October 16 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: The Capitals open the 1946-47 season with a 1-1 tie in Buffalo. Les Douglas scores the season’s first goal 12 minutes into the first period, but the Bisons tie it in the third. It’s the debut for head coach Tommy Ivan and a number of Capital fan favorites, including Enio Sclisizzi. Red Almas allows one goal in net for the Caps.
1947:The Capitals begin the 1947-48 season under the tutelage of new coach Johnny Mowers with a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Flyers in front of 7,653 at the Coliseum. Fern Gauthier has a goal and two assists and Red Almas is back for his second season as the Caps’ goaltender. Hugh Millar has two assists.
1955: The Indianapolis Chiefs play their first game in history, beating Grand Rapids 3-2. Billy Kawulia scores the game-winner and assists on the other two goals and Bob Lalonde makes 15 saves. 3,000 are in attendance at the Coliseum. Maurice Lamirande scores the first goal in franchise history at 8:30 of the second period. He also scored the game-tying goal in the third. Roger Hayfield has three assists in the game.
1982: The Checkers explode for seven goals in a 7-2 rout of Tulsa. Garth MacGuigan scored two goals :18 apart in the final 70 seconds of the first period to make the game 3-0. Mats Hallin also scored twice. Kevin Devine had a goal and an assist. Greg Gilbert had two assists. Rob Holland made 42 saves in the win.
1985: The Checkers’ second season in the IHL brings in a new era – new ownership in Larry Woods, who purchased the team from Al Savill in the offseason. A new coach in Ron Ullyot. While the blue and orange colors remained, the logo changed to look like a flying checkerboard instead of the flapping checkered flag it had been for the previous six seasons. And the team had a new home, moving back to Market Square Arena after playing at the Fairgrounds Coliseum for four seasons. The Checkers open the new era with a 4-2 victory over the Saginaw Hawks in front of 1,979 fans at MSA. Mike Zanier makes 21 saves in the win. Phil DeGaetano scores the game-winner in a three-goal third period. Roy Sommer, Charlie Skjodt and Andy Cozzi also score for the Checkers.
1993: The Ice host the home opener of the 1993-94 season at the Coliseum in front of 6,175 fans. Mike Speer scores two goals and Steve Dubinsky and Rob Cimetta have two assists each. Dubinsky also racks up 19 PIMs from a third-period altercation with Peoria’s Brian Pellerin, but the Ice fall 5-4. It’s the Ice’s fourth straight loss in a five-game streak to open the year.
1999: The Ice play their first game after moving to the “new” CHL, a 4-2 loss to Columbus in Georgia. The teams would meet again in the Miron Cup Finals in the spring.
2015: Fuel open the 2015-16 season in style. Dylan Clarke scores 1:18 into the season to get the Fuel started and two shootout goals – the clincher coming from Kyle Stroh – give Indy an opening-night victory 3-2 over Toledo in front of 6,112 at the Coliseum. The night gives the Fuel their first opening-night victory, and also introduces new captain Zach Miskovic to the city. Garett Bembridge and Kevin Quick are named alternate captains.
Happy birthday to …
Sheldon Gorski: Right wing for the Ice for three games in 1990-91, where he scored one goal. A pro rookie after a high-scoring NCAA career at Illinois-Chicago, he played the bulk of the 1990-91 season for ECHL Louisville, where he had 51 goals and 104 points in 62 games. Gorski played 10 minor pro seasons from 1990-2000, primarily in the ECHL, with a couple of campaigns in the CHL and UHL and scored at least 20 goals in nine. He had three 50-goal seasons, scored at least 40 goals five times and tallied at least 30 eight times. A native of Grenfeil, Sask., he is 52.
Nolan Descoteaux: Fuel defenseman in 2017-18. He signed with the team in the summer of 2017 after playing in Atlanta, Allen, Rapid City, Missouri and Alaska over four ECHL seasons. The blueliner also played collegiately at RIT. A native of Dallas, Texas, he is 28.