April 5 in Indianapolis hockey history
1942: Capitals beat Hershey 8-3 at the Coliseum to clinch the Calder Cup for the first time in team history. Jack Keating, Sandy Ross and Joe Fisher scored three goals 51 seconds apart in the first period to put the Caps up 3-0. Joe Turner made 36 saves in goal in the final hockey game of his career before going off to war. Jack Keating (9/8) and Les Douglas (8/9) both set a new AHL playoff record with 17 points in a playoff, Roy Sawyer also sets a record with 14 assists.
1943: Buffalo clinches the Calder Cup on Fairgorunds ice, beating the Capitals 6-2 to sweep the AHL’s championship series in three games. Hec Kilrea and Bill Thomson score the goals for the Caps. Floyd Perras sees just 16 shots, but stops only 10 in the loss. It’s the end of an era, as beloved coach Herb Lewis goes into private-sector life after the game and takes a job at an Indianapolis factory.
1950: Capitals beat Cleveland 4-1 as Terry Sawchuk outduels Cleveland’s Johnny Bower. Sawchuk makes 47 saves to give the Caps a 1-0 edge in the best-of-7 Calder Cup Final. Gerry Reid, Rod Morrison and Al Dewsbury score second-period goals to put the Caps up 3-1. Dewsbury and Pat Lundy each have a goal and an assist.
1959: The Chiefs’ final playoff win is a 5-2 victory in Fort Wayne. Claude Vinet scores in the opening 70 seconds for the second straight game. Pierre Brillant scores twice, as does Vinet. Germain Leger adds a goal 20 seconds into the third. Cliff Hicks makes 31 saves, but the Chiefs still trail 3-1 in the series.
1981: The Checkers finish their second regular season with a 3-1 loss to Fort Worth at MSA. Neil Hawryliw’s 37th goal is the team’s lone tally. The Checkers finish the season with a 44-30-6 record.
1985: Neal Coulter scores an unusual empty-net goal with four seconds left in overtime to give the Checkers a 4-3 win in Milwaukee. Gord Paddock scores twice in the win.
1991: Sean Williams had two goals and two assists, with helpers on goals by Warren Rychel and Stephen Veilleux in the first 2:11 of the third to tie the game at 5-5. But Muskegon’s Dave Michayluk scored with 1:38 left to give the Lumberjacks a 6-5 win in the L.C. Walker Arena.
2000: The Ice take a 2-0 series lead over Tulsa with a 4-1 win. Dan Villeneuve scores the game-winner and Benoit Thibert posts his second straight win in goal.
2008: Scott Darling and Matt Hoyle stop 15 shots to combine on a shutout in a 7-0 season-ending win over Ohio. John Kemp has a goal and three assists in his final regular-season game with the Ice. Will MacDonald and John Carlson each have a goal and two assists. The Ice finish the season 38-15-6 and as the USHL’s East Division champions, three points better than Waterloo.
2014: The Ice complete their best-ever regular season with a 5-2 win in Chicago. Brian Pinho has a goal and an assist, Austin Kosack two assists, and Tyler Andrew, Patrick Newell and Scott Conway all score goals. Jason Pawloski makes 31 saves to finish with a 27-8-6 record. The team finishes 42-11-7 and has the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Ice miss winning the Anderson Cup by two points.
2015: Rhett Bly and Peter Schneider score 1:01 apart in the third to give the Fuel a 4-2 win over Elmira. Shane Owen stops 23 of 25 playing on the third straight day.
Happy birthday to …
Bill Blackwood: Defenseman who played three games for the Racers in 1977-78 after finishing his career at Clarkson University – where he is in the school’s Hall of Fame. He would go on to play two seasons with IHL Fort Wayne. A native of Sudbury, Ontario, he is 62.
Roy Sommer: Center who played 37 games for the Checkers in 1985-86, tallying nine goals, 10 assists and 118 PIMs. It was a later stop in a pro career that spanned from 1977-87. Sommer has made his mark as a coach, where he began as an assistant with Muskegon in 1987 — the team he joined after playing for the Checkers. In 2014, he set the American Hockey League record for games coached, a stint that began in 1998 with the Kentucky Thoroughblades. He is second among AHL coaches in all-time wins. He has coached the Worcester Sharks/San Jose Barracuda since 2006. Sommer won a championship in the ECHL with Richmond in 1995. A native of Oakland, California, he is 60.
Ildar Telyakov: Defenseman who played eight games for the Fuel in 2014-15. One of the tallest players to lace up skates in Indy at 6-foot-8, he was scoreless in his Fuel stint – his second North American pro season – before being traded to Kalamazoo mid-season. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, he is 26.
Jamie Wise: Indy Fuel forward in 2014-15. Coming to the team on loan from the AHL Rockford IceHogs, Wise scored a goal in the team’s second game, and split the season between Indy and Rockford, tallying 12 points in 30 games with the Fuel. Wise came to the Fuel after tallying 29 goals in two years at Ryerson University in Toronto, and 38 goals in three OHL seasons. A native of Stouffville, Ont., he is 26.
Randy Cure: Fuel defenseman in 2016-17. He had three assists in 18 games with the team before being dealt to Allen. He is currently with the Wichita Thunder. Cure came to the Fuel after playing three seasons with Elmira, Fort Wayne, Evansville and Tulsa in the ECHL. He also played four years at Mercyhurst College. A native of Bloomington, Minn., he is 27.