December 15 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: The Capitals continue a four-game winning streak with a 5-2 win over Hershey. Connie Brown scores twice and adds an assist.
1949: Gordon Haidy has a hat trick in a 9-1 Caps win over Cincinnati. Don Morrison adds a goal and three assists. Al Dewsbury and Enio Sclisizzi score two goals each.
1977: Michel Parizeau scores with 27 seconds left to snap a four-game Racers losing streak and secure a 3-3 tie against Houston. Rene Leclerc and Brad Rhiness each score for the Racers
1978: The Racers suspend operations, claiming significant financial losses after owner Nelson Skalbania was unable to line up sufficient financing to keep the team going. The team has played just 25 games of the 80-game 1978-79 schedule, the final WHA season. While players want to play a game against the Czechoslovak national team that is scheduled for the next evening, the team closes its doors immediately. The team had $80,000 in debt at the time of the announcement.
1982: Rob Holland ties a CHL record with his 10th straight victory. Darcy Regier has a goal and two assists in a 5-0 victory over Colorado. Holland stops 23 shots for the shutout.
1990: Carl Mokosak (4:47) and Jim Johansson (5:04) score 17 seconds apart in the second period to give the Ice a 2-1 lead in Fort Wayne, but the Komets storm back and win on Jay McKee’s power play goal against Dominik Hasek midway through the third 3-2.
1996: The Ice explode for six second-period goals in a 6-2 win over Cincinnati. Brad Werenka (2G, 2A) and Chris Snell (G, 3A) both have four-point games. Werenka got the scoring started on the power play at 1:14 of the second. Ryan Huska added a goal 37 seconds later. The Ice again had two quick-fire stires, as Ravil Gusmanov scored at 6:38 of the second and Snell tallied 38 seconds later. Werekna added a goal at 12:27 and Mike Prokopec scored shorthanded at 18:52 in a penalty-filled game – -the Cyclones were called for 67 minutes, the Ice for 61 in a game that featured 10 fighting majors. Remi Royer amassed 17 PIMs for three fights and a slashing call. He fought Cincinnati’s Mathiue Dandenault twice, and later fought Cincinnati’s Tony Horacek.
Happy birthday to …
Hugh Coflin: Defenseman for the Capitals in 1951-52. He had three goals and 25 assists in 68 games. He played 31 NHL games for the Blackhawks as a professional rookie in 1950-51, and was dealt to the Red Wings in the offseason. Coflin remained in the Wings’ organization after the Capitals folded, playing for WHL Edmonton through 1960. He was on the roster for Detroit in the 1952 Stanley Cup championship, but he did not play in a game. Yet, he got his name on the Stanley Cup. A native of Blaine Lake, Sask., he was born in 1928. He passed away in 2010 at age 71.
Phil Hughes: Chiefs goaltender in 1955-56, playing 12 games for the team. He played minor pro and senior hockey from 1945-58, playing 38 games for Fort Wayne in 1957-58, his last season. A native of Port Arthur, Ont., he was born in 1926.
Sam Marotta: Goaltender who played one game for the Indiana Ice in 2009-10, allowing three goals on 34 shots in a win. He went from the Ice to play four years at Merrimack College, finishing his college career at 2014. He played the 2014-15 season for SPHL Fayetteville and ECHL Elmira, and split 2015-16 between Elmira and Rapid City of the ECHL. He had a 2.61 GAA and .915 save percentage in Rapid City. A native of Bridgewater, Mass., he is 26.
Canon Pieper: Forward for the Ice in 2012-13. In 64 games, he had six goals and 12 assists. He came to the Ice after playing one year in the USHL for Chicago, and went from the Ice to play for the Colquitam Express in the BCHL, where he had 33 goals and 33 assists in 2013-14. He played 14 games over two seasons at Quinnipiac University, and is currently on the roster at the University of Maine. A native of Roseville, Minn., he is 23.