Today in Worcester hockey history: April 21


1998 at Springfield 5-2 loss (New England Division SF, lead 2-1)
The Worcester IceCats scored two first period goals but didn’t light the lamp after that in a 5-2 loss to the Falcons. Jason Zent gave the ‘Cats the lead 1:17 with Robert Petrovicky assisting. Scott Levins tied it at 7:24 on the power play. Jason Morgan made it 2-1 at 17:31, and then Justin Hocking tied it at 19:12. In the second period Levins gave the Falcons the lead at 12:33 on the power play, and in the third Jocelyn Lemieux scored twice at 15:25 and 18:46(en) for the 5-2 final. Fred Cassivi made 21 saves.

2001 vs Providence 2-0 loss (New England Division F, trail 1-0)
The Worcester IceCats fired 36 shots on Providence netminder John Grahame but couldn’t beat him once in a 2-0 loss to the Bruins. Both Providence goals came in the second period, with Peter Ferraro scoring at even strength at 11:52 and Eric Manlow lighting the lamp on the power play at 14:42. Dwayne Roloson made 15 saves for the ‘Cats.

2007 vs Manchester 5-0 loss (Atlantic Division SF, trail 3-0)
(MONARCHS) Goaltender Jason LaBarbera stopped all 26 shots he faced as the Manchester Monarchs won Game 3 of the best-of-seven 2007 Calder Cup Atlantic Division Semifinal Series A 5-0 against the Worcester Sharks in front of a crowd of 2,127 fans at the DCU Center on Wednesday night. The Monarchs lead the series 3-0. After playing nearly 100 minutes of hockey less than 24 hours ago, center Matt Ryan jump started the Monarchs with his second goal of the series at 5:02 of the opening frame. Center Patrick O’Sullivan picked up the puck behind the Sharks net from left wing Petr Kanko. O’Sullivan slid the puck into the slot as Ryan skated between the hash marks. Ryan flipped the one-timer over Worcester goaltender Thomas Greiss for a 1-0 lead. Center Marty Murray doubled the Monarchs lead at 13:26 of the first period with his second tally of the playoffs. Right wing Tim Jackman fed the puck up ice to Murray who cared it into the left face-off circle and wristed a shot past Greiss on his left side. The Monarchs first line went to work in the second period as left wing Noah Clarke scored his first goal of the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs. Murray took the first shot from the left doorstep. Greiss made the save and popped the rebound out to Jackman at the edge of the left face-off circle. Jackman passed the puck over to Clarke stationed on the right doorstep. Clarke snapped a wrist into the net to give Manchester a 3-0 lead at 4:02 of the middle period. Worcester’s attempt at ruining LaBarbera’s shutout was denied at 4:28 of the final frame when referee Frederic L’Ecuyer waived off a goal by center Josh Prudden due to it being hit with a high stick. Manchester responded with a power play goal at 6:19 of the third period from center Brian Boyle. Defenseman Peter Harrold fired a cross-ice feed from the left point to center Gabe Gauthier on the right face-off dot. Gauthier held the puck, weighed his options and shot it on net. Boyle tipped the puck between Greiss’ right arm and pad for his first professional goal. Following his first goal, Boyle engaged in a fisticuffs with Sharks defenseman Brennan Evans at 4:35 of the final period, the lone fight of the game. O’Sullivan finished off the Sharks with his second goal of the series at 17:41 of the third stanza. On a give-and-go with Ryan, O’Sullivan received the puck back from his teammate and flicked it past Greiss for a 5-0 finish to the game. Left wing Jeff Giuliano started the play in the neutral zone when he dropped the puck back to Ryan for the rush. LaBarbera earned the shutout with 26 saves. Greiss took the loss stopping 26-of-31 shots. Manchester went 1-for-7 with the man advantage. Worcester was 0-for-5 on the power play.

