February 17 in Indianapolis hockey history
1995: Craig Fisher scores four goals on five shots as the Ice beat Detroit 6-4 in the Palace. Jeff Ricciardi, Tony Horacek and Sergei Klimovich each have two assists. Hugo Belanger and Andy MacIntyre score the other goals.
1999: The Ice snap a 15-game winless streak (0-10-5) with a 4-1 win in Long Beach, their first win since Jan. 8. Cail MacLean scores twice, Mike Hall assists on two. Bob Lachance adds a goal and an assist, and Sylvain Cloutier scores his 20th goal on the power play. Cloutier and MacLean score 1:03 apart midway through the second to give the Ice a 2-1 lead, and Lachance adds a goal five minutes later. Geoff Sarjeant makes 32 saves for his first Ice win.
2010: The Indiana Ice set a team record for goals and victory margin in an 11-1 win over Youngstown at the Coliseum. Nic Dowd tallies a hat trick in the second period and adds an assist. Anthony Bitetto has a five-point night with a goal and four assists. Kevin Goumas assists on four goals. Nick Bailen and David Johnstone have a goal and two assists each. Antti Roppo scores twice. Bryon Paulazzo, John Parker and Max Cook also score for the Ice.
2016: The Fuel build a 5-0 second-period lead and holds on for a 5-3 win in Orlando. Brandon Wong has two goals and two assists for a four-point game. Alex Lavoie also scores twice. Zach Miskovic and Dylan Clarke add two assists each. The victory snaps a five-game road losing streak.
Happy birthday to …
Archie Henderson: The first coach of the IHL’s Indianapolis Ice. A noted enforcer as a player who stood 6-6, 220, Henderson had just retired as a player when he was named the Ice’s coach in 1988. Under his tutelage, the expansion Ice were 18-35-1 and set professional hockey records for penalty minutes in a season. He stepped down late in the season due to a health issue. He later went on to coach in the ECHL and in the junior Western Hockey League. Henderson had played 11 years in the pros from 1977-88, including 23 NHL games. A native of Calgary, he is 60.
Darren Pang: Ice goaltender in the 1989-90 season. He had been a veteran of 81 NHL games, all with the Blackhawks from 1984-89. He had a 27-35-7 record as an NHL goaltender. In 1989-90, he played seven games for the Ice in the regular season, going 4-1-2 with a 2.54 GAA and a shutout. He then played four playoff games during the Ice’s Turner Cup championship run, winning three with a 2.85 GAA. He was the winning goaltender in Game 3 of the Turner Cup Final against Muskegon that year in his final professional start, setting the stage for a sweep that gave the Ice a championship. It was Pang’s second – he also won the Memorial Cup in 1984 with the Ottawa 67s. At 5-5, he’s the second-shortest goaltender to play in the NHL. Since retiring as a player, Pang has become a noted hockey broadcaster, currently working as an analyst for the St. Louis Blues and on national broadcasts in the U.S. and Canada. A native of Medford, Ont., he is 53.
Travis Ouellette: Fuel forward in the 2014-15 season. He was scoreless in three games before being traded to the Gwinnett Gladiators. The former Ferris State Bulldog has played for five different teams in two minor pro seasons – Arizona and St. Charles in the CHL, and Greenville, Indy and Gwinnett in the ECHL. A native of Windsor, Ont., he is 28.