Today in Worcester hockey history: April 9

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1999 at Springfield 3-0 loss
The Worcester IceCats couldn’t solve Falcons netminder Sylvain Daigle, who stopped all 28 ‘Cats shots in a 3-0 blanking of Worcester. Maxim Spiridonov (3:58, 1st), Daniel Briere (12:37, 1st), and Joe Dziedzic (unknown time, 3rd) scored for Springfield. Brent Johnson took the loss.

2000 vs Springfield 2-1
(TICKER) Patrick DesRochers made 33 saves and Philippe Audet and Craig Mills scored second-period goals to lead the Springfield Falcons to a 2-1 victory over the Worcester IceCats. DesRochers stopped 17 shots in the third period to nail down his 21st win as Springfield finished the regular season with a four-game winning streak. Andrej Podkonicky scored the lone goal for Worcester, which fell to 4-29-3 when trailing after two periods. Brent Johnson notched 25 saves for the IceCats, who lost the last three meetings with Springfield.

2002 vs Manitoba 3-2 loss (Eastern Conference Qualifier, trail 1-0)
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats lost 3-2 to the visiting Manitoba Moose last night at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. The Moose took advantage of an extended power play sequence in the third period to cap a come from behind effort and win the first game in the best-of-three Qualifying Series.
The IceCats struck first, as Eric Boguniecki wristed a shorthanded chance to the top shelf just 2:13 into the contest. Darren Rumble sent the AHL’s MVP into the zone. Boguniecki cut from the left boards and found an opening in the slot for his 30-footer. Worcester utilized their own power play to make it 2-0. Justin Papineau, who finished the regular season tied with Boguniecki for the AHL goal scoring lead with 38, worked a perfect give-and-go with Jeff Panzer. Rumble chimed in with his second assist of the night at the 3:39 mark of the second. In the third, Manitoba assaulted Worcester’s cage just 28 seconds into the frame. Justin Morrison slid a low shot by Reinhard Divis’ outstretched left leg. Divis had held the fort on 26 consecutive shots before the lamp went on behind his net. Less than five minutes later, Worcester was victimized by a five-minute high sticking penalty. To compound the situation, a tripping call was accessed shortly there after to put the IceCats down two men. Jason Cipolla tied the game in the five-on-three situation and Andre Savage scored while the major penalty still ticked away on the scoreboard. Despite the 13:45 remaining, the IceCats were unable to tie the score.

2004 vs Manchester 4-1 loss
(ICECATS) The Manchester Monarchs rattled off four consecutive goals to defeat the Worcester IceCats 4-1 Friday night at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. Marc Brown scored the only goal for Worcester, his 14th of the year, on a rebound off a Jeff Panzer shot. The Worcester captain forced a turnover in the offensive zone and ripped a shot on the Manchester net. Brown extended his points-streak to four games with the marker. Just 1:30 later, the Monarchs tied the game. Steve Kelly scored twice for Manchester, sandwiching a pair of goals by Michael Cammalleri. Milan Hnilicka made 38 saves in the win, while Curtis Sanford made 22 saves for the ‘Cats.

2005 vs Portland 5-4 win SO
The Worcester IceCats took the lead four times against the Pirates in a Saturday night contest against Portland, and each time the Pirates would come back to tie it. The contest came down to a shootout, where Jay McClement was the only one to light the lamp in a 5-4 ‘Cats victory. Eric Boguniecki gave Worcester the lead on the first shift of the game, scoring 17 seconds in assisted by McClement and Jeff Hoggan. Louis Robitaille then tied it with an unassisted goal at 4:58. Hoggan made it 2-1 at 11:55 with a power play tally assisted by Dennis Wideman and McClement. Portland tied it with the only goal in the middle frame, a Brian Willsie strike at 5:01. In the third Wideman, from McClement and Boguniecki, made it 3-2 with a power play goal at 3:58. Willsie would tie it again with his second of the night, on the power play at 6:42. Brian McCullough, playing in his first game for the IceCats, would give Worcester its fourth lead of the night with his only career AHL goal at 10:37 on the power play. Jon DiSalvatore and Peter Sejna had the helpers. Jared Aulin would make it a fourth comeback for Portland with a goal at 16:56. Curtis Sanford made 36 saves and was 5-5 in the shootout for the win.

