Today in Worcester hockey history: May 2


1998 vs Hartford 6-3 win (New England Division F, trail 2-1)
The Worcester IceCats were down two goals early in the third period, but put up the next five scores to defeat the Wolf Pack 6-3. Lubos Bartecko opened the scoring with a first period goal at 6:09, assisted by Michal Handzus and Justin Hocking. But the next three goals would be scored by Hartford, Rich Brennan at 9:30, Marc Savard at 14:17 of the middle frame, and Peter Ferraro at 2:32 of the third. The ‘Cats comeback started at 2:52, with Bartecko scoring again, assisted by Ricard Persson. Bob Lachance would make it 3-3 with a goal at 9:25, with Stephane Roy and Terry Virtue picking up the helpers. Roy then gave Worcester the lead at 13:00, with Mike Prokopec getting the lone assist. Persson grabbed an insurance goal at 16:55, with Lachance and Nick Naumenko picking up points. Virtue would ice the game with an unassisted shorthanded empty net goal at 19:29 for the 6-3 final. Brent Johnson had 21 saves in the victory.

2004 vs Hartford 4-3 loss OT (Atlantic Division F, trail 3-0)
(ICECATS) The Worcester IceCats lost 4-3 in overtime Sunday and fell into a 3-0 hole in their Atlantic Division Finals playoff series with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Jozef Balej scored the game-winning goal for the Pack 12 seconds into the first OT. The teams combined for four goals in less than four minutes in the third after being tied 1-1 through two periods. Terry Virtue, Ryan Ready, and Jon Coleman scored for Worcester. Dominic Moore, Chad Wiseman and Cory Larose followed each goal, with Balej netting the winner in the extra frame. Virtue and Coleman scored with Worcester on the power play, while Wiseman’s marker came shorthanded. Worcester’s Curtis Sanford returned to action after being sidelined from Game Two. His 32 saves trumped Jason LaBarbera’s 24 in the Hartford net.


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