October 21 in Indianapolis hockey history …
1945: Gerry Brown has a hat trick and Pete Leswick three assists, but the Cleveland Barons score on a penalty shot with 2:03 left to tie the Capitals 4-4 in front of 8,196 at the Coliseum.
1956: Len Thornson, who would become one of the top players in IHL history, tallies his first two points as the Chiefs beat Huntington 2-1. Thornson assists on goals by Bob Bowness and Jean LeClerc.
1960: The Chiefs open the 1960-61 season with a 4-2 victory in Minneapolis, with Pierre Brillant scoring twice and Chuck Adamson making 49 saves. The game marks the return of Leo Lamoureux to the Chiefs bench after a two-year absence. Leo coached the Chiefs to the Turner Cup in 1958.
1961: The Chiefs open their final season at home, losing 4-1 to the Minneapolis Millers. Maplehurst Dairy distributes 140,000 tickets on milk cartons. Many of the 3,161 in attendance used them, and saw a bloody game. Indy’s Bernie Gould was given a five-minute major for drawing blood, and the Chiefs’ Gould, Bobby Rivard and Doug Monro left the game with injuries, as did Minneapolis’ Augie Kukulowicz, who suffered a broken jaw. It’s the first game for Chiefs coach Alex Shibicky. Lloyd Maxfield scores the Chiefs’ lone goal.
1975: Jacques Demers makes his coaching debut, but the Racers fall 2-1 to Minnesota. Pat Stapleton scores his first goal as a Racer.
1976: Hugh Harris and Brian MacDonald each tally two goals and an assist as the Racers tie San Diego 4-4, with future Racer and Checker Kevin Devine scoring the game-tying goal in the third.
1977: Kevin Devine scores the first of many goals he would score in Indianapolis, giving the Racers a 4-3 lead late in the second period. Patrice Bordeleau would quickly answer for Quebec in a 4-4 tie. Reggie Thomas and Rosie Paiment each had a goal and an assist in a four-goal second period.
1983: The Checkers explode for 11 goals in an 11-6 victory over the Montana Magic at the Coliseum. Scott Howson and Dave Simpson each tally hat tricks in the victory. It’s the Checkers’ first victory after starting the year with a four-game losing streak. The 11 goals are a team record. The team also went 5-13 on the power play.
1988: Peoria’s Cliff Ronning has a six-point game against the Ice, with two goals and four assists in a 10-3 drubbing of the Ice. Brent Sapergia has three assists in the loss.
1989: Mike Rucinski has three assists, while Sean Williams and Warren Rychel score twice in the new-look Ice’s first win ‘ 6-2 over Phoenix. They pepper David Littman with 41 shots.
1995: Ethan Moreau scores twice. Kip Miller, Daniel Gauthier and Brad Werenka add two assists each, James Black added a goal and an assist as the Ice rally for a 6-5 win over Detroit. Moreau and Jeff Serowik scored power play goals in the third period, with Serowik’s game-winner beating Rick Knickle with 1:17 left. Lonnie Loach also scored on a penalty shot against Andre Racicot.
2005: Eddie Del Grosso has a goal and two assists as the Ice beat Lincoln 6-2 on the road.
2006: The Ice score four third-period goals to storm back from a three-goal deficit and beat Lincoln 6-5 at the Coliseum. Mike Philippi completes a hat trick by scoring the tying goal with 4:08 left, and the winning goal with four seconds left. Brett Peterson starts the comeback with a shorthanded goal at 6:54 of the third. Jake Skjodt continues it four and a half minutes later. Garrett Roe has four assists in the win. For the second straight night, the Ice’s Mike Blundon and Lincoln’s Brandon Bollig drop the gloves, one of three bouts in the game.
2011: A fifth straight win to open the year for the Ice as they beat Tri-City 6-2. Emil Romig scores twice and Robbie Baillargeon adds three assists. The five straight victories is the best start in team history.
Happy birthday to …
Matt White: Fuel forward from 2014-16. He played in all 72 games for the team in its inaugural year, tallying 11 goals and 11 assists, and had 17 goals and 21 assists total in 137 games. He came to the Fuel after a four-year career at the University of Vermont. He played the 2016-17 season in Britain. A native of McMurray, Pa., he is 26.