January 5 in Indianapolis hockey history
1947: Capitals beat Philadelphia 14-2,, setting the team record for both victory margin and goals scored. Three Capitals have five-point games. Cliff Simpson has three goals and two assists, as does Bob Wiest. Hugh Millar has two goals and two assists. Gerry Couture has two goals and three assists. Caps coach Tommy Ivan doesn’t see the outburst – which includes a seven-goal third period – because he’s tossed in the second due to “abusive words.”
1950: Terry Sawchuk is briefly called up to Detroit when Red Wings goaltender Harry Lumley was injured playing forward in a benefit game. He shuts out the Rangers, with ex-Cap Sid Abel scoring the game’s only goal. He would be return to the Capitals 21 days later and lead the team to the Calder Cup championship.
1985: Hours after becoming a father, Kevin Devine scores two goals – including the game-winner – in a 4-2 Checkers victory over Milwaukee. Charlie Skjodt adds three assists in the win.
1990: Brian Noonan caps a hat trick with a goal at 4:28 of overtime to beat Pat Jablonski and Peoria 3-2. It’s the first hat trick of the year for the Ice, who improved to 24-8-3 with the win.
1991: Brian Noonan scores the game-winner for the third straight game, cashing in Fratisek Kucera’s pass with 2:37 left to give the Ice a 5-4 win against Milwaukee. Noonan scores two and adds an assist. Warren Rychel has three assists.
2013: It takes just 22 seconds for Woody Hudson to open the scoring in a 4-2 Ice victory over Des Moines. Austin Ortega later adds a goal and an assist and Anderson Snair stops 23 shots.
Happy birthday to …
Fred Glover: Capitals center from 1948-52. He played 152 games for the Caps, with 110 goals and 119 assists. In addition, he had five goals and five assists in 13 playoff games – including nine points in the 1950 Calder Cup championship run. He had three big years with the Caps – 35 goals and 48 assists in 68 games in 1948-49, then 22-29-51 in the 1949-50 title year (in 55 games) and 48-36-84 in the 1950-51 season. He played 11 games for the team in 1951-52 before being called up to the Red Wings. Glover played 92 NHL games, with 24 points, with the Red Wings and Blackhawks from 1948-53, but his main mark came in the AHL, where he played with the Cleveland Barons through 1968, and was the team’s player-coach for the last six of those seasons. He was the AHL’s leading scorer twice and the league’s MVP three times while playing for Cleveland. He was part of a record five Calder Cup championship teams. When he retired, he was the AHL’s all-time leader in games (1,201), goals (520), assists (814), points (1,334) and PIM (2,402). He was rated one of the top minor league players of all time by The Hockey News. Glover was also an NHL head coach from 1968-74, primarily with the Oakland/California Seals, although he briefly coached the Los Angeles Kings. A native of Toronto, he was born in 1928. He passed away in 2001 at age 73.