December 31 in Indianapolis hockey history
1941: Joe Turner stops 30 shots for his third shutout, and Bill Jennings tallies a hat trick as the Capitals shut out Buffalo 4-0 in front of 4,811 at the Coliseum.
1942: Bill Thomson (2G, 2A) and Les Douglas (G, 3A) have four-point nights as the Capitals beat the Providence Reds 7-2 at the Coliseum.
1958: Don Smith has a hat trick and George Hayes two goals and two assists as the Chiefs beat the Troy Bruins 8-3 in front of a New Year’s Eve crowd of 2,555 at the Coliseum. It’s Smith’s seventh point in two games.
1959: The Chiefs send out the 1950s in style, beating the Louisville Rebels 5-1. Germain Leger has two goals and two assists, Hank Therrien scores twice, and both Stan Maxwell and Denis Menard assist on two goals. The victory caps a seven-game unbeaten streak where the Chiefs go 6-0-1. Chuck Adamson makes 29 saves in the victory. It also marks the appearance of Ed Kikendall in the Louisville net. Kikendall would later play for the Chiefs and be a longtime off-ice official in Indianapolis.
1983: The Checkers send out 1983 in style with a 7-4 victory over Tulsa in which Bruce Affleck has a goal and three assists. Garth MacGuigan adds three assists, and Ken Leiter score stwice, including the game-winner. The Checkers pelt John Vanbiesbrouck with 52 shots, seven of which go in. The teams combine for 100 penalty minutes.
1984: Indianapolis native and former IU player Lance Allen tallies a hat trick as the Checkers beat Milwaukee 6-4, notching the third goal with one second left. Bob Lakso, Charlie Skjodt and Neal Coulter all have a goal and an assist each in the win. The Checkers fire 59 shots at Darren Pang, including 23 in the second period. Don Sylvestri gets the win for the Checkers in relief. He and Rob Holland stop 43 of the 47 shots they see.
1986: George Servinis scores four goals for the Checkers and Todd Bjorkstrand has three assists, but the Checkers fall 7-5 in Fort Wayne.
1988: The Ice lead 3-1 midway through the third, but Fort Wayne scores four even-strength goals in a span of 2:42 to beat the Ice 5-3.
1992: Sergei Krivokrasov scores twice – the game-tying goal in the third and again unassisted at 4:19 of overtime to give the Ice a 5-4 win in Cincinnati and negate Bill Armstrong’s hat trick. Kevin Hodson turns aside 37 shots in the win. Sean Williams and Tony Hrkac each had two assists.
1996: Steve Dubinsky has a three-assist night in a 6-1 win over Orlando. Jim Waite stops 32 shots in the Ice net. Mike Prokopec scores twice. Ravil Gusmanov, Dave Chyzowski and Chris Snell each add a goal and an assist. Gusmanov’s goal came 16 seconds in, the fastest from the start of a game in franchise history.
1997: Nathan Perrott scores his first goal as an Iceman, and it breaks a 2-all tie in a wild first period in Cleveland. The Ice went on to win 5-2. Todd White and Eric Lecompte scored 52 seconds apart in the first 3:50 of the game. Brian Felsner and Glen Featherstone added later power-play goals. Featherstone had a goal and two assists. Petri Varis had two assists.
1998: Dave Hymovitz tallies a four-point night with two goals and two assists ‘ on goals by Brian Noonan and Bryan Fogarty ‘ in the Ice’s 5-4 shootout win in Cincinnati. Noonan adds two assists and Bob Lachance three in the win, backstopped by Marc Lamothe’s 43 saves.
2002: Etienne Morin tallies a hat trick in a 7-2 Ice victory at Fort Worth. He also adds an assist. Kevin St. Jacques adds a goal and four assists.
2008: The Ice stun Des Moines, scoring five consecutive goals in the final 13:13 to beat the Buccaneers 6-5. The goals all came in a seven-minute stretch of the third, with Shane Berschbach (6:47), Brandon Richardson (8:49), Will MacDonald (9:44), Brent Gwidt (10:44) and Zach Golombiewski (13:26 ) scoring them. Richardson also assisted on two goals in the victory. Gwidt, Berschbach and Stanislav Galiev finished with a goal and an assist each.
2009: Nick Bailen, Brian Ferlin and Blake Coleman have a big game. Coleman scores twice, Bailen has a goal and an assist, and Ferlin two assists for the Ice in a 5-3 win over Chicago in front of 5,949 at the Coliseum. Nic Dowd and Antti Roppo also have two assists each.
2011: Ice goaltender Jon Gillies stops 26 shots to blank Youngstown 3-0. John Doherty, Robert Polesello and Sean Kuraly score for the Ice. Robbie Baillargeon assists on two goals, and Kuraly also has an assist for a two-point night.
Happy birthday to …
Kurt Kleinendorst: Checkers forward in 1985-86. He had 11 goals and 22 assists in 45 games and also appeared in one playoff game. He began his pro career as a member of the 1983-84 Tulsa Oilers team that won the Adams Cup despite playing the last part of its season and the entire playoff on the road – sweeping the Checkers in the CHL’s final championship series. He played for Salt Lake, Toledo and Indy in the IHL and AHL New Haven before heading to Europe in 1986. He retired after the 1989-90 season and became a coach, starting with the ECHL Raleigh IceCaps in 1991. In 2011, he was the Calder Cup champion coach with the AHL Binghamton Senators. He most recently was the head coach of the AHL Iowa Wild. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., he is 56.
Paul Gillis: Ice center in the 1991-92 season. He had 10 goals and 15 assists in 42 games, as well as 170 PIM for the Ice. Gillis was nearing the end of an 11-year pro career that saw him play 624 NHL games, primarily for the Quebec Nordiques, from 1982-93. He also played for the Chicago Blackhawks and Hartford Whalers. He had 242 points and 1,498 penalty minutes in the NHL. After retiring, Gillis began a long coaching career that has taken him through the junior OHL, the minor pro UHL and CHL and, most recently, the junior NAHL. He led the Quad City Mallards to the UHL Colonial Cup title in 1998, and most recently, coached in Odessa in both the CHL and NAHL through 2013. A native of Toronto, he is 53.
Austin Hervey: Ice forward in 2012-13. He had six goals and eight assists in 52 games with the team. After playing with five different junior teams – USNTDP, Lincoln, Des Moines and Indiana in the USHL and Kalamazoo in the NAHL, Hervey began his college career at Div. III Adrian College in 2013 and is now a senior. At Adrian, he is coached by former Indiana Ice assistant Adam Krug. A native of Brighton, Mich., he is 22.