March 30 in Indianapolis hockey history
1950: The Capitals clinch their seminfinal series by beating the Providence Reds 4-1. The Caps hold a 44-26 shot advantage. Rod Morrison and Don Morrison each score and have an assist for the Caps. Terry Sawchuk stops 25 shots, his fourth straight game allowing just one goal.
1958: The Chiefs fall 1-0 to the Louisville Rebels in Game 5 of the Turner Cup Final. Fiori Goegan scores unassisted 3:13 into the third to provide the game’s only goal. Cliff Hicks stops 27 shots in a losing effort, Lou Crowdis makes 26 saves to get the shutout. The Chiefs trail the series 3-2.
1977: Gene Peacosh has a hat trick to help stake the Racers to a 5-0 lead, but Cincinnati comes back and ties the game 5-5, with future Racer Blaine Stoughton tallying a hat trick for the Stingers. Brian McDonald had a goal and two assists, and Rene Leclerc had three assists.
1984: The Checkers play their final regular season game as a member of the CHL, falling 5-4 to Salt Lake in overtime in front of 3,810 at the Coliseum. Red Laurence and Ken Leiter each tally a goal and an assist in the game. The loss puts the Checkers in fourth place. The Checkers finish the season 34-36-2, their first sub-.500 record in their five CHL sesaons.
1986: The Checkers explode for eight goals in an 8-1 win over Kalamazoo. Rob Holland turns aside 35 shots in the win. Mel Hewitt has two goals and an assist, and Tim Thomas has a goal and two assists.
1990: The Ice beat Salt Lake 6-5 for their second win in as many nights in the Salt Palace. Brian Noonan scores twoce and assists on two goals. Mike McNeill also scores twice for the Ice.
1991: In a 6-5 win over Muskegon, Jim Johannson scores twice and also adds three assists — including a helper on Owen Lessard’s game-winner in the third period. Mike Stapleton scores a second-period goal and also assists on three. Lessard scores twice.
2004: The Ice CHL era comes to an end as they fall 3-1 on the road in the deciding fifth game at Shreveport. Jared Dumba scores the final goal for the Ice with 1:06 left in the third, assisted by Ryan Carter and Bernie John. The Ice franchise will be transferred to Topeka, while a USHL expansion franchise will take the name and assets of the team for the 2004-05 season.
2007: Eric Miller converts on a penalty shot for the Ice, but they fall 7-2 in Tri-City.
Happy birthday to …
Adam Bennett: Ice defenseman from 1991-93. The sixth overall selection by Chicago in the 1989 NHL Draft, Bennett joined the Ice at the conclusion of the 1990-91 junior season and played 101 games in Indy through 1993, tallying 12 goals and 27 assists. He also was scoreless in four playoff games. Bennett played 69 NHL games between 1991-94 with the Blackhawks and Oilers, as he went to Edmonton prior to the 1993-94 season. He retired after the 1995-96 season, in which he played five games for ECHL Richmond. A native of Georgetown, Ont., he is 46.
Yuri Krivokhija: Ice defenseman in 1995-96. He had five goals and 17 assists in 68 games. He was also scoreless in five playoff games that season. Montreal’s 10th-round pick in 1988, Krivokhija came to North America in 1992-93 and played nine minor pro seasons, split between several leagues in both North America and Europe. His best year came in 1993-94, when he had 47 points split between IHL Milwaukee and CoHL Detroit. He currently coaches hockey in Pittsburgh. A native of Minsk, Belarus, he is 50.
Kevin Schmidt: Ice defenseman in 2000-01. He had a goal and seven assists in 70 games as a rookie, but posted a +16 rating. He also appeared in three playoff games that year. The Northern Michigan grad then continued his pro career with the UHL Fort Wayne Komets for three seasons. A native of Winnipeg, he is 40.
Ben Osborne: Ice forward for 26 games in 2004-05. He had a goal and 110 PIM. He also played two prior junior seasons for the NAHL Texas Tornado. A native of Madison, Wis., he is 32.