January 7 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: Jimmy Franks – the Capitals goaltender for the first part of the season – is injured in a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Ramblers. Franks is replaced in net by former Stanley Cup hero Alfie Moore for the balance of the season.
1949: Pat Lundy has a hat trick and Nels Podolsky three assists as the Caps beat Washington 8-2. Rod Morrison adds two goals and an assist, and his brother Don a goal and two assists in the win.
1950: The Capitals finish a 13-game unbeaten streak (9-0-4) with a 6-5 win in St. Louis. Bill Quackenbush ties the game in the final six minutes, and Nels Podolsky wins it a minute later. Doug McKay has three assists in the win. Jim Shirley takes the nets for the Capitals, as Terry Sawchuk is called up to Detroit for a stint to replace the injured Harry Lumley.
1958: For the first time in Indy hockey history, a game is televised, as WTTV beams the Chiefs’ 7-1 victory over the Toledo Mercurys. Rene St. Hiliare has a hat trick against future NHLer Les Binkley and Cliff Hicks makes 22 saves. WTTV would televise four games that year.
1983: Mats Hallin’s two goals and an assist aren’t enough in a 5-4 Checkers loss to Wichita.
1987: Bob Lakso scores three goals and adds an assist as the Checkers beat Salt Lake 7-2.
1994: Yves Heroux (17:22), Shawn Byram (17:53) and Ivan Droppa (19:39) score within a span of 2:17 late in the first period to give the Ice a 5-0 lead in an eventual 7-1 win over Peoria. Byram scored two goals. Droppa had a goal and two assists. Chris Rogles turned aside 29 shots in net.
1997: Dave Chyzowski scores in the first minute of the third — 41 seconds in, to be exact — and also in the final minute — with 29 ticks to go — to send the Ice into a shootout in Milwaukee. He also assists on Craig Mills’ second-period goal. The Ice ventually win 4-3 in a s seven-round shootout on Eric Lecompte’s goal.
2001: Yvan Corbin scores his 50th goal in his 39th game in a 3-2 Ice loss to Fayetteville.
Happy birthday to …
Benny Woit: Capitals defenseman from 1948-51. He played 207 games with the team, with 18 goals and 41 assists. He also had two goals and an assist in 13 playoff games, and was part of the 1950 Calder Cup championship team. Woit went on to play seven NHL seasons with the Red Wings and Blackhawks from 1950-57, with 33 points in 333 games. He continued to play minor-league hockey until 1966. He won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings in 1952, 1954 and 1955. A native of Fort William, Ont., he was born in 1928. He passed away in December 2016 at age 88.
Jacques Locas: Racers center in 1974-75. He had one assist in 11 games. He went on to play 187 WHA games for the Michigan Stags, Cincinnati Stingers and Calgary Cowboys through 1978, with 49 goals and 119 points. A native of St. Jerome, Quebec, he was born in 1954. He passed away in 2008.
Rod Buskas: Ice defenseman in 1992-93. He had three assists in 15 games with the team. He was nearing the end of a 14-year pro career that saw him play 556 NHL games with the Penguins, Kings and Blackhawks from 1982-83. He retired in 1995 after playing two years with the Las Vegas Thunder of the IHL. Buskas is currently a commercial airline pilot. A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, he is 56.
Bobby House: Ice forward from 1993-95. A third-round pick of the Blackhawks in 1991, he played 68 games with the Ice, with 12 goals and 11 assists. He played nine years of minor pro hockey in North America, with the Ice, Columbus & Augusta of the ECHL, Quebec in the IHL, Flint in the Colonial Hockey League and in the AHL with Hershey, Syracuse, Springfield, St. John’s, and the place where he spent the majority of his career, Albany. He retired in 2005 after playing three seasons in Europe. A native of Whitehorse, Yokon, he is 44.
Tim Hogan: Defenseman who played one game with the Ice in 1995-96. The Michigan grad played two full North American pro seasons, primarily in the ECHL with the Blackhawks’ affiliate in Columbus. A native of Oshawa, Ont., he is 43.
Jani Hurme: A third-round pick of the Senators in 1997, Hurme played the 1997-98 season with the Ice. He was 11-11-3 with a 3.30 GAA and one shutout in 29 games. He also played three playoff games that season with the Ice. He went on to play 48 NHL games with the Senators and 28 with the Florida Panthers from 1999-2003. He had a 29-25-11 record in the NHL with six shutouts. He had to take some time off due to illness, but returned to play in the AHL and ECHL through 2006, and in Sweden and Finland through 2010. A native of Turku, Finland, he is 42.