February 24 in Indianapolis hockey history

February 24 in Indianapolis hockey history

1943: Connie Brown scores the Capitals’ third hat trick in 10 days, tallying three goals as the Capitals beat Washington 7-4 in OT. In those days, the 10-minute overtime was not played to sudden death. Judd McAtee scores the OT winner.

1944: Dick Kowcinak scores at 11:16 and 12:50 of the third period to tie the Buffalo Bisons 6-6. He has an earlier goal and an assist for a hat trick and a four-point game. Alex Ritson has a goal and four assists as the Caps rally from three down to tie the game.

1951: Fred Glover has three goals and an assist, and Ott Heller ties the game with four seconds left, but Cleveland’s Fred Thurier scores with 33 seconds left in overtime to beat the Caps 7-6. Gerry Reid has a goal and two assists for the Capitals. Glover’s third goal is his 40th of the season.

1952: The Capitals, who had made Sunday night games a staple for 13 seasons, play a Sunday matinee at the Coliseum for the first time. They beat the Hershey Bears 4-3 in front of 4,126 at the Coliseum, with Glenn Hall making 37 saves. Hugh Coflin has the game-winner, Bert Hirschfield has a goal and two assists, and Enio Sclisizzi has three assists in the win.

1986: Brothers Paul and Charlie Skjodt score in the same game for the Checkers, but the team falls 6-2 in Salt Lake.

1998: Marc Lamothe turns aside 31 shots for his third shutout of the year, beating Orlando 2-0. Todd White and Ryan Huska score the Ice’s goals in the second period. Andy MacIntyre assists on both.

2001: Yvan Corbin tallies his fifth hat trick of the season, and the 10th of his Ice career, as the Ice beat Huntsville 6-5. A crowd of 11,007 is on hand at Conseco Fieldhouse to see it. Corbin adds two assists for a five-point night.

2007: Cody Reichard stops 24 shots in a 3-0 shutout of Ohio at the Coliseum. Brian Keane notches his second straight two-goal game. Mike Phillippi has a goal and two assists.

Happy birthday to …

Doug McCaig: Capitals defenseman from 1940-42, and again from 1945-47. He played 108 games with the Caps, with 10 goals and 19 assists, as well as 128 penalty minutes. McCaig was a key part of the Capitals’ 1942 Calder Cup championship run, scoring three goals and four assists in the 10 playoff games. McCaig played 263 NHL games with the Red Wings and Blackhawks in 1941-42, and again from 1946-51, and continued to play in the PCHL, USHL and IHL through 1956. A native of Guelph, Ont., he was born in 1919. He passed away in 1982 at age 63.

Bryan Wells: Checkers center in 1986-87. He had two goals and two assists in 10 games. Wells played 10 professional seasons from 1986-98 in the ACHL/AAHL (the two forerunners to the ECHL), the ECHL, as well as the Colonial and Central Hockey Leagues and in Britain. He totaled 30 goals and 407 PIM in his final pro season in 1995-96 with CHL Wichita. Wells was the Wichita Thunder’s head coach from 1996-2001, and has also coached in the ACHL (Cape Fear), UHL (Adirondack) and SPHL (Winston-Salem). A native of Moosomin, Sask., he is 51.

Chris Herperger: Ice center in 1998-99. In 79 games, he had 19 goals and 29 assists, and also added four assists in seven playoff games. Drafted in the 10th round of the 1992 draft by Philadelphia, Herperger played professionally from 1994-2013 in the AHL (Hershey, Baltimore, Norfolk) and IHL (Indianapolis, Cleveland) before breaking into the NHL in the 1999-2000 season with the Blackhawks. He had 10 goals for the Hawks in 2000-01, and also played for the Senators and Thrashers. In total, he had 43 points in 169 NHL games through 2003. He also played the 2002-03 season in the AHL with Chicago and Manitoba, then went to Europe to have a long and productive career in Germany and Switzerland, consistently tallying double-digit goals. A native of Esterhazy, Sask., he is 43.

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