April 1 in Indianapolis hockey history
1958: Chiefs clinch the IHL’s Turner Cup with a 3-2 victory over the Louisville Rebels at Freedom Hall. Myron Stankiewicz scores an early goal and feeds Frank Kuzma for a second-period goal that gives Indy a 2-0 lead. Marc Boileau adds an insurance goal in the third taking a highlight-reel feed from Pierre Brillant. Cliff Hicks stops 32 saves and several late Louisville flurries to end the game. In the closing moments, a Rebel shot hit the side of the net. The red light comes on, but the official ruled “no goal” as the Chiefs celebrated the third championship in the city’s hockey history. The Chiefs win the series in seven games.
1959: Claude Vinet gives the Chiefs an early lead, but the Fort Wayne Komets rally and beat the Chiefs 5-1 in Game 2 of their IHL semifinal series to take a 2-0 lead. Eddie Long scores twice for the second straight game for the Komts.
1990: Guy Phillips scores his second and third goals for the Ice in a 2-1 win over Fort Wayne. Jim Waite stops 28 of 29 shots in the win.
1992: Trevor Dam scores 27 seconds into the game, a team record, but it’s not enough to prevent a 4-2 loss to Milwaukee. Jeff Rohlicek has a goal and an assist. It’s the Ice’s fifth straight loss.
2001: The Ice clinch a playoff berth on the last day of the season, beating Huntsville 4-1 in front of 4,857 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Yvan Corbin scores his CHL-record 75th goal of the season and adds an assist for his 45th multi-point game. He and Chris MacKenzie share the Ken McKenzie Trophy – given to the CHL’s leading scorer – with 129 points. The Ice finish the year 31-32-7 and place fourth in the CHL’s eastern division. Steven Kirkpatrick starts the game and plays nine seconds as the Ice goaltender, with Gordie and Colleen Howe in attendance.
2005: Ryan Peckskamp has a hat trick, but the Ice fall 6-5 in Des Moines when Chad Rau scores his third goal of the game in OT. Garrett Roe had three assists for the Ice.
2006: The Ice explode for seven goals in a 7-2 win in Cedar Rapids, taking a 2-1 lead in their best-of-5 series. Todd McIlrath scores at 7:55 of the second to give the Ice a 2-1 lead, and then Jay Sprague scores a natural hat trick in the second to make it a 5-1 game. McIlrath and Eddie Del Grosso each tally a goal and two assists in the game.
2011: Jon Gillies’ shutout streak ends at 181:49 when Ryan Jacobson scores at 17:27 of the first period, but the Ice win 6-4 in Sioux Falls. Daniil Tarasov has two goals and an assist, and David Johnstone three assists in the win. Gillies stops 44 shots.
2014: The ECHL’s Indy Fuel announce a five-year affiliation agreement with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.
Happy birthday to …
Brian Johnson: Right wing who played 13 games with the Checkers at the end of his career in 1985-86. A veteran minor-leaguer, he played three NHL games with the Red Wings in 1983-84. A native of Montreal, he is 57.
Byron Lomow: Center who joined the Checkers in 1986 after a junior career in the WHL, and then played the full 1986-87 season with the Checkers. In 90 games, he had 36 goals and 46 assists, as well as 235 penalty minutes. He also had five goals and 11 points in 11 playoff games over the two years. His 71-point season in 1986-87 was the highest-scoring of his seven professional seasons. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, he is 51.
Brian Morgan: Forward who played for both the Ice and the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the 2012-13 USHL season. In 39 games with the Ice, he tallied 16 goals and seven assists. He recently completed his senior season at the University of Connecticut, where he had seven goals and seven assists in 36 games. He also played three seasons at the University of Maine, where he had 17 goals and 15 assists in three years. A native of Windham, New Hampshire, he is 23.
Klarc Wilson: Fuel right wing in 2014-15. He was one of the team’s first enforcers, with a goal and 70 PIM in 17 games making his professional debut with the Fuel before going to Stockton in a mid-season trade. He is now attending the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. A native of Edmonton, he is 24.