February 25 in Indianapolis hockey history
1959: Don Smith and Pierre Brilalnt both have hat tricks as the Chiefs beat the Lousiville Rebels 9-7. Smith has three goals and two assists, Brillant three goals and an assist. Don Busch adds the game-winning goal in the third period and three assists in the victory. It’s the second double-hat trick in team history and the first of the season.
1978: Kevin Morrison and Claude Larose each tally a goal and two assists, but a furious Racer comeback from a 6-1 third-period deficit falls short 7-5.
1996: The Ice commit just one penalty ‘ a minor to Eric Lecompte in the first. It leads to Kevin Miehm’s power play goal, and the Ice fall 4-3 in a shootout. Brent Grieve, James Black and Yuri Krivohija all score for the Ice.
1999: David Hymovitz and Bob Lachance each score twice and add an assist in a 5-3 win at Detroit. Brian Noonan assists on two goals. Marc Lamothe outduels former Iceman Andrei Trefilov in goal, making 24 saves. Lachance scores the game-winner with 4:47 left, the third of four third-period Ice goals.
2006: Garrett Roe sends a Pack the House Night crowd of 14,847 home happy by scoring a power play goal at 2:46 of overtime to beat Des Moines 5-4. It’s Roe’s second goal of the game. John Kemp has four assists, and Eddie Del Grosso three, in the win. The two had assists on the game-winning goal, as well as Roe’s power play goal 28 seconds into the third that gave the Ice a 4-2 lead. Todd McIlrath, Kyle Page and Jay Sprague also score for the Ice.
2011: The Ice rout Chicago 9-1 in Bensenville. Brian Ferlin has a goal and three assists for four points. Peter Schneider assists on three goals. David Johnstone scores twice to lead the Ice to the win. Jon Gillies stops 22 shots.
2015: Recently signed out of the University of Prince Edward Island, Fuel rookie Chris DeSousa makes his professional debut and has a goal and an assist in a 5-2 win over Kalamazoo.
Happy birthday to …
Johnny Holota: Capitals center in 1942-43 and again in 1945-46. In 47 games with the Caps, he had 28 goals and 32 assists, including a 20-goal, 37-point season in 34 games in 1945-46. Holota played professionally from 1941-51, with a pause for WWII, playing four seasons with Cleveland from 1946-50, including a 48-goal year in 1947-48. He played 15 games with the Red Wings from 1942-46, and had two NHL goals. A native of Hamilton, Ont., he was born in 1921. He passed away in 1951 in an automobile accident while playing for the USHL’s Denver Falcons.
Mark Kurzawski: Ice defenseman in 1989-90. He was scoreless in 10 games with the Ice. A Blackhawks second-round pick in 1986, he played two minor pro seasons – playing the 1988-89 year with the Saginaw Hawks. A native of Chicago, he is 49.
Kevin St. Jacques: Ice center from 1992-95 in the IHL, and again in 2002-03 in the CHL. For the IHL franchise, he played 132 ames, tallying 19 goals and 49 assists, as well as 194 penalty minutes. He also appeared in four playoff games. He returned in 2002-03 and had 22 goals and 56 assists for the Ice in 64 games, and added six goals and four assists in eight playoff games. In-between, St. Jacques played in the Colonial/United Hockey League (Flint, Detroit, Saginaw, Adirondack, Quad City), ECHL (Columbus), IHL (Las Vegas, Long Beach), WCHL (San Diego, Phoenix), and finished his career by playing for UHL Richmond and three seasons for ECHL Bakersfield. He played 15 pro seasons from 1992-2007. He was a sixth-round pick of the Blackhawks in 1991. He currently teaches hockey in the Richmond, Va. area. A native of Edmonton, he is 46.
Jerry Connell: Left wing for the Ice in 2002-03. He was scoreless in 15 games. He went on from the Ice to play three collegiate seasons in Canada. A native of Scarborough, Ont., he is 46.
Ron Cramer: Ice forward from 2005-08. He played 132 games with the Ice, with 29 goals and 23 assists, as well as 329 penalty minutes. He also had a goal and two assists in 16 playoff games. He went on from the Ice to play four seasons at Robert Morris University, where he had 60 points in 134 games. He played three pro seasons in the ECHL (Cincinnati, Fort Wayne) and SPHL (Pensacola, Bloomington, Louisiana) from 2012-14. A native of New Wilmington, Pa., he is 29.