2008 vs Providence 6-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) Mike Iggulden cut the Bruins’ lead to 3-1 in the third period, but a barrage of penalties whistled against the Sharks’ led to Providence scoring three power play goals to come out with a 6-1 win on Wednesday evening at the DCU Center. On one third-period scuffle, referee Jamie Koharski called three extra minor penalties on the Sharks, and the Bruins capitalized with two 5-on-3 goals and a 5-on-4 tally, all within two minutes of play, which led to the 6-1 defeat. The teams skated through a scoreless first period with both goaltenders solid in the early going. Providence had two quick power plays, but the Sharks’ penalty kill was strong. Early in the second period, the Sharks caught a break when a Martin Karsums shot hit the post, but Providence converted off the rebound for the 1-0 advantage. After Karsums’ shot hit iron, Worcester goaltender Taylor Dakers got back in time to make sure the puck didn’t trickle in, but Pelletier in turn scooped up the loose change. After circling behind the net, he took a shot from a tough angle toward the bottom of the right faceoff circle. Dakers got a piece, but the puck trickled past him and inside the left post at the 3:39 mark. Karsums and Zach Hamill were credited with the assists on the play. Providence extended its lead at 14:45 behind Brett Skinner’s seventh goal of the season. The Bruins won the offensive zone faceoff back to Dwayne Zinger at the left point. He swung the puck over to Skinner at the center point who fired a shot that found its way through traffic and in. Hamill tallied the other assist on the play. Providence found the back of the net once more in the second to take a 3-0 lead heading into the second intermission. Pelletier carried the puck in the attack zone before making a backhand pass under a diving Sharks defenseman. Karsums easily received the puck and fired a high shot into the open net at 17:37. Zach Hamill was credited with his third assist of the evening on the play. Worcester took advantage of its fourth power play opportunity, trimming the Bruins’ lead to 3-1 at 5:38 of the third period. Derek Joslin took a shot from inside the blue line. Providence netminder Adam Courchaine made the save, but Joslin chased down the rebound in the left wing circle. He fired across cross ice to Iggulden at the doorstep who easily found the open net for his 28th goal of the season. Dakers was credited with the other assist on the play. At 15:40, Koharski whistled the Sharks for six extra minutes of penalties giving the Bruins a full two-minute 5-on-3 man advantage plus an extra two minute power play. Providence capitalized when Pelletier passed to Karsums in the left wing circle. The low shot beat Dakers for the 4-1 lead at the 16:11 mark. Before the ensuing drop of the puck, Koharski called the Sharks for yet another penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Providence recorded its second consecutive 5-on-3 goal at 17:39 when Jordan Knackstedt scored his second of the season. Matt Hendricks found Knackstedt at the doorstep who redirected the puck over the goal line for the 5-1 advantage. Less than a minute later at 18:16, Chris Collins scored his 22nd to cap off the Bruins’ stretch of three-consecutive power play goals and the 6-1 final.

