal lead) at 4:12 of the third period. Binghamton made things interesting with two quick goals late as Jason Bailey (4th) at 16:14 and Geoff Kinrade (4th) at 17:10. T.J. Trevelyan (23rd) added an empty netter as the Sharks held on for the 6-4 victory. Worcester’s record improves to 40-20-2-3 (85 points) and are currently in first place in the Atlantic Division, five points ahead of the Portland Pirates with 15 games remaining in the regular season.

2011 at Connecticut 4-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) Tommy Wingels scored twice for Worcester, but it was the only offense the Sharks would muster as the Sharks fell to the Whale 4-2 at the XL Center on Saturday night in a battle for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Sharks and the Whale came into the game tied for the 3rd and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division with 72 points each and 15 games remaining to open up the home and home series.
Tommy Wingels scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season, Brandon Mashinter extended his point streak to four games with an assist and Tyson Sexsmith was solid with 29 saves in net. It was a quick moving, high paced first period that saw just a single score. Tommy Wingels (13th) scored in his 2nd straight game after he found a bouncing puck at the side of the net during a goal mouth scramble and banked the puck off a body and into the net past Dov Grumet-Morris at 8:07 to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Tyson Sexsmith made 10 saves in the first period to keep the Whale at bay. The Whale outshot Worcester 13-5 in the middle period and scored the only two goals, with both coming on the power play to take a 2-1 lead. With Nick Petrecki and Nick Schaus in the box, Jeremy Williams (26th) sent a laser over the shoulder of Sexsmith from on top of the left circle to tie the score 1-1 at 13:20. Chad Kolarik (21st) banged in a loose rebound at the side of the net at 14:02 to give Connecticut the 2-1 advantage after two periods. Jeremy Williams (27th) scored on a breakaway just 94 seconds into the third period after a terrific breakout from the defensive zone by the Whale to put CT up 3-1. Tommy Wingels (14th) got the Sharks back within one after he collected a rebound off an initial point shot by Nick Petrecki and fired the puck into an empty net to put the Sharks down just 3-2. Dale Weiss (14th) added an empty net goal at 19:18 to secure the Whale victory. The Sharks record falls to 30-24-4-8 with 72 points and to 13-14-2-4 on the road. Worcester has 14 games remaining on their 80 game AHL regular season schedule (7 home, 7 away).


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