December 13 in Indianapolis hockey history
1942: The Capitals play their first game after gas rationing begins. Crowds that had numbered in the 7,000+ range for weekend games were cut in half – 3,587 showed up to see a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Hornets, including six third-period goals.
1944: Lt. Joe Turner is killed in action in a battle along the Belgium-Germany border. He backstopped the Capitals’ 1941-42 Calder Cup championship team before enlisting and serving in the United States Marines. IHL’s Turner Cup would be named for him. He was one of two former NHL players to be killed in action in WWII, the other being Dudley “Red” Garrett.
1951: The Capitals and Providence Reds combine for 19 goals in an 11-8 Caps win at the Coliseum. Earl Reibel has a hat trick, Ed Bruneteau two goals and an assist, Johnny Wilson two goals and two assists. Glenn Hall makes 38 saves. The Capitals score 11 goals on a Providence skater – Vic Sherza – as starter Bob Perreault is hurt early in the first period. Bruneteau scores twice in the final six minutes to break an 8-all tie and Reibel completes the hat trick with 22 serconds left.
1957: A squabble is played out in the Indianapolis Star. Toledo GM Andy Mulligan wants the powerful Cincinnati Mohawks thrown out of the IHL because of salary cap violations and keeping too many players on the roster. Chiefs coach Leo Lamoureux “Why not go out and get better talent and beat Cincinnati,” and accuses Mulligan of trying to turn the IHL into an industrial league. The Mohawks would fold after that season, the Chiefs would win the Turner Cup, ending Cincinnati’s run of five straight championships.
1959: Stan Maxwell scores a hat trick as the Chiefs beat Toledo 6-2 at the Coliseum. Marcel Clements has three assist and Ron Rubic a goal and three assists in the win. Billy Short has two assists and Denis Menard a goal and an assist. Chuck Adamson makes 23 saves to outduel Les Binkley.
1961: A brawl between the Chiefs and Fort Wayne Komets ends the game 8:34 early, with Fort Wayne leading 3-2. It was initially ruled a Komets win, but the IHL required the game to be completed on Jan. 6 before the regularly-scheduled game. A protest by the Chiefs’ owner Mel Ross got the IHL to play it after the initial game. The Chiefs rallied to win 5-3. The Chiefs’ Grant Morton and Fort Wayne’s Eddie Long were suspended as a result of the brawl. The bench-clearing brawl began with a scrap between Bill Wilkes and the Komets’ Eddie Long. Soon, Chiefs enforcer Marcel Goyette got tied up with another Komet, and when the goalies began fighting, the benches emptied. Seventeeen fighting majors, nine misconducts and two game misconducts were given out, a total of 197 penalty minutes in the third period and 229 for the game
1988: The Ice and Salt Lake play a wild 12-7 game the Golden Eagles wound up winning. Ron Handy has a four-point game for the second straight outing with two goals and two assists, but Jocelyn Perrault and Alan Perry each get shelled for six goals on 25 shots. Salt Lake’s Marc Bureau has five goals and three assists, and Theo Fleury has four assists to go along with the game’s final goal at 19:42. Ron Handy, Brent Sapergia and Paul Houck each scored twice for the Ice.
1996: Brad Werenka posts a three-assist game, while Fred Knipscheer and Rob Conn score twice in a 6-4 Ice win at Chicago.
1997: Kevin Miller scores with three seconds left, cashing in assists from linemates Ryan Huska and Todd White, to give the Ice an exciting 2-1 at Michigan (Kalamazoo). Jani Hurme makes 30 saves, and Eric Lecompte scores the Ice’s other goal. Miller adds an assist.
1998: Remi Royer scores 13 seconds into the game to give the Ice a lead in a 4-2 victory over the Fort Wayne Komets.
2012: Jeff Brown makes his debut coaching the Ice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but the team falls 3-2 in a shootout to Muskegon despite third-period goals from Woody Hudson and Austin Ortega. Hudson and Peter Hand both have two-point games.
Happy birthday to …
Brian McKee: Checkers defenseman for four games in 1986-87. He had two assists. He also had two goals and three assists in six playoff games that season. He was a professional rookie after a point-a-game NCAA career at Bowling Green. McKee played until 1995 for several IHL teams (Indianapolis, Saginaw, Flint, Milwaukee, Fort Wayne, Peoria, Phoenix and Houston) and the Colonial Hockey League’s Saginaw Wheels. He was named the IHL’s top defenseman in 1991, and has settled in Fort Wayne after retiring. A native of Willowdale, Ont., he is 52.
Alex Wideman: Ice forward from 2009-11 and Fuel forward in 2016-17. In 115 games, he had 15 goals and 36 assists. He also had two goals and four assists in 14 playoff games with the Ice. Wideman graduated from Miami University in 2015, with 24 goals and 32 assists in his career. He played his rookie season with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators and ECHL’s Evansville IceMen, and signed with the Fuel in the 2016-17 season. He is currently the team’s leading scorer. A native of St. Louis, he is 25.