April 3 in Indianapolis hockey history
1943: The Capitals fall behind 2-0 in the best-of-5 Calder Cup Final, dropping a 5-2 decision in Buffalo. Judd McAtee has a goal and an assist on Bill Jennings’ tally to give the Caps a 2-1 lead early in the second, but the Bisons score three in the third to break it open.
1976: The Racers register their first sellout at MSA, as 16,040 witness a 5-2 loss to the New England Whalers with a chance to win the division title.
1980: Richard Brodeur makes 21 saves to shut out the Dallas Black Hawks 5-0. It’s his fourth shutout of the season. Garth MacGuigan scores the winner in the final regular-season home game of the Checkers’ inaugural season.
1991: Dan Vincelette and Trevor Dam score 26 seconds apart in the second period, helping lift the Ice to a 5-4 win over Fort Wayne. The two goals made it a 4-2 contest. After the Komets tied it, Owen Lessard scored with 2:32 left in the second to give the Ice the win.
1996: Ravil Gusmanov posts a five-point night, tallying two goals and three assists in a 6-2 win over Detroit at MSA. Sergei Klimovich has a goal and two assists, Kip Miller two assists.
2010: The Ice snap an eight-game skid and conclude the 2009-10 regular season with a 3-2 win in Chicago. Billy Fitzgerald, Antti Roppo and Nic Dowd score for the Ice, and Casey DeSmith stops 23 shots for the victory.
Happy birthday to …
Bob Lakso: Member of the Indianapolis Checkers throughout their three years in the IHL, and would rejoin the Ice in their inaugural year of 1988-89. In those four seasons, he played 295 games, tallying 144 goals and 156 assists. He had a 40-goal season in 1985-86 (41-35-76), and a 94-point season in 1986-87 (39 goals, 55 assists). He had at least 26 goals in each of his four seasons in Indianapolis. He would leave Indy and play four years with the Fort Wayne Komets, posting a career-best 100-point season in 1989-90 in Fort Wayne. A native of Aurora, Minnesota, Bob is 55.
Aaron Smith: Played four games with the Ice in the CHL in 2003-04, picking up two penalty minutes. It was the first of two years he would play professionally, with five teams in the CHL and ECHL. In 61 games, he scored three goals and added 10 assists. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, he is 38.
Michael Neal: Fuel forward in 2016-17. He signed with the team after playing the season in Germany and immediately became a point-per-game player. A fifth-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2007, he had played for AHL Texas, as well as Idaho, Orlando, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Kalamazoo and Wichita in the ECHL, as well as Sonthofen in Germany, over eight seasons before joining the Fuel. He is the brother of NHL veteran James Neal. A native of Whitby, Ontario, he is 28.