March 16 in Indianapolis hockey history
1941: The Capitals finish their second season with a 2-2 tie against the Pittsburgh Hornets. Jack Keating has a goal and an assist in front of 6,158 at the Coliseum. The Capitals, who were eliminated from the playoff race the night before after their third straight loss, finish the season 17-28-11.
1947: Fern Gauthier has a team-record 5 assists in 10-6 Capitals win against Cleveland. Les Douglas has a hat trick and an assist in front of 9,640 fans at the Coliseum. The Capitals close out a successful year with a 33-18-13 record. Despite having the fifth-best record in the AHL – and being just five points shy of the best record – the Caps miss the playoffs due to being in fourth place in the top-heavy West Division. Cliff Simpson finishes the year with a 42-goal season and Les Douglas tallies 83 points. The Capitals average 7,943 fans per game at the Coliseum during the 1946-47 home schedule.
1950: Nels Podolsky has a hat trick and Don Morrison two assists, but former Capital Cliff Simpson has a seven-point game to lift the St. Louis Flyers over the Caps 7-5.
1952: The Capitals play their final game in franchise history, beating the Cleveland Barons 5-4. Glenn Hall makes 38 saves to outduel Johnny Bower for the win. 3,264 fans are in attendance at the Coliseum. Lou Jankowski scores three goals, Don Ashbee has a goal and three assists. Bill Folk scores the final goal in Capitals history with 9:51 remaining in the game. The Caps finish their final season with a 22-40-6 record. Due to heavy debts, they would announce they were withdrawing from the AHL in the fall.
1957: The Chiefs drop a 2-1 decision in Toledo to even their semifinal series at a game apiece. George Hayes gets the CHiefes on the board with 20 seconds left.
1958: The Chiefs’ Turner Cup run begins, as Marc Boileau scores twice and Cliff Hicks makes 24 saves to beat Fort Wayne 3-1 in the opening game of their best-of-5 semifinal series. Boileau also has an assist on Pierre Brillant’s first-period goal that gives the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.
1984: Red Laurence tallies a hat trick and adds an assist as the Checkers beat Montana 5-3. Todd Lumbard makes 30 saves to get the win. Kevin Devine assists on three goals.
1986: Earl Ingarfield has a hat trick in an 8-3 Checkers win over the Toledo Goaldiggers. Bob Lakso adds a goal and two assists to extend his goal scoring string to six straight games. Monty Trottier has a goal and an assist, and goaltender Rob Holland turns aside 49 of 52 shots. The Checkers win despite being outshot 52-23.
1990: Back-to-back shutouts for Jim Waite for the second time in the season, as he turns aside 21 shots in a 4-0 win over Milwaukee. Brian Noonan scores twice and assists on Mike Rucinski’s goal. Mike Stapleton also scores.
1991: The Ice and Komets have a habit of playing penalty-filled games. This is no exception. Fort Wayne wins 5-2 at the Coliseum as five different players score, but the fisticuffs begin just 65 seconds in when Robin Bawa and the Ice’s Carl Mokosak square off. Bawa and Warren Rychel are later given misconduct penalties midway through the first. The Ice’s Brian Noonan tangles with Kevin Kaminski late in the period. Bawa and Rychel square off again early in the second and are both tossed. Kaminski and Jeff Sirkka go toe-to-toe later in the period, and Mokosak and Tom Karalis do battle late in the third. 169 total PIMs are called, 87 on Indy and 82 on the Komets. Rychel (27) and Bawa (32) lead in PIMs.
1996: Ivan Droppa nets a four-point night with two goals and two assists in a 7-3 win over Atlanta in front of 8,050 at MSA. James Black nets a goal and two assists. Mike Vukonich and Daniel Gauthier each tally a goal and an assist.
1997: Craig Mills scores goals at 3:06 and 3:28 of the first period, setting a team record for fastest two goals by an individual player, in a 5-2 win over Orlando. Mike Prokopec adds a goal and two assists. Tuomas Gronman and Ravil Gusmanov also score goals.
2002: The Ice play a tough game, allowing five power play goals in a 9-1 loss at Shreveport. The bus breaks down on the route to Shreveport and the Ice have to change buses at Memphis on the way. They’ll then have more travel difficulties before barely arriving on time for a matinee in Indianapolis the next day.
2003: The Ice close out the 2002-03 regular season with a 39-16-9 record, good enough for the Northeast Division championship.
2012: Dalton Izyk stops 24 shots for his first career USHL shutout, beating Muskegon 4-0. Daniil Tarasov leads the offense with a goal and two assists. Robbie Baillargeon adds a goal and an assist. Sean Kuraly assists on two goals.
Happy birthday to …
Dick Behling: Capitals defenseman from 1940-43, and again in 1945-46. He played 147 games in Indy, with 10 goals and 20 assists, as well as 58 penalty minutes. He also played 15 playoff games, with two assists, both coming in the 1942 Calder Cup championship run. Behling played four NHL games for the Red Wings, two each in 1940-41 and 1942-43, scoring one goal. A native of Kitchener, Ont., he was born in 1915, and passed away in 1994 at age 79.
Brian McKenzie: Racers center in 1974-75. He had a goal in nine games with the Racers. He played seven pro seasons from 1971-78, with 93 NHL/WHA games with the Penguins, Oilers and Racers, all before 1975. He had 20 goals and 21 assists. He finished his career in the NAHL & IHL, including a 32-goal, 90-point season for the IHL Toledo Goaldiggers in 1976-77. A native of St. Catharines, Ont., he is 66.
Duane Sutter: Ice coach from 1992-95. He came in as a replacement at the end of the 1992-93 season, leaving his junior coaching job with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, and then coached the team the next two full seasons. His Ice teams had a record of 66-92-20. He went from the Ice to become an assistant coach, and later head coach, of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. He was an assistant with the Panthers when they made a run to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final against Colorado. One of the six Sutter brothers to play in the NHL, Duane was the 17th overall pick in the 1979 NHL Draft, and immediately broke in with the Islanders, and was a consistent force, along with his brother Brent, on the Isles’ four Stanley Cup teams and five Stanley Cup finalists from 1980-84. He had 21 points in 20 games in the 1983 Stanley Cup playoffs to help lead the Islanders to their fourth straight Cup. He went to the Blackhawks in 1987 and played the final three years of his career. In 731 NHL games, he had 139 goals, 203 assists and 1,333 penalty minutes. He also had 26 goals and 32 assists in 161 playoff games. He is currently a scout for the Edmonton Oilers. A native of Viking, Alberta, he is 57.
Len Esau: Defenseman for the Ice in 1997-98. He had six goals and 33 assists in 55 games, and also played five playoff games. A fifth-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 1988, Esau played professionally from 1990-2001, including 27 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, Nordiques, Flames and Oilers from 1991-95. He spent much of the latter half of his career in the IHL, with Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Detroit in addition to the Ice. A native of Meadow Lake, Sask., he is 59.
Brandon Blandina: Ice forward in 2007-08. He had eight goals and 12 assists in 58 games, helping lead the Ice to a division title. He also had three assists in four playoff games that season. He went on from the Ice to play four years at Robert Morris University, where he had 11 goals and 27 assists. He played professionally from 2012-14 with ECHL Elmira and Reading, with 24 points in 63 games in 2013-14. A native of Centennial, Colo., he is 28.