January 31 in Indianapolis hockey history
1992: The Ice trail 3-0 with a minute to go in the second, but Jeff Rohlicek gets things started. They then get two goals from Rob Conn to tie the game, and then Conn feeds Sean Williams for the game-winner with 1:12 left to give them a 4-3 win over Kalamazoo. Steve Bancroft has three assists, while Mike Stapleton has two. The Ice commit just two minor penalties in the game. It’s Jim Waite’s last start for the Ice — he would get called up to Chicago after the weekend.
1996: Kip Miller has four assists in a 6-2 win over Cleveland. James Black adds two goals and an assist. The Ice scored the last four goals in the final half of the game.
2004: Ryan Carter, Remi Royer and Jim Shepherd score three goals 44 seconds apart, setting a club record. It’s not enough as the Ice fall in Austin 7-6.
2015: The Fuel’s Mac Carruth completes a stellar January with a 3-0 shutout of Elmira. He makes 41 saves in the win, while Garett Bembridge, Kirill Gotovets and Justin Holl provide the scoring. The win extends the Fuel’s run to 9-1-1 in 11 games, and concludes a January for Carruth in which he goes 7-2-0 with a 1.45 GAA and .951 save percentage. He’ll be named ECHL Goaltender of the Month.
Happy birthday to …
Ed Mio: Racers goaltender from 1977 through their final aborted 1978-79 season. He played in 22 games for the Racers, with an 8-10-1 record, one shutout and a 4.05 GAA. Mio finished that season with the Edmonton Oilers, where he was part of a Avco World Trophy finalist team. After the merger, he played six more seasons with the Oilers, Rangers and Red Wings, posting a career NHL record of 64-73-30 and a 4.06 GAA, before retiring in 1986. A native of Windsor, Ont., he is 63.
Simon Duplessis: Ice left wing in 2002-03. He had one goal in 15 games. He played four minor pro seasons from 2001-05 in the WCHL, UHL, ACHL, WHA2 and Quebec’s LNAH. A native of Ste-Rose, Quebec, he is 36.
Ian Ruel: Ice defenseman in 2007-08. He had one assist in 23 games. He played the next year in Omaha, then played three NCAA seasons at Bowling Green from 2009-12, with four goals and six assists. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., he is 27.
Alex Smith: Ice defenseman in 2012-13. He had a goal and an assist in 12 games. He went on to play part of the 2013-14 season in Youngstown, and played in the NAHL for the Janesville Jets from 2013-16. A native of Brownstown, Mich. he is 22.