March 27 in Indianapolis hockey history
1943: The Capitals clinch a berth in the Calder Cup Final for the second straight year, beating the Cleveland Barons 3-2 in 2OT. Hec Kilrea scores the series-winner at 11:56 of the second overtime – or 81:56 of game action, assisted by Connie and Adam Brown. Floyd Perras makes 41 saves for the Caps.
1945: The Hershey Bears eliminate the Capitals four games to one in the AHL semifinal series, beating the Caps 3-2. Dick Kowcinak and Morden “Ducky” Skinner score the Caps’ goals, but old friend Alex Ritson tallies two goals for Hershey, including the game-winner. Ed Riegle has two assists for the Caps, who are outshot 32-17.
1981: Jari Kaarela barely has to break a sweat, making just 11 saves to shut out Fort Worth 1-0. Shane Turner scores the lone goal 2:40 into the third, assisted by Randy Johnston and Charlie Skjodt.
1986: Bob Lakso’s scoring streak is extended to 11 games as the Checkers beat Flint 9-1. HE has a goal and three assists in the victory. Mel Hewitt has a goal and two assists. Cjarlie Skjodt and Gerry Minor each tally three assists and Monty Trottier two goals and an assist in the victory.
1990: The Ice and Kalamazoo Wings get into a melee at 9:00 of the second period that sees six fighting majors, a misconduct and three game misconducts ‘ including games to both goaltenders Jim Waite and Jarmo Myllys. The Ice rally from a 3-1 deficit in the third to send the game to a shootout, but fall 4-3. Brian Noonan scores two goals for the Ice.
1992: Bryan Fogarty scores 4:33 in and the Muskegon Lumberjacks beat the Ice 5-0. The goal snaps a scoreless streak of 127:40 posted by Ray LeBlanc.
1999: Geoff Sarjeant makes 30 saves for his first shutout as an Iceman, beating Fort Wayne 4-0 on the road. Dave Hymovitz and Patrick Boileau score power play goals midway through the first and second periods, and Erik Andersson adds a tally shortly after Boileau’s goal.
2004: The Ice return home and score three times in the third period to beat Shreveport 4-3 to cut their playoff series deficit to 2-1. Bernie John and Ryan Carter score 1:18 apart — the latter a shorthanded goal — to tie the game, and Jared Dumba pots the game-winner off an assist from Dave Gilmore with 4:55 left. Jeff Sanger makes 32 saves for the win. Bernie John tallies two goals.
2009: Brett Bennett turns aside 25 shots in a 4-0 shutout at Green Bay. Mike Cidhy has the game-winning goal and an assist for the Ice. Torey Krug and Stanislav Galiev add two assists each. Zach Golombiewski, Brandon Richardson and Max Cook add third-period goals for the win.
Happy birthday to …
Bryan Campbell: Racers center for eight games in 1976-77. He had a goal and four assists. Campbell played 693 games in the NHL & WHA, with 138 goals and 324 assists. He also had six goals and six assists in 30 playoff games as a major pro player. He broke into pro hockey in the spring of 1964 with the Cincinnati Wings – a team that began its season in Indianapolis that year – and into the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings in 1967-68. He went on to play with the Kings until a trade sent him to Chicago midway through the 1970-71 season. He flourished as a scorer after jumping to the WHA, posting four straight 20-goal seasons with the Philadelphia/Vancouver Blazers and Cincinnati Stingers from 1972-76. He finished his career with the Edmonton Oilers, retiring in 1978. A native of Sudbury, Ont., he is 72.
Gary McColgan: Checkers left wing in 1986-87. He had 30 goals and 25 assists in 75 games, and also added two assists in six playoff games. He played two more minor pro seasons – tallying 52 points for Kalamazoo the following year, then 16 points in 13 games for ECHL Virginia in 1988-89. He was a sixth-round pick of the North Stars in 1984. A native of Scarborough, Ont., he is 50.
Kevin Hodson: Ice goaltender in 1992-93. He split the year between the Ice and the OHL Hamilton Bulldogs, with whom he won the Memorial Cup, and went 5-9-0 with a 4.09 GAA in 14 games. He went from the Ice to the Red Wigns’ organization, where he broke into the NHL in 1995-96 and played four games with the Wings, posting a shutout. He would play intermittently in the NHL with the Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning as a backup goaltender throgh 2003. In 1997-98, he played 21 NHL games and his only playoff game with the Wings, and won the Stanley Cup. He got his name on the Stanley Cup in 1997, as well. He played his final season in 2003-04 in Finland. He had a career 17-18-10 record, 2.76 GAA and four shutouts in the NHL. He is now a financial adviser in Canada. A native of Winnipeg, he is 44.
Adam Chapman: Left wing who played one playoff game for the Ice in 2003. It was his only pro game – he played four years in the OHL and then played four seasons for the University of Prince Edward Island after his game with the Ice. A native of Alliston, Ont., he is 34.