Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This date in Indianapolis hockey history: April 8

April 8 in Indianapolis hockey history
2011: The Ice drop a wild 8-6 game in Youngstown in which the Phantoms' Mike Ambrosia nets a natural hat trick in the first period and Dylan Margonari scores 14 seconds into the game. Blake Coleman (2G, A) and Brian Ferlin (G, 2A) have three-point nights as the Ice nearly rally from deficits of 6-1 and 7-2.
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.
1950: The Capitals score four times in the third period to break a tie and beat Cleveland 6-2 in the second game of the Calder Cup Final, with Pat Lundy scoring a hat trick and Al Dewsbury assisting on three goals. Terry Sawchuk makes 37 saves. The Caps take a 2-0 lead in the series.

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 64.
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 turns 47 today.
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 20.
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. Kurker was the St. Louis Blues' second-round pick in 2012. A native of Reading, Mass., he is 20.

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