February 16 in Indianapolis hockey history

February 16 in Indianapolis hockey history

1941: Bill Jennings scores a hat trick in a 57-second span against Hershey. He hops off the bench, heads to the slot, takes a feed from Ken Kilrea and scores at 2:58 of the second period. At 3:35, he redirects Connie Brown’s pass past Nick Damore and into the net. At 3:55, he completes the hat trick after Bucko McDonald skates wide, draws the defense and slips Jennings the puck for the goal. The Caps win 6-2.

1947: A Coliseum-record 10,503 fans watch the Capitals beat Hershey 2-1. Bob Weist scores the game-winner with 6:22 gone in the third period and Red Almas allows one goal.

1949: Gordon Haidy has a hat trick as the Capitals beat Cleveland 6-3. Nels Podolsky and Rod Morrison each have a goal and an assist and Al Dewsbury breaks a 3-all tie early in the third. Terry Sawchuk outduels Johnny Bower in net for the Caps’ sixth straight win.

1957: Pierre Brillant has two goals and two assists, including the third-period game-winner, as the Chiefs beat Troy 5-3. Jack Douglas adds a goal and two assists in the victory, which gives the Chiefs a 5-1-1 record in their last seven games.

2007: The Ice set a record by going shorthanded 18 times – and giving up eight power play goals – in an 11-3 loss in Soux Falls. Outshot 55-29, the Ice are sent to the box for 74 penalty minutes. Eric Miller, Ron Cramer and Eric Olimb all score for the Ice. The Ice themselves go 2-9 on the power play in the loss.

Happy birthday to …

Peter McDuffe: Racers goaltender in 1977-78. In 12 games, he was 1-6-1 with a 4.34 GAA. Those were the final games of a 12-year pro career that also saw him 57 NHL games with the Blues, Rangers, Kansas City Scouts and Red Wings between 1971-76. A native of Milton, Ont., he is 69.

Garth MacGuigan: One of the many core players for the Checkers, MacGuigan played six seasons in the blue and orange from 1979-85, and was a key part of the 1982 and 1983 Adams Cup champs. He was drafted in the third round of the 1976 NHL Draft by the Islanders, and WHA Draft by the Nordiques. He stayed in the Isles system throughout his nine-year pro career that lasted from 1976-85. As a Checker, he had six straight 20-goal seasons, and played 452 games with the club. He had 175 goals and 231 assists with the team, as well as 533 PIM. In the playoffs, he played 55 games, with 14 goals and 27 assists. In both championship runs, he had 11 points in 13 games. He also played five games with the Islanders in that span, tallying one NHL assist. A native of Charlottetown, PEI, he is 61.

Bob Kellogg: Ice defenseman from 1993-95. A third-round Blackhawks pick in 1989, Kellogg had nine goals and 19 assists in 117 games in Indy, where he came after graduating from Northeastern University. After his stint with the Ice, he played just eight more minor pro games with IHL Orlando and ECHL Raleigh. He now oversees a travel youth hockey program in Wilmington, NC. A native of Springfield, Mass., he is 46.

Don Malko: Ice defenseman in 2001-02. He had a goal and eight assists in 64 games that season. He played four minor pro seasons from 1999-2003 for WCHL Fresno, the Ice and UHL Fort Wayne. A native of Winnipeg, he is 39.

Mike Stuart: Ice defenseman in 2004-05. He had two assists in 26 games for the team, and also appeared in two playoff games. He went from the Ice to play four years at Brown University, where he had four goals and seven assists. A native of Rome, NY, he is 30.