October 24 in Indianapolis hockey history

October 24 in Indianapolis hockey history

1984: Jim File ends the Checkers’ first OT game as an IHL member by beating the Kalamazoo Wings with a 50-foot slapshot 3:29 into the extra session. Bill Stewart and Garry Lacey also score for the Checkers in the 3-2 win.

1986: Dave Parro stops 22 shots for his first shutout as a Checker, blanking Muskegon 3-0. Ron Handy scores the game-winner 1:50 in, and assists on Tim Salmon’s two goals.

1992: Craig Woodcroft and Kevin St. Jacques score two goals 22 seconds apart in the second period of a 5-1 win over Salt Lake. Milan Tichy adds a goal three minutes later. Woodcroft scores twice and adds an assist against Trevor Kidd in the victory.

2010: Casey DeSmith posts his second shutout of the season, stopping 35 shots to beat Omaha 3-0 at the Coliseum. Alex Wideman, Brian Ferlin and Dan Cesarz score for the Ice. Jarrod Rabey adds two assists.

2014: The first win in Fuel history is a 5-1 victory over the Missouri Mavericks on “Pink in the Rink” night. Cody Reichard stops 15 shots for the victory. Robert Czarnik scores twice and Mike Duco’s first goal of the year is the game-winner.

Happy birthday to …

Ray LeBlanc: Goaltender for the Ice from 1989-94, playing primarily for the team in the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. He played 109 games with the Ice, with a record of 54-38-11 with five shutouts and a 3.60 GAA. He was loaned to Fort Wayne for much of the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons, and played a significant amount of the 1991-92 season with the U.S. Olympic Team, where he became a national hero by backstopping the team to a victory in its pool and a fourth-place finish. When he came back, he joined the Ice and went on a hot streak that nearly led the team into playoff contention. He also made his one NHL start that year, backstopping a 5-1 win for the Blackhawks over the San Jose Sharks. LeBlanc played 16 professional seasons from 1984-2000, playing for IHL teams in Flint, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Saginaw, Cincinnati and Chicago, and also in the ACHL, UHL and ECHL. He was the IHL’s top American-born rookie in 1986-87, playing for Flint. He has retired to Florida. A native of Fitchburg, Mass., he is 52.

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