April 11 in Indianapolis hockey history

April 11 in Indianapolis hockey history

1978: The Racers close a dismal 1977-78 campaign with a 24-51-5 record and a 6-3 loss in New England. Kevin Devine and Rosaire Paiement each tally a goal and an assist in the loss. It would be the Racers’ final full season – they would fold 25 games into the 1978-79 campaign.

1981: The Checkers take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series with a 4-2 win in Wichita. Bruce Affleck scores the game-winner in the second and adds an assist. Dave Cameron also has a goal and an assist. Kelly Hrudey – a rookie playing his first professional game – makes 28 saves in the win.

1990: The Ice play their first playoff game and roll to a 6-3 win over Peoria at the Coliseum. Two second-period goals by Sean Williams, as well as tallies by Mike Stapleton and Bob Bassen, give the Ice a 5-2 lead going into the third. Mike Rucinski has three assists in the game. Stapleton, Bassen and Bruce Cassidy each post two-point games. Jim Waite makes just 11 saves.

1997: Kip Miller has a goal and three assists. Steve Dubinsky has two goals and an assist. Fred Knipscheer scores the game-winner in his hometown as the Ice break open a 2-2 game going into the third and turn it into a 6-3 win over Fort Wayne. The Ice trailed 3-2 when Craig Mills scored at 9:06. Knipscheer scored at 12:38. Dubinsky added two goals in the final six minutes to ice it.

1998: The Ice close out the season with a 5-0 shutout win over Kansas City. Jani Hurme turns aside 47 shots to record his first shutout in an Ice uniform. Ryan Huska scores a first-period goal, while Kent Paynter, Ryan Vandenbussche, Petri Varis and Todd White all score in the third. David Ling adds two assists. White’s goal Is his 46th, closing out an outstanding rookie year.

2009: Cedar Rapids’ Kyle Flanagan completes a hat trick with a goal 1:02 into overtime to beat the Ice 3-2 and even their series at a game apiece. Stanislav Galiev scored both Ice goals, each assisted by Brandon Richardson and Mike Cichy.

2014: The Ice open their 2014 Clark Cup championship run with a 2-0 victory over Green Bay at Pan Am Pavilion. Patrick Newell scores two second-period goals and Hayden Stewart makes it stick with a 22-save shutout.

2015: Fuel close out their first season with a 2-1 shootout loss to Reading, despite 40 saves from Mac Carruth. The Fuel finish their first season 31-30-11, including a 25-9-5 finish to the season. Garett Bembridge finishes the year as the top scorer with 52 points and Nick Bruneteau finishes the year with 35 assists. The Fuel are eliminated from the playoffs when Cincinnati goes to overtime that night.

Happy birthday to …

Andy Branigan: Defenseman who played 62 games for the Capitals in 1945-46, tallying four goals, 17 assists and 71 PIMs. He also had an assist in five playoff games. He played six NHL games with the New York/Brooklyn Americans prior to WWII, but embarked on a long minor-league career after the war, playing for AHL Hershey & Providence through 1958 and two more seasons as a player/coach in the EHL before retiring in 1960. A native of Winnipeg, he was born in 1922. He passed away in 1995.

Gordon Haidy: Right wing who had two stints in Indianapolis separated by a decade. Haidy played three seasons for the Capitals from 1948-51, scoring 60 goals and assisting on 38 in 154 games in those seasons. He was especially key in the Caps’ eight-game Calder Cup run in 1950, where he scored four goals. He also played one game for the Red Wings in their 1950 Stanley Cup run, his only NHL action. Haidy played several years of senior hockey in the 1950s, and he returned to Indianapolis in 1960-61 to play briefly for the IHL Chiefs. He retired from hockey in 1964, 19 seasons after beginning his career. A native of Windsor, Ontario, he was born in 1928. He passed away in 2004.

Terry Sargent: Left wing who played three games for the Checkers in 1984-85. He played 56 games in the IHL that season after three 20+-goal seasons in junior. A native of Edmonton, he is 54.

Chris Norton: Defenseman who played briefly for the Ice in 1991-92, with one assist in eight games. Norton played four seasons professionally in North America from 1998-92, all in the AHL/IHL, after a career at Cornell University. He played six seasons in Britain after his North American career. A native of Oakville, Ontario, he is 52.

Peter Jas: Left wing who played two seasons for the Ice from 1999-2001. He was a key player on the team’s 2000 Miron Cup championship run, with 7 goals and 5 assists in the 15 postseason games. Jas had 18 goals and 35 assists in 96 games with the Ice, and 13 points in 18 playoff games. He played four further games with the Tulsa Oilers the following year, capping a five-year pro career, all in the WPHL/CHL. A native of Presov, Slovakia, he is 43.