March 8 in Indianapolis hockey history

March 8 in Indianapolis hockey history

1942: The Capitals have a wild finish in a 3-2 win over Springfield. Ken Kilrea scores with 6:52 left to get the Caps on the board, but they still trail going into the final minute. Adam Brown ties the game with 51 seconds left, and then Ken Kilrea wins it with eight ticks left.

1951: Joe Carveth has a hat trick as the Capitals beat Cincinnati 6-3. Fred Glover assists on three goals, and Gerry Reid has a goal and two assists. It’s the Caps’ ninth hat trick of the season, and gives them a five-game winning streak.

1975: The Racers drop a 6-5 game against Cleveland in front of 13,310 at MSA. More notable was that Cleveland scored 76 seconds apart late in the third to take the win, and a mid-second period melee led to 145 penalty minutes and five game misconduct penalties. The game featured 182 PIMs.

1980: The Checkers snap a six-game skid with a 4-3 win over Oklahoma City at MSA. Yvon Vautour scores the winner in a game that kicks off a five-game winning strea. The Checkers win 11 of their next 14 after the win.

1985: Rob Holland turns in his fourth shutout of the season, making 36 saves to beat Toledo 2-0. Shawn Dineen and Jim Koudys score for the Checkers, who win despite being outshot 36-16.

1987: Ron Handy scores his 45th goal and adds three assists in a 6-3 Checkers win over Milwaukee. Byron Lomow adds two goals and an assist.

1991: Ray LeBlanc joins the Ice as a backup as the Blackhawks call up Dominik Hasek.

1992: In the Ice’s first home game since the Olympics, Ray LeBlanc is greeted by a flag-waving crowd of 8,102. They’re delighted with a 3-2 win over Peoria. Tracy Egeleand breaks a 2-all tie at 7:51 of the third and LeBlanc makes 32 saves.

2003: The Ice beat Oklahoma City 6-3 to improve to 39-13-7 for the year, en route to their first division title as a member of the CHL.

2011: David Johnstone has a goal and three assists in a 6-1 Ice victory over Team USA in Ann Arbor. He scores a goal 33 seconds into the second, and assists on goals by Cody Bradley, Blake Coleman and Alex Wideman. Wideman, Coleman and Daniil Tarasov each tally a goal and an assist and Casey DeSmith makes 29 saves.

2014: Hayden Stewart turns aside 26 shots for a 4-0 shutout of Lincoln. It’s Stewart’s third shutout as a member of the Ice, and gives him a 9-0 record with the Ice, allowing no more than one goal in each start. Scott Conway has a goal and an assist. Sam Kurker, Mitch Hults and Joe Sullivan also score for the Ice in the win.

2015: Garett Bembridge and Chris DeSousa score 21 seconds apart in the third period – the second-fastest two goals in team history – but the Fuel fall 5-3 in Kalamazoo.

Happy birthday to …

Jim Dunne: Chiefs defenseman in 1960-61. He had one assist in 21 games. They were the lone professional games of his career. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., he was born in 1939.

Carey Lucyk: Cbeckers defenseman in 1986-87. He had six goals and 26 assists in 73 games, as well as 94 PIM. He also had an assist in four playoff games for the blue and orange in his professional rookie season. Following the Checkers’ suspension of operations in 1987, he signed with the Fort Wayne Komets and played the remainder of his career – through 1995 – with the team. He is now a real estate agent in Fort Wayne. A native of Winnipeg, he is 55.

Dale Marquette: Left wing for the Ice in 1989-90. He had three goals and three assists in 32 games. He played two full minor pro seasons – one with the Ice and the previous year with the Saginaw Hawks, where he had 19 points in 46 games. He has also coached in Canadian junior hockey after retirement. A native of Prince George, BC, he is 49.

Sergei Klimovich: Ice center from 1994-97. A second-round Blackhawks pick in 1992, Klimovich came to North America after playing two full seasons for Dynamo Moscow in Russia. He played 214 games for the Ice, tallying 51 goals and 88 assists, as well as 146 PIM. “Klimo” played one NHL game with the Blackhawks that year, and then played one more North American season with Las Vegas and Quebec in the IHL, as well as Idaho in the WCHL. He went on to play a couple more seasons in Germany, then played in Russia through 2007 wiht Moscow, Magnitogorsk, Novosibirsk, Spartak Moscow and Novokuznetsk. A native of Novosibirsk, Russia, he is 43.

Brett Bennett: The Clark Cup-winning goaltender for the Ice in 2008-09. He was 35-17-2 with a 2.59 GAA and four shutouts with the Ice, and was a first-team All-USHL performer. He was 9-4-1 with a 2.36 GAA in the playoffs, suiting up in all 13 postseason games as the Ice beat Cedar Rapids, Green Bay and Fargo en route to the championship. Bennett played for the Ice during his redshirt year in-between two years at Boston University and two at the University of Wisconsin. He was 13-11-3 at UW, and 30-21-6 overall during his college career. Bennett was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. A native of Williamsville, NY, he is 29.

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