March 24 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: The Capitals beat Providence 3-2 in front of 5,423 at the Coliseum for their first playoff win. Gus Giesebrecht scores the game-winner on the power play with 1:57 left, capping a three-goal third-period rally. Archie Wilder scores early in the third, and Carl Liscombe ties the game with 3:40 to go. Liscombe also assists on the winner.
1942: The Capitals stay alive with a third-period rally in Springfield, winning 4-3. Les Douglas scores in the first and assists on Jack Keating’s shorthanded goal in the second, but Johnny O’Flaherty has a hat trick for Springfield to put them up 3-2 early in the third. Doug McCaig ties the game with an coast-to-coast rush and an unassisted goal with 9:44 left. Gus Giesebrecht wins it with a rebound after Judd McAtee hit the post on a breakaway with 2:02 to go. Joe Turner stops 36 shots to send the series back to Indianapolis for a deciding fifth game.
1943: The Capitals dispose of the Cleveland Barons 4-1 in their AHL semifinal series opener. Floyd Perras makes 14 saves. Adam Brown scores twice, both assisted by Joe Fisher and Connie Brown, in the win.
1946: The Capitals beat the Buffalo Bisons 7-1 at the Coliseum to close the Bisons’ lead in their semifinal series to 2-1. The largest crowd to date to witness a playoff game in Indianapolis – 9,542 – jams the Coliseum to witness. Les Douglas has a goal and two assists to lead the rout.
1949: Capitals are eliminated from the AHL playoffs by Hershey in a best-of-3 series two games to none after a 4-3 loss at the Coliseum. Herb Cain scores the game-winner. Cliff Simpson scores twice for the Caps and Al Dewsbury has two assists.
1951: The Caps fall 4-3 to the Hershey Bears, being swept out of the playoffs in three games. It’s the final playoff game for the Capitals, as they would not make the postseason in their final year. A crowd of 3,560 is thrilled wieh Enio Sclisizzi scores 30 seconds in, and then gives the Caps a 2-1 lead 8:48 in. Gerry Reid gives the Caps a 3-2 lead 8:56 into the third, but the Bears tie it 30 seconds later, and Joe Schertzl scores the winner with 3:10 left. Jim Henry makes 17 saves in the loss.
1957: The Chiefs fall behind 2-0 in the Turner Cup Final, dropping a 7-1 decision to the Cincinnati Mohawks at the Coliseum. Marc Boleau scores his second goal of the series in the second period. Cliff Hicks makes 28 saves in a losing effort.
1958: Marc Boileau scores twice and the Chiefs score four times in the third period to beat Louisville 6-3 in Game 2 of the Turner Cup Final, evening the series at 1-1. The Chiefs would go on to win the series. Cliff Hicks makes 22 saves. Germain Leger has a goal and two assists in the victory.
1977: Rosie Paiement scores his second goal with 19 seconds left to beat the Quebec Nordiques 4-3 at MSA. Brian McDonald has a goal and two assists. Pat Stapleton assists on three goals in the win.
1985: Checkers coach Darcy Regier is fired by GM Fred Creighton after a 7-2 loss in Muskegon. Creighton coaches one game and then hires Moe Bartoli to finish the season.
1991: Sean Williams scores his 40th goal of the year as the Ice beat Muskegon 6-5, exploding for four first-period goals in a game at Pittsburgh Civic Arena. He and Mike Stapleton each have three-point nights.
2001: The Ice give up eight goals, setting a team record for goals allowed in an 8-2 loss to Memphis.
2007: Gregory Squires has two goals and two assists in a 6-3 Ice win over Chicago at the Coliseum. He scores two goals 2:06 in the first period. Brent Gwidt, Jake Skjodt and Garrett Roe score in the final 10 minutes of the third to break a 3-all tie. Gwidt also had two assists.
2013: Mikhail Plotnikov scores his third hat trick of the season, with a natural hat in a 6-3 Ice win in Chicago. Plotnikov scores at 5:04 and 19:01 of the second – the latter on the power play – and 8:01 of the third. Patrick Newell assists on all three of his goals. Lukas Laub also scores twice in the win.
Happy birthday to …
Sebastian Pajerski: Winger for the Ice from 1999-2001. He played 83 games in Indy, with 22 goals and 23 assists. He also had a goal in 14 games in the 2000 Miron Cup championship run. He also played briefly for Macon in the CHL in 2000-01. “Pager” is a native of Sarok, Poland, and is 40.
Ryan Aikia: Ice defenseman from 2001-04. He played 180 games with the Ice, with eight goals and 53 assists, as well as 230 penalty minutes. He also had two assists in 13 playoff games with the Ice. He was a key part of the 2003 division championship team. Aikia played professionally from 1997-2006. He was part of the Columbus team the Ice defeated in the 2000 Miron Cup Final – a year in which he had career-highs with 23 goals and 57 points. He played for UHL Madison and Asheville, IHL Milwaukee, and Columbus in both the CHL and SPHL in addition to the Ice. A native of Sudbury, Ont., he is 43.