2010 vs Hartford 3-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) Two nights after surrendering nine goals to the Sharks, Hartford enacted some revenge, never trailing, in a 3-2 victory over Worcester at the DCU Center. Julien Brouillette’s early third period goal, his first of the season, proved to be the difference for the Wolf Pack who won the season series between the two clubs with a record of 5-3-0-0. Mike Moore and Danny Groulx tallied for the Sharks in the loss as Worcester remains atop the Atlantic Division. The Sharks can clinch the Atlantic Division with a win over the Bruins in the DCU Center regular season finale tomorrow night at 7pm. Neither team could gain an advantage in the first period as the teams combined for just nine shots on net. Worcester registered the only two power plays of the period, but was unable to convert with the man advantage both times. The Sharks outshot the Wolf Pack, 6-3. Chris McKelvie, playing in just his fourth professional game, scored his first professional goal at the 9:25 mark of the second period. After Frank Doyle mishandled a puck, McKelvie muscled his way out from behind the net and wrapped it home to give the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead. The Sharks added pressure immediately after as Moore and Brandon Mashinter each rang pucks off the post. However, it was the Wolf Pack extending their lead with 5:08 remaining in the period as Brodie Dupont centered a feed to the top of the crease that was tipped home by Derek Couture (11). The Sharks finally responded with 2:53 left in the period as Moore tallied his third goal of the season. Moore looked like a forward as he streaked into the Hartford zone, took the puck wide behind the net, and shuffled one past Chad Johnson. Andrew Desjardins and Brett Westgarth assisted on the goal that cut Worcester’s deficit in half, 2-1. The score stayed that way into the second intermission with shots even for the period at 10 apiece. Hartford regained their two-goal lead 2:52 into the third period when Brouillette (1) blasted one from the point past Doyle. The Sharks answered shorthanded when Groulx (13) centered one off a Hartford defender and past a helpless Johnson to make the score, 3-2. The goal, scored at the 6:10 mark was assisted by Steven Zalewski and Cory Quirk. Groulx had another shorthanded opportunity with three minutes left in regulation but could not tip a John McCarthy pass by Johnson. Worcester had opportunities with their net empty and the extra attacker on, but Hartford held on for the 3-2 victory. Worcester outshot Hartford 9-6 in the third period. Win the loss, Worcester’s record falls to (48-24-3-3, 102 points) and they now lead the Atlantic Division by three points over Portland.

2011 at Charlotte 6-2 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Sharks closed out the regular season with a 6-2 loss vs. the Checkers at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Saturday night. Jamie McGinn (9th) and Cory Quirk (4th) scored for the Sharks while Carter Hutton made 28 saves in the net for Worcester. The Checkers score the only goal in the first period as Michal Jordan (4th) snapped a wrist shot from the center point through a screen and past Carter Hutton at 16:49 to give Charlotte a 1-0 advantage. Each team fired 12 shots in the opening frame. Jamie McGinn scored in the middle frame for Worcester, but Charlotte scored three more times to charge out to a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Brett Sutter (9th) at 6:25 followed by Zac Dalpe (23rd) at 10:13 gave Charlotte a 3-0 lead. Jamie McGinn (9th) got the Sharks on the board at 18:34 to cut the Checkers lead to two with a terrific wrist shot just inside the cross bar from the left slot past Bobby Goepfert. Patrick Davis and Cory Quirk picked up assists on the play. 70 seconds later, Brad Herauf (4th) grabbed the three goal lead back for Charlotte, after Jordan Staal found him all alone on top of the crease from behind the Sharks net. The Checkers held a 20-16 advantage on shots after two periods. Matthew Pistilli (8th) and Chris Terry (34th) scored in the third period for the Checkers and Cory Quirk (4th) broke a 16 game scoreless drought for Worcester at 10:56 knocking in a rebound chance. The Sharks went 36-31-4-9 with 85 points in this their 5th season of hockey in Worcester and 16-18-2-4 on the road.

