With 171 points suddenly missing from their lineup and only 13 skaters to play with, Salt Lake still did something no other Golden Eagle team has ever done.
The Eagles won their 50th game of the season Friday night. The franchise record had been 49 wins.But the Eagles, coming from behind and playing stronger as the game went on, defeated Indianapolis 4-2 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
The win puts the club a step closer to another franchise record. It was their 11th straight win; the club mark is 12 in a row and the International League record is 14 straight.
Defenseman Chris Biotti, who has only six goals this season, got his second game-winning goal in the last two games, putting the Eagles ahead 3-2 at 11:52 of the third period with a blast from the top of the circle.
Jim Johannson added the insurance goal with 1:01 left, stealing the puck from Indianapolis defenseman John Blessman and scoring unassisted on a snap shot.
Indianaplis' Rick Barkovich had given the Ice a 1-0 lead at 4:25 of the first period, and that stood until 13:23 of the second, when Eagle rookie Mark Holmes scored on a wrist shot after fanning on his first attempt against Alan Perry. Holmes, playing with a nagging hip injury that keeps him from practicing, had suffered a bloody nose earlier in the game, but he came back for that goal and then helped Dave Reierson to assist on Biotti's goal.
Jim Leavins put the Eagles up 2-1 at 1:52 of the third period, but Indy's Mark Teevens tied it again at 8:13, and the Ice had a chance to tie 3-3 late in the period on a power play, but the Eagles held and Johannson scored.
The Eagle roster was depleted because Paul Ranheim and Rich Chernomaz were called up by the Calgary Flames Friday to fill in for two players lost to suspension after a fight Thursday with the Los Angeles Kings. Chernomaz and Ranheim, who broke Joe Mullen's franchise goalscoring record Wednesday with his 60th of the season, join Brian Glynn and Ken Sabourin as Eagle roster members with Calgary as emergency replacements.
The Eagles finally gave up more than one goal in a game for the first time in their last six outings, but they haven't allowed more than two in a game in the last seven games. Wayne Cowley advanced his record to 17-6 with the win.