March 19 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: Capitals lose the first playoff game in team history, 2-1 to the Providence Reds. Hal Jackson scores the game-winner in the third overtime, a shot from the top of the left circle at the 102:23 mark of the game. Hal would later be traded to Indianapolis and start the Indy Youth Hockey Association.
1942: Capitals beat Springfield 10-3 to knot their first-round playoff series at 1-1. Les Douglas had a hat trick and two assists, a five-point night setting a team playoff record. Jack Keating had two goals and three assists.
1944: The Capitals close the 1943-44 season with a 4-1 win over Cleveland. Harry Lumley makes 18 savesand Bill Thomson has two goals and an assist. The Caps finish the season with a 20-18-16 record – the latter setting a mark for ties that will be unbroken by any local hockey team. The Capitals finish third in the six-team AHL and draw a first-round matchup with Buffalo.
1946: The Capitals’ reward for winning the division is a first-round playoff series with the Buffalo Bisons, winners of the AHL’s East Division. The Bisons beat the Caps 5-1 in the playoff opener. Cliff Simpson has the Caps’ lone goal. Connie Dion – former Caps goalitender – outduels Tom Wilson, who makes 36 saves in the loss.
1950: The Capitals beat New Haven 13-1 to finish the 1949-50 season. The win ties the team record for victory margin. Pat Lundy has 4 assists in the game. The Caps finish 35-24-11 and in second place in the AHL West. Enio Sclisizzi has a hat trick, Pat Lundy has a five-point game with a goal and four assists, Don Morrison has a goal and three assists and Fred Glover three assists in the win. Terry Sawchuk gets the win in goal.
1957: The Chiefs are shut out in Game 4 of their semifinal series, 3-0 by the Toledo Mercurys. That sends the series back to Indianapolis for a deciding fifth game.
1958: Pierre Brillant scores a playoff hat trick and five other players score in an 8-2 victory over Fort Wayne. It gives the Chiefs a 2-1 lead in a best-of-5 series. Brillant also has two assists for a five-point game. Alex Viskelis adds three assists, Marc Boileau a goal and two assists. Brillant scores two goals 33 seconds apart in the first period and adds the hat trick at 9:06.
1975: Houston’s Jim Schella scores 12 seconds into the game in a 6-5 Aeros win over the Racers.
1982: Red Laurence scores four goals – giving him 40 for the year – in a 9-3 Checkers victory over the Dallas Black Hawks.
1987: Ron Handy tallies his 50th goal, becoming the first Indianapolis hockey player to hit 50 since Pierre Brillant in 1959-60. His two goals help lead the Checkers to a 6-4 win in Milwaukee. Joe West also scores twice, and Byron Lomow adds three assists.
1993: Rob Brown scores two goals in the final four minutes of the first period and Sergei Krivokrasov adds another in the second to give the Ice a 3-2 win over Atlanta, backstopped by Ray LeBlanc’s 37 saves.
1997: The Ice throttle Fort Wayne 8-3 thanks to two goals and two assists from Sergei Klimovich, two goals from Jean-Yves Leroux and three assists from Steve Dubinsky. Ryan Huska, Dave Chyzowski, Steve McLaren and Rob Conn all have a goal and an assist each.
1999: Dave Hymovitz scores his 40th goal in a 6-3 loss to Milwaukee. His two goals are his eighth multi-goal game and extend his point streak to 10.
2006: Todd McIlrath (twice), Lukas Klimek and Mike Hull score in the first period to give the Ice a 4-0 lead in an eventual 5-4 win over Waterloo. Alex Laseen’s power play goal in the second turns out to be the game-winner.
Happy birthday to …
Eddie Wares: Right wing for the Capitals, who played one game each for the team in 1939-40 and 1940-41. He broke into the NHL with the New York Rangers in 1936-37 and scored two goals in two games. He went to the Red Wings the following year and played for the Wings and Blackhawks through the 1946-47 season, then finished his career in the AHL and senior hockey. He had 60 goals and 102 assists in 321 NHL games, and was part of the 1943 Stanley Cup-winning Red Wings team, contributing six points in the 10-game title run. A native of Calgary, he was born in 1915. He passed away in 1992, at age 76.
Mats Hallin: Checkers left wing from 1981-83. He had 51 goals and 59 assists in 105 games in Indy, as well as 199 PIM. He had a goal and five assists in eight games in the 1982 Adams Cup championship run. He had an outstanding 53-point, 42-game season going in 1982-83 when he was called up to the Islanders, and finished the season on Long Island, where he would score a goal en route to helping the Isles win their fourth straight Stanley Cup. He played for the Isles through 1985, then two seasons for the North Stars, before finishing his career in Sweden. He played 152 NHL games, with 17 goals and 14 assists. He is currently the Chicago Blackhawks’ director of European scouting. A native of Eskituna, Sweden, he is 59.