February 27 in Indianapolis hockey history
1952: Larry Wilson has a hat trick as the Capitals beat Buffalo 5-3. Gerry Brown has three assists, Bill Folk two assists and Enio Sclisizzi a goal and an assist in the win, backstopped by Glenn Hall. It’s the last road win in Capitals history.
1959: Germain Leger has a hat trick for the Chiefs – giving the team three hat tricks in two games – but they fall 9-3 to the Toledo Mercurys. It’s his second hat trick of the season and the team’s eighth.
1991: The lowest-scoring game one can have – Mike Stapleton scores on assists from Alex Roberts and Carl Mokosak to break a goaltending duel between the Ice and Milwaukee. Ice win 1-0. Dominik Hasek makes 34 saves to earn shutout No. 5 of the year.
1999: Sylvan Cloutier has three assists as the Ice beat Cleveland 6-2 in front of 7,250 at MSA. Bob Lachance adds two assists. Chris Herperger and Patroick Boileau each tally a goal and an assist. Frank ‘The Animal’ Bialowas scores his first goal as an Iceman in his fourth game.
2000: Jamie Morris stops 23 shots to net his first shutout as a member of the Ice with a 6-0 victory over Huntsville in front of 6,438 at the Coliseum.
2009: Mike Cichy scores a first-period hat trick in a 6-3 Ice win at Waterloo. He scores at 3:30, a power play goal at 7:25, and another one that beats the buzzer in the first. Cichy also assists on Shane Berschbach’s third-period goal for a four-point night. Brandon Richardson adds a goal and two assists, Torey Krug three assists in the win.
2015: Fuel pick up their first two victories over Fort Wayne, beating the Komets 3-2 in OT in the Allen County Coliseum. Anders Franzon tallies the OT winner and adds an assist, and Nicklas Lindberg has three assists. The next night, the Fuel would win again 5-4 in a shootout, thanks to a goal and two assists from Pete Massar. The weekend caps an 8-1-1 February for the Fuel, and gives the team a 17-2-2 record since Jan. 11.
2016: Fuel play in front of the second-largest crowd in ECHL history, as 16,529 witness a game in Cincinnati. Daniel Ciampini spoils the evening for the home fans with a shootout goal in a 3-2 Fuel victory. Ciampini and Michael Colantone give Indy a 2-0 lead in regulation and Keegan Asmundson stops 31 shots.
Happy birthday to …
Lidio “Lee” Fogolin: Capitals defenseman from 1947-49. He played 85 games with the Caps, with four goals and 15 assists, as well as 143 PIM. A noted hard-hitting, stay-at-home defenseman, Fogolin went on from the Caps to play 427 NHL games from 1948-56 with the Red Wings and Blackhawks, before retiring in 1957 after a year as a player/coach in the Western Hockey League. He had 10 goals, 48 assists and 575 penalty minutes in the NHL, and was part of the Red Wings’ 1950 Stanley Cup championship. His son, Lee Fogolin, also had a long NHL career. A native of Fort William, Ont., he was born in 1926. He passed away in 2000.
Marc Lamothe: Ice goaltender from 1996-99. He played 101 games with the Ice, with a record of 45-40-12 in the regular season and five shutouts. He had a 2.95 GAA with the Ice. In the playoffs, he had a 4-6 record in 11 games with a 2.35 GAA. In 1999, he led the Ice to their first playoff series win by coming on in relief and not allowing a goal in a Game 2 overtime win, and following up with a shutout in Game 3 of their best-of-3 series with Cincinnati. He then backstopped a double-overtime shutout of the Detroit Vipers in Game 1 of the next round. A fourth-round pick of the Canadiens in 1992, Lamothe played 17 pro seasons from 1994-2011, primarily in the AHL and IHL. In 1999-2000, he played two games for the Blackhawks, going 1-1-0 with a 5.17 GAA. In 2004-05, he suited up in two games for the Detroit Red Wings, going 1-0-1 and posting a 1.45 GAA. After 2004, he played several years in Europe, playing in Russia, Finland and Germany. In 2003, he was named the AHL’s top goaltender while playing for Grand Rapids. A native of New Liskeard, Ont., he is 43.
Todd McIlrath: Ice forward from 2004-06. In 68 games, he had 32 goals and 40 assists, as well as five goals and four assists in five playoff games for the Ice in 2006. McIlrath went on from the Ice to play three seasons at Bowling Green – where he had 10 goals and 31 assists in 104 games. He has played minor pro hockey in the All-American and Federal Hockey Leagues, and one game in the ECHL for the Idaho Steelheads, through 2013. He is currently coaching a junior team in Chicago. A native of Northville, Mich., he is 31.
Jake Fallon: Forward who played two seasons for the Ice, in 2009-10 and again in 2011-12. He played in 84 games with the Ice, with 14 goals and 41 assists. He also had three goals and four assists in 15 playoff games. Fallon has 20 goals and 48 assists in four collegiate seasons – a half-season at Michigan in 2010-11 and his final three at Vermont from 2012-15. He played the 2015-16 season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, with 13 points in 34 games. A native of Southlake, Texas, he is 25.
Blake Siebenaler: Ice defenseman in 2012-13. He had a goal and two assists in 11 games with the Ice. He then went from Indy to play in the OHL for the Niagara IceDogs. After posting 30 points in 68 games in 2013-14, he was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had 96 points in three seasons in Niagara. He is currently a rookie with the Cleveland Monsters in the AHL. A native of Fort Wayne, he is 21.
Jacob Wilson: Defenseman who played one game for the Ice in 2013-14. He is currently playing in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers. A native of Ballwin, Mo., he is 20.