Today in Worcester hockey history: April 6


1996 at Springfield 3-2 OTL
The Worcester IceCats came back from a two-goal first period deficit but ended up losing in overtime 3-2 to the Falcons. Jeff Daniels (1:57) and Craig Martin (10:09) had the opening stanza goals for Springfield. Harry York made it 2-1 with a power play tally at 10:14 of the middle period, with Ken Sutton and Alex Vasilevskii earning assists. Paul Broten tied the game for the ‘Cats at 15:45 of the third. Jamie Rivers and Sutton had the helpers on the power play goal. In overtime Andre Faust scored at 4:47 to give the Falcons the win. Jamie McLennan made 17 saves in earning the point. The IceCats game notes say “We got screwed in OT on PIM”.

1997 vs Philadelphia 5-0 loss
The Worcester IceCats fired 48 shots on Phantoms netminder Dominic Roussel but couldn’t light the lamp once in a 5-0 loss. It was the second consecutive game the ‘Cats were shutout. The Philly goals were scored by Aris Brimanis (11:26 1st,pp), Jason Bowen (9:59, 2nd), Frank Bialowas (13:52, 2nd), Shawn McCosh (16:45, 2nd), and Craig Darby (18:12, 2nd). At 6:08 of the second period referee Denis Larue sent all ten skaters to the penalty box with 10-minute misconducts after all the skaters paired off during a Terry Virtue-John Stevens minor skirmish.

2001 at Lowell 3-2 win
(TICKER) Pascal Rheaume scored his second goal of the game with three seconds left in the third period to propel the Worcester Ice Cats to a 3-2 win over the Lowell Lock Monsters. Rheaume opened the scoring with a power-play goal midway through the first period before breaking a 2-2 tie in the third period with his 23rd goal of the season. Jamie Thompson also scored for Worcester, which clinched home-ice advantage throughout the Calder Cup Playoffs. Dwayne Roloson picked up the win after stopping 25 of 27 shots. Chris Schmidt and Nate Miller scored for Lowell to erase a 2-0 deficit, but the Lock Monsters’ loss coupled with the St. John’s Maple Leafs’ victory over Hamilton tonight knocked Lowell into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Travis Scott suffered the loss after surrendering three goals on 40 shots.

2002 at Portland 4-1 loss
The Worcester IceCats went into Portland needing two points to avoid the AHL qualifying playoff round, and fired 48 shots on net but could only score once in a 4-1 loss to the Pirates. Jame Pollock had the lone ‘Cats goal, assisted by Justin Papineau, at 0:54 of the second period to make it 1-0. But that was all for the IceCats as Portland got scores from ex-Worcester defenseman Nick Naumenko (15:25), Mark Murphy (9:30, 3rd), Patrick Boileau (17:28), and Trent Whitfield (19:43). Reinhard Divis took the loss.

2003 vs Springfield 2-1 loss
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats, who have already clinched the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, closed out their regular season with a 2-1 loss to Springfield Sunday at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. Johnny Pohl scored Worcester’s only goal. It was the rookie’s 26th marker this season, and briefly evened the score at 1-1 in the second period. Pohl’s goal not only tied the game, it also tied a record for most goals by a rookie. Peter Fabus and Fredrik Sjostrom scored for the Falcons, with Sjostrom’s second period goal standing up as the game-winner. Cody Rudkowsky took the loss in net for the ‘Cats. Brian Eklund earned the win with 29 saves in his first AHL game. The IceCats home-unbeaten streak was snapped at 10 games (7-0-3), just one shy of tying a franchise record.

2005 vs Hartford 3-2 loss
The Worcester IceCats fired 43 shots on Hartford netminder Jason LaBarbera, but couldn’t get enough past him in the ‘Cats 3-2 loss to the Wolf Pack. Jamie Lundmark gave Hartford the lead at 3:19 of the opening period, and Eric Boguniecki tied it with a power play goal assisted by Jay McClement and Jeff Hoggan, at 17:14. The Wolf Pack had the only goal of the middle frame when Alexandre Giroux connected on an unassisted power play at 7:38. Just 57 seconds into the third period Ryan Hollweg made it 3-1 Wolf Pack. Hoggan got the ‘Cats within one with an extra attacker power play goal, with Dennis Wideman and McClement, at 17:58. But LaBarbera made that one-goal stand up as the IceCats fired 20 shots in the final frame. Curtis Sanford had 21 saves in the loss.

