April 8 in Indianapolis hockey history
1950: The Capitals beat Cleveland 6-2 in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Final behind a hat trick from Pat Lundy and three assists from Al Dewsbury. Terry Sawchuk makes 37 saves. The Caps score four times in the third to break a 2-2 tie
1981: The Checkers open the 1981 playoffs with a 5-2 loss to the Wichita Wind at MSA, despite a goal and an assist from Charlie Skjodt.
1987: Mike Berger gets his first point in an Indianapolis uniform, assisting on Todd Carlile’s goal as the Checkers beat Kalamazoo 6-3. Todd Bjorkstrand has two goals and an assist in the victory.
1989: The Ice explode for five first period goals and don’t let up in an 11-2 win over the Denver Rangers. Ron Handy and Alain Lemieux score 30 seconds apart in the first to make it 3-0 and chase starter Ron Scott. Lemieux and Dwaine Hutton each have a hat trick – Lemieux adds two assists — and Rick Barkovich has two goals and two assists. It’s the first time in team history two players scored a hat trick in the same game.
1995: The Ice fall 5-4 in Kalamazoo to conclude the season with a 32-41-8 record and a five-game winless streak. The Ice miss the playoffs in the 17-team IHL.
2005: The Ice play their first USHL playoff game and fall 7-3 in Cedar Rapids despite two goals and an assist from Michal Borovansky.
2006: The Ice’s second USHL season ends with a 6-2 loss to Cedar Rapids in Game 5 of their best-of-five first-round series. Garrett Roe gives the Ice an early lead, and Mike Hull’s power play goal midway through the second ties the game, but Cedar Rapids scores four times in the third, with Teddy Purcell scoring the game-winner at 7:04 of the period. It marks the second straight year the Ice are eliminated by the Rough Riders in the first round.
2015: Fuel close out their inaugural home schedule with a thrilling 4-3 OT win over Kalamazoo. Justin Holl scores the winner from below the goal line, banking it off netminder Joel Martin and in. Holl and Kyle Stroh each have a goal and an assist
2016: Fuel finish their second home season with a win, beating Fort Wayne 5-2 in front of 6,176 at the Coliseum. Brandon Wong and Cody Sharib score 1:08 apart in the first to get the game going. Daniel Ciampini gives Indy a 3-1 lead in the second, and both Anders Franzon and Ben Marshall add insurance goals. Keegan Asmundson stops 39 shots. Sharib, Ciampini (G/A each) and Kevin Clare (2A) all tally two-point games. Prior to the game, Bernie John is named the Fuel’s permanent coach for the 2016-17 season.
Happy birthday to …
Gordon “Moose” Sherritt: Defenseman who played two and a half seasons with the Capitals from 1942-45. He scored five goals in his tenure in Indy. He also had a brief eight-game stint with the Red Wings in 1943-44. He was a rugged player, becoming one of the first century-mark PIM players. He continued to play professionally through 1949, primarily in Minneapolis. He was born in Oakville, Manitoba in 1919, and passed away in 2005.
Randy Wyrozub: Center who played 55 games with the Racers in their division championship season of 1975-76. He had 11 goals and 14 assists that season. He broke into the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres in 1970-71, and played parts of four seasons with the Sabres before jumping to the WHA in 1974-75 with Cincinnati, and the next season with the Racers. He played in the minor leagues through 1979. He had 19 goals and 25 assists in 155 NHL/WHA games. A native of Lacombe, Alberta, he is 67.
Bruce Rendall: Winger who played 15 games with the Ice in 1988-89, tallying two goals and two assists. He retired as a player in 1990, but played games in 1992-93 and 1998-99 in the Colonial/United Hockey Leagues when teams he was coaching ran short of players. The Philadelphia Flyers’ second-round pick in 1985, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native is 50.
Robert Gawron: Defenseman who played six games for the Ice in 2011-12, with one goal and one assist. A native of Lemont, Illinois, he is 23.
Sam Kurker: Ice right winger in the 2013-14 season. He joined the team midway through the season and played the final 24 games of the year after playing a season and a half at Boston College. He had six goals and eight assists for the Ice, and contributed three goals and three assists in 12 games during the team’s Clark Cup championship run. Kurker was the St. Louis Blues’ second-round pick in 2012. He had 49 points for Sioux City in 2014-15, and recently finished his senior year at Northeastern, where he had 24 points in 69 games over two seasons. He is currently playing for the Albany Devils in the AHL. A native of Reading, Mass., he is 23.
Paul Zanette: Fuel forward in 2016-17. Acquired in a midseason trade from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Zanette brought offensive skill to the Fuel roster. A seventh-year pro, he joined the Fuel after playing for Toledo and Greenville in the ECHL, as well as Hamilton and Rockford in the AHL. He spent the 2012-16 seasons playing in Italy, Austria and Britain, primarily for Asiago HC in Italy, before returning to the ECHL. A native of Nobleton, Ontario, he is 29.