January 16 in Indianapolis hockey history

January 16 in Indianapolis hockey history

1947: Red Almas posts a shutout and Enio Sclisizzi a hat trick as the Caps beat St. Louis 8-0 at the Coliseum. Les Douglas has three assists and Cliff Simpson a goal and two assists.

1957: Cliff Hicks stops 19 shots to shut out the Troy Bruins 2-0. Pierre Brillant and Marc Boileau score the goals.

1960: The Chiefs play the Toledo Mercurys in an odd location – St. Louis. The Mercurys win 7-4 despite two goals from Germain Leger and a goal and two assists from Lloyd McKey. Chuck Adamson makes 40 saves in the Chiefs’ net. The Mercurys had to move 16 home games – 14 of them to St. Louis – because their arena was taken over by the American Bowling Congress national tournament.

1981: Mike Hordy has four assists in a 5-2 Checkers win at Fort Worth. Garth MacGuigan scores twice. Michel Dion needs to make just 18 saves in the win.

1991: The Ice trail Kalamazoo 3-0 midway through the second, but rally for four goals — Brian Noonan scores midway through the second on the power play to get the Ice on the board, and then Sean Williams, Mike Stapleton and Warren Rychel all score in the third. The game-winner comes with 1:56 left on a feed from Noonan. Noonan has a goal and two assists in the 4-3 win, and Jim Waite makes 24 saves.

1999: Nathan Perrott scores goals at 2:49 and 5:41 of the first period, but Grand Rapids rallies for a 4-2 win over the Ice.

2009: Mike Cichy makes his debut with the Ice and makes a quick impact – assisting on Brent Gwidt’s goal 6:59 into the first. Max Cook scores 24 seconds later to make it 2-0,. Cichy scores a power play goal in the first, and assists on two more second-period goals to debut with four points in a 6-2 win over Chicago at the Coliseum. Stanislav Galiev has two goals and an assist. Brandon Richardson has a goal and two assists, and Joe Hartman three assists in the win. Brett Bennett makes 18 saves.

2015: Newly-acquired Kyle Stroh has the second four-point game in Fuel history, tallying a goal and three assists in a 4-2 win at Greenville. The Fuel are now on a three-game point streak, going 2-0-1 in the last three games.

Happy birthday to …

Ken Kilrea: Left wing for the Capitals for parts of their first five seasons, from 1939-42 and again in 1943-44. He played 78 games in Indy, with 29 goals and 64 assists – including an incredible 15-29-44 line in just 27 games in 1941-42. He had a goal and eight assists in 10 playoff games in the 1942 Calder Cup championship run. He also played 88 NHL games, all with the Red Wings, between 1938-44, with 16 goals and 23 assists. Kilrea continued to play in the AHL, USHL and EHL through 1951. He played alongside his brother Hec in Indy. A native of Ottawa, he was born in 1919. He passed away in 1990 at age 70.

Pat McReavy: Center who played one game for the Capitals in 1941-42. He had a goal in that contest. He played 55 NHL games, 21 for the Bruins and 34 for the Red Wings, from 1938-42. He retired after the 1947 season playing for AHL St. Louis. His name appears on the Stanley Cup twice as a member of the Bruins, and he also helped Canada win the 1938 World Championship. A native of Owen Sound, Ont., he was born in 1918. He passed away in 2001 at age 83.

John Sorrell: The Capitals’ coach from 1943-46, and also the first head coach in Chiefs history in 1955-56. Sorrell was a player-coach for his first two years with the Caps, with 37 goals and 43 assists in 107 games, and also six goals and four assists in 10 playoff games. As a coach, he led the Caps to a 63-55-28 record and two playoff appearances. He stepped down midseason 1945-46 to make way for Ab DeMarco, and stepped down midseason 1955-56 to make way for Leo Lamoureux. As a player, Sorrell had 127 goals and 246 points in 490 NHL games from 1930-41 with the Detroit Falcons/Red Wings and New York Americans. He won two Stanley Cups with Detroit in 1936 and 1937. A native of Chesterville, Ont., he was born in 1906. He passed away in 1984 at age 78.

Todd Rohloff: Ice defenseman from 1997-99. He joined the team at the end of the 1997-98 season when his college season ended at Miami University, and split the next season between Indy and AHL Portland. He had two goals and an assist in 17 games with the Ice, and also had a goal and an assist in six playoff games over the two seasons. Rohloff played 75 NHL games for Washington and Columbus — 16 in 2001-02, and 59 in 2003-04 — and had six career assists. He retired after the 2006 season. A native of Grand Rapids, Minn., he is 43.