2007 vs Hartford 4-1 win
(HARTFORD) Sharks coach Roy Sommer celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday, but goalie Thomas Greiss did him one better, making a season-high 51 saves to lead Worcester to a 4-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Greiss also had an assist as the Sharks moved into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division. Worcester and Providence have 87 points, Lowell 83, and Portland 82. Riley Armstrong, Grant Stevenson, Mike Iggulden and Graham Mink scored for the Sharks, but Greiss stole the show with an “I can’t remember the last time I made that many saves” performance. Hartford took 21 shots in the first period, 16 in the second, and only 15 in the third. While Greiss was on top of his game — he received the AHL’s Player of the Week award before the opening faceoff — Hartford’s Al Montoya was not. Montoya stopped only 11 of 14 shots before being replaced by Alex Westlund midway through the second period. Westlund stopped 15 of 16 shots. It was the third time Montoya has been pulled against Worcester this season. Armstrong gave Worcester a 1-0 lead just 1:50 into the game. He scored his 17th goal of the season after collecting the rebound from a Tom Walsh shot from the left boards and sliding it around a down-and-out Montoya. The Sharks are 18-4-5 when they score first. Worcester began the second period on a power play, but the Wolf Pack almost tied the game when Nigel Dawes exited the penalty box, picked up a loose puck, and skated in alone on Greiss, who stopped the breakaway. It was one of Dawes’ 12 shots. Greiss credited his defensemen for pressuring Dawes from behind, but the save seemed to light a fire under the Sharks, who scored twice in 40 seconds to take a 3-0 lead. Stevenson scored his 14th, a chip shot from the top of the crease, followed by Iggulden’s 28th, a wrist shot from the middle of the right circle that ended Montoya’s night. Stevenson’s goal was assisted by Jamie McGinn, his first professional point. McGinn is actually still an amateur, here on a tryout after his junior season ended earlier in the week. The 18-year-old led the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League with 89 points (46 goals, 43 assists) in 68 games. Dwight Helminen’s one-timer cut the Worcester lead to 3-1 with 3:30 left in the second period. Hartford appeared to pull within a goal in the opening minutes of the third, but the referee said Bobby Sanguinetti’s shot hit the post and not the back of the net as replays seemed to indicate.That became irrelevant when Mink’s 27th goal gave Worcester a 4-1 lead with nine minutes to go.

2008 vs Springfield 4-2 win
(WORSHARKS) Behind a balanced team effort, the Worcester Sharks served as spoilers in an impressive 4-2 victory over the Springfield Falcons on Bald is Beautiful Day at the DCU Center. With the loss, the Falcons were officially knocked out of playoff contention, allowing Manchester to clinch the fourth and final Atlantic Division playoff spot. Springfield quickly found the back of the net at 1:42 of the first period via Grant Potulny’s 28th goal of the season. After skating into the offensive zone on the right wing side, he sidestepped Sharks defender Ty Wishart and released a shot from in between the faceoff circles which beat Worcester netminder Thomas Greiss for the 1-0 lead. The Sharks evened the score at 7:17 on their second shorthanded goal in as many nights. Springfield goaltender Jeff Deslauriers came out of his crease to play the puck along the right wing boards. His pass was picked off by T.J. Fox at center ice who subsequently fired the puck into the empty net before Deslauriers could recover. Worcester took its first lead of the game at 14:37 behind Brad Staubitz’s fifth goal of the season. On its second power play opportunity, Staubitz accepted a pass from in between the right faceoff circle and blue line. After holding the puck for a moment, he fired a shot that found its way through traffic and past the Springfield netminder for the 2-1 lead. Tom Cavanagh and Lukas Kaspar were credited with the assists on the play. Despite holding a 15-3 shot advantage in the second period, Worcester was unable to extend its lead as the teams skated through a scoreless middle frame. Staubitz was whistled for hooking at 6:26 of the third period, which was a break that Springfield needed as they lit the lamp only nine seconds into the man advantage. The initial shot came from the top of the left wing circle. Greiss made the save, but Potulny scooped up the rebound and shuffled the puck over to Rob Schremp along the goal line who picked the right corner for his 22nd goal of the season. Marc Pouliot recorded the other assist on the play. Worcester answered right back and regained the lead at the 9:13 mark. Mike Iggulden carried the puck from inside the blue line to the top of the left wing circle. His shot found the top right corner of the net for his 27th goal of the season. Derek Joslin and Graham Mink were credited with the assists. The Sharks added insurance at 15:55 when Mink scored his 24th goal of the season. He carried the puck from the right wing boards out in front and made a backhand flick which found the inside of the right post for the 4-2 lead. Dennis Packard and Cavanagh tallied the assists. Springfield opted for an extra attacker less than two minutes, but couldn’t cut into the advantage, leading to the 4-2 final.

