March 22 in Indianapolis hockey history

March 22 in Indianapolis hockey history

1943: The Capitals clinch their first-round playoff series against Pittsburgh, winning the series two games to none with a 5-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh. Sandy Ross and Judd McAtee score 51 seconds apart in the 10-minute, non-sudden death overtime. McAtee also has an assist on Ross’ goal, setting a never-to-be-broken record with two points in the same overtime period. Bill Thomson, Fred Weaver and Bill Cunningham each tally a goal and an assist in the series-clincher, and Floyd Perras makes 42 saves.

1945: The Capitals fall behind 2-0 in their AHL semifinal series to Hershey with a 3-2 loss. Bill Thomson has assits on Fido Purpur and Dick Kowcinak’s goals, but the Caps are unable to solve Nick Damore. Connie Dion makes 30 saves in the loss.

1949: The Capitals drop a 5-0 decision to the Hershey Bears in the opening game of their best-of-3 quarterfinal series. Gord Henry outduels Terry Sawchuk in net.

1951: The Caps fall behind two games to none in their best-of-5 series with Hershey, as former Cap Gerry Brown scores a power play goal 44 seconds into overtime. It’s Brown’s second goal of the game. Rod Morrison tallies a goal and an assist for the Caps, his gaol giving the Caps a lead midway through the third. However, Red Sullivan ties it up for Hershey with 1:03 left to send the game into OT.

1984: Kevin Devine and Red Laurence each have hat tricks as the Checkers beat Salt Lake 10-4. Laurence adds two assists for a five-point game. Bob Hess also assists on three goals.

1986: Bob Lakso scores for the eighth straight game, and the Checkers win their seventh straight, beating Muskegon 7-2 at MSA. Lakso, Kurt Kleinendorst, Paul Skjodt and Charlie Skjodt each tally a goal and an assist in the win. The Checkers score two shorthanded goals as well.

1987: George Servinis has a natural hat trick, scoring the last three goals in a 5-1 Checkers win over Peoria in front of 8,803 at MSA. Two of his goals are unassisted, the third goal gives him 40 for the year. Byron Lomow adds a goal and an assist and Joe West scores the game-winner in the second period.

1994: Shawn Byram has a four-point night in a 6-3 Ice win over Peoria. He scores the game-winning goal and adds three assists. Karl Dykhuis also has three assists.

1997: Steve Dubinsky scores the game-winner aginst Cincinnati at 27 seconds of the third period, giving the Ice a two-goal lead in an eventual 3-2 win. Chris Snell adds a goal and two assists.

1998: David Ling scores two more goals — his fifth and sixth in four games with the Ice — in a 4-2 win over Quebec. Petri Varis adds three assists. Todd White scores a goal and assists on another. The Ice go 4-7 on the power play. All but one goal in the game were scored on the PP.

2003: The Ice beat Amarillo 3-2 for their second straight victory, going to 2-0 in the playoff series.

2014: Brian Pinho nets a natural hat trick in the second period to give the Ice a 4-3 win over Youngstown at Pan Am Pavilion. Pinho scores at 13:36, 14:50 and 19:59 of the second period. Jacob Pritchard and Aidan Muir, his linemates, each have two assists.

Happy birthday to …

Bernie Bernaquez: Chiefs right wing for seven games in 1959-60. He had a goal and two assists. Bernaquez played two full minor pro sesons in the EHL, and had a 41-goal year in 1956-57 in Washington. He is the only Mexican-born player to have played hockey in Indianapolis. A native of Mexico City, he was born in 1932.

Dave Keon: One of the great players in hockey history, Keon joined the Racers at the end of the 1975-76 campaign and had three goals and seven assists in 12 games, helping lead the team to a division title. He also had two goals and two assists in seven playoff games. Keon came to the Racers after playing 15 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He came to the WHA and played for the Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1975-76, then joined the Racers upon the Fighting Saints’ folding. He went back to Minnesota the following year, and then finished his 22-year major pro career with three seasons in Hartford, retiring in 1982. He played 1,597 games in the NHL/WHA, with 498 goals, 779 assists and 1,277 points. He also had just 137 penalty minutes. In the playoffs, he had 45 goals and 59 assists in 128 postseason games in the NHL & WHA. Keon twice won the Lady Byng trophy for gentlemanly play n the NHL, and also twice won the trophy for such play in the WHA. He won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie in 1961, and was the NHL’s playoff MVP in 1967, the year the Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup. He had eight points in 12 games in that playoff year. Keon had 14 20-goal seasons in his career and two 30-goal seasons. He was considered one of the top defensive forwards of his era. Keon won Stanley Cups in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967, all with Toronto. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame (1986) and the WHA Hall of Fame (2010). A native of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, he is 77.

