January 2 in Indianapolis hockey history
1949: Calum MacKay has a hat trick and adds an assist as the Caps beat St. Louis 6-3. Gerry Reid adds a goal and three assists, and Fred Glover has three assists.
1956: The Chiefs beat the Toledo Mecurys 5-4 to snap a seven-game skid and post just their third win in a 32-game span. Ed Calhoun scores with 51 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 5-3 lead – and it would turn out to be the game-winner. George Melnychuk, Julius Swick and Billy Kawulia all have a goal and two assists in the game, and Bob Lalonde makes 37 saves. It’s also notable in that it’s John Sorrell’s last game as the Chiefs’ coach. He steps aside to become general manager, putting player Leo Lamoureux into the head coaching ranks. Leo would coach the Chiefs to two playoff appearances and a Turner Cup title.
1958: The Chiefs’ Germain Leger has a goal and three assists and George Hayes scores the game-winner 8:35 into the third to beat the Lousiville Rebels 5-4. Hayes also ahs a four-point game with two goals and two assists. Ken Willey and Jean-Marc Picard have two assists each. Cliff Hicks stops 49 of 53 shots for the win.
1977: The Racers open the new year with an emphatic 4-1 win over Phoenix. Blair MacDonald and Reggie Thomas each have a goal and an assist, while Hugh Harris, Mark Lomenda and Michel Parizeau each assist on two goals.
1982: Charlie Skjodt has his second straight three-assist game as the Checkers beat Fort Worth 7-1.
1991: Dominik Hasek goes up to Chicago, Jim Waite takes his place, but falls 6-3 to Muskegon despite Mike Stapleton’s two assists and a goal and an assist from Brad Lauer.
1993: Tony Hrkac has three assists, Alexander Andrievski has a goal and three assists, and Tracy Egeland scores twice and adds an assist in a wild 8-7 shootout win over Kalamazoo. The Ice led 3-0 after one and 5-1 in the second before the K-Wings rallied to take a lead. Egeland’s two goals at 11:14 and 12:33 of the third helped send it into OT.
1998: The Ice ring in 1998 with a 7-3 romp over Kansas City. Todd White scores two and adds an assist. Dan Hodge has a goal and two assists. Brian Felsner adds three assists. The Ice score four in the third to break open a game that was a 3-3 tie. The game also marked the return of Marc Lamothe to the Ice net.
2002: Chris MacKenzie has four assists, but the Ice fall 6-5 in a shootout to Shreveport at the Coliseum.
2010: Antti Roppo ties the game with 3:46 left, and wins it at 2:25 of overtime to beat Waterloo 4-3. Nic Dowd also has a goal and an assist in the game.
2011: Brian Ferlin scores a hat trick of power play goals as the Ice beat Waterloo 6-2. He scores at 3:06 and 9:11 of the first and completes the hat trick at 1:02 of the second. Blake Coleman assists on five Ice goals, and Daniil Tarasov adds a goal and three assists.
Happy birthday to …
Claude St. Sauveur: Racers center from 1977 until the team folded midway through the 1978-79 season. In 1977-78, he set the Racers record for points in a season, when he had 36 goals and 42 assists in 72 games. He finished his Racers career with 40 goals and 44 assists in 89 contests. He played 285 WHA games and 79 more in the NHL from 1972-79, tallying 136 major pro goals and 136 assists — with perfect symmetry in each league. He was 112-112-224 in the WHA and 24-24-48 in the NHL. St. Sauveur played for the WHA’s Philadelphia/Vancouver Blazers, Calgary Cowboys, Racers and Cincinnati Stingers and the NHL’s Atlanta Flames. He retired in 1981 after two 30-goal years with the IHL Milwaukee Admirals. A native of Saint-Hyancinthe, Quebec, he is 65.
Neal Coulter: Checkers right wing from 1982-85. In 61 CHL games, he had seven goals and 11 assists, nearly all coming in the 1983-84 season, his first full pro year. The following year, he had 31 goals and 26 assists in 82 contests playing for the IHL Checkers. Coulter chipped in two goals in four games during the 1984 CHL playoffs, and had three goals and an assist in seven games in the 1985 IHL playoffs. A third-round pick of the Islanders in 1981, Coulter played 26 NHL games from 1986-88, all on Long Island. He had five goals and five assists in his NHL career. He retired after the 1987-88 season, spending his entire pro career in the Islanders organization. A native of Toronto, he is 54.
Brett Bruneteau: One of several members of the Bruneteau family to play hockey in Indy, Brett suited up for the Ice in 2007-08. He had a goal and seven assists in 14 games for the team. He also played for Omaha and Des Moines in the USHL, and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals. Brett played four years of college hockey at North Dakota and Vermont from 2009-13. He’s the third of four Bruneteaus to play in Indy. His grandfather Eddie and great-uncle Modere played for the Capitals, and his brother Nick has suited up for the Fuel. A native of Omaha, Neb., he is 28.