December 2 in Indianapolis hockey history
1956: Pierre Brillant has two goals and two assists, Marc Boileau four assists and Bob Bowness has two goals and an assist in the Chiefs’ 5-3 win over the powerful Cincinnati Mohawks. Cliff Hicks stops 25 shots in the win.
1977: Rusty Patenaude and Kevin Devine each tally a goal and an assist, while Claude St. Sauveur and Frank Spring score in a 4-2 win in Houston. Gary Inness makes 23 saves in the Racers’ second straight win.
1983: The Checkers beat the Canadian Olympic team 4-2 at the Coliseum, with Neal Coulter scoring the game-winner. Islanders GM Bill Torrey is at the game, and says the team has “no options but Indianapolis” in terms of its top minor-league affiliate. However, the CHL would collapse at the end of the season and the Isles would move their top affiliate to Springfield in the AHL. They would maintain a secondary affiliation with the Checkers for two more years in the IHL.
1986: Five Checkers have two-point games in a 7-2 win over Salt Lake. Ron Handy scores twice, while Gary McColgan, Carey Lucyk, Allen Tarasuk and Todd Bjorkstrand have a goal and an assist each. Jon Casey stops 23 shots.
1989: Jim Waite posts his second straight shutout with 19 saves in a 2-0 win over Salt Lake. Mike Eagles and Bruce Cassidy score the Ice’s goals.
2005: The Ice play a wild one in Omaha, falling 7-6 in a shootout. The Ice rallied from deficits of 3-0 in the first and 5-3 in the third. Justin Milo’s late PPG sent the game into overtime. John Kemp had a three-point game with a goal and two assists.
Happy birthday to
Bob Champoux: Goaltender for the Capitols in 1963. He was one of three goalies the team used in its brief existence, losing all three starts and posting a 4.41 GAA. Champoux became the team’s No. 1 goalie and played 60 games as the year continued in Cincinnati. Champoux made his NHL debut that spring, replacing the injured Terry Sawchuk in a 5-4 win over Chicago in the 1964 playoffs. Champoux played 10 seasons in the minors before getting another NHL shot — 17 games with the California Golden Seals in 1973-74. He retired after the 1976-77 season, his 14th year in pro hockey. A native of Truro, NS, he is 73.
Martin Bellus: Forward for the Indy Fuel in 2016-17. He had two assists in seven games with the team. Bellus had previously played in Europe, including his native Slovakia. A native of Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, he is 25.