March 9 in Indianapolis hockey history
1941: Connie Brown has three goals and two assists as the Capitals beat Cleveland 7-3. Jimmy Franks makes 22 saves for his final win in a Capitals sweater.
1957: Marc Boileau has a hat trick as the Chiefs beat the Troy Bruins 6-2. Myron Stankiewicz and Red Leger each have two assists in the win. Cliff Hicks stops 19 of 21 shots. It’s Boileau’s first hat trick in a year and a half, and his second as a Chief.
1961: Joe Connors has two goals and two assists as the Chiefs beat St. Paul 6-2. Jerry Lamoureux adds two goals and Russ McClenaghan three assists in the win, the Chiefs’ third straight. Carl Wetzel makes 42 saves in net.
1978: The Racers build a 5-3 lead in Winnipeg with four minutes left – thanks to a goal and an assist each from Kevin Devine, Dave Inkpen and Rene Leclerc, and two assists from Rusty Patenaude and Claude St. Sauveur. But Winnipeg rallies. Dave Dunn scores with 3:53 left to make it 5-4, Ulf Nilsson scores the tying goal with 3:00 left – and starter Ed Mio is pulled in favor of Gary Inness five seconds later – and Bobby Hull sets up Bob Guindon for the winner with 35 seconds left, snapping a five-game Racers winning streak.
1981: Roland Melanson plays his final game for the Checkers, a 5-1 victory over Salt Lake. He stops 21 shots. Shane Turner scores two goals and Glen Duncan adds a goal and two assists in the victory. Melanson would soon be called up to the Islanders and back up Billy Smith for three straight Stanley Cup championships.
1984: The Checkers blister Mike Vernon and Marc D’Amour for 11 goals in an 11-3 victory over the Colorado Flames. Ron Handy has a six-point game with two goals and four assists, including four points in a seven-goal third period for the Checkers. Mark Hamway tallies a hat trick.
1986: Bob Lakso scores with 17 seconds left to beat Muskegon 4-3. Gerry Minor’s assist on the game-winner is one of two on the day. Monty Trottier adds a goal and two assists.
1990: Mike Peluso gets into a fight just 2:41 into a 5-3 win against Flint at the Coliseum, and is later given a misconduct and a game misconduct in a late-game melee. In-between, he scores the game-winner in a 5-3 win over the Sprits. Brian Noonan also had two goals and an assist.
1991: Brian Noonan’s 30th goal of the year makes Jim Waite’s third shutout stand up. Waite makes 31 saves in a 3-0 win over Phoenix.
1996: A team-record Pack the House Night crowd of 14,631 watches the Ice beat Fort Wayne 2-1 in a shootout. Jeff Serowik scores a third-period goal for the Ice, and Christian Soucy makes 33 saves. Brent Grive and Kip Miller score in the shootout.
2002: The Ice draw 6,032 fans to see a 5-3 loss to Shreveport, as well as a concert by the Christian band Petra.
2013: Mikhail Plotnikov has a hat trick and adds an assist on Patrick Newell’s second-period goal, but Team USA scores three unanswered in the third period to beat the Ice 8-5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Happy birthday to …
Ron Walters: Racers center in 1974-75. He had two goals and an assist in 17 games. Walters played professionally for seven seasons, from 1968-75, playing the first four in the minors before going to the Alberta/Edmonton Oilers upon the formation of the WHA in 1972. He had 28 goals in his first WHA season, and followed it up with a 14-goal season the following year. His year with the Racers was split between Indy and its NAHL affiliate in Mohawk Valley, where he scored 26 goals in 56 games. In total, he had a 44-41-85 line in 166 WHA games. A native of Castor, Alberta, he is 69.
Steve Veilleux: Ice defenseman in 1990-91. He had a goal and three assists in 11 games, and also had three assists in seven postseason games. The former Canucks third-round pick played four full minor pro seasons in the IHL and AHL in Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Fredericton between 1989-93. A native of Lachenaie, Quebec, he is 48.
Nathanial Pellegrino: Goaltender who played one game for the Ice in 2005-06. He played three seasons in the NAHL and later played at Div. III Augsburg College. A native of Woodlyn, Pa., he is 29.
Chris Paliafito: Ice goaltender in 2008-09. He had a 4-2-0 record and a 4.02 GAA in 12 appearances. He was a part of the Clark Cup championship. He also played three seasons in the NAHL and two years at Sacred Heart University. A native of Shelbyville, Ky., he is 28.