2012 at Providence 3-0 loss
(WORSHARKS) Josh Hennessy (18th), Andrew Bodnarchuk (5th), and Kevan Miller (3rd) led the way for the Providence as they put the Worcester Sharks on the brink of elimination with a 3-0 win Friday night. With the loss, Worcester now falls eight points away from the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining. Ryan Spooner recorded an assist in his first professional game of the season and Michael Hutchinson recorded his 3rd shutout of the season, his 2nd against Worcester. The Sharks brief two game road trip will conclude tomorrow night with a 7pm start vs. the Pirates in Portland. The Sharks started off the game with good energy as the newly formed line of Jimmy Bonneau, Nathan Moon, and Frazer McLaren had the Bruins pinned deep early. Worcester’s best chance of the first period came on partial breakaway by John McCarthy but Bruins goaltender Michael Hutchinson snared a shot labeled for the top corner with the glove. With Jimmy Bonneau whistled off for hooking at the 18:41 mark, the Bruins took advantage as Josh Hennessy took a feed from Max Sauve and beat Sateri with eight seconds left in the first period. Providence held an 11-9 shot advantage after 20 minutes. The second period saw the physicality ramp up as Jimmy Bonneau (21st FM) and Bobby Robins (18th FM) had a spirited bout and Sharks defensemen Nick Petrecki was sent off for four minutes for cross-checking and roughing. The Bruins tacked on to their lead at the 11:13 mark when Andrew Bodnarchuk took to drop pass from rookie Ryan Spooner and blast it high glove side on Sateri to put Providence up 2-0. Sateri did his best to keep the Sharks close as he robbed the Bruins’ Craig Cunningham on the doorstep to keep the score at 2-0. Shots were at 23-20 in favor of Providence through 40 minutes. The Sharks were able to put a lot of rubber on Hutchinson in the 3rd period but just couldn’t solve the Bruins netminder this night. Worcester’s best chance came shorthanded but Tony Lucia couldn’t find an open net after being hauled down. The Bruins’ Kevan Miller added an empty net goal with just less than two seconds left for the final score. Final shots on goal: Worcester 34, Providence 27. Worcester’s record drops to 29-31-4-7, with 69pts and currently in 14th place in the Eastern Conference with 5 games remaining; eight points behind the 8th place Manchester Monarchs.

