December 29 in Indianapolis hockey history
1945: Jim Conacher has two goals and two assists, and Les Douglas a goal and two assists as the Caps beat Pittsburgh 6-3.
1956: Chiefs beat Huntington 9-1, setting a club record for goals and win margin in a game. Pierre Brillant scores and adds two assists. Marc Boileau and Bob Bowness also score twice.
1974: Nick Harbaruk scores with 1:15 left, but the Racers fall to Edmonton 5-4 in OT.
1981: A season-high crowd of 7.526 jams the Coliseum to see the Checkers beat Tulsa 4-2. Red Laurence has a goal and an assist and Kelly Hrudey makes 24 saves in net.
1994: Craig Fisher scores a hat trick, Sergei Krivokrasov has a goal and an assist and Steve Dubinsky scores as the Ice beat Detroit 6-5 in a shootout in front of 19,287 at The Palace. It’s the biggest crowd to ever see an Ice game.
1998: Sylvain Cloutier tallies the Ice’s first hat trick of the day, but Fort Wayne’s David Nemirovsky answers with one of his own and the Komets beat the Ice 9-5. All three of Cloutier’s goals came in the second.
2001: Chris George scores his second hat trick as a member of the Ice in a 7-6 loss to Wichita.
2006: Alex Kangas stops all 25 shots he sees in a 4-0 shutout of Waterloo. It’s Kangas’ first shutout with the Ice. Eric Kattelus scores two goals 26 seconds apart in the first period. Michael Del Mauro and Garrett Roe also score for the Ice. Mike Phillippi and Gregory Squires have two assists each. The Ice kill off 10 power plays in the shutout win.
Happy birthday to …
Mike Ratchford: Member of the Chiefs in 1960-61. He had three assists in six games. He also played for Greensboro and Washington in the EHL and Louisville in the IHL in a brief two-year pro career. A native of Sudbury, Ont., he was born in 1933.
Neil Davey: Defenseman who played 44 games for the Checkers in 1986-87, with two goals and 11 assists. He also had an assist in three playoff games. A third-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 1984, Davey played two minor pro seasons – with IHL teams in Toledo and Indy, and the AHL Maine Mariners. A native of Edmonton, he is 51.