Jerry Rollins: Racers defenseman for seven games in their final 1978 season. He had one assist and seven penalty minutes. Rollins played 130 games in the WHA from 1975-78, with the Toronto Toros/Birmingham Bulls, Phoenix Roadrunners and the Racers, accumulating nine goals, 27 points and 378 PIM.  He was drafted in the second round of both the 1975 NHL and WHA drafts by Detroit and Toronto, respectively. He is the son of longtime NHL goaltender Al Rollins. A native of New Westminster, BC, he is 62.

John Marks: Checkers defenseman in 1981-82, where he had six goals and 20 assists in 53 games. He also was the head coach of the IHL’s Indianapolis Ice from 1991-93, going 59-75-14 in those two seasons. Marks came to the Checkers at the end of a long NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, for whom he played from 1972-82. He played 657 games in the NHL, with 112 goals and 163 assists, as well as 330 PIM. He also had 14 points in 57 playoff games. He retired in 1982 and embarked on a long coaching career that has seen stops at the University of North Dakota, the IHL’s Kalamazoo Wings and Indianapolis Ice, ECH’s Charlotte Checkers, Greenville Grrrowl, Pensacola Ice Piolots and Augusta Lynx, the SPHL’s Fayetteville FireAntz, the Dayton Gems of the second iteration of the IHL, and most recently, the USHL’s Fargo Force. He won titles in 2007 with Fayetteville in the SPHL and in the ECHL in 1996 with Charlotte and 2002 with Greenville. He also led Fargo to the 2013 USHL CLark Cup final. He is a member of the ECHL Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. A native of Winnipeg, he is 69.

Chris McSorley: Ice center for 39 games in the 1988-89 season. He had two goals, four assists and 222 penalty minutes. McSorley was a legendary enforcer during his pro career, which spanned 1984-89, and then intermittently through 1998. He had his best season in 1985-86 with the Toledo Goaldiggers of the IHL, with 27 goals, 55 points and 545 PIM. He also played for Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Flint in the IHL, and briefly suited up as a player-coach for Las Vegas, and New Haven and Springfield in the AHL. He also briefly played five games for ECHL Nashville. Since 1989-90, he has been a coach, in the ECHL with Winston-Salem, Richmond and Toledo, and the IHL with Las Vegas. He won ECHL titles in 1993 and 1994 with Toledo. Since 2007, he has been the head coach and part-owner of the Geneva Servette team in Switzerland. He is the brother of NHL veteran Marty McSorley. A native of Hamilton Ontario, he is 53.

Tuomas Gronman: Ice defenseman from 1996-98. He played 57 games for the Ice, with five goals and 19 assists. He also had a goal and an assist in four postseason games in 1997. A second-round pick of the Nordiques in 1992, Gronman earned a brief callup to Chicago in 1996-97, and was traded to Pittsburgh early in the 1997-98 season, where he played 22 games and a playoff game for the Penguins. In 38 NHL games, he had a goal and three assists. Gronman played in North America from 1996-99, primarily in the IHL (Indianapolis, Kansas City) and AHL (Syracuse). He returned to his native Finland in 1999 and continued to play in Helsinki, Kukko and Turku. He represented Finland at the 1998 Winter Olympics and won a bronze medal. A native of Viltasaari, Finland, he is 43.

Tom Viola: Defenseman for the Ice in 2000-01. He was scoreless and had 14 PIM in 12 games with the team, his only minor pro action. A native of MIssissauga, Ont., he is 45.

Bryan Yim: Ice forward in 2012-13. He had a goal and four assists in 16 games. he went on from the Ice to play in the Tier II NAHL with Port Huron, where he had 20 goals and 50 points in 2013-14. He recently finished his sophomore season at Adrian College in Michigan, where he has 26 goals and 34 assists in two seasons playing for former Ice assistant Adam Krug. A native of Farmington, Mich., he is 23.

Dwyer Tschantz: Ice forward, for one game in the 2012-13 season, and the full 2013-14 year. He had 24 goals and 44 points in 53 games with the Ice, and had three assists in eight playoff games in the 2014 Clark Cup title run. Tschantz was picked in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues. He recently finished his junior season at Cornell, where he has 16 points in 52 career games. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he is 22.

Austin Kosack: Ice defenseman in 2013-14. He had three goals and 26 assists in 57 games. He also was a USHL-best +40. He had six assists in 12 games in the 2015 Clark Cup championship run. Kosack started the 2014-15 season at Ferris State, and then moved to Major Junior, where he played three seasons with North Bay in the OHL and Moncton in the QMJHL. He is currently a sophomore at Ryerson University in Toronto, with six points in seven games. A native of Oakville, Ont., he is 22.

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