Pastrnak’s Hat Trick Helps Bruins Cruise Past Toronto 7-3 in Game 2
Sunday, April 15, 2018
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He is the first Bruin to record six points in a game since Rick Middleton did it in 1983.
Pastrnak now has nine points in two playoff games this season to lead the Bruins.
The win gives Boston a commanding 2-0 series lead as they head to Toronto for games three and four.
Bruins Grab Control in 1st
The Bruins took recorded eight shots on goal in the first period, four of them found the back of the net.
The Bruins got on the board just over five minutes into the game when David Pastrnak controlled a bouncing puck in front of the Maple Leafs net and tucked it behind Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Anderson to put Boston up 1-0.
The Bruins would then go on a stretch in which they would score three goals on three consecutive shots.
The stretch started when Jake DeBrusk deflected a Torey Krug shot past Anderson on the power play to put the Bruins up 2-0 just ten minutes into the game.
Less than three minutes later, Boston made it 3-0 when Kevan Miller banked a shot off Anderson from the corner with eight minutes left in the first period.
The goal led to Toronto making a goaltending change as Curtis McElhinney replaced Anderson.
With five minutes left in the period, Rick Nash would pick up a loose puck in front of the Toronto net off a deflection by Pastrnak to put the Bruins up 4-0.
Bruins Cruise Rest of Way
In the second, Toronto would make a push, scoring just 1:22 into the period to cut the Bruins lead to 4-1.
However, just two minutes later David Krejci would deflect a Pastrnak slap shot from the point into the back of the net to put Boston back in control, up 5-1.
Toronto’s Tyler Bozak would add a goal at the nine-minute mark of the period to again cut Boston’s lead to three, 5-2. The lead would remain that way heading into the third.
In the third, Boston killed off two Maple Leaf power plays before Pastrnak capped off his night by walking out from behind the Maple Leafs net untouched and firing the puck top shelf for his second goal of the game.
Pastrnak scored his third goal of the game with 1:36 to play in the third for a hat trick as the Bruins cruised to the 7-3 win.
Game three is set for Monday, April 16 in Toronto.
Game time is set for 7 p.m.
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
Warriors Join Atlantic Hockey League
After just one season in the EHL, the Warriors joined the Atlantic Hockey League for the 1955-56 season.
However, the 1956 season would be the last season for the Atlantic Hockey League and in turn, the last season for the Warriors.
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.
April, 25 2015
Sharks Play Final Home Game
The Sharks played their final home game at the DCU Center and it was a playoff game.
However, the Sharks would fall in the game 3-1 to the Hershey Bears in front of 4,045 at the DCU Center.
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 6-7, 2016
Shrewsbury Youth Hockey Hosts First Ever Pond Hockey Tournament
The Shrewsbury Youth Hockey Association held the First Annual Pond Hockey Classic, at Shrewsbury's historic Dean Park.
The Worcester Junior Sharks were among 24 teams that participated the tournament.
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.