March 15 in Indianapolis hockey history
1942: The Capitals close out the 1941-42 regular season with a 34-15-7 record, the team’s second Ted Oke Trophy title as the AHL’s Western Division champions, and a nine-game unbeaten streak with a 10-3 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Hornets. Ken Kilrea and Connie Brown each have two goals and two assists. Joe Fisher adds a goal and three assists. Joe Turner makes 35 saves in the win.
1947: Capitals set a team record for goals allowed in 13-1 loss at Hershey. Red Almas makes 33 saves in goal, Due to the strength of the AHL’s West Division, the Caps are eliminated from playoff contention despite having a 32-18-13 record.
1975: The Racers explode in a 7-3 win over the Baltimore Blades. Kerry Bond & Ron Buchanan score twice, Bob Sicinski adds a goal and two assists, Dick Prociveat has three assists and Gord Kannegiesser has the first four-point night in Racers history with a goal and three assists. Proceviat and Kannegieser become the first Racers to have three assists in a game.
1992: The Ice are suddenly red-hot, winning their eighth straight game since Ray LeBlanc’s return from the Olympics. Jeff Rohlicek scores the game-winner with 3:03 left in Milwaukee ‘ just 30 seconds after the Admirals’ Robin Bawa tied it, giving the Ice a 5-4 win. Steve Bancroft, Mike Stapleton and Shawn Byram also score for the Ice.
1998: The Ice’s Eric Manlow and Nathan Perrott score shorthanded goals back-to-back 1:26 apart in the second period to beat Fort Wayne 7-3. Manlow scores two and adds an assist. Petri Varis, Steve Tardif, Dave Hymovitz and Nathan Perrott have a goal and an assist each. Brian Felsner has two assists.
2002: 7,045 fans pack the Coliseum to see Refrigerator Perry, and also see an Ice 3-2 shootout loss to Memphis.
2013: Anderson Snair stops all 22 shots he sees for his first USHL shutout, and Matt Krug provides the offense midway through the second in a 1-0 Ice win over Cedar Rapids at Pan Am Pavilion.
2014: Jason Pawloski stops 32 shots to blank Green Bay 2-0 and earn his fourth shutout of the season. Alex Talcott and Dwyer Tschantz score second-period goals to give the Ice the victory.
Happy birthday to …
Hy Buller: Capitals defenseman in 1943-44. He had six goals and 12 assists in 46 games, and also two goals and an assist in five playoff games. He had a 12-year pro career from 1942-54, which included 188 NHL games with the Red Wings from 1943-45 and Rangers from 1951-54. In-between, he played for the Hershey Bears and Cleveland Barons. He had 22 goals and 58 assists in his NHL career. Known as the “Blueline Blaster,” Buller is a member of the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. A native of Montreal, he was born in 1926. He passed away at age 42 in 1968.
Casey Harris: Ice left wing from 2000-02. He played 123 games with the Ice, with 26 goals, 26 assists and 460 penalty minutes. He also had a goal in two playoff games in 2001. He and father Hugh Harris, a former Racer, are among several families to have multiple generations play in Indy. The Ferris State grad played six minor pro seasons, in the AHL with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the CHL with the Checkers, and three UHL seasons with the Port Huron Beacons, before retiring in 2005. A native of Carmel, he is 41.
Michal Borovansky: Ice forward from 2004-06. In 61 games, he had nine goals and 26 assists. He also had two goals and two assists in eight postseason games. He went from the Ice to play four professional seasons in the Czech Republic. Born in Prague, then of Czechoslovakia, he is 32.
Ben Blood: Ice defenseman in 2007-08. He had 10 goals and six assists in 46 games, and a goal and two assists in four playoff games for the East Division champions. Blood went from the Ice to play four years at North Dakota, where he had 10 goals and 38 assists in four years. He was drafted by the Senators in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Draft, and broke into pro hockey at the end of the 2011-12 season with AHL Binghamton. He played from then through 2014 with Binghamton and ECHL Elmira, and started the 2014-15 season with ECHL Wheeling. He is currently playing in Europe, where he had 10 points in 55 games in Finland this season. A native of Plymouth, Minn., he is 28.
Taylor Boldt: Ice defenseman from 2008-10. He had a goal and 13 assists in 72 regular-season games, and was scoreless in 17 playoff games. He was a part of the Ice’s Clark Cup championship team in 2009. He went on to play four years at Dartmouth, where he had two goals and 12 assists, from 2010-14. A native of Niwot, Colo., he is 27.
Frank DeAugustine: Ice forward in 2009-10. He had two goals and five assists in 37 games, and also appeared in three playoff games. He then played two years for NAHL Bismarck, and began playing collegiately for UMass-Boston in 2012-13. After tallying 29 goals and 36 assists in his first three years, he had 15 goals and 18 assists in 2015-16 as a senior. A native of Burgettstown, Penn., he is 26.
Drew Newmeyer: Defenseman who played for the Ice from 2011-13. He had five goals and 10 assists in 59 games for the Ice. Newmeyer is currently at Arizona State University. He has six assists in 37 career games for the Sun Devils. A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., he is 23.