December 28 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: Cliff Simpson has two third-period goals to rally the Capitals past Hershey 4-2. Tony Licari assists on all three Capitals third-period tallies, and Tony Bukovich has a goal and two assists.
1947: The Capitals have three hat tricks in an 11-4 wiin over the Washington Lions in front of 9,306 at the Coliseum. Ed Bruneteu, Cliff Simpson and Pat Lundy all have hat tricks. Lloyd Doran has a goal and three assists, and Hugh Millar four assists in the win. Caps goaltender Red Almas has to leave the game and give way to coach Johnny Mowers for the final period.
1958: The Louisville Rebels require a police escort out of the Coliseum as 50 fans swarm their locker room, thanks to a fight between Indianapolis’ Jean-Marc Picard and Louisville’s Moe Bartoli at the end of the game. The two would have a stick-swinging incident two weeks later. Twenty-seven years later, Bartoli would be coaching the Indianapolis Checkers. Don Smith has two goals and two assists for the Chiefs as they wn 7-2. Don Busch adds a goal and two assists.
1980: Glen Duncan scores a goal for the sixth straight game, setting a Checkers team record, but the Chex fall 4-2 to the Dallas Black Hawks.
1988: The Ice survive a match penalty to Flint’s Troy Vollhoffer. He got three minors for charging, failure to go to the box, instigating, fighting, a double-game and a match penalty, as Paul Houck has a goal and three assists in a 6-1 win at Flint.
2001: Bernie John has four assists in a 7-4 win over Wichita at the Coliseum. Chris George scores the game-winner.
2005: The Ice score four third-period goals to beat Waterloo 6-5 in a wild game. Ryan Peckskamp scores the winner with 1:20 left. Mike Philippi, Jay Sprague and Kyle Page also score in the third to give the Ice a 5-3 lead before Waterloo tied it late in the period. Lukas Klimek and Nathan Lawrence each tally a goal and an assist.
2013: The Ice extend their point streak to 10 games – 8-0-2 – with a 5-4 win in Youngstown. Aidan Muir scores a highlight-reel, falling-down backhand goal in the second period to give the Ice a 3-1 lead. Jason Savaggio scores twice and Scott Conway adds a goal and an assist.
Happy birthday to …
Terry Sawchuk: One of the greatest goalies in the history of hockey, Sawchuk matriculated with the Capitals from 1948-50. In 128 games with the Caps, he had a 3.07 GAA and five shutouts. He led the team to the Calder Cup championship in 1950, becoming the first AHL team to go a perfect 8-0 through the playoffs. Sawchuk was called up to the Red Wings for good that offseason, and began a 20-year NHL career that saw him play 971 games. He went 447-330-172 during his career, with 103 shutouts – a record for zeroes that would last until Martin Brodeur broke it in 2009. Sawchuk played for several teams – the Red Wings, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Kings and Rangers – but his best success came with Detroit, where he won the Calder Trophy in 1951, three Vezina Trophies between 1952-55 (and a fourth in Toronto in 1965) and three Stanley Cups in 1952, 1954 and 1955. He also won a Stanley Cup with Toronto in 1967, sharing the net with Johnny Bower – the goaltender he outdueled in four straight games in the 1950 Calder Cup Final. His number 1 has been retired by the Red Wings, and he was inducted posthumously into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971. A native of Winnipeg, he was born in 1929. He passed away in 1970 at age 40.