2013 at Bridgeport 3-0 win
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (30-31-3-6, 69pts) snapped a franchise worse eight game losing skid (0-6-2-0) with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (30-30-6-5, 71pts) on Tuesday evening in front of 5,378 fans at the Webster Bank Arena. With the win, the Sharks are now six points behind the 8th place Hershey Bears in the Eastern Conference playoff picture with six games remaining. Alex Stalock made 32 saves to surpass Thomas Greiss for his franchise leading 75th victory in a Worcester Sharks sweater. Riley Brace scored in his 2nd straight game for Worcester, Derek Joslin scored his 2nd as a Shark and Matt Nieto scored his 2nd professional goal in the win. Rylan Schwartz added an assist (Colorado College) and Eriah Hayes (Minnesota State-Mankato) each made their professional debuts for Worcester as the Sharks dressed 11 rookies. Worcester scored the only goal in a quick moving first period to take a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. Derek Joslin (4th) fried a puck from 50 feet through a screen at 15:15 past goaltender Rick DiPietro to give the Sharks a 1-0 edge. John McCarthy and Rylan Schwartz (1st pro point) picked up the helpers for Worcester. The Sharks outshot the Sound Tigers 10-7 in the first period. The Sharks scored twice more in the second period to go ahead 3-0. Nick Petrecki sent a snap shot from the left point with Riley Brace (2nd) in front providing a screen and tip at 1:51 to put Worcester ahead 2-0. Dylan Demelo set up Matt Nieto (2nd) who then broke down the right side and ripped a shot past the glove of DiPietro at 19:05 to put the Sharks ahead 3-0. Alex Stalock had 15 saves through 40 minutes of play. Bridgeport came out flying in the third period and had a goal disallowed with about seven minutes remaining. Slalock made several big saves as he saw 17 shots in final frame to preserve the shutout. After Taylor Doherty (4th FM) knocked down Matt Donovan (4th FM) with a series of rights at 19:49, a brawl almost broke out after the final horn as Brandon DeFazio jumped Travis Oleksuk after time expired.

2014 vs Hartford 2-1 loss
(WORSHARKS) The Worcester Sharks (34-32-4-2, 74pts) fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack (34-31-1-6, 75pts) 2-1 before 1,836 fans at the DCU Center Wednesday evening. With the loss and four more games remaining, the Sharks were officially eliminated from playoff contention. The first period of action resulted in a lone power play goal by Marek Hrivik (11th) after he finished a rebound off a shot from the point. The Wolf Pack then added on a second tally in the middle period off a three-on-two that ended with a goal by Darroll Powe (13th). The Sharks found the back of the net with a score in the final period on a four-on-four by Adam Schmidt (1st). The goal was Schmidt’s first as a professional. David LeNeveu made 35 saves on 36 shots in the Hartford win, while Troy Grosenick made 29 saves on 31 shots for Worcester. The opening period ended with the Sharks trailing the Wolf Pack by one, as Hartford tallied the sole score of the first 20 minutes. The mark came at 13:17 on a Hartford power play after Aaron Johnson took a drive from the left point that Grosenick pushed back into play with his pad as he went down to the ice. Marek Hrivik (11th) awaited the rebound outside the left post and finished the play to give the Wolf Pack a lead to carry into the second. Worcester outshot Hartford 11-10 for the period as LeNeveu made all 11 saves and Grosenick made nine. The Wolf Pack doubled their scoring in the second while LeNeveu and the Hartford defense slated the Sharks again. The lone goal occurred at 15:14 when Hartford entered the Worcester defensive zone on a three-on-two. T.J. Hensick carried the puck in, catching the attention of both Sharks defenders before splitting them with a pass across the center to Darroll Powe, open on the glove-side of Grosenick. Powe (13th) then sent a wrister to the far left post by Grosenick. Shots for the period were 15-10 in favor of Hartford. The Sharks picked up their offensive presence and intensity in the final period, but came up short as they could only muster up one goal. The tally occurred at 10:45 on a four-on-four when Schmidt picked off the puck from a Hartford defenseman at the blue line of the Sharks’ defensive zone and wheeled on a fast break down the ice wristing a shot glove-side of LeNeveu. With five-on-three and a six-on-three man advantages late in the final minutes, the Sharks rocketed shots as they outshot Hartford 15-6 in the period, but couldn’t bring the game to a tie. The Sharks’ overall record drops to 34-32-4-2, 74pts and 17-15-1-1, 36pts at home. Marley Sommer, son of WorSharks head coach Roy Sommer, sang the national anthem before the game.

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