October 15 in Indianapolis hockey history
1976: Michel Parizeau and Hugh Harris each tally a goal and two assists in a 6-5 Racers overtime win over Cincinnati. Frank Rochon beats Paul Hoganson at 4:36 of overtime to seal the victory.
1978: Birmingham’s Gaston Gingras and Louis Sleigher each record hat tricks against the Racers in a 9-3 victory at MSA. Dave Inkpen and Claude Larose score 19 seconds apart in the third period.
1982: Monty Trottier scores at 6:10 of OT to beat Tulsa 5-4. Trottier and Kevin Devine had a goal and an assist, Steve Stoyanovich two assists. Dave Hanson also scored his first goal as a Checker.
1988: John Reid stops a penalty shot late in the second period by Saginaw’s Gary Moscaluk as the Ice beat Ed Belfour and the Hawks 3-2. Many player son the Saginaw team would win an IHL title as the Ice the following year. Ron Handy, Brent Sapergia and Rick Barkovich all score for the Ice in a penalty-filled game.
1994: Mike Pomichter nets a hat trick in a 5-4 Ice shootout win at Fort Wayne. Two of his goals come on the power play.
2011: The Ice win their fourth straight game to open the season, beating Team USA 4-1 in their home opener at the Coliseum. Daniil Tarasov scores twice and adds an assist. Jacob Fallon has a goal and an assist and Sean Kuraly three assists in the victory. Drew Smolcynski also scores for the Ice. Jon Gillies stops 19 shots.
Happy birthday to …
Ross “Lefty” Wilson: The Capitals’ trainer from 1947-50, he also was the team’s emergency goaltender. He played seven games for the Caps over those three seasons, replacing Red Almas and Terry Sawchuk in the days when teams only carried one goaltender and the trainer usually served as the emergency goalie. After assuming the same role with the Red Wings, Lefty was also pressed into action in three NHL games in the 1950s — with the Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Bruins, and allowed only one goal in those three games. He served as the Wings’ trainer from 1950-82, winning four Stanley Cups. His goaltending days ended when NHL teams required teams to dress two goaltenders in 1965. He was born in Toronto in 1919, and passed away at age 83 in 2002.