April 30 in Indianapolis hockey history
1977: Paul Hoganson stops 22 shots for his first playoff shutout and to extend the Racers’ season with a 2-0 win over Quebec at MSA. Michel Parizeau and Darryl Maggs score power play goals in each of the final two periods to provide the scoring, to the delight of 12,521 fans. It would be the Racers’ last playoff home game and last playoff victory.
1983: The Adams Cup Final returns to Indianapolis, and the Checkers beat Birmingham 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Garth MacGuigan, Scott Howson and Glen Duncan score in the opening half of the game to give the Checkers a 3-0 lead, and Ron Handy scores a key insurance goal in the third. MacGuigan adds two assists, while Bruce Affleck has three helpers.
1990: Salt Lake’s Tim Sweeney scores 2:17 into overtime to beat the Ice 5-4 and even the Western Division Final at a game apiece. Jari Torkki scores 59 seconds into the game for the Ice, but it’s answered 19 seconds later. Brian Noonan adds a goal and two assists. Mike Eagles has a goal and an assist in the loss.
1999: Marc Lamothe’s shutout string ends at 194:13 when Detroit’s Stefan Ustorf scores a power play goal 14:58 into the second game of the series to tie the game at 1-1. More importantly, the Ice fall 7-2 to the Vipers in The Palace. Cail MacLean gives the Ice a 2-1 lead 11 seconds into the second period, but Detroit scores four times in the second and once more in the third to finish the rout and even the best-of-5 series at a game apiece.
Happy birthday to …
Charles Constantin: Left wing for the Racers for six games in the 1977-78 season, where he had two goals and an assist. He played four seasons in the WHA — all but those six games for the Quebec Nordiques, who drafted him in the second round of the WHA draft in 1974. He had 28 goals and 63 points in 192 games. A native of Montreal, he is 62.
Dave Parro: Goaltender who played 32 games for the Checkers in 1986-87, their final IHL season. It was also his final pro season. He was the Bruins’ second-round pick in 1977, but played all of his 77 NHL games with the Washington Capitals, from 1980-84. He spent much of his pro career in the minors, in the AHL and IHL, between 1977-87. He retired to Hershey, Penn., where he played many years as a Capitals farmhand. A native of Saskatoon, Sask., he is 59.
Geoff Peters: Center who played two games with the Ice in 1997-98, tallying 10 PIMs. They were his first two pro games after finishing his junior career. The Blackhawks’ second-round pick in 1996, he played 12 minor-league seasons, splitting time between the ECHL and AHL. His best year was a 23-goal season for AHL Portland in 2005-06. A native of Hamilton, Ont., he is 38.
Viktor Shakhvorostov: Forward who played 22 games for the Ice in 2012-13, tallying one assist. He played in Russia and Ukraine this season, tallying 14 goals and 29 points in 37 games. A native of Kazan, Russia, he is 21.
Jeff Brown: The Indiana Ice’s coach and general manager from 2012-14, Brown led the Ice to the 2014 USHL Eastern Conference regular-season title and a 91-point season, and later, the team’s second Clark Cup championship. Brown had previously coached in the Tier II NAHL with St. Louis, and won the Robertson Cup in 2012. He entered coaching after a long career as an accomplished defenseman in the NHL, with 585 points in 747 games between 1985-98, with the Nordiques, Blues, Canucks, Whalers, Hurricanes and Capitals. He played in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final with Vancouver. Brown is now the head coach of the OHL’s Ottawa 67s. He led the team to a 36-29-3 record this year. A native of Ottawa, he is 49.