February 23 in Indianapolis hockey history

February 23 in Indianapolis hockey history

1946: In a tight division race, the Capitals stay a point ahead with a four-goal third-period rally to beat St. Louis 6-5. Pete Leswick ties the game with 2:06 left and Les Douglas wins it with 1:34 to go. Leswick and Jack Keating have two goals and an assist each and Douglas has a goal and two assists.

1947: The Capitals rout St. Louis 10-1 in front of 9,396 at the Coliseum. Tony Licari has a hat trick and an assist, Cliff Simpson adds two goals and three assist and Benny Woit has three assists.

1958: Pierre Brillant scores on a penalty shot with 3:30 left, the Chiefs tie Louisville 3-3. It’s the first penalty shot awarded in Chiefs history. The penalty shot was awarded when Louisville’s Grant Morton closed his hand on the puck as Alex Viskelis’ shot was about to go over the line.

1961: Joe Connors has a hat trick for the Chiefs in a 6-4 win over Fort Wayne. Carl Wetzel makes 26 saves to make it stand up. Denis Menard adds three assists. The Victory snaps a six-game losing streak for the Chiefs.

1975: The Racers post of the most lopsided wins of their first season in a 6-0 victory over the Cleveland Crusaders. Andy Brown turns aside 35 shots to register his second shutout. Murray Heatley scores twice, Jim Wiste has a goal and two assists.

1997: Rob Conn tallies a hat trick in a 9-3 win over Fort Wayne, one that saw the Ice pour on five third-period goals. Dave Chyzowski has two goals and an assist. Mike Prokopec and Brad Werenka tally a goal and an assist each. Prokopec starts things 36 seconds in with a goal. Conn adds power-play goals 31 seonds apart later in the first, and scores his third goal at 12:05 of the third ‘ part of a three goals in 2:14 stretch, sandwiched by tallies by Ravil Gusmanov and Chyzowski.

2007: The Ice bounce back from back-to-back shutouts and snap a three-game skid by beating Green Bay 4-1. Brian Keane scores two goals, and Mike Embach adds two assists.

2008: John Kemp tallies a goal and three assists as the Ice beat Cedar Rapids 6-3 in front of a Pack the House Night crowd of 12,575 at Conseco Fieldhouse. He scores on the power play at 4:56 of the first, and Brandon Blandina follows with a goal nine seconds later. T.J. Syner scores two third-period goals and adds an assist. Jake Skjodt also has a three-point night with a goal and two assists.

2014: The Ice chase Team USA starter Blake Weyrick just 2:18 into the game, as Jacob Pritchard and Matt Roy score on two of the team’s first three shots – the first coming 22 seconds into the game. Tyler Andrew and Dwyer Tschantz score to make it a 4-0 lead, and the Ice hold on to win 5-4. Brian Pinho has two assists in the win.

Happy birthday to …

Justin Milo: Ice forward in 2005-06. He had eight goals and 10 assists in 28 games with the team, splitting that season with Lincoln. He played three collegiate seasons at Cornell and Vermont tallying 51 points in 83 games before turning pro in 2010. He played two ECHL seasons for Alaska, South Carolina and Gwinnett from 2010-12, totaling 19 goals and 44 assists. A native of Edina, Minn., he is 30.

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