April 7 in Indianapolis hockey history
1959: The Chiefs’ season ends with a 6-4 loss to Fort Wayne in Game 5 of their playoff series. The Chiefs fall behind 4-1 in the first, but George Hayes, James Farelli and Pierre Brillant tie it up in the second. But the Komets score twice in a two-minute span in the third to win the game. Cliff Hicks makes 30 saves in alosing effort. Leger has a goal and two assists, as does Farelli. It’s the last-ever playoff game for the Chiefs, who would miss the postseason in each of their final three IHL seasons.
1980: The Checkers win their first playoff game, blanking Tulsa 4-0. Richard Brodeur made 28 saves for the Checkers, Kevin Devine got into a fight five seconds into the game, and Charlie Skjodt scored the Checkers’ first playoff goal at 13:11 of the first period. Skjodt adds an assist, and Alex McKendry assists on two goals.
1982: The Checkers need overtime to beat Tulsa 3-2 and take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Red Laurence scores at 5:08 of the second OT to clinch the victory. Glen Duncan and Lorne Stamler scored in the second to give the Checkers a lead, but the Oilers tied it in the third.
1984: The Checkers fall behind 2-0 in their semifinal series against Colorado with a 3-2 loss.
1985: Charlie Skjodt has a seven-point game, with four goals and three assists in a 7-1 Checkers victory over Milwaukee. Garry Lacey adds a goal and three assists, and Marc Magnan has a goal and two assists.
1988: After a year’s hiatus, Indianapolis has hockey again. Chicago businessman Horn Chen and Don Lindberg purchase the dormant Indianapolis Checkers franchise in the International Hockey League. It would be re-christened the Ice as it readied to begin play in October.
1990: The Ice score five times in the first period, including three in a span of 1:46, to beat Phoenix 8-4. Sean Williams (17:39), Jim Playfair (18:01) and Mike Stapleton (19:15) score in rapid succession to make it 5-0. Playfair scores twice. Mike McNeill, Dave Bassegio, Brian Noonan and Guy Phillips each tally a goal and an assist.
1991: The Ice beat the Kalamazoo Wings in a game that saw little defense, 10-7 in a regular season finale. The Ice jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 11:01, but Kalamazoo tied it by the end of the period. Indy scored once in the second and five more in the third. Sean Williams had a five-point night with three goals and two assists to finish the year with 46 goals. Marty Nanne had three assists, while Jim Johansson had two goals and an assist. Brian Noonan and Owen Lessard had a goal and two assists each.
1993: Sergei Krivokrasov and Brad Lauer score goals 10 seconds apart in the first period to give the Ice a 2-0 lead in an eventual 5-1 win at Kalamazoo. Lauer has two goals and an assist in the game. Shawn Byram had the first assist on both of the rapid-fire goals.
1999: Bob Lachance tallies three assists as the Ice beat Kansas City 6-3 on the road. Dave Hymovitz scores twice and captain Mike Vukonich scores a goal and adds two assists.
2001: The Ice are swept out of the playoffs with a 3-2 loss to Memphis at the Coliseum. All three games in the series were decided by one or two goals.
2010: The Ice open the 2010 playoffs with a 6-0 loss in Cedar Rapids. Six different players score for the Rough Riders.
Happy birthday to …
Eric Manlow: Left wing who had 14 goals and 22 assists in 135 games with the Ice from 1995-97, starting a 13-year playing career that took him through the ECHL, AHL and IHL. He did play 37 NHL games with the Bruins and Islanders between 2000-03. He was an AHL All-Star in 2001. Manlow retired from hockey in 2008 and became a police officer in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A native of Belleville, Ontario, he is 42.