2013 vs Springfield 7-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (29-31-2-6, 66pts) dropped their season high 7th straight game (0-6-1-0) with a 7-1 loss to the Springfield Falcons (40-30-2-6, 89pts) on Saturday night in front of 4,746 fans at the DCU Center on March of Dimes Night. With the loss, the Sharks remain nine points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with eight games remaining. Alex Stalock allowed seven goals on 36 shots and dropped his first game in regulation to the Falcons in his career (12-1-1). Peter Sivak (4th) scored the only goal for Worcester early in the first period but the Falcons scored three in the 2nd and four more in the 3rd period for their 40th win of the season. Peter Sivak (4th) gave Worcester an early 1-0 lead with a beautiful move and deek down the left wing side past goalie Allen York at 2:09. Rookie Matt Nieto recorded the only assist on the play to extend his point streak to three games (1-2-3). Alex Stalock made 11 saves in the first period as the Sharks led 1-0 through 20 minutes of play. Springfield broke out to a 3-1 advantage with three goals in the 2nd half of the middle frame. Ryan Russell (9th) at 10:08 and Ryan Craig (20th) at 11:21 each banged home loose rebound scores to put the Falcons ahead 2-1. Sean Collins (9th) fired a one-timer past Stalock after a great feed by Spencer Machacek on the power play at 18:08 to put Springfield up 3-1. The Falcons outshot the Sharks 13-6 in the middle frame. The Falcons scored four goals in the first ten minutes of the third period to put the game out of reach and outshot Worcester 12-2 in the final frame. Ryan Russell (10th) scored on a break-away at :21, Spencer Machacek (13th) at 7:24 on the power play slammed home a rebound followed by Michael Chaput (11th) at 8:42 and Sean Collins (10th) at 9:34 to bury the Sharks 7-1. Worcester was outshot 12-2 in the final frame.

2014 vs Manchester 5-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (34-31-4-2, 74pts) dropped a 5-2 contest to the Manchester Monarchs (45-19-2-6, 98pts) before 3,708 fans and 74 dogs Sunday afternoon at the DCU Center in the third annual Pucks & Paws game. With the loss and five more games remaining, the Sharks are now eight points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The first period of play made for a single Manchester goal by Brayden McNabb (8th) off a rocket from the left point. The Sharks then rallied for back to back goals in the second by Travis Oleksuk (18th) and Freddie Hamilton (21st), before giving up a shorty to Andrew Bodnarchuk (8th) that brought the game to a 2-2 tie by the close of the middle frame. Late in the third period, the Monarchs broke the stalemate with a tally by Jordan Weal (22nd) and furthered their lead with an empty net goal by Brayden McNabb (9th) and a credited goal to Sean Backman (10th) in the closing minute of the game. Net minding for Worcester, tender Harri Sateri made 36 saves while Patrik Bartosak made 30 in the Manchester win. The opening 20 minutes of play resulted in a lone goal and a 1-0 Manchester lead. The sole marker came at 6:16 after the Monarchs worked the puck in their offensive end until Brayden McNabb (8th) took an open drive from the left point, that Sateri got a piece of before it trickled through his pads. Manchester outshot Worcester 15-9 as Bartosak made all nine necessary saves and Sateri made 14. The second period of action made for three goals and a 2-2 tie at the end of 40 minutes. The Sharks got on the board with two goals in just three shots. The first came at 3:59, after Hayes took a low shot from the right circle that Bartosak sent back out for Hayes to bat across the front of the net. Travis Oleksuk (18th) awaited the pass and slid the puck into the back of the net to tie the game. The Sharks second marker occurred at 8:34, after Hayes wrapped around the right side on the net and tried to force the puck by Bartosak. The rebounded puck found Freddie Hamilton (21st) wide open in the glove-side circle, where he wristed the shot top shelf for the Sharks lead. At 12:06 with the Sharks on a power play, Manchester’s Andy Andreoff sped down along the right side boards with the puck before crossing the front of the net and sending a backhanded pass to Andrew Bodnarchuk (8th) who delivered a shorthanded goal between Sateri and the far right post. Worcester picked up their offensive presence in the middle frame, outshooting Manchester 17-11. The third period broke the tie, in favor of Manchester after a late marker by Jordan Weal (22nd) off a two-on-one play. At 17:41, Weal sped down the ice through both the neutral zone and the offensive end, deciding to hold on to the puck on the odd man rush and send a wrist shot glove-side of Sateri. On a power play and with Sateri out of the net, the Sharks had a final chance with a 6-on-4 man advantage in the final minute, but Brayden McNabb (9th) intercepted a puck in the Manchester defensive end and sent it down the ice for an empty net goal. Sean Backman (10th) was then credited for what would have been a second empty net mark before getting tripped up by a recovering defenseman to seal the game at 5-2. The Sharks’ overall record drops to 34-31-4-2, 74pts and 17-14-1-1, 36pts at home.

