October 20 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: Gerry Couture scores a team-record five goals and adds two assists for seven points as the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Rockets 10-0. Les Douglas adds a goal and five assists, and Red Almas has the shutout in net. Jim Conacher also has a goal and two assists in the win in front of 7,913 at the Coliseum.
1949: The Cincinnati Mohawks spoil the Capitals’ home opener, beating the Caps 6-5 with three third-period goals. Calum MacKay scores twice for the Caps. Pat Lundy adds a goal and an assist in front of 5,844.
1956: Pierre Brillant scores the first of the 204 goals he would score for the Indianapolis Chiefs – the only player in Indianapolis hockey history to score 200 career goals in the Circle City. It comes with 1:39 left to break a tie and beat the Cincinnati Mohawks 3-2. Ed Calhoun has a goal and an assist in the victory.
1978: Wayne Gretzky scores his first two career goals. The first beats Dave Dryden on a backhander 6:37 into the second period, assisted by Kevin Morrison. He scores again later in the period. Edmonton rallies to score three in the third to beat the Racers, who are outshot 47-17. The Racers also had their first-ever penalty shot that night, a missive from Kevin Nugent, which Dryden turned aside.
2006: The Ice get two goals from Mike Gurtler, a goal and an assist from Jake Skjodt, and two assists each from Garrett Roe and Ron Cramer in a 5-3 win over Lincoln at the Coliseum. Mike Blundon and Lincoln’s Brandon Bollig drop the gloves one second into the second period. Affiliate player John Carlson also makes his USHL debut with the Ice.
2007: John Carlson has three assists for the Ice in a 4-3 win over Chicago. John Kemp adds two power play goals and an assist, and Paul Carey scores his second goal on the power play with 4:11 left to win it. The Ice go 4-12 with the man advantage.
Happy birthday to …
Rhett Bly: Fuel forward from 2014-16. He played in 70 games during the team’s inaugural season, totaling 12 goals and 21 assists, and tallied 27 goals and 36 assists in 142 games over those two seasons. He was also named an alternate captain in 2015-16, and was one of the team’s top penalty killers. Bly came to the Fuel after a four-year career at Merrimack College. He played the 2016-17 season in France. A native of Regina, Sask., he is 28.