Today in Worcester hockey history: March 19

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1995 at Providence 4-3 loss
The Worcester IceCats continued to find ways to lose games at the Providence Civic Center as they dropped another one to the P-Bruins 4-3. Ross Wilson opened the scoring at 3:50 of the first period on a nearly three zone breakaway. Jeff Serowik then grabbed the next two goals for Providence in a 23 second span, the first at 14:23 and the second was at 14:56. Blair Atcheynum tied the game at 3:18 of the middle period, with Jim Nesich and Cal McGowan earning helpers. Sergei Zholtok got the Baby-Bs their lead back at 5:22. Jarrett Deuling tied it 3-3 at 11:32 of the third period, but Darren Stolk got the game winner for Providence at 14:32. Wayne Cowley took the loss in net.

1999 at Lowell 4-3 win
The Worcester IceCats got a second straight game winning goal from Andrej Podkonicky, this time to defeat the Lowell Lock Monsters 4-3. Jamie Thompson gave the IceCats a 1-0 lead at 16:35 of the first period, and just as it looked like that would stand up through the end of the frame Craig Charron scored a power play goal at 19:59 to make it 1-1. Tyson Nash gave the ‘Cats the lead back with a shorthanded goal at 9:38 of the second period, and Vladimir Orszagh would tie it again six minutes later. Nic Beaudoin gave Lowell the lead early in the third, and it was the ‘Cats turn to tie it and Jeremiah McCarthy did that at 11:36. That set up Podkonicky’s game winner at 19:32, with Rory Fitzpatrick providing the assist. Rich Parent made 18 saves in the win.

2000 vs Lowell 4-3 win
(TICKER) Reed Low scored twice and Cody Rudkowsky stopped 27 shots as the Worcester IceCats held off a late charge and defeated the Lowell Lock Monsters, 4-3. Low got both of his goals in the third period, when Lowell scored three times. But Rudkowsky turned aside 23 shots over the final 40 minutes for Worcester, which won for only the third time in the last 11 contests (3-6-2). Greg Phillips’ goal with 77 seconds left in the third got the Lock Monsters within a goal. Roberto Luongo made 34 saves for Lowell, which has dropped four of its last five games.

2003 vs Providence 2-2 tie
(ICECATS) In their tenth and final meeting this season, the Worcester IceCats and Providence Bruins skated to a 2-2 tie Wednesday night at Worcester’s Centrum Centre Worcester’s Matt Walker opened the scoring 8:28 into the first, sending a shot over the shoulder of Providence goalie Tim Thomas. Mark Rycroft and Jason Dawe assisted on Walker’s first goal in a Worcester uniform this season. Ivan Huml scored twice for the Bruins, with his second goal at 12:32 of the third period sending the game into overtime. Greg Day preceded Huml’s second goal with a shorthanded marker at 17:07. Day knocked home a Terry Virtue centering feed after Virtue rushed the puck from his own blueline. Despite catching a high stick in the face, Virtue continued the rush that resulted in Day’s goal.

2004 vs Portland 4-0 win
(ICECATS) Curtis Sanford made 26 saves and Johnny Pohl scored twice as the Worcester IceCats shutout the Portland Pirates 4-0 Friday night at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. Rookies Aaron Mackenzie and Mike Glumac also scored, with Glumac extending his point-streak to an IceCats season-high eight games. Glumac’s two-point effort bumped up his eight game totals to 12 points (6/6/12). He leads the IceCats and is among the best in the entire AHL rookie class with 24 goals and 46 points. Pohl also extended a scoring streak, elevating his run to five games. Both of his goals came in the first after MacKenzie caromed in a fluke goal off the boards from the neutral zone at 7:20. Pirates netminder Rastislav Stana had vacated the net to play the intended dump in behind the cage, only to helplessly stagger back into the goal crease with his team down 1-0. Pohl followed with a pair of rebound goals. Glumac gave the ‘Cats the 4-0 advantage with a 30 foot wrister at 8:05 of the second. It was Sanford’s show the rest of the way, as he earned his 15th win this season and his fourth shutout. Worcester has now won four-in-a-row at home and three-in-a-row overall. They continue to occupy third place in the Atlantic Division with 76 points and 11 games left in the regular season.

