October 29 in Indianapolis hockey history
1947: Fern Gauthier has two goals and two assists as the Caps beat Buffalo 9-1. He’s one of three two-goal scorers, as Cliff Simpson and Barry Sullivan also tally two goals each. Simpson adds an assist.
1976: Hugh Harris tallies a goal and two assists in a 6-4 victory over the Quebec Nordiques.
1977: Hat tricks in back-to-back games for the Racers. This time, Bobby Sheehan scores three goals for the Racers, and posts his second straight three-point game in a 6-2 win over Birmingham& & . Claude St. Sauveur has a goal and an assist. Kevin Morrison, Don Burgess and Hugh Harris have two assists each. It was a penalty-filled contest with the Racers receiving 46 penalty minutes and the Bulls 44.
1978: Wayne Gretzky plays his final game as Racer. Claude Larose has a goal and an assist, and ties the game midway through the third of a 3-3 tie in Winnipeg.
1982: Mats Hallin scores twice, Tim Lockridge and Red Laurence have two assists each and Rob Holland stops 23 shots in a 4-3 win over Birmingham at the Coliseum. Steve Stoyanovich scores the game-winner with 5:52 left.
1993: Steve Dubinsky (2G, 2A) and Rob Cimetta (G, 3A) have four-point nights in a 6-1 Ice win over Kansas City. Christian Soucy makes 28 saves in the win.
1998: Bob Lachance scores twice and adds an assist in a 7-5 win over Manitoba. Mike Hall breaks a 5-all tie with 3:34 left, and Lachance adds an empty-netter. Hall and Barrie Moore each have a goal and an assist. Sylvain Cloutier assists on two goals.
1999: Thomas Stewart tallies the first-ever CHL Ice hat trick in a 7-3 win at Macon.
2005: Jay Sprague and Garrett Roe score 28 seconds apart in the first minute of the third period to give the Ice a two-goal edge over Omaha, but the Lancers’ Matt Schepke scores twice to complete a hat trick and then scores the shootout winner to beat the Ice 5-4.
2010: Brian Ferlin has four assists as the Ice beat Team USA 6-3 in Ann Arbor. He assists on first-period tallies by Peter Schneider, Blake Coleman and Chris Martin, and a third-period goal by Schneider.
Happy birthday to …
Johnny Mowers: Capitals coach in 1947-48. He led the team to a 32-30-6 record, but despite a strong season, they missed the playoffs due to a top-heavy AHL West division. He had been a veteran of the NHL, having backstopped the Red Wings for three seasons from 1940-43, winning the Vezina Trophy and Stanley Cup in 1943. After the war, he played seven more games with the Wings, but had been replaced by Harry Lumley, and his NHL career was over. Mowers had a career 65-61-26 record and 2.56 GAA. He had 15 shutouts in 152 NHL games. Mowers was pressed into service as an emergency goaltender during his year as the Caps’ coach, and had a 3.50 GAA in two games. A native of Niagara Falls, Ont., he was born in 1916. He passed away in 1995 at age 79.
Ed Dyck: Goaltender for the Racers during the 1974-75 season. He went 3-21-3 with a 4.50 GAA between the pipes for the expansion team. Dyck had played 49 games in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks from 1971-74 before joining the Racers. He continued to play in Europe and senior hockey in Canada. A native of Warman, Sask., he is 67.