February 4 in Indianapolis hockey history
1978: The Racers and Birmingham Bulls have a third-period melee that saees the two teams combine for 173 penalty minutes – 93 for Birmingham, 80 for the Racers. The majority come in a pair of last-minute brawls that see Racers goaltender Gary Inness get two major penalties and a misconduct. Barry Wilkins and Kevin Devine were also involved for the Racers. Future Checker Frank Beaton gets a major and a misconduct for his work for Birmingham. Birmingham wins the game 5-2, with Peter Driscoll and John French scoring for the Racers.
1989: The second crowd of more than 8,000 fans in two weeks welcomes the Ice, as 8,194 witness a 7-4 loss to Saginaw, despite Paul Houck’s three-point night and 42 saves by Doug Dadswell. Future Iceman Mike Stapleton ‘ whose father Pat starred for the Racers ‘ scored two goals for Saginaw, including the game-winner.
1994: Chris Rogles turns aside 19 shots as the Ice blank Las Vegas 6-0. It’s Rogles’ second shutout of the year. Yves Heroux has two goals and an assist. Rob Cimetta also tallies a goal and an assist.
1995: The Ice snap a five-game skid emphatically with a 7-4 win over Fort Wayne. Karl Dykhuis has three assists. Sergei Klimovich and Craig Fisher tally two goals and an assist each. Bogdan Savenko, Daniel Gauthier and Fisher help the Ice go 3-4 on the power play, delighiting a crowd of 8,950.
1997: Brad Werenka continues his torrid pace, assisting on all four goals in a 5-4 shootout win over Utah. He fed Ryan Huska at 2:44 of the first, Rob Conn at 16:23 of the second, Steve Dubinsky at 4:56 and Kip Miller at 8:41 of the third. Chris Snell scored in the eighth round of the shootout to seal the win. For Werenka, it gives him 14 assists in a six-game stretch.
1998: The Ice hit the .500 mark after being eight games under at one point ‘ a 13-5-1 stretch that brought them them to 25-25-3 after a 2-1 win in Milwaukee. Ryan Risidore and Andy MacIntyre scored first-period goals and Mark Lamothe turned aside 39 shots, including 17 in the third period.
2000: Yvan Corbin tallies a goal and four assists in a 7-4 Ice win over Wichita.
2005: Milan Gulas nets a hat trick and adds an assist in a 4-1 Ice win over Des Moines. He scores twice in the first perio dnad completes the hat with 1:14 left in the second.
2006: The Ice give up 26 shots in the third period, but Steve Jakiel stops 25 to preserve a 5-2 win in Chicago. Garrett Roe and Eddie Del Grosso each tally a goal and two assists, and Todd McIlrath scores twice for the Ice. Jakiel makes 37 saves for the game.
Happy birthday to …
Adam Brown: Forward for the Capitals from 1941-43. He played 84 games in Indy, with 45 goals and 70 assists, as well as 69 PIM. He had 30 points in 29 games in 1941-42 with the eventual Calder Cup champions – although he did not play in Indy in the playoffs, as he was with the Red Wings during the postseason. He had three goals and two assists in seven playoff games in 1943 as the Caps made it to the Calder Cup Finals. He was the leading scorer in 1942-43, with 34 goals and 85 points. He also played with the Wings in the 1943 playoffs and had two points en route to a Stanley Cup title. Brown continued to play in the NHL through 1952 with the Red Wings, Blackhawks and Bruins, and played minor pro hockey through 1953. Brown had 104 goals and 113 assists in 391 NHL games. He is also the father of legendary maskless Racers goaltender Andy Brown. A native of Johnstone, Scotland, he was born in 1920. He passed away in 1960.
Gary Smith: Racers goaltender in their final abbreviated 1978 season. He was 0-10-1 with a 5.51 GAA in 11 games. Smith played 15 major league seasons in the NHL and WHA with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Oakland Seals, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks, Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals, Racers and Winnipeg Jets. He played 532 NHL games and 22 WHA games, with a record of 180-274-77 and 26 shutouts. He had a career major-league GAA of 3.43. He and Tony Esposito the Vezina Trophy in 1971-72 with the Blackhawks. In 1973, he played in the Stanley Cup Final with Chicago, and in 1979, won the Avco World Trophy with the Jets. He won the last game in WHA history – the Jets’ Game 6 clincher in 1979 – and gave up the last goal in the league’s history to Dave Semenko. He played in the NHL & WHA from 1965-80. A native of Ottawa, he is 73.
Pat Watson: Ice goaltender in 2004-05. In 25 games, he was 9-13-3 with a 2.92 GAA and .905 save percentage. He had one shutout. He went from the Ice to a three-year college career at Merrimack. A native of Waltham, Mass., he is 33.
John Kemp: Ice forward from 2005-08. He played 160 games with the Ice, with 36 goals and 154 assists. He is the Ice’s all-time leader in assists. He also had five goals and 17 assists in 16 playoff games those three seasons. Kemp played two years at Nebraska-Omaha, with 10 goals and 40 assists in 75 games. A native of Arcadia, Calif., he is 30.