January 28 in Indianapolis hockey history
1950: In his second game after returning from Detroit, Terry Sawchuk goes nuts against a Pittsburgh fan who waves a white handkerchief at him. Terry slashes at the glass with his stick, skates a few feet, then comes back and hinges himself on the glass at the fan. He had to be restrained by his teammates. He makes 50 saves, but Al Rollins needs just 20 to shut out the Caps 8-0.
1951: Fred Glover and Gerry Reid both have two goals and an assist to lead the Caps past the St. Louis Flyers 8-1. Jim Henry stops 32 shots.
1984: Scott Howson scores on a penalty shot for the Checkers, but they fall 6-5 in overtime in Tulsa. Garth MacGuigan scores twice.
1989: The Ice welcome a record crowd of 8,031 to the Coliseum to witness a 2-1 win over the Fort Wayne Komets. Ron Handy scores the game-winner against Bob Essensa at 1:21 of the third. He also assisted on Bob Lakso’s first-period goal.
1994: An Ice-record 8,634 fans jam the Coliseum and are pleased early when Dave Christian scores his first Ice goal 43 seconds in, and Jeff Shantz follows at 1:26 of the first. The Ice lead 3-0 after Steve Dubinsky tallies a goal late in the period, but Peoria rallies to win 4-3 in a shootout.
1998: Brian Felsner has three assists in a 5-2 win over Michigan at MSA. Ryan Huska scores twice, including the game-winner. Craig Mills adds a goal and an assist.
2005: Eddie Del Grosso has a four-point game with a goal and three assists. Tomas Klempa adds three assists, but the Ice fall 5-4 when Cedar Rapids scores three straight third-period goals. Justin Abdelkader has two goals for the Rough Riders.
2011: The Ice extend a winning streak to seven games with a 3-1 win in Lincoln. Brian Ferlin has a goal and an assist, as does Peter Schneider. David Johnstone scores the game-winner with 1:02 left in the first. Jon Gillies stops 33 shots.
Happy birthday to …
Sean Williams: Ice center from 1989-93. He was the team’s IHL leader in games played (320), goals (130), assists (156) and points (286). A 1986 12th-round pick of the Blackhawks, his best year came in 1990-91, when he had 46 goals and 52 assists for 98 points. He tallied at least 27 goals and 58 points in each of his four years with the Ice. He also had nine goals and seven assists in 21 playoff games, with 13 points in the 1990 Turner Cup championship run. Williams played just two NHL games with the Blackhawks in 1991-92, but had a solid minor-league career from 1988-96. He left the Ice to play in Europe in 1993-94, then returned to the IHL to play two seasons for the Minnesota Moose. A native of Oshawa, Ont., he is 49.
Martin Desjardins: Center who played for the Ice from 1990-92. He had 19 goals and 49 assists in 107 games, as well as two goals and an assist in seven playoff games in 1991. A fourth-round pick of the Canadiens in 1985, Desjardins had played four seasons in the Habs’ organization prior to coming to the Ice, including eight games with the Canadiens in 1989-90, when he registered two assists. After his Ice tenure, he played several seasons in Europe. A native of Sainte-Rose, Quebec, he is 50.