March 2 in Indianapolis hockey history
1946: Down a point in the division standings, the Capitals trail the Cleveland Barons 5-2 going into the third period. But Les Douglas scores a minute in, Mud Bruneteau scores at 3:58, Douglas ties it midway through the period, and Tony Bukovich, Hugh Miller and Rosy Rossignol all score in a six-goal third period to give the Caps an 8-5 win over the Barons. It puts the Caps in first place, and they’d win the final five games of the season to clinch the team’s third AHL West Division title in seven seasons. The Caps have 61 shots in the game, Cleveland goaltender Johnny Kiszkan (Bower) makes 53 saves.
1950: Pat Lundy has a five-point game as the Capitals beat Providence 5-2. He scores twice and assists on three goals – two by Enio Sclisizzi.
2001: Jason Selleke scores 13 seconds into the game, but the Ice fall 7-6 to Tulsa. Yvan Corbin registers his second straight five-point game with two goals and three assists.
2012: Jon Gillies and Cam Lerner combine on a shutout as the Ice win 7-0 in Chicago. Gillies stops 29 shots and Lerner six in the win, as the Ice pelt the Chicago net with 46 shots. Drew Smolcynski scores three times for his first career hat trick. Robbie Baillargeon adds a goal and two assists, and Dan Sherer has a goal and an assist.
2013: A Pack the House Night crowd of 11,246 sees Josh Jacobs score with 15 seconds left in overtime to give the Ice a 2-1 win over Muskegon. Tyler Pham also scores for the Ice and Dalton Izyk turns aside 27 shots.
Happy birthday to …
Bill Quackenbush: Capitals defenseman from 1942-44. A skilled offensive defenseman who matriculated to the pros during WWII, he had seven goals and 13 assists in 38 games with the Caps – nearly all in the 1942-43 season. He had a goal in one game in 1943-44 before getting a permanent callup to the NHL. He would play 774 NHL games for the Red Wings and Bruins from 1942-56, with 62 goals and 222 assists. He played in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1945, 1948 and 1949 with Detroit, and in 1953 with Boston. He won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for gentlemanly play in 1948-49, when he didn’t commit a penalty in 60 games with the Wings – he had a streak of 131 NHL games without a penalty. He was named to the NHL all-star team five times. After retiring, he went on to coach hockey and other sports, including golf, at Princeton. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. A native of Toronto, he was born in 1922. He passed away in 1999 at age 77.
Matt Gorman: Center for the Ice for two games in 2001-02. He was scoreless in those two contests. He played eight CHL/WPHL games from 1999-2002, but found a home as a 20-goal scorer in Europe where he played in Italy and Germany from 2001-08. A native of Smiths Falls, Ont., he is 39.
Gregory Braun: Forward who played two games for the Ice in 2005-06. He also played the following season in the NAHL for Fargo-Moorhead. A native of Carmel, he is 30.