February 1 in Indianapolis hockey history
1941: Jimmy Franks blanks the Pittsburgh Hornets 1-0. Ken Kilrea has the Caps’ lone goal. It’s Franks’ third shutout as a member of the Capitals.
1945: Connie Dion makes 15 saves to shut out the Buffalo Bisons. Player-coach John Sorrell scores the game’s lone goal at 6:53 of the third period.
1947: Bruce Burdette has two goals and two assists as the Caps win 4-1 in Philadelphia. Cliff Simpson adds two assists.
1950: Al Dewsbury has a hat trick and Don Morrison three assists as the Caps rally to beat Providence 5-4. Gordon Haidy scores the winner at 11:50 of the third.
1951: Fred Glover has two goals and three assists to lead the Capitals to an 8-4 victory over Hershey. Enio Sclisizzi adds two goals and an assist and Joe Carveth has a goal and two assists in the win.
1958: Pierre Brillant pots his third hat trick of the 1957-58 season, and his seventh as a Chief, as the team beats the Troy Bruins 6-3. Brillant also scores the game-winner.
1980: It takes just 31 seconds for Yvon Vautour to score and start an 8-2 Checkers rout of the Houston Apollos.
1985: The Checkers snap a seven-game skid with a 4-3 win over Muskegon. Dave Simpson scores the game-winner midway through the third. Bob Lakso has a four-point game with a goal and three assists. Rob Holland turns aside 22 shots.
1987: Byron Lomow has four goals and an assist to lead the Checkers to a 6-3 win over Salt Lake. Ron Handy and Bob Lakso each assist on three goals, and Todd Bjorkstrand score the Checkers’ other two goals in the win.
1997: Brad Werekna posts three assists for the third time in four games, giving him 10 for the stretch. Rob Conn also has a pair of assists. Kip Miller scores twice, Steve Dubinsky and Ravil Gusmanov add tallies, and the Ice beat Cleveland 5-4 in a shootout on Jean-Yves Leroux’s goal. Marc Lamothe stops all five Cleveland missives in the shootout.
1998: The Ice explode for eight goals in an 8-2 rout of Manitoba at home. Petri Varis scores twice and assists on two other. Andy MacIntyre has two goals and an assist. Brain Felsner assists on three goals. Todd White adds a goal and an assist.
2003: Etienne Morin scores his second hat trick of the year, tallying three goals on two Memphis goalies in a 6-2 Ice win at the Coliseum.
Happy birthday to …
Russ McClenaghan: Chiefs center in 1960-61. In 68 games, he had 13 goals and a club-record 64 assists, leading the team in scoring that season. He played 15 minor pro seasons from 1956-71, primarily in the Eastern Hockey League with the Philadelphia Ramblers and Long Island Ducks. He had three 100-point seasons in his career. A native of Huntington, Quebec, he was born in 1935.
Roger Kortko: Checkers center in 1983-84. In his rookie year, the 1982 Islanders sixth-round pick had 16 goals and 27 assists in 64 games. He also had a goal and five assists in nine playoff games that season. He went on to play through 1989 in North America, including 79 games with the Islanders from 1984-86, where he had seven goals and 17 assists, as well as three assists in 10 playoff games in 1985. He also played for the Islanders’ and Whalers’ AHL affiliates in Springfield and Binghamton, where he was a consistent 15-to-25-goal scorer. He continued to play in Europe. A native of Rosthern, Sask., he is 54.
Ivan Droppa: The perennial Ice defenseman. A second-round Blackhawks pick in 1992, Droppa played five seasons with the Ice from 1992-97, with 35 goals and 110 assists in 297 games. His best year was his rookie season, when he had 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games in 1992-93. He also had two assists in eight playoff games with the team. Droppa got called up to Chicago twice, in 1993-94 and 1995-96, with one assist in 19 NHL games. Partway through the 1996-97 season, he was dealt and played the rest of the year with the AHL’s Carolina Monarchs, and then played 13 seasons in Europe — Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and France — before retiring in 2010. A native of Liptovski Mikulas, Czechoslovakia (later Slovakia), he is 45.
Bob LaChance: Right wing for the Ice in 1998-99. In 70 games, he had 17 goals and 46 assists, and he also had a goal and five assists in seven playoff games that season. The former Blues fifth-round pick (1992) played two full seasons for the Blues’ AHL affiliate in Worcester before coming to the Ice, then played a year in Orlando before playing in Italy, the AHL, Switzerland, Germany and the UHL through 2005. A native of Bristol, Conn., he is 43.
Aaron Bendickson: Right wing who played five games for the Ice in 2005-06, tallying one assist. He later played four years at Wisconsin, with 20 goals and 20 assists. He played 40 ECHL and seven AHL games with the Gwinnett Gladiators and Rochester Americans from 2010-12. A native of Thief River Falls, Minn., he is 31.
Will MacDonald: Ice forward from 2007-09. He played 110 games with the Ice, with 19 goals and 22 assists. He also had three goals and two assists in 14 playoff games, and was part of the 2009 Clark Cup championship. He took his talents from Indy to play four seasons at Princeton, where he had 10 goals and 21 assists. He joined the ECHL’s Florida Everblades after his college career ended in the spring of 2013, and he played through 2015 for the Gwinnett Gladiators. A native of Atlanta, Ga., he is 28.