January 27 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: Capitals goaltender Tom Wilson posts his fifth shutout of the season, blanking the New Haven Eagles 3-0. Jim Conacher has a goal and an assist in front of 8,112 at the Coliseum.
1990: Brian Noonan records his second hat trick of the year, scoring twice in the first period and another in the second. Sean Williams also adds a goal and two assists to help the Ice build a 4-2 lead. Milwaukee ties it up in the third, but Jim Johannson takes a feed from Mario Doyon with 55 seconds left in overtime to give the Ice a 5-4 win. Dan Vincelette takes 32 penalty minutes in a fight-filled game.
2005: Eddie Del Grosso has the first hat trick in Indiana Ice history in a 7-1 win over Green Bay. He scored all three of his goals on the power play – at 15:44 of the second, and twice in the final 4:01 of the third. Tomas Klempa also adds two goals 45 seconds apart in the third and an assist. Sean Dolan has a goal and an assist, and Pat Watson makes 19 saves for the win.
Happy birthday to …
Hector Marini: Checkers forward from 1979-81. In 130 games, he had 44 goals and 71 assists. He also had a goal and four assists in the 1980 playoffs in seven games. A third-round pick of the Islanders in 1977, Marini was called up to the Islanders late in the 1980-81 season and went on to play 154 NHL games with the Isles and Devils, to whom he would be dealt in 1982, with 27 goals and 46 assists. He had 45 points for the Devils in 1982-83, and played in the NHL All-Star Game that season. He retired after a nine-year pro career in 1986. He was part of the 1981 Stanley Cup championship team. A native of Timmins, Ont., he is 60.
Jeff Rohlicek: Ice center in 1991-92. He was a second-round pick of the Canucks in 1984, and a veteran of five NHL/AHL/IHL seasons before coming to the Ice. He had 25 goals and 32 assists in 59 games that season for Indy. Rohlicek played 12 pro seasons from 1986-98, ranging from the AHL, IHL and ECHL, and scored the Calder Cup-winning goal for the Springfield Indians in the AHL in 1990. He also played nine NHL games for the Canucks from 1987-89. A native of Park Ridge, Ill, he is 51.
Anders Franzon: Fuel defenseman from 2014-2016 He came to Indy after playing a year with the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks, where he had 31 points in 66 games. He also played four years at the University of Vermont, tallying 24 points. Franzon played 126 games for the Fuel, with six goals and 26 assists. He is currently playing for the Sheffield Steelers in Britain. A native of Plattsburgh, NY, he is 28.