Blake Evans, Mike Glumac and Jon DiSalvatore each scored twice as Worcester handed Springfield a 9-0 thumping in the Falcons’ home opener at the Springfield Civic Center on Saturday afternoon.
Evans opened the scoring 58 seconds into the contest and the IceCats never looked back, rolling to the most one-sided shutout by an AHL road team since Providence defeated the Springfield Indians, 9-0, during the 1993 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Evans and Glumac each also recorded an assist to finish with three points, Jeff Hoggan added a goal and an assist and Dennis Wideman dished out two assists. In all, 13 IceCats found the scoresheet in the game.
Curtis Sanford got the shutout for Worcester, stopping 27 shots. Jamie Storr allowed seven goals on 29 shots before being replaced midway through the second period by Brian Eklund.
The IceCats have now outscored the Falcons 16-2 in the teams’ first two meetings of the season.
Elsewhere on Saturday:
At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Adam Hauser made 20 saves, Yanick Lehoux recorded three points and Troy Milam scored two of Manchester’s four power-play goals in the Monarchs’ 5-0 victory over Utah… Jason Spezza tipped an Anton Volchenkov shot home 32 seconds into overtime to give Binghamton a 2-1 win over Hamilton… Matt Stajan scored twice and Mikael Tellqvist stopped 42 of 43 shots to lead St. John’s to a 4-1 victory over Syracuse… Travis Roche scored with two seconds left in regulation and again 1:47 into overtime as Chicago took a 3-2 decision from Milwaukee… J.J. Hunter and Sean McAslan scored in the final 81 seconds of regulation as Edmonton pulled out a 5-4 win over Manitoba… After Hershey had tied the score in the final seconds of regulation, Tony Voce got his second goal of the contest 1:09 into overtime to give Philadelphia a 3-2 win over the Bears… Chris Kunitz picked up two goals and an assist to lead Cincinnati past Rochester, 4-2… Trent Whitfield scored a shorthanded goal 3:15 into overtime as Portland defeated Lowell, 3-2… Former Sound Tiger Jeff Hamilton scored his first goal of the year early in the third period, providing Hartford’s winning margin in a 3-2 victory at Bridgeport… Aaron Voros, Ray Schultz and Adrian Foster tallied a goal and an assist apiece and Scott Clemmensen stopped 34 shots as Albany cruised past Providence, 5-1… Dimitri Patzold made 39 saves to backstop Cleveland to a 4-1 win over Houston… A nearby water main break forced the postponement of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s home game against Norfolk; no make-up date has been announced.