October 28 in Indianapolis hockey history
1943: The Capitals open a new era, beating the Buffalo Bisons 5-3 in front of 4,371 at the Coliseum in a rematch of the previous spring’s Calder Cup Final. Future Hall of Famer Harry Lumley makes his first career start – a 16-year-old goaltender from Galt, Ontario, and makes 20 saves. It’s also the first Caps game not coached by Herb Lewis, who took a job with the Mallory company in Indianapolis in the offseason. Carson Cooper is the team’s interim coach for three games until John Sorrell can arrive. Bill Hudson has two goals and Carl “Winky” Smith a goal and two assists. It’s also the first game after the rules change allowing teams to pass the puck forward out of their own zone, opening up the game.
1945: Gerry Brown has his second hat trick and third three-point game in four games as the Capitals beat the St. Louis Flyers 7-3.
1951: Vic Stasiuk and Enio Sclisizzi score two goals each and Larry Wilson has three assists as the Capitals beat St. Louis 5-1.
1956: Chiefs goaltender Cliff Hicks posts the second of back-to-back shutouts, beating the Troy Bruins 2-0. The previous night, he beat Toledo 4-0. lHe made 65 saves in the two wins. His shutout streak would eventually reach 186:56. Frank Kuzma and Marc Boileau score the goals in the win.
1978: Wayne Gretzky plays his final game at MSA as a Racer. Blaine Stoughton scores the game-winner midway through the third of a 3-2 win over Winnipeg. Rich Leduc and Michel Parizeau also score.
1989: Jari Torkki, Mike Rucinski and Ryan McGill score three goals in a 60-second span early in the second period of a 7-2 win over Milwaukee. Torkki’s goal was his second of the game. He also added two assists, as McGill also scored twice.
1994: Daniel Gauthier had four assists as the Ice beat Kalamazoo 5-4 in a shootout. He assisted on goals by Bogdan Savenko, Tony Horacek, Gerry Skrypec and Bob Kellogg.
2001: Peter Bournazakis has a goal and three assists for the Ice in a 5-3 win over Memphis at the Coliseum.
2011: Jon Gillies stops 30 Waterloo shots to blank the Black Hawks 2-0 at the Coliseum. Jacob Fallon’s power play goal at 17:56 of the first supplies all the offense the Ice need. Christian Hilbrich adds a goal 26 seconds into the third.
Happy birthday to …
Kevin Morrison: Left wing for the Racers in 1977-78 and again in the shortened 1978-79 season. He had 17 goals and 42 assists in 80 games with the Racers. The WHA gave him an entry into major league hockey in 173, and he played with the New York Golden Blades, San Diego Mariners, Quebec Nordiques and the Racers over the remainder of the league’s life, going to Quebec after the Racers’ midseason fold in 1978. He played 41 games for the NHL’s Colorado Rockies the next year. He played 459 WHA/NHL games, with 97 goals and 235 assists. A native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, he is 68.
Dave Bassegio: Ice defenseman at the end of the 1989-90 season. He had a goal and seven assists in 10 regular season games, and added two goals and four assists in 10 playoff games as the Ice won the Turner Cup championship. Bassegio joined the team on loan from the Sabres late that year, his rookie season after four years at Yale. He played in the AHL through 1992, then played in Europe, returned to the AHL in 1994, and then played for four IHL franchises from 1995-2000. He began coaching in the ECHL in 2000, and eventually matriculated to be an AHL head coach for three seasons with Bridgeport and Peoria from 2005-08. He is currently an assistant general manager for the Anaheim Ducks. A native of Niagara Falls, Ont., he is 50.
Lubos Krajcovic: Right wing for the Ice from 1999-2002. He had 19 goals and 43 points as the Ice went on to win the Miron Cup in 1999-2000 — including two goals and six assists in 15 playoff games. In total, Krajcovic played 120 games with the Ice, with 25 goals and 30 assists. He had played a year in the UHL and two years of college hockey before joining the Ice. He retired from pro hockey after 2002. He remains based in Indianapolis. A native of Krupina, Slovakia, he is 41.