Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Today in history: April 13

It's a big day in Indianapolis hockey history, as it's the 61st anniversary of a championship.

1950: In front of 7,727 fans at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, the Capitals finish off the first perfect playoff run in AHL history. They clinch the Calder Cup by beating the heavily-favored Cleveland Barons 3-2, sweeping them in four games. The Caps had previously swept two best-of-3 series to get to the finals. Terry Sawchuk makes 37 saves, Fred Glover scored twice, Pat Lundy beat Johnny Bower on a breakaway and Gerry Reid has two assists. It's the final game Sawchuk plays in Indianapolis -- he becomes the backbone of the Red Wings' early 1950s dynasty the next season. It's also the Caps' second Calder Cup championship, equaling the one they won in 1942. 
As far as our mostly-complete records go, there are no Indy hockey birthdays to celebrate today.

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