March 31 in Indianapolis hockey history
1942: Hershey evens the Calder Cup Final at a game apiece with a 5-4 overtime win at the Coliseum. Wally Hergeshimer scores the winer 2:58 into overtime. The Bears rally from a 4-2 deficit in the third to tie the game. Connie Brown, Doug McCaig, Bill Jennings and Les Douglas score in regulation for the Caps.
1943: The Capitals drop a 3-1 decision to Buffalo in the opener of the Calder Cup Final. Bill Jennings scores in the first to tie the game at 1-1, but the Bisons score twice in the third to win it.
1958: Alex Viskelis scored a power-play goal at 8:34 of overtime to give the Chiefs a 3-2 victory and send the Turner Cup Final to a seventh and deciding game. Red Leger also scores a PP goal in the second period to tie the game and assists on Don Busch’s first-period tally. Cliff Hicks makes 49 saves, including seven tough saves in OT to keep the season alive. Billy Short assists on all three Chiefs goals.
1959: The Chiefs open their final playoff series at the Coliseum against Fort Wayne, falling 6-4. Pierre Brillant scores twice and Don Busch has three assists, but the Chief can’t stop a Komet attack that sees Eddie Long and former Chief Len Ronscon scoring twice.
2006: The Ice fall 5-2 to Cedar Rapids despite a goal and an assist from Todd McIlrath, evening their series at a game each.
2007: John Kemp extends his scoring streak to eight games, but the Ice fall 4-3 in Tri-City.
Happy birthday to …
Steve Black: Left wing who played eight games for the Capitals in 1950-51. He had a goal and two assists. Black played eight pro seasons from 1946-54, including 113 NHL games with the Red Wings and Blackhawks, all between 1949-51. He had 11 goals and 31 points in those NHL contests. He was chosen to play in the 1950 NHL All-Star Game, and was also part of the Wings’ 1950 Stanley Cup championship. A native of Fort William, Ont., he was born in 1927. He passed away in 2008 at age 81.
Marko Makinen: Left wing who played five games for the Ice in 1998-99. A third-round pick of the Sharks in 1995, he came to North America to play for ECHL Louisville & AHL Kentucky in 1997, and split the 1998-99 season between the Ice, ECHL Greenville and Finland. He played for another decade in his native Finland. A native of Turku, Finland, he is 40.
Nick Kunin: Forward who played one game for the Ice in 2013-14, where he suited up against his brother, Luke. He played the 2014-15 season with the Jersey Hitmen of the Tier III USPHL. A native of Chesterfield, Mo., he is 21.