January 23 in Indianapolis hockey history
1947: The Capitals and Springfield Indians finish a game despite three power failures at the Coliseum. It was finished with “soft lights.” Springfield wins 5-4 despite Cliff Simpson’s two goals.
1949: The Capitals finish an incredible streak of six straight games scoring at least seven goals, beating New Haven 7-1. Gerry Reid has two goals and two assists, Calum MacKay three assists and Fred Glover two assists in the game. Ed Bruneteau and Rod Morrison have a goal and an assist each.
1957: Pete Wywrot scores four goals in 8-5 Chiefs win over Fort Wayne, and adds two assists for a six-oint game. Pierre Brillant sets a club record with six assists and adds a goal for a seven-point night. Bob Bowness tallies the game-winner in the victory.
1976: Hugh Harris scores on a feed from Rene Leclerc with 36 seconds left to break a 3-all tie and beat Cincinnati 4-3. Bob Fitchner had scored twice to help stake the Racers to a 3-0 lead.
1983: After a one-day absence from first, the Checkers regain the top spot in the CHL with a 4-2 win over Salt Lake. Garth MacGuigan scores twice.
1984: Roger Kortko has a goal and three assists as the Checkers beat Tulsa 7-3 on the road. Garth MacGuigan adds a goal and two assists and Scott Howson a goal and an assist in the win.
1986: Gerry Minor has a five-point game with three goals and two assists in a 6-3 Checkers win over Fort Wayne. Monty Trottier adds two goals and Mike Zanier stops 24 shots.
1998: Petri Varis scores two goals 1:42 apart midway through the second period to break a tie and give the Ice a 3-2 win in Grand Rapids. Marc Lamothe makes 29 saves to disappoint a sellout crowd in Van Andel Arena.
2015: The new-look Fuel return home and continue what they started on the road. Facing the team with the ECHL’s best record, the Allen Americans, the Fuel dominate in a 4-1 win. Vincent Arseneau and Rhett Bly score goals 31 seconds apart in the second – briefly a record for the fastest two goals by the Fuel – until Garett Bembridge (2:59) and Mike Duco (3:19) score 20 seconds apart in the third. Mac Carruth stops 21 of 22 shots.
2016: Both the Fuel and Quad City Mallards have to use emergency backup goaltenders after overnight callups, so the Fuel dress digital content director Brent Hollerud and the Quad City Mallards dress former Indianapolis Ice netminder Jamie Morris. Neither is needed as the Fuel win 3-1 on goals by Michael Colantone, Matt White and Rhett Bly. Cody Sharib has two assists.
Happy birthday to …
Justin Lafayette: Ice center in 1991-92. In 51 games, he had seven goals and 10 assists. The Blackhawks’ sixth-round pick in 1988 and a Ferris State graduate, he also played 39 games with the Wheeling Thunderbirds of the ECHL in 1992-93. A native of Vancouver, he is 47.
Dalton Izyk: Ice goaltender from 2011-13. In 55 games, he was 19-24-4 with a 3.43 GAA and two shutouts, including one in the 2012-13 home opener. Izyk is now playing goal at Robert Morris University, where he is a senior. He went 25-8-1 in his first three years with a 2.86 GAA and five shutouts. A native of Oswego, NY, he is 23.
Cristoval “Boo” Nieves: Ice forward for 13 games in 2011-12. He had two goals and eight assists. Nieves is currently a rookie in the New York Rangers organization, having made his NHL debut with one game earlier this season. The Rangers drafted him in the second round in 2012. He is currently playing for the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL. In his four seasons at the University of Michigan, he had 28 goals and 82 assists in 144 games. A native of Balwinsville, NY, he is 23.
Cam Lerner: Goaltender who played briefly for the Ice in 2011-12. In one game of relief, he stopped all six shots he faced. A native of New Lenox, Ill, he is 22.
Bradley Johnson: Defenseman who played three games for the Ice in 2013-14. He had two assists. He split the 2014-15 season between USHL Omaha and NAHL Minnesota, and is currently playing for the USHL’s Fargo Force. A native of Chesterfield, Mo., he is 21.