January 18 in Indianapolis hockey history
1947: Les Douglas has two goals and two assists for his fourth straight multi-point game as the Caps beat Cleveland 7-4. Red Almas makes 41 saves in net. Tony Licari has a goal and an assist.
1948: Cliff Simpson has two goals and two assists as the Caps beat Providence 9-4 in front of 8,998 at the Coliseum. Enio Sclisizzi also scores twice and Gerry Couture adds three assists.
1986: Charlie Skjodt has a goal and three assists as the Checkers beat Flint 8-2 at MSA. Bob Lakso adds two goals and an assist.
1987: Todd Carlile’s goal 79 seconds into the third period is all the offense the Checkers need in a 1-0 win over Fort Wayne. Dave Parro makes 25 saves for his third shutout of the season.
1991: The Ice are impressive in a 9-0 win over San Diego. They score three in each period and Dominik Hasek makes 29 saves for his fourth shutout. Brian Noonan has another big night with a goal and three assists. Jim Johansson has a goal and two assists. Nine different Icemen score.
1992: Craig Woodcroft scores what at the time was the Ice’s fastest goal from the start of the game, 44 seconds in on a feed from Jeff Sirkka. Sean Williams, Woodcroft, Steve Bancroft and Justin Lafayette all scored second-period goals to put the Ice up 5-1, but Fort Wayne rallied with five in the third and beat the Ice 7-6 in an 11-round shootout. Ian Boyce beat Roch Belley with the game-winner.
1997: The Ice outshoot Detroit 46-13, but fall 4-2, as Jim Waite makes nine saves in net. The Ice outshoot the Vipers 21-1 in the third period, in which Ravil Gusmanov and Eric Lecompte scored the team’s two goals. Kip Miller returns to the Ice.
2014: Hayden Stewart makes his first start as a member of the Ice and begins a memorable run in net. He stops 12 of 13 shots in a 4-1 win at Fargo. Denis Smirnov scores twice and Scott Conway assists on two goals in the win.
Happy birthday to …
Mark Messier: Center who began his professional career with the Racers on an amateur tryout in 1978-79. He was scoreless in five road games for the Racers, and went on to finish the season in the WHA with the Cincinnati Stingers, where he had 11 points in 47 games. He joined the Edmonton Oilers in 1979, and began a decorated NHL career that spanned 25 seasons, 1,756 games, 694 goals, 1193 assists and 1887 points. Messier won six Stanley Cups – with Edmonton in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990, and with the New York Rangers in 1994. Messier played 12 seasons with the Oilers, 10 with the Rangers in two different stints, and three with the Vancouver Canucks. He is the only player to captain two different franchises to Stanley Cup titles. He is second all-time in NHL history for games played and regular-season points, as well as playoff points. In the latter two categories, he is only eclipsed by former teammate Wayne Gretzky. He was the last active NHLer to have played in the 1970s, and the last former Racer and WHA player to be active in the NHL. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. A native of Edmonton, he is 56.
Tim Lockridge: Checkers defenseman from 1979 through the early part of the 1985-86 season. Lockridge played his entire minor pro career in Indianapolis, totaling 393 games in the blue and orange. A strong stay-at-home defenseman, Lockridge tallied eight goals and 67 assists in the regular season, as well as 556 PIM. He also had two goals and eight assists in 29 playoff games for the Checkers, and was a key part of two Adams Cup champions and three CHL finalist teams. Lockridge was a fourth-round pick of the Islanders in 1979. His 393 games played in Indy are third-most in the city’s hockey history, trailing only former Checkers teammates Kevin Devine and Garth MacGuigan. A native of Barrie, Ont., he is 58.
Jocelyn Perrault: Goaltender who played five games for the Ice in 1988-89. He was 0-3-0 with a 6.17 GAA. He played parts of four minor pro seasons in the IHL and AHL, with Saginaw, Sherbrooke, Hershey and Indy, as well as ECHL Greensboro. A native of Montreal, he is 51.
Patrick Newell: Forward with the Ice from 2012-14. In 79 games, he had 16 goals and 42 assists. He had four goals and three assists in 12 playoff games during the 2014 Clark Cup championship run. Newell had 47 points in 2014-15 for the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, and is currently a sophomore at St. Cloud State, where he had 22 points in 37 games as a freshman. A native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., he is 21.
Kyle Shapiro: Fuel defenseman in 2016-17. He played one game for the team before going to the SPHL, where he has played for Pensacola and currently plays for Fayetteville. A native of Ambler, Pa., he is 27.