March 26 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: Gus Giesebrecht leads an 8-2 Capitals win over the Providence Reds, tallying the first playoff hat trick in Capitals history and adding an assist. Player-coach Herb Lewis has a goal and two assists. Jack Keating also has a goal and an assist, and Alfie Moore stops 48 shots to seal the victory. The series is even at two games apiece.
1942: Capitals beat Springfield 3-2 in 2OT to clinch the best-of-5 semifinal series 3-2. Connie Brown and Hec Kilrea put the Capitals up 2-1 in the second, but Springfield’s Johnny O’Flaherty ties the game in the third. In the second overtime, Judd McAtee poke-checks Springfield’s Bob Dill and scored the game-winner while being grabbed from behind and falling down at the 79:52 mark.
1944: The Capitals are put on the brink of elimination with a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Bisons at the Coliseum. Carl “Winky” Smith has a goal and an assist for the Caps, who now trail the best-of-7 semifinal series 3-1.
1946: Vic Lynn scores the game-winner as the Buffalo Bisons beat the Capitals 4-1 in Game 4 of their semifinal series at the Coliseum, taking a 3-1 lead in the series.
1950: The Caps open their semifinal series with a 6-1 win at Providence. Gordon Haidy, Gerry Reid and Enio Sclisizzi score first-period goals. Reid would finish the day with two goals and an assist. Fred Glover has a goal and two assists. Doug McKay assists on three goals. Gordon Haidy scores twice and adds an assist, and Pat Lundy has three assists. Terry Sawchuk stops 33 shots in the win.
1957: The Chiefs are swept in the Turner Cup Finals by the powerful Cincinnati Mohawks – a team many consider one of the most dominant in hockey history. Cincinnati wins 5-0 in the game. They outscored the Chiefs 16-2 for the series. The Mohawks were coached by ex-Capital Rollie McLenahan.
1958: Billy Short scores with 1:54 left and Marc Boileau adds an empty-netter to give the Chiefs a 3-1 win over Louisville and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-7 Turner Cup Finals series. Cliff Hicks makes 36 saves in net
1985: Four Checkers have three-point nights in a 7-3 win over Milwaukee. Garth MacGuigan and John Ollson have two goals and an assist each. Jim Koudys and Kevin Devine each tally three assists. Rob Holland makes 29 saves to outduel Darren Pang in net. General manager Fred Creighton coaches the game before the arrival of interim coach Moe Bartoli.
1989: Shane Doyle has his first career 3-point game with the Ice and Bob Lakso scores an unassisted goal 2:41 into OT to give the Ice a 6-5 win over Peoria. Brent Sapergia and Alain Lemieux each score twice ‘ for Sapergia, it’s goals 40 and 41.
Happy birthday to …
Mike Speer: Ice defenseman from 1991-94. He played one regular season and one playoff game in 1990-1991 after his junior season ended, then played three full seasons with the team. He suited up in 157 games with the Ice, tallying eight goals and 19 assists, as well as 322 PIM. He had a goal in six playoff games. He went from the Ice to play for St. John’s in the AHL, Fort Wayne in the IHL, Brantford and Utica in the Colonial Hockey League, then played for the University of Toronto after his professional career ended. A native of Toronto, he is 46.
Brandon Russo: Ice defenseman in 2010-11. He had a goal and 15 assists in 37 games with the Ice, and also suited up in one playoff game. A native of Fairfield, Conn., he is 25.
Vincent Arseneau: Left wing for the Indy Fuel in 2014-15. In 20 games, his power game led to him tallying eight goals and four assists, as well as 70 PIM. He came to the Fuel on loan from the AHL Manchester Monarchs, who traded him to the Worcester Sharks in mid-March. Arseneau turned pro in the spring of 2013 following a long junior career, and has played in the AHL for Lake Erie and Worcester, the CHL with Denver – where he had 24 goals in 2013-14 – and the ECHL with Ontario and Indy. He finished the 2015 season with the Allen Americans, where he had 11 points in 24 playoff games to lead the Americans to the Kelly Cup title. He has played 2015-16 for both AHL San Jose and ECHL Allen, winning a second straight Kelly Cup. He currently plays for the Wichita Thunder. A native of Iles-de-la-Madeline, Quebec, he is 25.