October 13 in Indianapolis hockey history …
1951: Two future Hall of Famers make their debuts in Indianapolis, as Glenn Hall backstops a 3-2 overtime victory at Syracuse, and Alex Delvecchio scores the game-winner 2:35 into overtime, poking the puck past the Warriors’ goaltender from in front of the net. It’s the first of Delvecchio’s 459 professional goals. The Capitals have a new look, as only three holdovers remain from the 1951 club, but their win spoils the inaugural game in Syracuse’s new War Memorial Coliseum. The game is marred when Lou Jankowski suffers a significant head injury and is knocked unconscious by a check from Syrcause’s Billy Gooden.
1956: The Chiefs open the 1956-57 season at the Coliseum in front of 3,042 fans. The “Killer B” line of Pierre Brillant, Bob Bowness and Marc Boileau plays its first game together in Indianapolis. The Chiefs lose 5-1 to Toledo, with Boileau scoring an unassisted goal. The line would stay together for two years, leading the Chiefs to two Turner Cup Finals appearances and a championship in 1958. Goaltender Cliff Hicks, who would start 195 games for the Chiefs over four seasons, also makes his debut.
1988: 8-3 win over Fort Wayne. Ice score on 3-4 power plays. Rick Barkovich scores twice, and Brad Beck adds a four-point night. Ron Handy, Bob Lakso, Brent Sapergia, Randy Taylor and Kent Lackton also score for the Ice. John Reid makes 35 saves to nail down the team’s first win.
2000: The Ice open the 2000-01 season in style, with a 4-3 win in Fayetteville and the first of five hat tricks by Yvan Corbin on the season.
2007: The Ice open their 2007-08 home schedule with a 6-5 shootout win over Ohio at the Coliseum. Paul Carey has two goals and an assist in the win. Gregory Squires adds a goal and an assist. John Carlson, T.J. Syner and Brett Bruneteau all add two assists. Nick Bailen finally ends the game with a goal in the ninth round of the shootout.
Happy birthday to …
Bert Giesebrecht: Capitals center in 1951-52. He had four goals and six assists in 31 games, coming up to the AHL after scoring 65 goals in successive seasons for USHL Omaha. He had a number of family connections to the team — he was the brother of Capital Gus Giesebrecht and brother-in-law of Capitals Cully Simon and Thain Simon, Bert played senior hockey in Canada after his brief minor pro career. A native of Petawawa, Ont., he was born in 1929. He is deceased.
Ron Morgan: Chiefs defenseman in the 1957-58 season. He had six goals and eight assists in the regular season, then had a goal and three assists in 11 playoff games. Morgan had a brief minor pro career in the AHL and IHL from 1955-58. A native of Vernon, BC, he was born in 1934.
T.J. Syner: Forward for the Ice in 2007-08. He had 21 goals and 14 assists in 58 games as the Ice won the Eastern Division title that season. He went from the Ice to a four-year career at UMass-Amherst, where he had 97 points in 135 career games. He recently completed his second career minor pro season in the Washington Capitals organization, scoring 19 goals for the ECHL Reading Royals in 2013-14. He has also played in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. In 2014-15, he had 31 points in 45 games for the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies, and added 46 points in 55 games for the Grizzlies in 2016-17. He is currently playing in Europe. A native of Springfield, Mass., he is 29.