February 15 in Indianapolis hockey history
1956: The Chiefs break a three-game scoreless streak with a 3-2 overtime win against the Troy Bruins. Gordon Buttrey scores the first goal just 14 seconds in, and later ties the game at 6:02 of the third. Gordon Forslund wins it 3:51 into OT.
1978: The Racers explode for nine goals in a 9-6 win over the Quebec Nordiques. Ed Mio makes his first start in net for the Racers and gets the win despite stopping just 26 of 32 shots. Rene Leclerc gets things started for the Racers, scoring goals 1:05 apart in the first four minutes of the first period. The Racers led 3-1 after one and 8-4 after two. Claude St. Sauveur has a five-point game with two goals and three assists. Leclerc adds an assist for a three-point game. Peter Driscoll has a goal and two assists. Kevin Devine scores twice. Michel Parizeau and Kevin Morrison each tally two assists. Rich Leduc and John French each add goals for the Racers. It’s also the first win for player-coach Bill Goldsworthy.
1984: The Checkers’ visit to Tulsa is postponed due to the Oilers’ legal problems. The league would take over the team and turn it into a traveling outfit for the rest of the season.
1987: Geroge Servinis had a hat trick and adds an assist, and Ron Handy also has a four-point game with a goal and three assists. However, the Checkers drop a 7-6 shootout decision in Milwaukee, with old friend Rob Holland outdueling Dave Parro.
1997: A record 15,275 fans jam Market Square Arena to see the Ice dispatch Fort Wayne 7-3. Rob Conn has three assists. Kip Miller, Ravil Gusmanov, Ryan Huska and Dave Chyzowski each tally a goal and an assist. Tuomas Gronman, Chris Snell and Brad Werenka score the other goals. Werenka’s tally was a shorthanded goal 16 seconds into the third period. The teams combined for 116 penalty minutes, including eight major penalties, three misconducts and two game misconducts.
2000: The Ice complete an eight-game winning streak – their second streak of 7 or more games since the start of the year – with a 7-3 win in Tulsa, backstopped by Benoit Thibert. Yvan Corbin scores the game-winner for the third time in the streak and nets his fifth hat trick of the season. Jan Jas also nets a hat trick ‘ the first and only double-hat trick in CHL Ice history. The Ice are now 18-3-0 since the start of the year and 30-20-2 overall. They are the 9th and 10th hat tricks scored by Ice players during the season.
2003: Etienne Morin has four points in a 5-4 Ice win over Oklahoma City.
2004: Mario Doyon scores two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-4 victory over Tulsa. Dave Gilmore assists on four goals.
2008: The Ice fall 2-1 to Lincoln in a shootout, with Nick Bailen’s shorthanded first-period goal the lone tally for the Ice. Remarkably, it’s the 13th OT/SO game in the last 17 outings for the Ice, in which the team has gone 11-2-4, including 9-4 in the extra-session games.
2014: Jason Pawloski gets in on the shutout game, blanking Tri-City 6-0 with a 15-save effort. It’s the Ice’s third shutout in four games, a span in which they allowed just one goal. The Ice explode for five second-period goals, including goals 47 seconds apart by Dwyer Tschantz and Vince Pedrie, and 29 seconds apart from Brian Pinho and Ryan Mantha. Pinho scored another second-period goal for a two-point night. Denis Smirnov and Jacob Pritchard add two assists each.
Happy birthday to …
Andy Brown: Racers goaltender for their first three seasons, from 1974-77. Brown is most noted for being the last goaltender in pro hockey to play without a mask, which he did for his entire career. He played six seasons in the NHL and WHA, with the Red Wings and Penguins from 1971-74, and with the Racers for the balance of his career. He had a 25-50-3 record with the Racers, with three shutouts. Brown is also a second-generation Indianapolis player, as his father Adam played for the Capitals. A native of Hamilton, Ont., he is 73.
Glenn Johannesen: Winger for the Checkers in 1984-85, and for the Ice in 1988-89. He had 10 goals, nine assists and 130 PIM as a Checker, and 18 goals, 23 assists and 235 PIM with the Ice. The Islanders’ 1oth-round pick in 1980, Johannesen was a strong minor-league enforcer who could also score a bit — he had 24 goals with Peoria in 1987-88, and nearly hit 20 the following year with the Ice. He played two NHL games with the Islanders in 1985-86, and spent much of his six-year pro career (1983-89) with the AHL’s Springfield Indians. After retiring, he has been in higher education administration. A native of North Battleford, Sask., he is 55.
Gord Paddock: Checkers center from 1984-86. He had 11 goals and 22 assists in 76 games with the team. A ninth-round pick of the Islanders in 1982, he played seven minor pro seasons from 1984-91 in the AHL (Springfield/Hershey) and IHL (Indy, Muskegon and Albany). He is the brother of former NHL coach John Paddock, and has run the family farm in Manitoba since retiring as a player. A native of Hamiota, Manitoba, he is 53.
Rob Cimetta: Left wing for the Ice in 1993-94, where he had 26 goals, 54 assists and 178 PIM in 79 games. Cimetta came into pro hockey a highly-touted prospect, drafted 18th overall by the Bruins in 1998. He played 103 games with the Bruins and Maple Leafs before joining the Ice, tallying 16 goals and 16 assists in the NHL. After his year with the Ice, he went to Germany and played several seasons before retiring in 2000. His year with the Ice was his second-highest scoring year – he had 80 points with AHL St. John’s the year before. He has been in business in Toronto since his retirement as a player – and is a survivor of the Sept. 11 attacks, attending a meeting on the 61st floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the attacks happened. A native of Toronto, he is 47.
Martin Gendron: Right wing for the Ice in 1997-98. He had eight goals and six assists in 17 games. Gendron played 28 of his 30 NHL career games before coming to the Ice, all with the Washington Capitals. He then played two games with the Blackhawks in 1997-98. He had four goals and two assists in the NHL. He played in North America from 1994-2000, with several stops in the IHL (Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Milwaukee) and AHL (Portland, Fredericton, Syracuse, Springfield) before heading to Europe. He played in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and in Quebec’s LNAH before retiring in 2008. A native of Valleyfield, Quebec, he is 43.
Kyle Bonis: Left wing for the Ice in 2007-08. He had a goal and two assists in 11 games. He played most of that year, and all of the next season, in the NAHL, then went on to a four-year career at Ferris State University, where he put up back-to-back 19-goal seasons as a junior and senior before graduating in 2013. He turned pro in the spring of 2013 and has played for the Norfolk Admirals, Charlotte Checkers, Grand Rapids Griffins, San Diego Gulls and Rochester Americans in the AHL, and the Florida Everblades and Toledo Walleye in the ECHL. In the ECHL, he has played 169 games, with 75 goals and 59 assists. Entering the 2016-17 season, he had five goals and seven assists in 44 career AHL games. A native of Lindsay, Ont., he is 28.
Josh Jacobs: Ice defenseman from 2012-14. In 104 games, he had seven goals and 31 assists. He led the USHL in +/- among defensemen in 2013-14 with a +36 ranking, and was a key part of the Ice winning the Eastern Conference title and the Clark Cup. He tallied three goals and two assists in the 12-game title run in 2014. After one year at Michigan State in 2014-15, where he had nine assists, Jacobs moved to the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, where he had 24 points in 67 games in 2016-17. He signed with the Devils and made his pro debut in 2016-17, where he has primarily played with the AHL’s Albany Devils. A native of Shelby Township, Mich., he is 21.