January 6 in Indianapolis hockey history
1944: The Capitals and Buffalo Bisons play a completely penalty-free game. John Sorrell scores early in the third and Bernard Ruelle scores the winner with seven minutes left. Harry Lumley stops 21 shots to give the Caps the 2-1 win.
1946: John Sorrell’s final game as the Capitals’ coach is a memorable one, as the Caps beat Cleveland 9-0. Tom Wilson stops 31 shots for his second shutout, and the Caps beat Cleveland goaltender Johnny Kiszkan – later to be known as Johnny Bower – nine times. Les Douglas has two goals and two assists.
1957: The Chiefs win a thriller at home against Toledo. Bob Bowness scores with 21 seconds left to tie the game, and then Pierre Brillant finishes a hat trick by scoring 12 seconds into OT while being tripped. Bowness adds two assists, and Len Ronson also has two assists for the Chiefs.
1962: The Chiefs and Fort Wayne Komets play a bizarre doubleheader in Fort Wayne. They play the regularly-scheduled game, which the Chiefs win 6-2 thanks to two goals from Garth Hayes. Then, they complete a game from Dec. 13 that was shortened by a brawl. It was initially ruled a 3-2 Komets win, but the IHL required the final 8:34 to be played The Chiefs score three goals after the resumption, with Bill Wilkes scoring twice. 4,432 witness the festivities.
1978: Claude St. Sauveur has a goal and an assist as the Racers hold off a third-period charge from New England and win 4-3 at MSA. Blaine Stoughton opens the scoring 15 seconds in. Gilles Marotte has his first point as a Racer, assisting on St. Sauveur’s tally 3:41 in that made it 2-0. Rusty Patenaude and Bill Goldsworthy score in the second to make it a 4-1 game.
1983: Red Laurence scores twice and adds an assist in a 6-3 win over Salt Lake.
1990: A packed house of 8,567 jams the Coliseum to see Ray LeBlanc turn aside 19 shots in a 4-0 win over Milwaukee. Sean Williams has a goal and an assist. Brian Noonan assists on two goals. Mike Rucinski, Dan Vincelette and Bob Bassen all score, with all Ice goals coming in the third period.
1996: Kip Miller tallies a goal and three assists and Eric Lecompte scores twice in a 6-4 Ice win against Kansas City. James Black has a goal and an assist.
2001: The Ice explode for a team-record nine goals — including seven in one period — in a 9-5 victory at Memphis.
2004: Jeff Sanger and Rod Branch combine for a double-shutout, but the Ice win 1-0 in a shootout over Tulsa. Sanger’s 37 saves mark his second shutout of the year.
2006: Garrett Roe has four assists, including one on Todd McIlrath’s game-winner, as the Ice beat Sioux Falls 6-5 in overtime. Roe also assisted on goals by Michal Borovansky, Brian Gifford and Jay Sprague. John Kemp had three assists in the game, and Sprague scored twice.
Happy birthday to …
Craig Hanmer: Racers defenseman for 27 games in 1974-75. He had a goal and 15 PIM. He was the team’s second-round pick in the 1974 WHA Draft. He also played two minor-league seasons before retiring in 1977. A native of St. Paul, Minn., he was born in 1956. He passed away in 2011 at age 54.
Jordan Tibbett: The first Hoosier to play for the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, Tibbett made his pro debut in December 2014, playing one period in a game against Florida. He came to the Fuel after playing four years at Mercyhurst College and several seasons in the USHL & NAHL for Omaha, Des Moines and Youngstown. He also played nine games in the SPHL for Fayetteville in 2014-15. A native of Indianapolis, he is 27.