April 10 in Indianapolis hockey history
1980: The Checkers sweep the Tulsa Oilers in three games by winning 4-3 at Tulsa. Yvon Vautour scores the clincher with 1:43 to go in the game. Vautour and Alex McKendry each tally a goal and an assist.
1981: The Checkers tie the Wichita Wind 1-1 in their first-round playoff series. Alex Pirus scores the game-winner midway through the third in a 5-4 victory, his second goal which gave the Checkers a two-goal edge at the time. He also had an assist. Bruce Affleck assisted on three tallies.
1983: The Checkers explode offensively in an 8-3 victory over the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. Red Laurence tallies a hat trick and assists on two other goals. Scott Howson, who scored a hat trick the night before, assists on three goals.
1984: The Checkers come alive against the heavily-favored Colorado Flames. Mark Hamway’s goal 100 seconds into the second period gives the Chex a 3-0 lead, but Colorado scores twice to cut it close. Rob Holland makes nine third-period saves to preserve a 3-2 victory that cuts the Flames’ lead to 2-1 in the semifinal series. Ron Handy and Garth MacGuigan score first-period goals against Colorado’s Mike Vernon.
1987: The Checkers close out their final regular season, beating Milwaukee 5-4. Tim Helmer’s second period power play goal is the winner. Ron Handy scores his 55th goal. Gary McColgan and Mike Berger each have two assists. Handy finishes the season with 135 points, but loses out on the scoring title by one point to Muskegon’s Jock Callander.
2003: Sebastien Gagnon scores in the second overtime to give Memphis a 2-1 victory over the Ice at Pepsi Coliseum, and a commanding 3-0 lead in the CHL Eastern Conference final.
2008: The Ice open the 2008 Clark Cup playoffs with a 4-3 loss to Chicago at the Coliseum. Jake Skjodt, John Carlson and Will MacDonald give the Ice a lead, but Chicago ties it 3:08 into the third and wins it on a goal by Eric Alexander with 2:30 left.
2009: The Ice begin their 2009 Clark Cup championship run with a 7-2 win in Cedar Rapids. Brent Gwidt scores twice in the firs period, while Zach Golombiewski and Sebastien Geoffrion each score to give the Ice a 4-0 lead after one. Gwidt adds an assist for a three-point night. Golombiewski adds two assists for a three-point game, as well. Richardson and Geoffrion had a goal and an assist each, Torey Krug assisted on two goals (and was +5), and Brett Bennett made 37 saves for the win.
2010: The Ice play their first postseason home game and beat Cedar Rapids 3-1 to close the Riders’ lead in the series to 2-1. Max Cook and Shane Berschbach score in the second period and Nic Dowd adds an empty-netter. Casey DeSmith makes 27 saves in his first playoff start.
Happy birthday to …
Rob Brown: Right wing who played 19 games for the Ice at the end of the 1992-93 season while a part of the Blackhawks organization. He made a significant impact, with 14 goals and 19 assists to help the Ice clinch a playoff berth. He also had an assist in two playoff games against the Atlanta Knights that season. Brown was in his eighth pro season when joining the Ice, and it was his first minor-league stint. He continued to play in the NHL through 2000, and played three more seasons for the AHL Chicago Wolves. His NHL career took him through Pittsburgh (twice), Hartford, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, scoring 190 goals in 543 games. He also was the IHL’s leading scorer three times in 1994, 1996 and 1997, and the league MVP in 1994 with the Kalamazoo Wings. He is also the namesake for the hockey humor blog “Down Goes Brown,” referencing a lost fight when playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs. A native of Kingston, Ontario, he is 49.
Mike Beck: Defenseman who scored five goals and assisted on 20 in 56 games for the Ice in their inaugural 2004-05 USHL season. He played four full USHL seasons before embarking on a four-year career at the University of New Hampshire. A native of Long Beach, California, he is 29.
Mike Phillippi: Defenseman who played two seasons for the Ice from 2005-07. In 108 games, he had 13 goals and 43 assists. He also tallied 168 PIMs. He went on from the Ice to play three seasons for Nebraska-Omaha in college. A native of Shoreview, Minnesota, he is 30.
Adam Lapsansky: Fuel forward for 25 games in 2015-16, where he had seven goals and eight assists. He joined the team after playing for Kosice in the Slovak league, and returned to the team after his stint in Indy. He played 2016-17 for Poprad in Slovakia, where he had 26 points in 33 games, and for Ravensburg in Germany, where he had 16 points in 23 games. He recently finished his 10th full pro season, all but his Fuel stint having been played in Europe. A native of Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, he is 27.