video: Railers Edge Manchester 4-3 in Inaugural Game at DCU Center
Sunday, October 15, 2017
The Railers start the season 1-0, while Manchester begins 0-1.
Railers Edge Monarchs
With the game tied at three in the third period, Frankie DiChara fired a loose puck from the right slot with 12:12 left in the game that found the back of the net to give the Railers a 4-3 lead.
DiChara is a rookie out of Ronkonkoma, New York and played his college hockey at Yale University.
Worcester outshot Manchester 14-8 in the third period to hang on for the win.
Worcester’s Fast Start
In front of a sold-out crowd, the Railers got off to a fast start.
Wade Murphy scored the first goal in franchise history on a breakaway at 10:13 of the first period to give the Railers a 1-0 lead.
Worcester led 1-0 after 20 minutes and led 11-9 in shots on goal.
Railers Captain Ashton Rome made it 2-0 at 5:43 of the second period with a blast from 30 feet past Manchester goaltender Evan Cowley.
However, the Monarchs scored three straight in under six minutes to grab a 3-2 lead midway through the second period.
The Railers would get the game tied when defenseman Patrick McNally took the puck end to end on the power play with just a couple of minutes left in the second tie the score at 3-3
Opening Night Festivities
Massachusetts Governor Baker and LT Governor Polito dropped the puck before the game.
Internet sensation Joe Everson sang the national anthem.
The Worcester Railers return to action Saturday, October 21 when they visit the Manchester Monarchs.
Puck drop is set for 6 p.m.
Related Slideshow: A History of Hockey in Worcester
Worcester's 1st Pro Hockey Team, Worcester Warriors
The Worcester Warriors played their first season as part of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). The Warriors played their games at Worcester (Webster Square) Arena.
In their first season, under Head Coach John "Hans" Marsden, the Warriors went 3-17 and finished in last place.
Other Teams in the EHL that season included the Washington Lions, Clinton Comets, New Haven Blades and Baltimore Clippers.
Photo is of Harold Songin, courtesy of EHL.com
Worcester Crusaders Youth Hockey is Established
The Worcester Crusaders served as one of the oldest youth hockey organizations in the Massachusetts.
The Crusaders competed in the New England Hockey League, one of the best youth hockey leagues in North America.
For the 2011/12 season, the Crusaders sponsored 9 teams ranging from mite division to midget division.
Photo courtesy of Crusaders website
The IceCats Come to Worcester
The IceCats came to Worcester prior to the 1994-95 season and played their games at the Worcester Centrum.
The IceCats went 24-45-11 in their first season and finished in 6th place in the conference.
However, the IceCats would turn it around and make the playoffs in every season after that, except 2004-2005, but would never advance past the second round.
Notable players from the IceCats include goaltender Dwayne Roloson, enforcer Sylvain Blouin, Steve Staios, Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Nagy and Terry Virtue.
Worcester IceCats are Moved to Illinois
After the St. Louis Blues announced the sale of the IceCats in 2004, the team was moved prior to the 2005-2006 season to Peoria Illinois.
The team was known was the Peoria Riverman from 2005-2013, and is currently known as the Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Sharks Arrive in Worcester
The Cleveland Barons were moved to Worcester and became the Sharks, the AHL Affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks played their first home game on October 14 in front of a sold out DCU Center.
In their first season, Worcester went 41-28-3 (OT Loss)- 8 (shootout Loss) and made the playoffs. The Sharks lost to the Manchester Monarchs in the first round.
Sharks Have Most Successful Season
Sharks had their best season in 2009-10 when they went 49-25-3-3 and finished in first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Sharks made the playoffs but lost in the second round to the Manchester Monarchs.
The captain of the team was Ryan Vescue and the Head Coach was Roy Sommer.
Worcester Crusaders Merge With the Worcester Junior Sharks
The two organizations combined bring in more than 550 kids and just over 92 USA Hockey certified coaches.
The Worcester Junior Sharks program is structured to allow each player to develop and test their skills at three distinct levels of competition (House, Travel and AAA Elite)
For more information on the Junior Sharks, click here.
Jan. 29, 2015
AHL Announces Sharks are Moving to San Jose
The American Hockey League announced that at seasons end, the Worcester Sharks would be packing up and going across country to become the San Jose Barracuda.
The move was made so that the San Jose Sharks would be able to call up and send down players easier.
May 1, 2015
Sharks Play Final Game
In their final game, the Worcester Sharks lost 10-4 to the Hershey Bears, losing the playoff series 3-1.
In 9 seasons in Worcester, the Sharks made the playoffs 4 times, never advancing past the second round.
Notable players in Worcester Sharks history include Jonathan Cheechoo, Sandis Ozolinsh, Joe Pavelski and Claude Lemieux.
February 8, 2016
ECHL Announces Team Coming to Worcester
The ECHL announced that the league's board of governors unanimously approved the new membership application from Worcester Pro Hockey LLC.
The first puck drop for the new franchise is set for the 2017-18 season, a season that also marks the 30th anniversary of the ECHL.
The team name and logo will be announced at a fan fest that is set to take place on April 3, 2016, at the DCU Center.
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