April 13 in Indianapolis hockey history
1950: In front of 7,727 fans, the Capitals clinch the Calder Cup by beating Cleveland 3-2. Terry Sawchuk makes 37 saves, Fred Glover scores twice – the second goal putting the Caps up 3-1 late in the second – Pat Lundy beats Johnny Bower on a breakaway to make it 2-0 and Gerry Reid has two assists. It’s the second Calder Cup title for the Caps, joining the first won in 1942. It’s also the final game for Sawchuk in Indianapolis, as he will be called up to the Red Wings prior to the next season. Seventeen years later, Sawchuk and Cleveland goaltender Johnny Bower would team up to win the last Stanley Cup of the Original Six era with the Maple Leafs.
1983: Salt Lake’s John Markell scores on a long slapshot 5:30 into overtime to beat the Checkers 3-2. The Checkers still hold a 2-1 lead in the series. Monty Trottier has the game-tying goal in the third and an assist as the Checkers rally from 2-0 down. Kelly Hrudey makes 40 saves in the loss.
1984: The Checkers tie their first-round series against Colorado at two games apiece with a 6-3 victory. Red Laurence, Kevin Devine and Roger Kortko score in the second to give Indy a 3-1 lead. Bob Hess’ shorthanded goal at 8:07 of the third ends up the game-winner, as it gave the Checkers a 4-2 edge at the time. After Colorado scores a power play goal to close to one, Garth MacGuigan scores two empty-netters to seal the win. Gerald Diduck assists on three Checkers goals.
1986: The Checkers’ second season ends with a 41-35-1-5 record as they fall 6-4 in Milwaukee, despite two goals from Earl Ingarfield.
1991: Fort Wayne evens the first-round best-of-7 series at 1-1 with an 8-2 win over the Ice, thanks to Bruce Boudreau’s hat trick.
1993: The Ice conclude the 1992-93 season with a 4-2 loss in Cincinnati. Roch Belley has a solid effort. The Ice finish 34-41-7, but make the playoffs after a one-year absence.
1996: The Ice close the 1995-96 season with a 43-33-6 record and clinch their first playoff berth since 1993 – and second since 1991 – despite a 3-2 loss in Cincinnati. Jim Waite is outdueled by Frederic Chabot in net.
1997: The Ice drop a 4-2 decision to Quebec at MSA, but finish off a 44-29-9 season that sees them win the IHL’s Northeast Division title.