October 12 in Indianapolis hockey history

October 12 in Indianapolis hockey history

1963: One of the weirdest events in Indianapolis hockey history. The Indianapolis Capitols show up to play the St. Louis Hawks, but the Hawks never show up. Fearing the state of Indiana would seize equipment due to a 10-year-old lawsuit alleging unpaid debts by owner (and former AHL Indianapolis Capitals owner) Arthur Wirtz, the Hawks refuse to come into Indiana. The puck is dropped and a 1-0 Capitol victory is declared. It would be the team’s only victory in its short-lived stay in Indianapolis.

1977: The Racers open the 1977-78 campaign with a 5-4 win in Cincinnati against former coach Jacques Demers. Rusty Patenaude scores twice for the Raceres and Hugh Harris has two assists. It’s also the coaching debut for Ron Ingram.

1990: The Ice muster just 13 shots in a 3-0 loss to Kalamazoo, with Karri Takko getting the light-work shutout.

1996: Fort Wayne native Fred Knipscheer scores the game-winner and adds an assist as the Ice beat the Komets 4-1. Dave Chyzowski has a goal and an assist. Chris Snell has two assists. Marc Lamothe makes 34 saves, his third stright game allowing one goal.

2010: Bo Pieper scores 10 seconds into the third period – the second-fastest goal from the start of a period in Ice history – but the team falls 4-2 in Sioux Falls.

Happy birthday to …

Scott Johnson: Ice center in 1988-89. He was scoreless in two games. The former Lake Superior State Laker played three full pro seasons, and had 25 goals in three leagues in 1987-88, and 28 goals in the ECHL in 1988-89. A native of New Hope, Minn., he is 54.