April 4 in Indianapolis hockey history
1942: The Capitals’ celebration is put on hold by a day, as Hershey’s Wally Hergeshimer scores in the second and third periods to rally the Bears past the Caps 3-2.
1959: For the third straight playoff game, the Chiefs take an early lead – this time when Germain Leger scores 23 seconds into the opening period – but Fort Wayne rallies to beat the Chiefs 6-1 and take a 3-0 lead in their semifinal series.
1976: The Racers beat the New England Whalers 4-2 and finish off their WHA East Division championship season with a 35-39-6 record. The victory clinches the division title by one point over the Cleveland Crusaders, and earns the Racers a first-round bye in the WHA playoffs.
1980: The Checkers close their first season with a 40-32-7 record and a 3-1 loss in Dallas.
1982: The Checkers close the 1981-82 regular season with a 7-2 win over Salt Lake and a 42-33-5 record. Steve Stoyanovich scores twice to elight the crowd of 4,748 at the Coliseum. Frank Beaton has three assists. Kelly Hrudey makes 33 saves in the win.
1986: Byron Lomow has two goals and then pots the shootout winner in a 5-4 Checkers victory in Muskegon. Charlie Skjodt and Bob Lakso each tally three assists.
1989: The Flint Spirits rally from a 5-1 deficit to tie the Ice midway through the third at the Coliseum, but Mike Murray scores on Alain Lemieux’s fourth assist of the night with 1:25 left to give the Ice a 6-5 win.
1992: The Ice snap a six-game skid and close the 1991-92 season with a 5-3 win in Muskegon. Shawyn Byram scores twice and Craig Woodcroft pots the game-winner. The Ice went 11-6-1 with Ray LeBlanc in net after his return but finished 31-41-10 overall. He turned aside 38 shots in the win.
2000: The Ice open the playoffs with a 3-2 win over Tulsa, boosted by Peter Jas’ game-winning goal in overtime.
2008: The Ice rally from a four-goal deficit in the first period to beat Cedar Rapids 6-4. Jake Skjodt scores a power play goal late in the first to start the comeback, and then adds a power play goal in the second. Ben Blood and Will MacDonald also score in the second to tie the game. John Carlson and John Kemp score goals in the third to win it. Skjodt tallies a four-point game with two goals and two assists. Paul Carey assists on three goals. Kemp (G, A) and Ron Cramer (2A) have multi-point nights. Matt Hoyle came on in relief and stopped all 16 shots he saw for the win. In the win, the Ice clinch first place in the USHL’s East Division.
2009: The Ice close the 2008-09 regular season with a 6-4 loss in Chicago. The team finishes 39-19-2 and places third in the tough USHL Eastern Division.
2012: Daniil Tarasov tallies a four-point game as the Ice beat Chicago 6-5 in a shootout. The Ice score five in the second period, as Tarasov assists on goals by Kirill Lebedev and Sean Kuraly and scores twice. Ryan Obuchowski assists on three goals. Kuraly and Drew Smolcynski have a goal and an assist each. Lebedev scores the shootout winner.
2014: The Ice end their two-year run of playing home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a 4-2 loss to Green Bay. Scott Conway and Alex Talcott score in front of 6,404. It’s the first loss for Hayden Stewart in goal, who finishes the regular season 13-1-0.
2015: Fuel rally in the third period to beat Fort Wayne 3-2 at the Coliseum. Nicklas Lindberg scores his second of the game to tie it with 12:18 left, and then Mike Duco tallies the winner with 5:52 remaining. Shane Owen takes the net in the second period and stops all 14 shots he faces to get the win
Happy birthday to …
Roy Glover: Center who played 54 games with the Capitals in 1943-44, tallying six goals and 14 assists. A native of Fort William, Ontario, he was born in 1926.
Cliff Simpson: Center who played parts of five seasons with the Capitals from 1942-43 and again from 1945-49. In 1947-48, he became the team’s first-ever 100-point man, with 48 goals and 62 assists. Simpson scored at least 20 goals four times with the Caps. He played 244 games with the team, scoring 136 goals and assisting on 143. He is the Capitals’ career scoring leader. Simpson played six games for the Red Wings in 1946-47, and two playoff games in 1947 and 1948, his only NHL action. A native of Toronto, he was born in 1923. He passed away in 1987 at age 64.
Eric Lecompte: Left wing who joined the Ice at the end of the 1994-95 season, and played three more full seasons from 1995-98. The Blackhawks’ No. 1 draft pick in 1993, Lecompted played 163 games with the Ice. He scored 35 goals and assisted on 34, to go along with 259 PIMs. Lecompte scored 24 of those goals in 1995-96. He played for several IHL/AHL teams in that time, and played several years in Europe from 1999-2008. Lecompte stayed active through 2013, playing in Quebec’s LNAH. A native of Montreal, he is 42.
Peter Schneider: Forward with both the Indiana Ice and Indy Fuel. He signed with the Fuel after finishing his college career in the spring of 2015. From there through the 2015-16 season, he played 74 games with the Fuel, with 20 goals and 25 assists. He was traded to Florida in the summer of 2016 and currently plays for the Kalamazoo Wings. In his first stint in Indy, he had 30 goals and 23 assists for the Ice in 2010-11, and added a goal and two assists in five postseason games. Schneider took his talents from the Ice to Notre Dame, where he had 22 goals and 25 assists in four seasons from 2011-15. A native of Vienna, Austria, he is 26.
Mike Seidel: Fuel forward in 2015-16. He came in a midseason trade and played two games for the team before suffering an injury. He is currently playing for the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL. Seidel came to the Fuel having scored 46 goals in two and a half seasons with three different ECHL teams after a strong four-year career at Minnesota-Duluth, where he was an NCAA champion in 2011. A native of Darien, Ill., he is 29.