2015 at Bridgeport 4-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (39-24-4-2, 84pts) began a five game week with a 4-1 loss to the host Bridgeport Sound Tigers (27-36-6-1, 61pts) in front of 4,872 fans at the Webster Bank Arena on Monday evening. With the loss, the Sharks remain in 7th place in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining in the regular season. Gus Young scored the only goal for the Sharks while Troy Grosenick allowed three goals on 24 shots in net in the loss. Ryan Pulock, Dustin Jeffrey, Kael Moillierat, and Carson McMillan scored for the Sound Tigers while rookie Stephon Williams made 31 saves in net for his second professional victory. The Sharks are now 2-1-0-0 on their five game road trip which continues Tuesday at 7pm in Portland. The Sound Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead after rookie defenseman Ryan Pulock (17th) fired a drive from 45 feet through Troy Grosenick at 13:56 of the first period. Just 18 seconds later, Micheal Haley hit the cross bar but Gus Young (4th) was able to get the puck back in front and zipped a quick shot from the left circle past rookie goalie Stephon Williams at 14:14. Bridgeport went back ahead at 17:07 as Dustin Jeffrey (23rd) finished off a 2-on-1 rush for the final score of the opening period. Each team had nine shots on net as the Sharks trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes. Neither team found the back of the net in the second period as Worcester outshot Bridgeport 15-8. Tough guy Brett Gallant picked up 27 penalty minutes which included a game misconduct after an altercation with Taylor Doherty (7th fighting major) at 10:18 of the second period. The Sharks trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes. In the third period, Bridgeport scored just 10 seconds into a power play as Kael Moillierat (22nd) zipped a puck past Grosenick from on top of the Sharks crease after a great feed from the corner at 14:52. The Sound Tigers went ahead 4-1 with an empty net score at 18:01 by Carson McMillan (4th) as the Sharks seven game win streak came to a screeching halt. The Sharks overall record falls to 39-24-4-2, 84pts and 17-14-2-1, 37pts on the road this season.

2019 vs Newfoundland 4-3 win
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (31-29-7-4, 73pts) closed out the home portion of their 2018-19 regular season schedule with a come from behind 4-3 victory over the visiting Newfoundland Growlers (43-21-4-3,93pts) in front of 5,515 fans at the DCU Center on Saturday evening on Fan Appreciation Night presented by MGM Springfield. Tommy Kelley scored twice including the game winner at 16:47 of the third period for Worcester as Mitch Gillam made 27 saves on 30 shots in net for his 20th win of the season. Semyon Der-Arguchinstev scored his first professional goal for Newfoundland while netminder Eric Levine made 25 saves in net as the Growlers coughed up a 3-1 lead. Josh Holmstrom and Ross Olsson also scored for Worcester while Nick Sorkin added two assists as the Railers snapped a season high eight game skid with the home victory. The Growlers grabbed a 3-1 lead in the first period which would make it in for an early night for starting goaltender Mitch Gillam through the first 13 minutes of play. Semyon Der-Arguchinstev (1st) scored his first pro goal at 1:25 followed by a power play goal by JJ Piccinich (9th) at 8:42 to give Newfoundland a 2-0 lead. Josh Holmstrom (14th) got Worcester on the board at 11:47 with a no look swing-a-rama backhand shot from five feet on top of the crease at 11:47 assisted by Nick Sorkin and Matt Schmalz. But the Growlers would strike again at 12:56 as Giorgio Estephan (20th) would end the period for Mitch Gillam with a snap shot from 30 feet to give the Growlers a 3-1 edge. Shots were 12-12 through 20 minutes of pay. Mitch Gillam would return for the second period after Blake Wojtala got injured at the end of the first frame and Gillam would make nine saves to keep the Growlers at bay. Tommy Kelley (5th) zipped a quick shot from seven feet on top of the crease to get the Railers back within a goal at 7:47 assisted by Tyler Barnes and Ryan Hitchcock. Worcester trailed 3-2 after 40 minutes with the Growlers holding a 21-20 shot advantage through two periods. Ross Olsson (2nd) tied the score at 3-3 at 2:35 of the third period after Ivan Chukarov’s shot from the point hit Olsson in front and Ross shuffled the puck into the net as he was on his side from on top of the crease. Tommy Kelley (6th) would net the game winner at 16:47 after a great feed from behind the net by Nick Sorkin to give the Railers their first and only lead of the hockey game. Mitch Gillam made 10 more saves in the third period as the Railers sent the big crowd home happy with the 4-3 victory.

