March 25 in Indianapolis hockey history
1944: Capitals player/coach John Sorrell scores four third-period goals to rally the Caps past the Buffalo Bisons 4-3. Sorrell scores two power play goals 33 seconds apart in the opening minutes of the third, then adds goals at 6:09 and 7:31 of the period. Bill Thomson, Moose Sherritt, Red Kane and Carl “Winky” Smith have two assists each.
1945: The Capitals stave off elimination with a 4-3 win over Hershey at the Coliseum. John Sorrell scores twice, Ed Riegle scores the winner midway through the third, Jack Hewson has a goal and an assist and Dick Knowcinak has two assists. Connie Dion makes 28 saves for the win. The Caps still trail the series 3-1.
1959: Germain Leger completes a hat trick by scoring the winner 1:13 into overtime to give the Chiefs a 5-4 victory over the Troy Bruins. Leger also ties the game with three seconds left in regulation to send the game to OT. James Farelli adds a goal and two assists.
1975: Nick Harbaruk scores 10 seconds into the 3rd period, but the Racers fall 4-3 to Winnipeg at MSA.
1976: The Racers play their fourth straight OT game, and the first of the four in which they register a decision, beating Houston 4-3 on Rene Leclerc’s goal at 5:07 of OT. It’s Leclerc’s second goal and third point of the night. Dave Keon and Michel Parizeau each have a goal and an assist.
1986: Bob Lakso’s goal-scoring streak is snapped at nine games, but he assists on all three Checkers goals in a 5-3 loss to Peoria. Paul Skjodt scores twice.
1990: Bruce Cassidy scores 26 seconds into OT to beat the Muskegon Lumberjacks 3-2 in the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. Mike Stapleton adds two assists.
1994: The Ice rally, trailing 5-3 with three minutes left. Rob Cimetta cashes in Dave Christian’s feed with 2:36 to go, and then Rob Conn ties the game with 11 ticks left, assisted by Cimetta and Hugo Belanger. Cimetta, Belanger and Shawn Byram all score in the shootout to give the Ice a 6-5 win over Kalamazoo.
1996: Kip Miller’s second goal of the game is his 30th of the season, and it’s the game-winner in a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Knights.
2000: A near-sellout crowd of 8,022 crams the Coliseum to see the Ice beat Wichita 3-1.
2001: Chris MacKenzie registers the third five-point night of his Ice career with two goals and three assists in a 6-2 win at Huntsville.
2006: The Ice wrap up the 2005-06 season with an 8-5 loss in Sioux City. Todd McIlrath has two goals and an assist to lead the Ice, who finish the year 25-29-6.
2007: The Ice explode for a 9-1 win over the Chicago Steel on the road. Eric Miller has a hat trick and adds an assist. Eric Olimb, Brett Pterson, John Kemp, Gregory Squires, Ryan Scott and Robert Martini also score for the Ice. They outshoot Chicago 53-18, including 24-3 in the third period. Mike Phillippi and Matt Smith each have three assists. Chicago is whistled for 82 penalty minutes, giving the Ice 19 power plays. They convert on three.
2009: Brandon Richardson scores two goals 18 seconds apart in the third period to give the Ice a 4-2 lead in a game they’d eventually win 5-3 in Waterloo. Mike Cichy (2G, A) and Torey Krug (3A) both tally three-point nights in the win.
2011: Jon Gillies posts his second straight shutout – in starts coming two weeks apart – with 31 saves in a 3-0 win over Des Moines at the Coliseum. Daniil Tarasov, Peter Schneider and Ryan Obuchowski score for the Ice. Obuchowski, Schneider and David Johnstone have two-point nights. It’s the Ice’s seventh straight victory.
2012: Sean Kuraly and Ryan Obuchowski both have three-assist games as the Ice beat Team USA 5-4 in Ann Arbor. Boo Nieves scores the shootout winner. Daniil Tarasov scores twice, including the game-tying goal with 1:03 left. Kuraly extends his point streak to nine games.
Happy birthday to …
Danny Summers: Capitals defenseman from 1946-48. In 130 games, he had eight goals and 33 assists. Summers had a long pro career, from 1945-1966. He played with AHL St. Louis before coming to the Caps, and also played in the AHL with Providence, Syracuse and Springfield. He also played in the old WHL (Winnipeg) and IHL (St. Paul, Minneapolis, Des Moines) during his career. In 1953-54, he played senior hockey and won the Allan Cup. He also won titles in the AHL (Providence, 1949), WHL (Winnipeg, 1956) and IHL (St. Paul 1960, 1961). He is a member of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. He was also a scout for the Red Wings, Rangers and Sharks upon retirement. A native of Winnipeg, he was born in 1924. He passed away in 1999 at age 75.
Peter Steblyk: Defenseman who played six games for the Checkers from 1981-83. He was scoreless and had four penalty minutes. Steblyk, who was an Islanders ninth-round pick in 1980, also played in the IHL for Toledo each of those years, tallying 49 points. A native of Edmonton, he is 56.
Mac Carruth: Fuel goaltender in both 2014-15 and 2015-16. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Blackhawks. He had a distinguished junior career, winning the WHL title and advancing to the Memorial Cup tournament with Portland in 2013. He holds the Winterhawks’ franchise records for most wins in a career and a season. He turned pro in 2013 and has played for Rockford in the AHL, and Toledo, Florida and Indy in the ECHL, and is currently with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL as a fourth-year pro. In January 2015, he was named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Month. Born in Salt Lake City and calling Jackson, Wyoming as his hometown, Mac is 25.