April 9 in Indianapolis hockey history
1950: Capitals beat Cleveland 4-3 in front of 6.922 at the Coliseum to take a 3-0 lead in the Calder Cup Finals. Pat Lundy ties the game at 2-2 with a shot that bounces off Johnny Bower’s skate and into the net. Nels Podolsky gives the Caps a 3-2 lead with 9:58 left with an unassisted goal, and Gordon Haidy later adds an insurance goal that begame the game-winner. Lundy scores twice and ads an assist in the win. Enio Sclisizzi has two assists. Terry Sawchuk makes 28 saves.
1974: The Indianapolis Racers sign their first player, goaltender Ed Dyck.
1977: Gene Peacosh scores at 8:40 of the third overtime to end the longest game in WHA history and give the Racers a 4-3 win in Game 1 of their playoff series in Cincinnati. Peacosh buried a rebound of Mark Lomenda’s shot on the Racers’ 52nd shot of the game after 108:40 of hockey. Reggie Thomas sent the game to OT with 1:04 left in regulation. Mark Lomenda also scored twice in regulation for the Racers, each goal tying the game. Paul Hoganson stops 56 shots to win the game. Norm Lapointe has 48 saves in the loss.
1978: The Racers drop a wild home finale in the 1977-78 season 9-7 to Birmingham. The Racers fall behind 6-2 and 7-3, but climb back to make it close, as five goals were scored in the last 3:09 of the game. Kevin Devine scored with 3:09 left to make it a 7-5 game. Claude St. Sauveur made it a one-goal game with 1:17 left. Birmingham’s Rod Langway and Ken Linseman scored 22 and 36 seconds later to make it 9-6, and then Michel Parizeau answered with 23 seconds left to make it 9-7. Parizeau finished with two goals and two assists. Devine had two goals and an assist and Rosaire Paiment had three assists for the Racers in the game.
1980: The Checkers take a 2-0 playoff series lead by thumping Tulsa 6-1 at Market Square Arena. Neil Hawryliw scores twice and assists on Ed Pizunski’s third period goal. Pizunski adds two assists for a three-point game. Dwaine Lowdermilk also tallies a goal and two assists. Richard Brodeur makes 27 saves for his second straight win in net.
1982: The Checkers clinch their first-round series, sweeping Tulsa in three games with a 6-1 road victory. Bruce Affleck, Steve Stoyanovich and Lorne Stamler score first-period goals. Darcy Regier tallies a goal and two assists, as does Stoyanovich. Kelly Hrudey makes 22 saves.
1983: The Checkers’ second Adams Cup run gets off to a thrilling start, as Scott Howson scores 6:08 into OT to clinch a hat trick and a 5-4 victory over Salt Lake. He also had an assist in the game.
1989: The Ice conclude their first season with a 26-54-2 record after a 7-3 loss in Fort Wayne. Alain Lemieux and Rick Barkovich each complete strong offensive seasons with goals. Late-season pickup Bruce Rendall also scores for the Ice.
1994: Zac Boyer and Rob Cimetta score goals 22 seconds apart late in the first period to give the Ice a 3-2 lead in Fort Wayne, but the Komets explode for four goals in each the second and third periods, and beat the Ice 11-5. Boyer has two goals and Cimetta and Yves Heroux have a goal and two assists each.
1999: Geoff Sarjeant stops 36 shots to post his second shutout as an Iceman, beating Cincinnati 3-0 at the Coliseum. Nathan Perrott, Dave Hymovitz and Craig Mills all score for the Ice.
2005: The Ice fall in a two-game hole in their first-round series after a 6-2 loss in Cedar Rapids. Tomas Klempa scores twice for the Ice.
2010: The Ice fall behind two games to none in their first-round series with Cedar Rapids, falling 5-3. Shane Berschbach leads the Ice with a goal and an assist.
2011: The Ice emphatically close the 2010-11 regular season with a 6-1 win in Muskegon. Blake Coleman has two goals and an assist and Sean Kuraly scores twice. Brian Ferlin adds four assists and Casey DeSmith makes 24 saves. The Ice finish the season 37-19-4 and in third place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference. Danill Tarasov scores a goal to extend his point streak to nine games.
2016: Fuel finish their second season with a 32-36-4 record after a 3-2 overtime loss to Fort Wayne. Cody Sharib and Rhett Bly scored for the Fuel in the finale. Alex Lavoie sets a team record with 54 points over the season.
