March 20 in Indianapolis hockey history
1945: The Capitals open the Calder Cup semifinals against Hershey, falling 3-1 at the Coliseum. Pete Leswick scores the Caps’ lone goal.
1949: The Capitals clinch a playoff spot on the last day of the regular season, beating Pittsburgh 2-1. Fred Glover scored in the first period and Don Morrison took a feed from his brother Rod with 1:40 left to clinch the victory in front of 10,303 at the Coliseum The Caps barely make the playoffs despite a 39-17-12 record.
1951: The Caps fall 3-1 in Hershey in the opening game of the 1951 Calder Cup playoffs. Jim Henry makes 23 saves in goal, and Rod Morrison scores the Caps’ lone tally.
1957: The Chiefs beat Toledo 3-2 in the clinching game of a best-of-5 semifinal series. Down 2-0 in the first period, Doug Kilburn redirects a shot into the goal midway through the second, and with 53 seconds left in the period, Kilburn ties the game moments after the team killed off a 5-minute major. George Hayes pokes home a Kilburn rebound 1:49 into the third to complete the comeback, and Cliff Hicks makes 32 saves to put the Chiefs in the Turner Cup Finals.
1960: The Chiefs’ Chuck Adamson makes 72 saves, but the team still loses 12-2 to Toledo in the St. Louis Arena in the season finale. The Chiefs drop 13 of 14 to finish the season and miss the playoffs for the first time in four years. The Chiefs finish the year 25-40-3. The 84 shots allowed is an Indianapolis hockey record.
1976: Racer Michel Dion makes 40 saves. New England’s Bruce Landon makes 43. The teams tie 1-1 in Hartford – the Racers’ third straight tie. It extends an unbeaten streak to six games.
1991: Brian Noonan has a four-point night with two goals and two assists, but it’s spoiled in an 8-6 Ice loss to Fort Wayne at the Coliseum. Brian McKee has a hat trick for the Komets.
1992: Ray LeBlanc turns aside all 23 Milwaukee shots he sees in a 4-0 win at the Coliseum, the Ice’s 10th victory in 11 games – all but one of which featured LeBlanc in goal. Brad Lauer, Rob Conn and Adam Bennett all score in the first period and Rob Con adds a third-period tally. Jeff Jackson had three assists, Jeff Rohlicek two.
1993: Rob Brown has four assists in a 7-4 loss to Fort Wayne. Joe Cleary was the beneficiary of two of those assists.
1996: Danton Cole scores his 35th goal of the year in a 4-3 win at Houston. Sergei Klimovich adds two goals and an assist.
1999: A crowd of 7,744 see the Ice play the final hockey game in Market Square Arena. Wearing Racers fauxbacks, the Ice fall to Las Vegas 5-3, despite a goal and an assist each from Bryan Fogarty and Colin Pepperall, and Dave Hymovitz tallying a point for the 11th straight game. David Shaw scores the final goal in MSA hockey history on the power play at 11:09 of the third on Geoff Sarjeant. Cail MacLean also scores for the Ice, the final home goal in the 25-year-old arena’s history.
2004: Chris Brassard scores 50 seconds into overtime to give the Shreveport Mudbugs a 2-0 lead over the Ice in their first-round playoff series.
Happy birthday to …
Michael Booth: Ice forward for 14 games in 2013-14. He had two goals and an assist for the team. He played the previous season in Fargo, and split the 2013-14 season with Indiana and Chicago. He is currently a freshman at Boston College, contributing six points in 36 games. A native of Cary, Ill., he is 20.
Joe Chitwood: Ice forward for five games in 2013-14. He had two assists with the team. He split that season between Indiana and Corpus Christi in the NAHL. He recently finished his sophomore season for St. John’s University in Minnesota, where he has eight points in 32 games. A native of Carmel, he is 22.