February 12 in Indianapolis hockey history
1956: The Chiefs are shut out by the Toledo Mercurys 1-0 at the Coliseum. It is the third straight game in which the Chiefs were shut out, having also lost 6-0 to Cincinnati and 9-0 at Fort Wayne that week.
1977: Randy Burchell makes 45 saves for his first victory in net as a Racer in a 5-1 win over New England. He also assists on Rene Leclerc’s game-winner. Rosie Paiment, Darryl Maggs and Dave Inkpen each tally a goal and an assist in the game.
1981: Roland Melanson stops 20 shots to shut out Fort Worth 5-0 at MSA. Kevin Devine has a goal and an assist, Alex Pirus scores twice and Bruce Affleck puts up his second straight three-assist game.
1982: Steve Stoyanovich scores twice, as does Mats Hallin. John Marks (3A) and Charlie Skjodt (G, 2A) each have three-point games and the Checkers beat Cincinnati 8-3. Kelly Hrudey makes 34 saves in the win.
1984: Ron Handy has three goals and two assists as the Checkers beat Montana 10-5. Kevin Devine also scores twice in the win.
1999: Geoff Sarjeant joins the Ice, but he can’t prevent the 13th straight loss. He makes 30 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss to Houston. Sylvain Cloutier scores both shorthanded and on the power play.
2000: Pack the House Night nets a CHL-record 12,979 crowd at Conseco Fieldhouse. They witness an 8-3 Ice victory over Memphis, with Blaz Emersic scoring the game-winner among his three goals. Chris MacKenzie tallies a goal and four assists.
2005: A crowd of 14,892 jams Conseco Fieldhouse, but Sioux City ruins the party by beating the Ice 3-0.
2010: The Ice explode for five goals in a 7:02 stretch of the second period in a 5-1 win over Des Moines at the Coliseum. Anthony Bitetto starts it at 8:09, followed by Max Cook (9:23), Kevin Goumas (11:03), Cook again (13:01) and Nic Dowd (15:11). Goumas adds an assist for a two-point night. Bryon Paulazzo and Antti Roppo assist on two goals each.
Happy birthday to …
Don Larway: Right wing for the Racers in their shortened final 1978 season. Larway had eight goals and 10 assists in 25 games, playing the entirety of that year with the team before it folded. A double-first round pick in 1974 (by the Cincinnati Stingers 3rd overall and by the Boston Bruins 18th overall), Larway played 324 games in the WHA from 1974-79, with 94 goals and 92 assists. He had three 20-goal seasons with the Houston Aeros from 1974-76 and again in 1977-78, and a 30-goal season in 1976. After the Racers folded, he finished the 1978-79 season in the AHL, and retired after spending the 1979-80 season with AHL Adirondack and IHL Kalamazoo. He retired to Houston and later worked for the AHL Houston Aeroes. A native of Oak Lake, Manitoba, he is 63.
Brad Werenka: Ice defenseman from 1995-97. In 155 games, he tallied 35 goals and 118 assists. He also had two goals and seven assists in nine playoff games with the Ice. Drafted in the second round by Edmonton in 1987, the Northern Michigan University grad turned pro after winning the NCAA title in 1991, and broke into the NHL in 1993-94 with Edmonton and Quebec. He spent the next three seasons in the IHL – minus a nine-game callup to Chicago – but went to the Penguins organization in 1997 and played the next four and a half years in the NHL with Pittsburgh and Calgary before retiring in 2001. In 320 NHL games, he had 19 goals and 60 assists. He was also a silver medalist for Canada in the 1994 Winter Olympics, the last Olympics before NHL participation. A native of Two Hills, Alberta, he is 48.
Remi Royer: Ice defenseman from 1997-99, and again in 2003-04. He was a second-round Blackhawks draft pick in 1996, and joined the team at the conclusion of his junior seasons in both 1996-97 and 1997-98, and then played a full season for the team in its final IHL season of 1998-99. He then played for the CHL team in 2003-04, one of four players who suited up for both the IHL and CHL versions of the Ice. Royer had four goals and 18 assists in 59 career games with the IHL Ice, and four goals and four assists in 27 game with the CHL team. He also had 185 PIM with the IHL Ice and 136 in in the CHL. He continued to play into the 2010s in the LNAH in Quebec and in Europe. A native of Donnacona, Quebec, he is 39.
Sean Bonar: Fuel goaltender in 2014-15. He was 0-2-0 with a 6.50 GAA in three appearances with the team. Since, he has played in the SPHL and several teams in the ECHL He is currently the top goaltender for the SPHL’s Fayetteville FireAntz. He came to the Fuel after playing four years at Princeton University. A native of Delta, BC, he is 26.