March 5 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: Alfie Moore shuts out the Pittsburgh Hornets 1-0 at the Coliseum. In the closing seconds, the Caps go end-to-end and Hornets goaltender Harvey Teno makes the save. But Gus Giesebrecht pounces on the rebound and slips the puck to Sandy Ross for the game-winner with five seconds left. The win gives the Caps a four-point lead over the Hornets in the race for first place in the AHL West division with four games to play. The win also snaps a nine-game winless streak for the Caps.
1944: Hy Buller has the game-winning goal as the Capitals beat Providence 6-2. He has two goals and an assist to be one of three Caps with three-point games. Dick Kowcinak has a goal and two assists, and Alex Ritson three assists.
1960: Pierre Brillant has a hat trick as the Chiefs beat Omaha 7-3, snapping a five-game losing streak. Marcel Clements has three assists, Denis Menard has a goal and three assists, and Germain Leger has a goal and two assists. The win is the last for the Chiefs in 1959-60, who finish the year with an eight-game losing streak and losses in 13 of their last 14 games.
1978: The Racers win their fifth straight game, beating Cincinnati 4-2 at MSA. Rich Leduc scores twice, and Rene Leclerc adds a goal and an assist, including the eventual game-winner late in the second, a gaol that put the Racers up 3-0. Ed Mio stops 33 shots for the win.
1993: The Ice have a strong return from a long roadtrip. Brad Lauer nets a hat trick – including a power play and shorthanded goal – and an assist. Tony Hrkac records a three-point night in a 6-4 win over Cleveland. It’s Lauer’s second straight four-point game.
2005: The Ice allow a record six power play goals in a 9-2 loss at Lincoln.
Happy birthday to …
Bob Halkidis: Defenseman who played three games for the Ice in 1995-96, in which he tallied two assists. The Ice were one of five teams the well-traveled Halkidis played for that season – joining the IHL’s Atlanta Knights and Utah Grizzlies, and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders. Drafted in the fourth round of the 1984 NHL Draft by Buffalo, Halkidis broke into the NHL in the 1985 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Sabres, and then played 16 full pro seasons. He played 256 NHL games with Buffalo, Los Angeles, Toronto, Detroit, Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders through 1996, and also played several stops in the AHL, IHL, UHL, Finland, Germany, Britain and Russia, and briefly in the ECHL in his final pro season of 2000-01. He had eight goals and 32 assists in 256 NHL games. He is currently a scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets. A native of Toronto, he is 51.
Jide Idowu: Defenseman who played eight games with the Ice in 2010-11. He played in 2015-16 season for Knoxville in the SPHL and for Port Huron and Dayton in the FHL. A native of Cooper City, Fla., he is 25.
Alex Guptill: Fuel winger in 2016-17. He had eight goals and six assists in 22 games with the team before being dealt to the Atlanta Gladiators. A third-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 2010, Guptill is in his third full pro season. The former Michigan Wolverine has played for Texas, Binghamton and Rochester in the AHL, as well as Evansville, Manchester, Allen, Indy and now Atlanta in the ECHL. A native of Burlington, Ont., he is 25.