October 2 in Indianapolis hockey history
2004: Ryan Peckskamp has the first two-goal game in Indiana Ice history – including the first power play goal – in a 5-3 loss at Sioux City.
2010: The Ice open the 2010-11 season with a 4-1 win in Muskegon. Blake Coleman scores twice, while Dan Cesarz and David Johnstone each tally two assists. Casey DeSmith stops 28 of 29 shots. Christian Hilbrich scores 3:38 into the first and Daniil Tarasov makes it 2-0 36 seconds into the second.
Happy birthday to …
Larry Thibeault: “Half-and-half” was a member of the Capitals in the 1944-45 season. He had two goals and 12 assists in 31 games with the Caps, and also played in two playoff games. Thibeault had been a double-digit goal scorer in the AHL before the war, and returned in 1943-44 with a 63-point season. That earned him a deal to the Red Wings the following year. He played most of the 1944-45 season with the Caps, and also played four games with the Wings, with two assists. Thibeault also played one game for Montreal in 1945-46. He broke into the game in 1939, and played senior hockey and minor pro hockey on the west coast until 1956. A native of Charlestone, Ont., he was born in 1915, and passed away in 1977 at age 61.
Justin Kearns: Ice forward from 2001-03. He played 86 games for the Ice, with 10 goals and 17 assists, as well as 71 penalty minutes. He also appeared in eight playoff games in 2003. Kearns played four years collegiately at Northeastern, and then played four full seasons in the UHL before joining the Ice. He retired from pro hockey after the 2002-03 season, in which he had 21 points in 64 games. A native of Cleveland, he is 42.