2022 vs Maine 4-3 win
(RAILERS) Talk about climate change. Ice cold for the first half of Wednesday night’s game against the Maine Mariners, the Railers turned red hot and posted a crucial 4-3 victory, twice coming back from two-goal deficits. The triumph snapped a four-game losing streak and moved Worcester back into the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division but by the narrowest of margins. The Railers have a winning percentage of .5076. The Mariners are at .5075. Trois Rivieres is in third place at .5158. Guess what? The Lions are at the DCU Center Friday and Saturday. They and the Railers play each other five more times before the season ends in what amounts to a pre-playoff series. Wednesday night, Worcester trailed 2-0 early and 3-1 midway through the second period. The Mariners led, 3-2, heading into the third and for the first time this year the Railers won a game they trailed going into the final 20 minutes. They got third period goals from Jacob Hayhurst and Brent Beaudoin to complete the comeback. Reece Newkirk and Austin Osmanski had the other Worcester goals. “You have to give credit to our guys on the bench,” coach David Cunniff said. “We had some guys make a couple of mistakes early that cost us goals, but nobody got down. Everybody stayed positive and it carried us through the rest of the game.” While Worcester trailed heading into the third period, the game had one of those next-goal-wins feelings to it. Hayhurst got the next goal and it was a beauty as he stole the puck outside the Maine blue line, skated it into the right circle and sizzled a high snap shot past Collum Booth at 1:39. Beaudoin got the game-winner at 6:08, set up in front by a great pass from Anthony Repaci from behind the net. That goal sent Booth to the bench in favor of Stefanos Lekkas, but the damage had been done. Reid Stefanson, Cameron Askew and Connor Bleakney had the Maine goals. Askew was involved in both Maine goals in the first period to help give the Mariners a head start. He put a shot on Appleby from the right circle that the goaltender stopped, but the rebound went almost directly to Stefanson. He was covered by Connor McCarthy but managed to bang home the rebound at 3:42. Askew then scored unassisted at 12:11 as he put a wrist shot on net that slipped between Appleby and the near post. The goal, Askew’s 20 of the season, was unassisted. The Railers bounced back quickly, though, as Newkirk notched his 11th of the season at 12:52. Jared Brandt blasted a slap shot from about 30 feet that Booth stopped, but the rebound took a couple of bounces before Newkirk was able to slide it home from outside the left post. The goal was the first by a Railers forward in a span of 252:52. The assist was Brandt’s first point as a Railer. What had been a quiet DCU Center crowd got a jolt of energy early in the second period when rookie Steve Jandric took on former Railers defenseman Zach Malatesta, whom Worcester has sorely missed. Malatesta knocked over Newkirk with a shoulder hit at 3:43 and within a couple of seconds Jandric went after Malatesta for what turned into a lively little bout. Maine then regained its two-goal lead at 7:11 of period with Bleackley scoring his 11th of the season. He carried the puck into the Railers zone down the left side and had some room between McCarthy and himself. Bleackley beat Appleby with a wrist shot from the bottom of the circle. Worcester cut its deficit to one goal again, and once again it did not take long as Osmanski got his fourth of the year. It was a pretty play that saw Myles McGurty send a pass from the right point to Beaudoin in the left circle. He got the puck to Osmanski, whose high 45-foot slap shot went past Booth’s glove. Appleby was not sharp early but, as has been the case with he and Colten Ellis this season, he held it together especially late in third when he made a great glove save on a breakaway by Gabriel Chicoine. That kept it a 4-3 game, which is how it finished. MAKING TRACKS_Beaudoin played in his 54th straight game, making him the Railers’ ranking ironman. He has not missed a game since Nov. 20. He was 1-1-2 Wednesday and got the nod as No. 1 star. … The teams each had one power play and neither scored. Worcester is 0-for-22 on the power play in its last eight games. … Booth’s career record vs. the Railers fell to 1-6-0. … Attendance was 2,508.


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