March 21 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: The Capitals play their second postseason game, and fall behind two games to none to the Providence Reds when Mike Karakas blanks the Caps 4-0.
1942: The Capitals take a lead going into the third period of Game 3 against Springfield on two goals by Joe Fisher and a tally by Les Douglas with one second left in the first period, but Springfield gets four goals in the third to beat the Caps 6-3 and put them on the brink of elimination.
1944: The Capitals fall 5-2 to the Buffalo Bisons in the opener of the 1944 Calder Cup playoffs and a repeat of the previous year’s league finals. Bill Thomson scores and assists on Moose Sherritt’s goal to give the Caps a 2-0 lead, but Fred Thurier and Walt Atanas have two goals each for Buffalo to rally the Bisons.
1946: The Capitals’ Tom Wilson is brilliant in net, making 35 saves, but Buffalo’s Connie Dion is better, posting a 30-save shutout to beat the Capitals 1-0 in Game 2 of their AHL semifinal series. Buffalo takes a 2-0 lead in the series. Bob Blake scores the lone goal for Buffalo six minutes into the second period.
1948: Cliff Simpson scores his second four-goal game in two weeks, this time against Johnny Bower, but the Caps lose to Cleveland 10-6. Simpson finishes a off club-record 110-point season with 48 goals and 62 assists. At the time, it was the highest-scoring season in the history of professional hockey. Simpson finished with a flourish – he had 22 (12G/10A) points in the Capitals’ last six games and 15 (8G/7A) in their last four. The Capitals finish the year 32-30-6, , but finish fourth in the AHL West and miss the playoffs for the second straight year, despite posting winning records each season.
1950: The Capitals begin one of the AHL’s most amazing postseason runs with a 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Flyers at the St. Louis Arena. The Caps would go 8-0 in the playoffs that year. Fred Glover has two goals and an assist. Doug McKay tallies the game-winner and two assists. Rod Morrison also has two assists and a goal in the win. Terry Sawchuk stops 34 shots.
1958: The Chiefs clinch their first-round playoff series with a 3-0 shutout of Fort Wayne in front of 3,250 at the Coliseum. Cliff Hicks makes 28 saves for the shutout. The Chiefs win the best-of-5 series 3 games to 1. Sam Gergory, Billy Short and Bob Bowness score the Chiefs’ goals.
1990: Brian Noonan totals two goals and two assists in a 7-3 win at Milwaukee. The Ice strike four times on five power plays. Warren Rychel also scores twice and Mike Eagles adds a goal and two assists.
1992: Back-to-back shutouts for Ray LeBlanc, as he turns aside 33 Fort Wayne shots. Adam Bennnett and Jeff Rohlicek score. Brad Lauer has two assists as the Ice win their 11th of 12.
1993: The Ice offense explodes in an 8-5 win over Cleveland. Brad Lauer has two goals and two assists. Adam Bennett joins him in the four-point category with a goal and three assists. Ivan Droppa, Sean Williams and Tony Hrkac each have a goal and two assists. Ray LeBlanc makes 34 saves in the win. Williams- goal came 16 seconds into the second period.
1998: The Ice’s acquisition of David Ling is equaling instant offense. He scores two goals and an assist in his third game with the team ‘ scoring in all three games ‘ and the Ice beat the Utah Grizzlies 5-1. Todd White adds his 41st goal and two assists. Eric Manlow also scores a shorthanded goal. White’s goal was his team-record 18th power play tally of the year. Marc Lamothe makes 33 saves in the win.
2003: The Ice open the playoffs with a 4-2 victory over Amarillo at the Coliseum. Andrew Taylor scores the game-winner and Shawn Silver makes it stand up in net.
2014: The Ice blank Muskegon 5-0 behind Hayden Stewart’s 15-save shutout. It’s Stewart’s fourth shutout of the year, tying Jason Pawloski and Brett Bennett for the team’s single-season shutout record. Stewart’s 11th straight win also eclipses Jon Gillies’ club mark for consecutive wins by a goaltender – one he would extend in his next two starts. Scott Conway tallies a goal and three assists, and Patrick Newell a goal and two assists in the win. Dwyer Tschantz also has a multi-point game with a goal and an assist. The victory also clinches the Eastern Conference regular-season title for the Ice, joining one won in 2008.
2015: The Fuel emphatically finish a roadtrip with a 6-1 win at Greenville, tying a team high for goals and setting one for victory margin. Kyle Stroh has 2G/A and Garett Bembridge 3A in the game. Peter Schneider has a goal and an assist in his second pro game. Chris DeSousa and Justin Holl have two assists each.
Happy birthday to …
Joe Carveth: Capitals right wing from 1939-40, 1941-42, 1943-44, and again in 1950-51. He played 78 games with the Caps, with 29 goals and 50 assists. He had an 18-30-48 line with the team in 1950-51. Carveth played three playoff games with the team in 1951. He was an NHL veteran, playing 504 games with the Red Wings, Bruins and Canadiens from 1940-51. He had 150 goals and 189 assists in the NHL, and also had 37 points in 69 playoff games. He had two 20-goal NHL campaigns, including 26 goals and 54 points in 50 games for the Wings in 1944-45. He was part of two Stanley Cup champions – in 1943 and 1950. He continued to play senior hockey until the mid-1950s. A native of Regina, Sask., he was born in 1918. He passed away in 1985 at age 67.
Dan Villeneuve: Ice defenseman in 1999-2000. He had seven assists in 35 games, and also tallied 146 penalty minutes. He also played all 15 games in the Miron Cup championship run, with a goal and two assists. Villeneuve played six full minor pro seasons from 1996-2002, starting in the Colonial league in Saginaw, then playing for CHL San Antonio and Tulsa and WPHL Fort Worth, both before and after his Ice stint. He was a legendary enforcer, often totaling triple-digit PIMs. A native of Buckingham, Quebec, he is 42.