February 26 in Indianapolis hockey history
1947: In a key game for the playoff chase, Capital Al Dewsbury scores on Mike Karakas just as time expires at Providence. The goal judge says the goal came after the horn. The referee overrules him and gives the Caps the victory. Les Douglas has two goals and two assists and Fern Gauthier a goal and an assist in the win.
1948: Enio Sclisizzi has two goals and two assists, and Pat Lundy has three assists, but the Caps fall 5-4 to the Washington Lions in front of just 875 fans in the capital city – the smallest peacetime crowd the Caps would play in front of.
1950: Fred Glover has two goals and two assists as the Caps beat Cleveland 8-5. Nels Podolsky has two goals and an assist and Pat Lundy scores and adds an assist. Terry Sawchuk makes 29 saves in the victory.
1975: The Racers are beaten 12-2 by Phoenix, equaling the worst loss in club history
1978: Peter Driscoll scores twice and Rich Leduc adds the game-winning goal and an assist in a 6-3 Racers victory in Birmingham, snapping a four-game skid.
Happy birthday to …
Connie Poitras: Capitals left wing in 1944-45. He had six goals and 10 assists in 56 games in his rookie professional season. He played eight minor pro and senior seasons, primarily in the “AA”-level USHL. He was a teammate of Gordie Howe’s in Omaha, and of Jean Beliveau’s with the Quebec Aces. A native of Quebec City, he was born in 1924.
Jarrod Skalde: Ice center for two games in 1997-98, where he had two assists. The Devils’ second-round pick in 1989, he is a veteran of 115 NHL games, with the Devils, Ducks, Sharks, Stars, Blackhawks, Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers. He played 18 professional seasons, turning pro in the spring of 1991 and retiring after the 2007-08 season. He spent much of his career i the AHL and IHL, where he was a consistent 20-goal scorer. Upon retirement, he became a coach, serving as head coach of the Bloomington PrairieThunder of the second iteration of the IHL, the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, and currently, the OHL’s Guelph Storm A native of Niagara Falls, Ont., he is 46.
Kevin Popp: Ice defenseman from 2001-03. He played 103 games with the Ice, with five goals, 11 assists and 418 penalty minutes. He also had an assist in eight playoff games in 2003. A Sabres fifth-round pick in 1995, Popp played six pro seasons from 1997-2003, with ECHL Birmingham, UHL New Haven and the Ice. A native of Surrey, BC, he is 41.
Alex Talcott: Ice forward from 2012-14. He played 98 games for the Ice, with 16 goals and 19 assists. He also had two goals and four assists in 11 games during the 2014 Clark Cup championship run. Talcott scored the game-tying goal in the third period of the championship-clinching game. He is currently a junior playing for the University of Michigan. A native of Kentwood, Mich., he is 22.