October 7 in Indianapolis hockey history
1981: After a one-year hiatus, the Indianapolis-Cincinnati rivalry that dates back to the WHA days is back on. The Checkers fall 6-5 to the Cincinnati Tigers when Serge Aubin scores at 5:10 of overtime. The game also marks the return of hockey to the Fairgrounds Coliseum for the first time in 18 years. Kelly Hrudey makes 35 saves, Steve Stoyanovich and Charlie Skjodt score twice, and Glen Duncan adds a goal and two assists in the loss.
1988: The Indianapolis Ice play their inaugural game. A crowd of 6,502 sees the Ice drop a 4-3 decision to Peoria. Brad Beck scores the first goal in franchise history 11:10 into the first period, assisted by Mark Teevens and Paul Houck on the power play. Beck also has an assist for the first two-point night. The first penalty was taken by Dave Allison at 1:53 of the first period, for hooking. Rivermen goaltender Pat Jablonski outduels John Reid in goal.
1989: Mike Berger, who would lead the CHL Ice to a championship a decade later, scores his second goal of the game 1:31 into overtime to beat the Ice 5-4 in Fort Wayne. He had a four-point night.
1995: Another home season for the Ice begins with a wild 7-6 loss to the Fort Wayne Komets. It happens despite three assists from Ivan Droppa and a goal and three assists from Daniel Gauthier. Jeff Serowik scored two goals in the loss.
2006: The Ice open the 2006-07 season with a 2-1 win over Chicago at the Coliseum. Garrett Roe and Gregory Squires score the goals for the Ice, and Alex Kangas makes 32 saves in net to outduel Rob Madore.
Happy birthday to …
Rod Morrison: One of the mainstays with the Indianapolis Capitals, he played the 1943-44 season with the Caps, and then joined them again from 1946-51 before retiring in 1951. Often playing alongside his brother Don, Rod played 319 games for the Caps, with 88 goals and 130 assists. His goal and point totals are 17th most among Indianapolis hockey players and the assists 16th most. He played more games in a Capitals uniform than any other player, and has played the seventh-most games of any player in Indianapolis hockey history. He had two 20-goal seasons in 1948-49 and 1949-50, with a 27-goal, 31-assist season in the 1950 Calder Cup year the best in his career. He had four goals and five assists in the Calder Cup playoff run that year. He played 18 games for the Caps in the postseason, with six goals and six assists. Morrison also played 34 NHL games with the Red Wings in 1947-48, with 15 points. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1925, he passed away in 1998, three days after his 73rd birthday.
Jean Leclerc: Center for the Chiefs in 1956-57. He had one goal in five games for the team. He went on from the Chiefs to play five seasons in the Eastern Hockey League, including a pair of 20-goal seasons and 87 points for Washington in 1956-57. A native of Amqui, Quebec, he was born in 1932.
Cameron Schilling: One of the several Hoosiers to play for the USHL version of the Ice, Schilling suited up for 55 games in the 2007-08 season. The defenseman had two goals and eight assists and appeared in four playoff games that season. He is one of three players from the 2007-08 division champion Ice to have played in the NHL, joining John Carlson and Paul Carey. Carlson and Schilling have skated together with the Washington Capitals in games Schilling played in the NHL from 2012-15. After playing four years at Miami University, he turned pro in 2012 and has played three full seasons with the Caps’ farm team in Hershey. He played the 2015-16 season in the AHL with Rockford, where he had 22 points in 73 games. A native of Carmel, he is 29.
Brian Harrison: Defenseman for the Indiana Ice from 2007-09. He had two goals and two assists in 17 games with the team. A native of Mokina, Ill, he is 28.