December 30 in Indianapolis hockey history
1939: Sid Abel scores the game-winner and has two goals in a 7-3 win at Springfield. The Hall of Famer would play 21 games and post a 7-11-18 line in the Capitals’ inaugural year. Abel adds an assist. Glen Brydson – playing his first game for the Caps on loan from New Haven – also has two goals and an assist, and Ron Hudson has a goal and two assists.
1977: Kevin Morrison scores two goals for the Racers, but they fall 8-5 in Edmonton.
1981: Charlie Skjodt has a goal and three assists as the Checkers beat Dallas 6-2. Mats Hallin has a goal and two assists and Glen Duncan score twice. Monty Trottier picks up a team-record 45 penalty minutes – getting three fighting majors, two misconducts and a game misconduct.
1996: Chris Snell tallies a hat trick and adds an assist in an 8-4 win over Cleveland. The game was tied going into the third, but Snell broke it at 10:25 of the period. Ryan Huska added an unassisted goal at 14:54, Jean-Yves Leroux from Steve Dubinsky at 16:10 and Chris Snell a power-play goal in the final second. Brad Werenka and Dave Chyzowski had three assists each. Huska scored twice. Dubinsky had a goal and two assists.
1998: Marc Lamothe makes 26 saves for the Ice’s first shutout of the year and his fifth career shutout as an Iceman. Sylvain Cloutier, Nathan Perrott and Bob Lachance scored third-period goals for the Ice in a 3-0 win over Cincinnati at the Coliseum. Chris Herperger had two assists.
Happy birthday to …
Rick Boyd: Right wing for the Ice in 1988-89. He had two goals, an assist and 113 penalty minutes in 27 games. He played 10 minor pro seasons from 1987-97, primarily with the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs, and played briefly in two stints thereafter. He has remained in Johnstown, and is the director of hockey operations for the NAHL Johnstown Tomahawks. A native of Fort St. John, BC, he is 52.
Milan Gulas: Right wing who played 30 games for the Ice’s inaugural USHL entry in 2004-05. He had 12 goals and 10 assists, and also appeared in three playoff games that season. Gulas turned pro the following year and has played in Europe — through 2013 in the Czech Republic, and since in the KHL and Sweden. He had 27 goals and 55 points for Plzen in the Czech Republic in 2012-13. He currently is in his fourth season with Farjestads HK Karlstad in Sweden, and has posted back-to-back 20-goal seasons in 2015 and 2016. A native of Ceske Budejovice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), he is 31.