2010 at Lowell 5-1 win (Atlantic Division SF, win series 4-1)
(WORSHARKS) Worcester scored first, controlled the game from the start, and never looked back as they eliminated the Lowell Devils, 5-1, Wednesday evening at the Tsongas Center. The Sharks advance to the Atlantic Division Finals where they will meet the Manchester Monarchs who swept the Portland Pirates in their first round series. Benn Ferriero and T.J. Trevelyan each tallied twice for the Sharks and Alex Stalock made 33 saves for Worcester in the victory. The Sharks are now 2-0 in clinching games in their franchise history as this was the first series they have clinched on the road. Worcester won four straight after dropping game one to the Devils. Trevelyan (3) opened the scoring, 10:24 into the first period, when he stole a bad clearing attempt in the Devils zone and sniped one past Mike McKenna. Worcester made it 2-0 at the 13:02 mark, when Ferriero (2), who a night ago broke a 24-game goalless drought, streaked down the left-wing side and wristed a shot over the glove of McKenna. Trevelyan earned the lone assist for his second point of the period. Worcester held the lead by the same margin through the opening twenty minutes. The Sharks outshot the Devils, 11-9. The Devils struck quickly in the second period to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. At 2:26 Nick Palmieri (1) took a pass in the left-wing circle from David McIntyre and snapped one past the glove of Stalock. Lowell went on a power play at the 8:52 and looked to tie the score, but it was Worcester extending their lead, shorthanded, at 9:44. Ferriero (3) banked a pass to himself in the neutral zone around a Lowell defender, raced into the Devils zone, and beat McKenna five-hole to put the Sharks ahead, 3-1. Worcester took its largest lead of the series, 4-1, 19:00 into the second period on the power play when Andrew Desjardins (2) banged home a rebound off a Danny Groulx shot that broke the defenseman’s stick in the process. Shots were even, 10-10. Trevelyan (4) scored his second goal of the game, 4:21 into the third period, as his slap shot from the left-wing broke through the pads of McKenna and into the back of the net.

2018 at Adirondack 6-5 win (North Division SF, trail 3-2)
(RAILERS) The Worcester Railers HC (2-3) forced a Game 6 in the best of seven North Division Semifinals after an amazing come-from-behind 6-5 victory in Game 5 over the host Adirondack Thunder (3-2) in front of 3,609 fans at the Cool Insuring Arena on Saturday evening. Nick Saracino (3-1-4) netted the first ever Railers hat trick, Josh Holmstrom (1-2-3), Matty Gaudreau, and Matt Lane (1-1-2) scored for Worcester while Eamon McAdam made 18 saves in net for the Railers in relief as the Railers came back from a 4-1 deficit for the win. Justin Hamonic and Connor Doherty each finished +4 as Worcester scored five of the game’s final six goals for the wild road victory. A wild first period saw four goals, an injured goalie, and a 3-1 Thunder lead through 20 minutes of play. Josh Holmstrom (1st) gave the Railers an early 1-0 lead just 35 seconds in with a quick shot from in front that beat netminder Mackenzie Blackwood after a nice pass from behind the net by Nick Saracino. Just before the two-minute mark, Kellen Jones was taken down from behind and crashed into MacKenzie Blackwood who then left the game injured and was replaced by backup Olivier Mantha. Adirondack would then score the next three goals as Ryan Schmlezer (3rd) struck on the power play at 6:62 to tie the score at 1-1 and Mike Bergin (1st) buried a point-blank shot at 7:55 to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead. Shane Conacher (1st) gave the Thunder a 3-1 lead after he deflected a puck in the crease past Mitch Gillam on the power play at 12:14. Shots were 10-7 in favor of the Thunder through 20 minutes of play. Adirondack went ahead 4-1 at 5:49 as Tim Harrison (2nd) fired a point-blank shot after a turnover behind the Railers net which would end the night for Mitch Gillam. Worcester would then net the next three goals as Nick Saracino (1st) got the rally going at 6:58 followed by a power play goal by Matty Gaudreau (1st) at 11:55 past Olivier Mantha. The Railers would tie the score at 12:55 as Matt Lane (1st) found the back net assisted by Woody Hudson. Shots were 13-8 in the second period in favor of Worcester as the two teams headed to the intermission tied 4-4. The Thunder went back ahead just 19 seconds into the third period as Brian Ward (4th) deflected a Mathieu Brodeur shot from the point. Worcester would tie the score at 5-5 as Nick Saracino (2nd) scored from an impossible angle with a rush down the left-wing side at 3:32. Nick Saracino (3rd) would net the hat trick and eventual game winner at 14:02 with a quick shot from the right side on the power play. Eamon McAdam made 14 third period saves as the Railers held on for the crazy 6-5 road victory.


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