March 23 in Indianapolis hockey history
1944: The Capitals fall behind 2-0 in their first-round series with Buffalo, falling 3-1 to the Bisons. Bernard Ruelle gives the Caps an early lead, but the Bisons score three in the first period to take the lead.
1950: The Capitals clinch their first-round playoff series against St. Louis with a 3-1 win. Doug McKay gets the Caps on the board 33 seconds into the third, Rod Morrison breaks a tie with 2:53 left, Benny Woit adds an empty-netter and Terry Sawchuk makes 21 saves. It’s the Caps’ first playoff series victory since 1943.
1957: The Chiefs open the Turner Cup Final with a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Mohawks in the Cincinnati Gardens. Marc Bolieau’s unassisted goal gives the Chiefs a lead after one, but the Mohawks rallied, in part by killing off six Chiefs power plays.
1958: The Chiefs drop a double-overtime game to Louisville 5-4. The Rebels’ Fiori Goegan scored 3:48 into the second extra session to give his team a 1-0 lead in the Turner Cup Finals. The Chiefs would rally to win the series in seven games. Pierre Brillant would score a goal and an assist, and Marc Boileau and Billy Short each tally assists. Lloyd McKey and Brillant score two goals 37 seconds apart in the opening minute of the second period to give the Chiefs a 3-2 lead.
1976: The Racers have a wild 8-8 tie in San Diego. Michel Parizeau registers at hat trick and adds an assist. Dave Keon has a three-point night with a goal and two assists. The Racers also don’t register a shot in the second period and yet score eight goals, including five in the third. It’s also notable as it’s the team’s third consecutive tie.
1991: Sean Williams has two goals and two assists in a 7-2 win over Kansas City. Warren Rychel has a Gordie Howe hat trick, with a goal late in the second, an assist on Williams’ first goal, and a fight with Jeff Odgers 2:12 into the game. There were three fights in the first five minutes.
1996: Brad Werenka’s second goal of the game comes from the point on the power play with 2:49 left, send the Ice into a shootout against Chicago. There, Sergei Klimovich scores and Jim Waite turns aside all five Chicago attempts in the win. The Ice outshoot Chicago 48-19 in the win.
1999: Dave Hymovitz extends his scoring streak to 12 games with the game-winner at 10:00 of the third period of a 3-1 win over Milwaukee.
2001: A crowd of 6,933 packs the Coliseum to see the Ice beat Memphis 6-2.
2005: Travis Winter scores at 4:04 of overtime to break a 13-game losing streak for the Ice and beat Green Bay 3-2. Eddie Del Grosso had a goal and two assists in the game. Tomas Klempa had the other goal and an assist.
Happy birthday to …
Bill Thomson: Capitals right wing from 1939-41, and again from 1942-45. He played 232 games with the Caps, scoring 67 goals and 120 assists, as well as tallying 62 penalty minutes. He suited up in 22 playoff games for the Caps, with seven goals and 13 assists. Thomson played several years in the Red Wings’ system, and got a five-game callup to Detroit in 1943-44, after making his NHL debut for three games in 1938-39. He had two goals and two assists in the NHL, and also played two playoff games in 1944. Thomson played professionally from 1937-49, primarily in the AHL. He played for Syracuse and Pittsburgh prior to joining the Caps, and went on to play for St. Louis and Hershey after leaving the Caps in 1945. He also played for Omaha, Minneapolis, Tulsa and Dallas in the AHA/USHL, and Seattle in the PCHL. He had three professional 20-goal seasons, two of which came in Indy – 23 goals in 1942-43, and 20 in 1943-44. He also had a career-high 38 assists and 58 points in 1943-44. He was part of a division champion team in 1940 and a Calder Cup runner-up in 1943 with the Caps. In 1936, he won the silver medal at the Winter Olympics playing for Canada. He is a member of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. A native of Troon-Ayrshire, Scotland, he was born in 1914. He passed away in 1993 at age 89.
Brian McDonald: “Big Mac” was a popular Racer from 1974-77. He played 159 games for the Racers, with 45 goals and 45 assists during his career. He also played in all 16 of the franchise’s playoff games, with three goals and five assists. He was key in the 1977 sweep of Cincinnati. McDonald broke into pro hockey in 1965, with AHL Buffalo and CHL St. Louis, and spent several years in the Blackhawks’ organization before making his NHL debut in the 1968 playoffs. He played his first NHL regular season game in 1971, when he suited up in 12 for the Buffalo Sabres. He made the jump to the WHA in 1972 and played the remainder of his career, scoring 20 goals for Houston in 1972-73 and 22 for Los Angeles in 1973-74. He also played for the Michigan Stags in 1974-75 before coming to the Racers at midseason. He played 316 NHL/WHA games, with 90 goals and 100 assists. He also had six goals and five assists in 34 major pro playoff games. He retired after the 1976-77 season. A native of Toronto, he is 72.
Mark Reimer: Goaltender for the Ice in 1991-92. In six games, he was 2-3-1 with a 3.41 GAA. Reimer played professionally from 1987-93, and again in 1995-96 in the Southern legue with Daytona. He suited up in the AHL with Adirondack, where he played through 1991-92. He also played in the IHL with Flint, San Diego and Indy, in the ECHL with Toledo, one game in the Colonial league with Chatham, and two stints in the Sunshine/Southern leagues with Daytona Beach. He was a fourth-round pick of the Red Wings in 1987. A native of Calgary, he is 50.