October 26 in Indianapolis hockey history
1957: The Chiefs open their third season, falling 6-5 to the Louisville Rebels. Pierre Brillant has two goals and three assists in the defeat. Marc Boileau adds four assists.
1963: The Capitols tie St. Louis 2-2 in front of 1,211 fans at the Coliseum. Howie Menard scores with 51 seconds left to tie the game and Hank Bassen makes 26 saves for the Caps. It would be the final professional hockey game played in Indianapolis for 11 years.
1977: Claude St. Sauveur tallies a hat trick and adds an assist in a 5-3 Racers win over Winnipeg at MSA. Bobby Sheehan also scores twice and adds an assist.
1991: Roch Belley earns his first win in nets for the Ice, stopping 35 shots to outduel Arturs Irbe in a 2-1 win over Kansas City. Shawn Byram scores and assists on Tracy Egeland’s game-winner at 10:23 of the third.
1994: Mike Pomichter has three assists as the Ice beat Chicago 5-3 on the road. Bob Kellogg scores the game-winner in the third period to break a 3-3 tie, and Dan Gauthier adds an empty-netter.
2002: Jamie Morris records the fifth shutout of his Ice career, making 28 saves in a 2-0 victory over Memphis at the Coliseum. Jason Baird scores the game-winner as 5,050 look on.
2008: Stanislav Galiev tallies a natural hat trick in a 5-2 win at Sioux City. He scores at 18:09 of the third to tie the game at 2-2, gives the Ice a lead 51 seconds later, and then scores at 11:49 of the third. Brandon Richardson assists on three Ice goals, and Chris Stafne has a goal and an assist. It’s the Ice’s seventh straight victory, giving the defending division champs a 7-1 record.
Happy birthday to …
Rollie McLenahan: Defenseman for the Capitals in 1945-46. He had seven goals and 13 assists in 39 games. He also played nine games and two postseason games for the Red Wings that year, his only NHL action. McLenahan played in the AHL through 1951 in Cleveland, Hershey and Buffalo. In 1953, he became the player-coach of the IHL’s Cincinnati Mohawks, who won four consecutive Turner Cup championships under his direction. His Mohawks teams had a 182-56-6 record in those four years. He also coached in the AHL and EHL. From 1961-81, he was a director for the Department of Youth for New Brunswick, director of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, and director of Hockey Canada. He was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame — which he helped found — in 1982. A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, he was born in 1921. He passed away in 1984 at age 62.
Mark Armstrong: Forward for the Ice in the 2005-06 season. He had a goal and an assist in 12 games. He also played part of that season with the Green Bay Gamblers. After two years in the Tier III EJHL, Armstrong played four years collegiately at St. Lawrence, and six ECHL games for the Trenton Titans shortly after finishing his college career in 2012. A native of Palm Harbor, Fla., he is 29.
Eric Olimb: Defenseman for the Ice from 2005-07. He played 92 games for hte team, with 13 goals and 15 assists, as well as 159 penalty minutes. He had four assists in 12 playoff games that year, with the Ice advancing to the USHL semifinals in 2007. He played four years at Nebraska-Omaha, with 62 points in 141 games. He played two pro games with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades after finishing his college career in 2011. A native of Warroad, Minn., he is 30.