March 14 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: The Capitals beat the Syracuse Stars 3-2 in the second-to-last game of the season to clinch the AHL Western Division championship. Jack Keating scoers the winner.
1942: The Capitals clinch their second AHL West Division champinship in three seasons with a 4-2 victory at Cleveland in front of 12,225 fans. Connie Brown scores the game-winner and Joe Turner makes 23 saves. The Caps finished the regular season with a 34-15-7 record.
1943: The Capitals close out their season with a 29-23-4 record and an 8-6 victory over Hershey. Joe Fisher and Adam Brown each have five-point games with two goals and three assists each.
1945: Connie Dion shuts out the Buffalo Bisons – giving him his third shutout of the season. Pete Leswick scores 58 seconds into the third period to give the Caps a 1-0 victory.
1947 Danny Summers has a goal and four assists, and Cliff Simpson three assists as the Capitals beat the Washington Lions 9-2. Nels Podolsky and Ed Bruneteau score twice.
1962: Chiefs coach Alex Shibicky leaves the team to search for players in Canada for the 1962-63 season. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they would not play another season due to financial difficulties. They post their final victory 6-3 over the Toledo Mercuries, thanks to a goal and an assist each from Garth Hayes, Lloyd Maxfield, Bobby Rivard and Bill LeCaine. Defenseman Marcel Goyette plays all 60 minutes of the game. Two nights before, he played 56 minutes – spending the other four in the penalty box.
1986: Bob Lakso scores a game-winner for the third consecutive gamee as the Checkers beat Fort Wayne 4-2. Charlie Skjodt adds a goal and an assist in the team’s fourth straight win.
1990: Jim Waite stops 21 shots for another shutout, beating Kalamazoo 3-0. Bob Bassen scores twice for the Ice and adds an assist on Mike McNeill’s late third-period goal that made it 2-0.
1998: The largest crowd ever to see an Ice game, 20,804 cram the Palace of Auburn Hills to see the Ice beat Detroit 3-2 in a shootout. Eric Manlow and Ryan Huska score for the Ice n’the latter tallying the game-tying goal on Manlow’s assist with 4:05 left. Marc Lamothe turns aside 27 shots, and Richard Keyes wins it in the sixth round of the shootout after Petri Varis and Eric Manlow scored in the regulation rounds.
2004: Bernie John’s shootout winner clinches a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Eagles and a 37-23-4 record for the Ice for the 2003-04 season. 5,629 witness the final CHL regular-season game to be played in Indianapolis.
2014: Brian Pinho has four assists in a 5-2 Ice win over Green Bay. Pinho assists on Scott Conway’s game-winner with 7:27 left, and then feeds Jacob Pritchard twice for goals in the final three minutes. He also assisted on Matt Roy’s second-period goal, capping a seven-game scoring streak. Tyler Pham also scores for the Ice. Hayden Stewart allows two goals for the first time in 10 starts, but makes 18 saves to get his 10th straight win.
Happy birthday to …
Leo Richard: Center who played for the Capitals in 1942-43. He split that year between the Caps, Washington Lions and Buffalo Bisons, and had 17 goals and 31 assists in 52 games. Richard played 11 minor pro seasons in the EHL, AHL, USHL, PCHL and IHL from 1940-51. A native of Campbell’s Bay, Ont, he was born in 1919.
Kelly Elcombe: Checkers defenseman during the 1985-86 season. He had two goals and 11 assists in 35 games. Elcombe played five minor pro seasons from 1980-84, and again in 1985-86, playing for Dallas in the CHL, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Salt Lake in the IHL, and Fredericton and Sherbrooke in the AHL. A native of Winnipeg, he is 57.
Sam Kelly: Forward for the Ice in 2004-05. He was scoreless in four games with the team. He also played in the NAHL with Billings and the USHL with Green Bay and Des Moines that season. He continued to play in the NAHL the following year, and played college hockey at Div. III St. Thomas. A native of Mahtomedi, Minn., he is 32.
Nathan Lawrence: Ice forward in 2005-06. He had nine goals and 12 assists in 57 games, and an assist in five playoff games. Lawrence also played for the USNTDP and Waterloo before joining the Ice, and played part of the following season with the Chicago Steel. He briefly played college hockey at Alaska-Fairbanks, and played 19 minor pro games for Madison in the AAHL in 2009-10. A native of Stouhgton, Wis., he is 30.