November 20 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: Cliff Simpson has two goals and two assists and Steve Wochy a goal and two assists as the Caps win 7-3 in Providence. Enio Sclisizzi scores the game-winner.
1960: Ab DeMarco takes over as the Chiefs coach for the ailing Leo Lamoureux. The Fort Wayne Komets greet him with a 7-4 loss at the Coliseum, despite 30 saves from Nipper O’Hearn.
1976: Reggie Thomas has a hat trick and assists on two other goals. Rene Leclerc also has a five-point night with two goals and three assists, and Bob Sicinski scores a goal and assists on three others in an 8-4 win over Winnipeg at MSA. Al Karlander has three assists. Hugh Harris and Gene Peacosh also score in the win.
1982: Scott Howson tallies a hat trick and adds two assists in a 7-3 win over Birmingham at the Coliseum. Mats Hallin also tallies a five-point game with a goal and four assists. Greg Gilbert has a goal and three assists in the win.
1998: The Ice and Milwaukee need 14 rounds of a shootout to settle their game, won 3-2 by the Ice at the Coliseum. Chris Herperger finally scores in the 14th round to break it. The first two scorers for each team scored, and Brian Noonan scored in Round 12 to prolong the game. Andrei Trefilov was 11-14 in the shootout and made 24 saves in the win, outdueling Tomas Vokoun. Dave Hymovitz and Mike Vukonich scored in the third period to send the game to a shootout, the latter coming with five seconds left. Chris Herperger and Dale DeGray assisted on both goals.
1999: A crowd of 10,631 crams Conseco Fieldhouse to see the Ice beat San Antonio 3-2. Ken Boone scores the game-winner. It’s the first-ever hockey game at the Fieldhouse. Benoit Thibert gets the win in goal in his 14th consecutive start.
2015: Matt White wins two draws cleanly and both end up in goals – by Sam Jardine and Ben Marshall – as the Fuel snap Cincinnati’s long home winning streak with a 2-1 victory. Shane Owen stops 27.
Happy birthday to …
James Farelli: Right wing who played six games for the Chiefs in 1958-59. He had two goals and five assists, and then chipped in two goals and three assists in five playoff games. Farelli played minor pro and senior hockey throughout the 1950s and then had three strong seasons in the EPHL from 1959-62. He coached and owned several junior teams in Sault Ste. Marie and Pembroke, Ontario, and also coached in Italy as late as 1990. A native of Capreol, Ont., he was born in 1931, and passed away in 1997 at age 66.
Ross Smith: Right wing for the Racers in 1974-75. He had a goal and six assists in 15 games for the team. He played three pro seasons from 1973-76, including a 23-goal season for IHL Columbus in 1973-74. He also played Barclay Smith in Slap Shot. A native of Westlock, Alberta, he is 62.
Bogdan Savenko: The Blackhawks’ third-round pick in 1993, he played 62 games for the Ice in 1994-95. He had 18 goals and 17 assists that season. He played the following two seasons for AHL Syrcause and IHL Quebec before returning to Europe to play in Finland, the Czech Republic and Russia before retiring in 2002. A native of Kiev, Ukraine, he is 41.
Jacob McNamara: Defenseman who played two games for the Ice in 2012-13. He also suited up in nine games for the Chicago Steel over two seasons. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., he is 20.