Happy birthday to …
Tony Licari: Right wing who played 107 games for the Capitals from 1946-48. Known as a strong scorer, he had 41 goals, 57 assists and just 16 PIMs in those two seasons. He also played nine NHL games for the Red Wings in 1946-47. After one season in the AHL with St. Louis, Licari played several years in Britain in the 1950s. A native of Ottawa, he was born in 1921. He passed away in July 2013.
Michel Parizeau: Left wing who played for the Racers in their final four seasons. He joined the team midway through the 1975-76 season and helped push them to a WHA Eastern Division title, with 13 goals in 23 games. The following year, he had 55 points as the Racers made the playoffs again. In total, he played 190 games for the Racers, scoring 48 goals and assisting on 88. He also was a point-a-game player in the postseason for the Racers, with seven goals and 10 assists in 15 playoff contests. After three minor-league seasons, Parizeau broke into the NHL with St. Louis and Philadelphia in 1971-72 before jumping to the WHA. He played three and a half seasons with Quebec before joining the Racers, and finished his career with the Cincinnati Stingers in 1978-79 after the Racers folded. Parizeau played 567 NHL/WHA games, with 145 goals and 266 assists, and continued as a coach after retiring as a player. A native of Montreal, he is 69.
Scott Howson: Howson played parts of three seasons with the Checkers, and was a critical part of the 1983 Adams Cup championship run. From 1981-84, Howson played 146 games for the Checkers, tallying back-to-back 34-goal seasons in 1982-83 and 1983-84. He had 70 goals and 75 assists in the blue and orange. He remained in the Islanders’ system for two years, and played 18 games on Long Island from 1984-86, scoring five goals. He later became one of several former Checkers to enter NHL management, and served as the Columbus Blue Jackets’ general manager. He is currently Senior VP of Hockey Operations for the Edmonton Oilers. A native of Toronto, he is 57.
Kerry Toporowski: “Topper” was a fan favorite for the Ice from 1991-94. Never afraid to drop the gloves, Toporowski only played 67 games for the Ice in those three seasons after joining the Ice from junior, but amassed 389 PIMs in those games. The year before turning pro, he had a whopping 505 PIMs in junior for Spokane. He continued to play in the IHL, AHL, UHL, ECHL and Russia through 2004, and had 15 goals and 2,825 penalty minutes in his 13-year pro career. After retiring, he remained in Davenport, Iowa — where he finished his career — and is a financial adviser. A native of Paddockwood, Saskatchewan, he is 46.
Derek Young: Defenseman who played two games for the Ice in 2001-02. A native of Whitby, Ontario, he is 41.
Mike Blundon: Defenseman who had 11 assists in 50 games for the Ice in 2006-07. He went from the Ice to Canadian Junior A and Ontario’s Concordia University, where he had eight goals and 49 points in four years before graduating in 2012. A native of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, he is 30.
Jacob Pritchard: Ice forward who joined the team in 2013-14 and had 14 goals and 22 assists in 49 games. He also had a goal and three assists in 12 postseason games in the Ice’s 2014 Clark Cup title run. After tallying 76 points for the BCHL’s Powell River Kings in 2014-15, Pritchard recently finished his sophomore season at St. Lawrence, where he has 18 goals and 43 points in 67 career games. A native of Macomb, Michigan, he is 22.
Scott Conway: Ice forward in 2013-14, who had 33 goals and 35 assists in 57 games. He also set a team record with four goals in a game in April 2014. Conway was the leading scorer both during the regular season and in the Clark Cup championship run, in which he had four goals and seven assists in 12 games. The son of former Checker Kevin Conway, Conway had 26 points as a freshman at Penn State in 2014-15, and played the 2015-16 season for the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, where he had 56 goals and 60 assists. He recently finished his sophomore season at Providence College, where he reunited with former Ice teammate Brian Pinho. He had 12 goals and 11 assists in 38 games for the Friars. A native of Kissimmie, Florida, he is 22.
Drew Schiestel: Fuel defenseman in 2016-17. He had five assists in 14 games for the team before signing with a team in Austria, where he had 16 points in 22 games. He joined the Fuel after playing eight seasons, primarily in the AHL with Portland, Rochester, Texas and Hamilton. He also had played for Greenville and Wheeling in the ECHL, as well as in Denmark and Germany. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, he is 28.