January 4 in Indianapolis hockey history
1944: The Capitals extend their home unbeaten streak to to 16 games with a 3-3 tie against the Buffalo Bisons. Tony Bukovich has a goal and two assists. It gives the Caps a 10-0-6 record at home – the streak would be snapped the next game against the Pittsburgh Hornets.
1947: Capitals suffer a strange loss to the St. Louis Flyers . Don Clark’s shot hits the fence behind the net – where the glass would be today – pops up into the air, bounces off the top of the goal, hits Caps goaltender Red Almas in the chest and dribbles into the net to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory.
1956: Leo Lamoureaux replaces John Sorrell as Chiefs’ coach. Leo would coach the team for parts of four seasons, leading them to the Turner Cup Finals in 1957 and the Turner Cup championship in 1958. The Chiefs beat the Toledo Mercurys 6-1 in his coaching debut, with George Melnychuk scoring the winner and Bob Lalonde making 28 saves.
1958: Pierre Brillant’s hat trick lead sthe Chiefs to a 6-1 win over the Troy Bruins at the Coliseum.
1975: Bob Whitlock tallies the first hat trick in Racers history in a 4-4 tie at Chicago.
1978: The Racers ring in 1978 with a win, beating Birmingham 4-1 at MSA. Gary Inness faces just 13 shots in the victory. Rusty Patenaude has a goal and an assist, while Kevin Devine, Darryl Maggs and Peter Driscoll also score for the Racers.
1983: Dave Hanson scores 6 seconds into third period of an 8-6 victory over Salt Lake. The Checkers trail 6-5, but Scott Howson, Red Laurence and Garth MacGuigan score in the final six minutes to win it. Mats Hallin scores two goals and adds an assist. Hanson and Garth MacGuigan score twice each. Red Laurence and Scott Howson each tally a goal and an assist in the win.
1991: The Ice beat Muskegon 6-4, with Brian Noonan tallying two goals and an assist. Carl Mokosak also scores twice. Sean Williams scores his 23rd goal. He and Warren Rychel each have a goal and two assists in the win.
1992: The Ice score three goals in 3:37 of the first period — Tracy Egeland at 12:20, Jeff Rohlicek at 13:07 — both unassisted — and Ryan McGill at 15:57, assisted by Paul Gillis. But Kalamazoo rallies to tie the game before Brad Lauer wins it in the seventh round of the shootout with the only shootout goal. Ice win 4-3 over Kalamazoo in front of 6,219.
2002: Jamie Morris makes 32 saves in a 3-0 victory at Corpus Christi, his second regular-season shutout as a member of the Ice.
Happy birthday to
Dmitri Nabokov: Ice center from 1996-98. The Blackhawks’ 19th overall pick in 1995, he played 48 games in Indy, with six goals and 15 assists, including two goals and an assist in five playoff games in 1998. He went on to play 55 NHL games with the Blackhawks and Islanders through 2000, but moved back to Russia in 2000 and played professionally there and in Finland through 2009. A native of Novosibirsk, Russia, he is 40.
Jamie Morris: Goaltender for the Ice from 1999-2003. His play in the 2000 Miron Cup Playoffs helped lead the Ice to a championship in their first year, and he was named the playoff MVP. Morris was 52-50-13 in the regular season with the Ice, including 12-5-1 in the championship year (and 8-3 as a starter in the playoffs). He had five shutouts as a member of the Ice, the only professional team for which the Rochester Institute of Technology grad played. Morris also served as a goaltending coach for the USHL’s Indiana Ice. A native of Winnipeg, he is 43.
Corey Waring: A playoff-only amateur signee by the Ice in 2000, he played six postseason games and did not tally a point during the Ice’s Miron Cup championship run. He played two minor pro seasons from 2000-02 in the WPHL, ECHL and CHL, with 46 goals over two years, including 60 points for CHL El Paso in 2001-02. He also played several years of senior hockey in Canada. A native of Brantford, Ont., he is 41.
Laythe Jadallah: Forward who played seven games for the Ice in 2012-13, tallying one assist. He most recently played for the Jersey Hitmen of the Tier III USPHL Premier League in 2015-16. A native of Raleigh, NC, he is 21.