March 7 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: Gus Giesebrecht scores four goals and adds two assists in 7-6 Capitals win over New Haven.
1948: Cliff Simpson scores four goals and adds three assists for club-record 7-point night, Enio Sclisizzi has five assists and Gerry Couture has a hat trick (and an assist), but the Caps tie Providence 8-8. Providence scores twice in the last 49 seconds to tie the game.
1956: The Chiefs muster just nine shots on goal in a 9-0 loss to the Cincinnati Mohawks.
1962: Several Chiefs have strong offensive nights in a 6-4 win over Toledo. Jean Therrien has two goals and two assists, Bobby Rivard a goal and two assists, Bill LeCaine three assists, and a goal and an assist each from Lloyd Maxfield and Phil Goyette. Ed Kikendall gets his first win in goal, making 13 saves. The Chiefs’ win snaps an eight-game losing streak.
1981: Dave Cameron’s 35th goal of the season helps lead the Checkers to a 4-1 win over Salt Lake in front of a record crowd of 15,925 at Market Square Arena. Cameron and Glen Duncan each have a goal and two assists, Alex Pirus adds a goal and an assist and Bruce Affleck has two assists in the win. The crowd is the largest ever to witness a minor league game in the United States, eclipsing a crowd of 15,333 that saw a game in Kansas City in 1979.
1986: Bob Lakso has a hat trick as the Checkers beat Toledo 7-4. Andy Miele has a goal and an assist, while Paul and Charlie Skjodt each have two assists.
1989: Paul Houck seals a hat trick with three seconds left in a 7-4 win over Peoria at the Coliseum. Bob Lakso and Ron Handy each have a goal and two assists, and Rick Barkovich scores twice.
1992: Jeff Rohlieck delivers three assists, and Mike Stapleton has a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win at Milwaukee. 14,404 show up in the Bradley Center to see the game and fete national hero Ray LeBlanc. Brad Lauer, Stapleton and Sean Williams score third-period goals to lead a comeback from a 2-0 deficit.
1997: Jim Waite posts his third shutout of the year in a 4-0 whitewash of Orlando. Kip Miller scores the game-winner 44 seconds into the second. Steve Dubinsky would add a goal three and a half minutes later, and would assist on two more. Jean-Yves Leroux and Chris Snell also scored for the Ice, with Snell adding an assist. Waite made 32 saves in the win.
1998: Chris Terreri is sent down by the Blackhawks and makes 38 saves in a 4-1 win over Quebec in front of 8,211 at MSA. Kevin Miller pots two goals and adds an assist. Andy MacIntyre and Len Esau also score third-period goals for the Ice.
2003: Shawn Silver makes 40 saves for his team-record sixth shutout of the season. The Ice win 6-0 at Austin. Andrew Taylor scores the game-winning goal.
2009: Mike Cichy tallies his second straight multi-point game with two goals 37 seconds apart in the third. Torey Krug has three assists as the Ice complete a weekend sweep of Tri-City with a 5-3 win.
2014: Scott Conway tallies a hat trick and adds an assist in a 6-1 Ice victory in Lincoln. He scores two power play goals and adds an unassisted even strength goal in the second. Tim Shoup and Matt Roy each have two assists in the win, and Hayden Stewart makes 28 saves. It’s Stewart’s eighth consecutive start allowing one or fewer goals.
2015: The Fuel and Wheeling combine for 113 penalty minutes in a 4-3 Nailers win at the Coliseum. The fisticuffs fly early – Johnny McGuire and Wheeling’s Chaz Johnson drop the gloves off the opening faceoff, and Chris DeSousa tangles with Wheeling’s Stefan Fournier 11 seconds later. Vincent Arseneau would be involved in two more scraps, and eventually be whistled for 19 PIM.
2016: Fuel announce Bernie John has replaced Scott Hillman as the Fuel’s head coach. Hillman finishes his Fuel tenure 58-60-13 in two seasons as the team’s inaugural coach.
Happy birthday to …
Alex Ritson: Capitals center in 1943-44. He had 22 goals and 21 assists in 53 games, and also had an assist in five playoff games that season. He played 10 minor pro seasons in the old AHA, AHL, USHL and PCHL, and played one NHL game for the Rangers in 1944-45. A native of Peace River, Alberta, he was born in 1922. He passed away in 2008 at age 86.
Mike Eagles: Ice left wing from 1989-91. He played 49 games with the Ice, with 26 goals and 27 assists, as well as 94 PIM. During the 1990 Turner Cup championship run, he had 10 goals and 10 assists in 13 games. Eagles split the 1989-90 season between the Ice and Chicago, and was dealt to the Winnipeg Jets partway through the 1990-91 season. Drafted in the sixth round of the 1981 NHL Draft by Quebec, Eagles broke into the NHL in the spring of 1983 with two games for the Nordiques, then made the Nordiques full-time in 1985-86. His experience with the Ice was his only minor pro experience from that point through his retirement in 2000. He played 853 NHL games for the Nordiques, Blackhawks, Jets and Capitals, with 74 goals, 122 assists and 928 penalty minutes. He also had eight points in 44 playoff games in the NHL, playing in the 1998 Stanley Cup Final with the Capitals. He coached St. Thomas University in Canada upon retirement, and is currently the school’s athletic director. A native of Sussex, New Brunswick, he is 54.
Ryden Marko: Ice forward for 11 games in 2001-02. He was scoreless in those games. He also played 14 games in the WPHL the previous season and scored his only professional goal. A native of Canada, Marko is 41.