February 11 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: Alfie Moore posts his second shutout as the Capitals beat the Hershey Bears 2-0. Jack Keating scores the winner and Ron Hudson assists on two goals.
1957: Pierere Brillant pots a hat trick for the second straight night, scoring three third-period goals in a 4-3 overtime victory over Huntington. Myron Stankiewicz wins the game for the Chiefs at 7:12 of overtime. Bob Bowness and Marc Boileau each have two assists.
1978: Bill Goldsworthy makes his debut as the Racers’ player-head coach. He assists on John French’s first-period goal. Rene Leclerc scores minutes later to make it 2-0, but the Racers fall to Winnipeg 5-3 behind Kent Nilsson’s hat trick.
1989: The Ice break loose, scoring 12 against Flint in a 12-3 victory at the Coliseum. Brent Sapergia has a six-point night, with three goals and three assists. Sapergia, Rick Barkovich and Jim Mann score three goals in a 1:44 span of the second, and Alain Lemieux adds another 1:52 later. Sapergia and Mark Teevens scored 11 seconds apart early in the second, and the Barkovich-Mann goals came 22 seconds apart. The Ice scored eight second-period goals. Also having big nights are Teevens (2G, 3A), Lemieux (G, 5A) and Handy (G, 4A). Marc LaForge also took 32 penalty minutes in the game, with a second-period misconduct and a third-period high-sticking major, fight and game misconduct. He also had a first-period holding penalty.
1990: Brian Noonan has two goals and two assists as the Ice beat Milwaukee 8-1. The Ice go 3-8 on the power play. Sean Williams also has two power play goals and an assist.
2001: Yvan Corbin breaks the 100-point plateau with two goals and two assists in a 6-4 loss at Huntsville. He has 62 goals and 39 assists on the year.
2009: Brett Bennett turns aside 23 shots to blank Des Moines 4-0. The Ice end up with a 47-23 shot advantage, and get two goals from Mike Cichy, two assists from Stanislav Galiev, and a goal and two assists from Loren Barron. Ben Alberton also scores a late power play goal for the Ice.
2012: Sean Kuraly caps a three-point night by scoring 1:20 into overtime of a 6-5 Ice win over Muskegon. Kuraly’s goal is his second. Robbie Baillargeon assists on three goals. Daniil Tarasov has a goal and an assist in the win.
Happy birthday to …
Rich Pumple: Center who played 34 games with the Racers in 1974-75, their inaugural year. He had four goals and eight assists with the team. He played three WHA seasons, from 1972-75, playing the first two with the Cleveland Crusaders, and tallied 27 goals and 30 assists in 128 games. He retired after putting up 44 points in 44 games for the Racers’ minor-league affiliate in Mohawk Valley in 1976-77. A native of Lachine, Quebec, he is 69.
Michel Dion: Racers goaltender from 1974-77, who also returned to Indy to play six games for the Checkers in 1980-81. He made his professional debut with the Racers in the 1974-75 season, playing one game, and played 74 games with the Racers, posting a 31-35-4 record in Indy with a 3.10 GAA and a shutout. He was very good in the 1976 playoff series against New England, posting a 2.68 GAA and a .938 save percentage. With the Checkers, he was 2-3-0 with a 3.19 GAA. Dion went on from the Racers to play two WHA seasons with the Cincinnati Stingers, then moved to the Quebec Nordiques after the NHL-WHA merger. He also played for the Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins before retiring after the 1984-85 season. In the WHA, he was 62-66-7 with a 3.28 GAA and five shutouts in 149 career games. In the NHL, he was 60-118-32 with two shutouts and a 4.24 GAA in the league’s most offense-heavy era. Upon retirement, he has settled in South Carolina and is a golf instructor. Dion is a multitalented athlete – he also played minor league baseball in the Expos system prior to joining the Racers. A native of Granby, Quebec, he is 63.
Bob Wilkie: Ice defenseman in 1994-95. He had five goals and 22 assists in 29 games. A second-round pick of the Red Wings in 1987, Wilkie played 18 NHL games – eight for the Red Wings in 1990-91, and 10 for the Flyers in 1993-94, with two goals and five assists. He had a long pro career from 1989-2000 that took him through the AHL (Adirondack, Hershey), IHL (Indy, Fort Wayne, Cincinnati, Las Vegas), WCHL (Fresno, Anchorage) and ECHL (Pensacola). After retiring during the 1999-2000 season, he was briefly the head coach of the Anchorage Aces. A native of Calgary, he is 48.
Dave Gilmore: High-scoring center for the Ice in 2003-04, their final CHL season. He had 29 goals and 33 assists in 63 games for the Ice that season, and also had a goal and five assists in five playoff games. Gilmore played eight professional seasons in the AHL (St. John’s), WPHL (Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, New Mexico, Shreveport), UHL (Port Huron, Knoxville) and CHL (Indianapolis, Corpus Christi, Laredo) from 1998-2006. He had four straight 20-goal seasons for four different teams from 2001-05 – Knoxville, Laredo, Indy and Corpus Christi. A native of St. Thomas, Ont., he is 43.
Sean Dolan: Ice forward from 2004-06. He had eight goals and seven assists in 55 games for the team. He played three seasons in the USHL before going to the University of Wisconsin for four years. He began his pro career in the spring of 2011 and played through 2015 in the ECHL for South Carolina and Florida, and 142 AHL games with the Charlotte Checkers, for whom he totaled 14 goals and 17 assists. He played the 2015-16 season in Germany. A native of St. Louis, he is 29.
Joe Fiala: Ice forward from 2011-13. In 114 games, he had five goals and 16 assists. He also had a goal and an assist in six playoff games in 2012. He is currently a senior at Quinnipiac University. A native of Verona, Wisc., he is 24.