April 27 in Indianapolis hockey history
1976: The Racers force a Game 7 in their quarterfinal playoff series with New England, beating the Whalers 5-3 in Hartford. Darryl Maggs, Nick Harbaruk, Rene Leclerc and Dave Keon score in a four-goal second period that gives the Racers a 4-1 edge. Harbaruk makes it 5-1 midway through the third. Jim Park makes 34 saves in the win. Ken Block adds three assists in the victory.
1984: The final game in the 21-year history of the original Central Hockey League is played at Carmel Ice Skadium, as the barnstorming Oilers — formerly of Tulsa — beat the Checkers 3-2 to sweep the Adams Cup Final in four games. Grant Ledyard scores the series-winning goal unassisted at 6:09 of the third period. Red Laurence scores the final goal in CHL history, assisted by Garth MacGuigan, with 15 seconds left in the game. Rob Holland stops 26 shots in a losing effort. The game is played in Carmel due to the lack of available ice at the Coliseum.
1999: The Ice open the Eastern Conference Semifinal with a thrilling 1-0 double-overtime win in Detroit. Marc Lamothe is again spectacular in net, posting his second straight shutout. This time, he stops 45 shots over 83:57. Craig Mills beats former Ice goaltender Andrei Trefilov 3:57 into the second OT to give the Ice the victory. It’s the team’s second straight win by a 1-0 count, and it will be their last victory as an IHL entry.
2000: The Miron Cup Final begins at Columbus, and the Ice take an early series lead with a 2-1 victory. For the fifth straight game, Jamie Morris allows one or fewer goals, and Ken Boone scores the game-winner.
2009: The Ice take a two games to one lead over Green Bay with a 4-2 victory at the Coliseum in Game 3. Zach Golombiewski’s two first-period goals forge a tie that holds up until the final five minutes. Max Cook’s relentless forecheck forces a turnover, and he capitalizes with a goal – assisted by Mike Cichy and Torey Krug – with 4:08 left. Brent Gwidt adds an empty-netter.
Happy birthday to …
George Harrison: No, not the former Beatle. This George Harrison played 24 games as a defenseman for the inaugural Chiefs team in 1955-56, with five goals and 11 points. It was toward the end of a senior/minor pro career that spanned from 1945-57. A native of Winnipeg, he was born in 1923.
John Blessman: Defenseman who played 31 games for the Ice in 1988-89, with two goals and five assists. He played professionally from 1987-99, primarily at the “AA” level, after being drafted by New Jersey in the ninth round of the 1987 NHL Draft. He has been in coaching and management of a Junior A team in Coquitlam, Ont. in retirement. A native of Agincourt, Ontario, he is 49.
Yves Heroux: Right wing who played 74 games for the Ice in 1993-94. He had 28 goals, 30 assists and 113 PIMs in that time. He had a career in the IHL/AHL that spanned 1985-95, and then played several more seasons in Europe. The Nordiques’ second-round pick in 1983, he played one NHL game for Quebec in 1986-87. A native of Terrebonne, Quebec, he is 51.
Kent Paynter: Defenseman who played 37 games for the Ice in 1997-98, with three goals and seven assists. He also had one assist in five postseason games that year. The Blackhawks’ eighth-round pick in 1983, Paynter’s final pro season came with the Ice after 13 years. He played 37 NHL games over parts of seven seasons with the Blackhawks, Capitals, Jets and Senators, in between stints in the IHL/AHL. A native of Summerside, PEI, he is 51.
Jamie Carroll: Defenseman who played two games for the Ice in 2002-03. Carroll played collegiately at UMass-Dartmouth, then began as a pro for the Ice. He played 12 pro games in the CHL/ACHL/SEHL, and later served as a coach at Framingham State in Massachusetts. A native of Bridgewater, Mass., he is 37.
Robert Polesello: Left wing for the Ice in 2011-12. He had 15 goals and 16 assists in 58 games, and also had a goal in five playoff contests. He played a season and a half at the University of Vermont, with seven goals and 17 points in 40 games, and then left the Catamounts partway through the 2013-14 season to join Kingston in the OHL, where he had a 38-point season in 48 games. He had 17 goals and 19 assists in 38 games for Kingston in 2014-15. He recently completed his freshman year at the University of Western Ontario, where he had four points in 11 games. A native of Bolton, Ontario, he is 23.
Kyle Gibbons: Forward who played three games for the Fuel in 2014-15. Gibbons also played for the Wichita Thunder in the ECHL, as well as the Dundee Stars of Britain, in that season, his first full pro season. Gibbons played 2015-16 in the SPHL, where he had 31 goals and 61 points in 56 games for Fayetteville. A native of Westlake, Ohio, he is 25.