2008 vs Bridgeport 4-2 win
(SOUND TIGERS) The Sound Tigers carried the play for the first nine minutes of the first period scoring two goals but the Worcester Sharks would score four unanswered goals to earn the victory, 4-2. Jeremy Colliton and Trevor Smith had the goals for the Sound Tigers. Jeremy Colliton jumped on the bus this afternoon after returning from Long Island last night and put the Sound Tigers up 1-0 in the first period. A turnover behind the Sharks goal allowed Colliton to grab the puck and walk out from behind Worcester starting goalie Dimitri Patzold. Colliton had the patience to wait for Patzold to drop to his knees and fire a shot past Patzold’s blocker for his eighth goal of the season, unassisted at 5:13. Trevor Smith would take the 2-0 lead for the Sound Tigers just over six minutes later. Jean Desrochers sent a cross-ice pass from the right corner to Drew Fata at the left point. Fata walked in and wired a slap-shot that Patzold stopped but Smith snapped the rebound past the Worcester net-minder for his 14th tally of the season. The Sound Tigers seemed to have the momentum until the Sharks went on the power-play with just under five minute to play in the opening frame. Tom Walsh took a slap-shot from the left point that hit off the post and in while Sound Tigers’ starter, Mike Morrison was screened. The goal was Walsh’s fourth of the season and was assisted on by Tom Cavanagh and Mike Iggulden cutting the Sound Tigers’ lead in half, 2-1. Worcester would knot the score at two when Dennis Packard scored his ninth goal of the season on a scramble in front of Morrison with a minute and 48 seconds remaining in the first period. Brennan Evans and Derek Joslin had the assists on the goal. Iggulden would give the Sharks their first lead of the game at 3-2, when he wristed his 23rd goal of the season over the shoulder of Morrison, 13 minutes into the second period. Lukas Kaspar and Cavanagh had the helpers on the goal. Worcester would score their fourth unanswered goal with 53 seconds remaining in the middle frame when Dan Spang sent a seeing-eye-shot on goal that went through Morrison. Kaspar and Brad Staubitz had the assists on Spang’s eighth marker of the season, making the score 4-2 going into the third period. The Sound Tigers would fire 11 shots on Patzold in the third period but could not put one past him as the Sharks defeated the Sound Tigers 4-2. Patzold finished the game with 29 saves while Morrison had 20. The Sound Tigers were 0-for-3 on the power-play and 2-for-5 while out-shooting Worcester 31 to 24.

2011 at W-B/Scranton 5-3 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks led 1-0 and 2-1 but dropped game 2 of a 4 game road trip with a 5-3 loss to the AHL point leading Penguins on Saturday evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. To complicate matters, Worcester now trails the Whale for the 3rd and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division by four points with 11 games remaining. Tommy Wingels extended his point streak (5-1-6) to five games with his 16th goal and John McCarthy extended his point streak to five games (3-3-6) with an assist in the 5-3 loss. Harri Sateri made 21 saves in his first professional start while Dan DaSilva and Cam MacIntyre also scored for Worcester. Binghamton pulled ahead by three points past Worcester for the 4th spot in the division. The Sharks came out buzzing in the opening period establishing a terrific fore-check and creating several turnovers deep in the offensive zone. Cam MacIntyre (4th) zipped the puck past Brad Thiessen at 10:21 from the left slot to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead after the Sharks went banging deep in the zone. After Worcester had nothing going on their first power play, Zach Sill (9th) banged in a loose rebound past Harri Sateri after the initial shot from the point was stopped at 13:42. Dan DaSilva (15th) struck on the power play as his snap shot from on top of the left circle buzzed by a Cam MacIntyre screen and into the net at 16:44. Worcester led 2-1 after 20 minutes of play while holding an 8-6 shot advantage. The Penguins grabbed two power play goals in the middle frame to take a 3-2 advantage through 40 minutes. Brett Sterling (23rd) tied the score 2-2 just :39 seconds into the period as he slammed the puck into the empty net after a cross the crease centering pass from the left side by Andrew Hutchinson. Wilkes-Barre Scranton took their first lead of the game on a two man advantage at 10:48 after a faceoff win deep in the Worcester zone. Corey Potter’s (4th) blast from the point gave the Penguins their first lead of the evening. Harri Sateri made a terrific stop on Chris Collins shorthanded breakaway rush at the end of the period to keep the score a one goal game. The Sharks trailed 3-2 after two periods and were outshot 16-12 through 40 minutes. Tommy Wingels (16th) extended his point streak to five games, as he wrapped the puck around the net on the power play and past Thiessen at 3:19 to tie the score 3-3. Keven Veilleux stole the puck away from Dan DaSilva in the Sharks zone and found Tim Wallace (19th) alone in between the circles at 11:16. Wallace sent a laser past the blocker of Sateri to put the Penguins up for good. Tim Wallace (20th) added an empty netter at the final horn to secure the 5-3 Penguins victory over the Sharks
The Sharks record falls to 31-26-4-8 with 74 points and to 13-16-2-4 on the road. Worcester has 11 games remaining on their 80 game AHL regular season schedule (6 home, 5 away).

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