February 19 in Indianapolis hockey history
1942: Connie Brown scores four goals as the Capitals beat Providence 7-4. Brown tallies a natural hat trick by the second period. Hal Jackson adds four assists.
1956: Phil Hughes makes 22 saves to shut out the Fort Wayne Komets 5-0. Julius Swick has the game-winner and an assist for the Chiefs. Roger Hayfield scores twice and Gordon Buttrey adds three assists. It’s the first shutout in Chiefs history.
1976: The Racers explode for a team-record 10 goals in a 10-3 victory over New England. Brian McDonald and Bob Sicinski score two goals and assist on a third each. Hugh Harris and Rene LeClerc each have a goal and two assists. 14 different Racers get on the scoresheet.
1981: Alex Pirus has a hat trick, Charlie Skjodt assists on four goals and Roland Melanson makes 14 saves in an 8-1 Checkers win over Fort Worth. Bruce Affleck and Billy Carroll each assist on two goals, and Mike Hordy adds a goal and an assist.
1985: Charlie Skjodt has a hat trick as the Checkers tie Muskegon 5-5. Bob Lakso scores the tying goal with 4:01 left. Neal Coulter adds three assists.
1987: Bob Lakso has two goals and two assists as the Checkers beat Kalamazoo 8-5 at MSA. Ron Handy adds three assist in the victory.
1989: Ron Handy scores the game-winner to give Reggie Thomas his first coaching win with the Ice in a 4-2 victory at Kalamazoo.
1993: Tony Hrkac sets a team record for fastest goal from the start of the game, scoring at 23 seconds in Cincinnati. It was the first of his two goals in a 4-2 win over the Cyclones.
2011: The Ice explode for a 7-3 win in Des Moines behind two goals each from Blake Coleman and Peter Schneider.
Happy birthday to …
Murray “Muzz” MacPherson: Chiefs goaltender for two games in 1959-60. He had a 6.50 GAA in Indy. MacPherson also played briefly in the IHL in Fort Wayne, Denver and Troy. He was best known as a coach, primarily in the Canadian Junior circuit. He was Wayne Gretzky’s junior coach in Sault Ste. Marie, and the person who suggested Gretzky wear number 99, since the number nine was taken. Muzz was born in London, England in 1938. The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Coach of the Year award is named in his honor.
Jack Bowkus: Ice coach from 2005-07. He had a 25-29-6 record in the 2005-06 season, and coached part of the following year, a season in which the Ice reached the USHL’s final four. Bowkus has also coached in the NAHL and with the Los Angeles Junior Kings. A native of Lansing, Mich., he is 50.
Ian Spencer: Ice defenseman from 2010-12. In 36 games, he had three goals and three assists. Spencer has continued to play junior hockey in the NAHL and the U.S. Premier Hockey League. He is now playing for Div. III Nichols College. A native of Hawthorne, N.J., he is 23.