December 14 in Indianapolis hockey history
1944: Connie Dion makes 15 saves to blank the Providence Reds 5-0 at the Coliseum. Jack Hewson and Pete Leswick have a goal and an assist each.
1946: Jim Conacher has a hat trick – giving the Caps hat tricks in back-to-back games – as the Caps beat St. Louis 8-5. Tony Bukovich has two goals and two assists and Cliff Simpson scores twice. Les Douglas had a hat trick in the caps’ previous game.
1950: Marcel Pronovost has a goal and three assists as the Caps return home from a long road trip and beat Providence 6-2. Jim Henry makes 20 saves in net. Rod Morrison and Enio Sclisizzi each tally a goal and an assist in the win.
1951: Enio Sclisizzi has a gaol and three assists to lead the Capitals to a 7-1 win in Cincinnati. Bert Hirschfield has two goals. Earl Reibel has two assists, and Pete Durham a goal and an assist in the win. Glenn Hall makes 31 saves.
1980: Kevin Devine has a hat trick in a 5-2 Checkers win over the Houston Apollos. Dave Cameron scores the other two goals, while Neil Hawryliw and Garth MacGuigan have two assists each. Roland Melanson makes 30 saves in the winwhich snaps a six-game skid.
1985: The last tie game in local hockey history is a 4-4 draw with the Milwaukee Admirals in front of 3,022 at MSA. In the IHL that season, if a shootout was tied after 10 shooters, the game would go into the books as a tie. That rule would be changed the following season to play shootouts to a winner, regardless of how long it took. Bob Lakso has a hat trick, while Charlie Skjodt and Yvon Joly each tally two assists. The Admirals tie it up in the third.
1988: The Ice don’t fare any better than the previous night. After losing 12-7 in Salt Lake, they follow with an 11-4 loss, as Paul Ranheim scores four goals and Theo Fleury has two goals and three assists for the Golden Eagles. Alan Perry stops 22 of 33 shots.
Happy birthday to …
Bill McComb: Center for the Capitals in 1951-52, their final season. He had four goals and six assists in 24 games. He was in his sixth and final AHL season, where he had been a consistent 30-goal scorer for the St. Louis Flyers. McComb finished that season playing senior hockey in Owen Sound, where he played several more years. A native of Newmarket, Ont., he was born in 1921.