March 10 in Indianapolis hockey history
1940: Alfie Moore posts his third shutout for the Capitals – and the fifth for the team in its inaugural season – blanking the Springfield Indians 3-0.
1944: Dick Kowcinak scores on a penalty shot for the Caps as they beat Buffalo 4-2 at the Coliseum.
1949: Terry Sawchuck is injured as he suffers a gash around his eye and aggravates a groin injury. Trainer Lefty Wilson finishes the game. The Capitals ask the AHL for permission to use Harry Lumley briefly – the Red Wings’ goaltender – but the league says it will be unfair. Wilson starts two games later to allow Sawchuk time to rest. Gordon Haidy scores with two seconds left to tie the game 4-4 with New Haven and keep the Caps a point ahead of St. Louis for first place in the AHL West.
1957: In their third season, the Chiefs clinch a playoff spot despite losing to Fort Wayne 4-3 in overtime. They post a 26-29-5 record and make the playoffs for the first time in team history, in the team’s second season. Pierre Brillant clinches the George Wilkinson Trophy as the IHL’s top scorer, with a 31-48-79 line. The Chiefs finish second in the IHL, just one point ahead of third-place Fort Wayne, Huntington and Toledo. Fort Wayne would miss the playoffs despite being one point out of second. Cincinnati, which went 50-9-1 under the tutelage of former Capital Rollie McLenahan, would go on to win its fifth straight Turner Cup championship.
1976: The Racers sign future Hall of Famer Dave Keon after the Minnesota Fighting Saints fold. Keon tallies 10 points in 12 games with the Racers as they furiously rally to win the division.
1990: Brian Noonan scores on a penalty shot with 50 seconds left — his second third-period goal — to send the Ice and Kalamazoo Wings into overtime. The Ice eventually fall 5-4 in a shootout.
2000: Oklahoma City lights the Ice up for 10 goals in a 10-5 win over the Ice at the Myriad in OKC. It sets a record the CHL franchise would not break in goals allowed.
2001: The Ice tally a regular season team record 98 penalty minutes in a 5-3 loss at Memphis.
2002: The Ice muster just 16 shots on goal in a 3-0 shutout loss at home to Shreveport.
2006: Ice goaltender Steve Jakiel sees his shutout string end at 156:03, but the Ice win 3-2 over Sioux City on second-period goals by Michael Borovansky, Eric Olimb and Garrett Roe, all scored in a six-minute span. Todd McIlrath has two assists and Roe also adds an assist for a two-point night.
Happy birthday to …
Joe Robertson: Racers center in 1974-75. He had four goals and four assists in 18 games. He also played 11 games for the Minnesota Fighting Saints that season, his only major league season and the last of seven pro seasons for Robertson. He was a 108-point scorer for the Clinton Comets of the EHL in 1969-70, and had 51 goals in the two seasons prior to joining the Racers for AHL Cincinnati. A native of Windsor, Nova Scotia, he is 69.
Jim Johannson: Ice center from 1989-92. He played 175 games for the Ice, with 52 goals, 84 assists and 194 penalty minutes. He also had two goals and six assists in 21 playoff games, and was part of the Ice’s 1990 Turner Cup championship run. The former Wisconsin Badger was selected in the seventh round of the 1982 NHL Draft by Hartford, and played his first pro season in 1986-87 in Germany. He returned to North America to play for Salt Lake in 1987-88, and played in the IHL through 1994, also playing for Milwaukee. He was the IHL’s Ironman Award winner in 1990-91 while playing for the Ice, a year in which he scored 28 goals. In 1995, he became the head coach of the USHL Twin Cities Vulcans for three seasons, and also represented the United States at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. In 2000, he joined USA Hockey and is currently the assistant executive director of hockey operations for the organization. A native of Rochester, Minn., he is 53.
Steven Tepper: Right wing for the Ice in 1992-93. He had an assist in 12 games with the team. A seventh-round pick of the Blackhawks in 1987, Tepper went on to play one game in Chicago that season, and also played minor pro hockey from 1992-96 in the IHL (Indy, Kansas City), ECHL (Roanoke), CHL (Fort Worth) and AHL (Cape Breton). A native of Westborough, Mass., he is 48.
Dan Gravelle: Ice winger in 1993-94. He had a goal and an assist in nine games. The Merrimack College grad played 13 minor pro seasons in the IHL, ECHL, Colonial Hockey League, AHL, WCHL, CHL and in Europe and Quebec. He had his best season the year he played for the Ice – also tallying 105 points and 38 goals for the Greensboro Monarchs of the ECHL that season. He played through the 2005-06 season, and was a consistent 20-goal scorer. A native of Montreal, he is 47.
Brett Bruininks: Right wing for the Ice in 1997-98. He had five goals and six assists in 43 games, and also played in two postseason games. The Notre Dame grad played three minor pro seasons for the AHL Philadelphia Phantoms, the Ice and the ECHL Johnstown Chiefs and Florida Everblades between 1996-99. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., he is 45. He has coached at the college level, received a PhD, and is currently an assistant coach for the women’s hockey team at Minnesota State-Mankato, while also teaching at St. Thomas University.