April 12 in Indianapolis hockey history
1977: The Racers take a commanding 2-0 lead in their WHA playoff series, beating Cincinnati 7-2 in Riverfront Coliseum. Reggie Thomas, Mark Lomenda, Rene Leclerc, Nick Harbaruk and Michel Parizeau give the Racers a 5-0 lead by the midpoint of the second period. Thomas finishes the night with four points – two goals and two assists. Parizeau has a goal and two assists. Blair MacDonald and Leclerc each tally a goal and an assist, and Bob Sicinski has two assists. Michel Dion stops 30 shots for the win.
1981: The Checkers are unable to clinch their first-round series against Wichita, falling 5-3 to even the series at two games apiece.
1986: Mike Zanier posts a solid game in net and Paul Skjodt scores the shootout winner as the Checkers win 2-1 in Kalamazoo, helping them clinch an IHL playoff spot.
1991: Martin Desjardins scores at 12:22 of overtime, unassisted, to give the Ice a 1-0 lead over Fort Wayne in the playoffs. He also scored the game-tying goal late in the second. Brian Noonan also scored for the Ice, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit and used a 37-save performance by Jim Waite.
1994: Sergei Krivokrasov tallies a goal and three assists to help the Ice beat Milwaukee 5-2 and close the season with a 28-46-7 record. Shawn Byram had two assists. Karl Dykhuis and Rob Cimetta also had two-point nights. Chris Rogles had to make 43 saves in net.
2000: An epic — and brutal — series-clinching 7-0 win for the Ice. Jamie Morris posts the shutout in his first playoff start in the winner-take-all Game 5. But the Ice get rolling quickly and build an insurmountable lead. In the third period, everything breaks loose as the Ice and Oilers combine for a CHL playoff record 312 penalty minutes ‘ nearly all in the final period. Mike Berger scores two goals against his former team.
2003: The Ice fall 6-3 to Memphis, and are swept out of the Eastern Conference Final in four games.
2005: Cedar Rapids’ Phil Axtell scores 4:16 into overtime to beat the Ice 5-4 and sweep them out of the first round of the playoffs. Tomas Klempa scores twice for the Ice. Ryan Peckskamp had a goal with 7:30 left to give the Ice a lead, but Cedar Rapids answered two minutes later to tie it.
2008: The Ice even their first-round series against Chicago at a game apiece with an emphatic 7-2 win at the Coliseum. Jake Skjodt and Paul Carey each have a goal and two assists, and John Kemp assists on three goals in the win. Scott Darling turns aside 25 shots.
2010: The Ice roll to a 6-1 win over Cedar Rapids, evening their first-round series at 2-2. Max Cook scores two power play goals and adds an assist. Nic Dowd (G, 2A) and Kevin Goumas (3A) both have three-point nights. Shane Berschbach, Antti Roppo and Anthony Bitetto also score for the Ice, and DeSmith makes 41 saves.
2014: The Ice drop a 6-5 decision to Green Bay, evening their first-round series at 1-1. They fall behind 4-1 after an own-goal with the goaltender pulled on a delayed penalty, but begin clawing back on goals by Matt Roy and Sam Kurker. Green Bay scores twice in the final four minutes to go up 6-3, but Aidan Muir scores with 1:22 left and Roy booms a shot home from the slot with 52 seconds left. The Ice nearly tie it, but the buzzer saves Green Bay’s Jared Rutledge. In addition to Roy’s two goals, Kurker has a goal and three assists, all in the third period.
Happy birthday to …
Al Dewsbury: A big, imposing, 6-2, 205-pound defenseman who played parts of four seasons with the Capitals from 1946-50 — splitting time with the Detroit Red Wings in each of those years. He played 159 games in the Circle City, with 29 goals and 56 assists (and 2-7-9 in 10 playoff games). In his final season with the Caps, he had 15 goals, 22 assists and 76 PIMs in 50 games from the blueline. He also had seven points in the playoffs that season as the Caps swept their way to the Calder Cup — and then played four playoff games with the Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup. He was dealt to Chicago after the 1949-50 season, and played six more full seasons in the NHL with the Blackhawks. He had 30 goals, 78 assists and 365 PIMs in 378 NHL games. A native of Goderich, Ontario, he was born in 1926. He passed away in 2006.
Dave Hanson: Member of the Checkers from 1982-84 — playing a full 80-game season during the 1982-83 Adams Cup year, and one more game the following season. He had 18 goals, 21 assists and 285 PIMs in the blue-and-orange. He also had a goal and three assists in the 1983 playoff run. The latter isn’t shocking if one looks at the name — Dave is one of the three hockey-playing “Hanson Brothers” from the movie Slap Shot! (but the only one whose given name was Hanson), and his career actually did begin in Johnstown, PA with a team in the then-pro NAHL in 1974. No word on whether he actually put the foil on for the Checkers, but he played 136 NHL/WHA games, with the Minnesota Fighting Saints, New England Whalers, Birmingham Bulls and Minnesota North Stars, tallying 562 PIMs in those games. He retired from playing hockey after the 1983-84 season. A native of Cumberland, Wisconsin, he is 63.
Dan Miele: Played 55 games for the Checkers in 1985-86, the last of his five pro seasons. He had five goals and 11 assists. A native of LaSalle, Quebec, he is 55.
Torey Krug: A key part of the Ice’s 2008-09 title team, Krug had 10 goals and 37 assists in 59 games that season. He also had a goal and six assists in 13 postseason games — the goal being one of the biggest in franchise history. He scored the third-period game-winner in Game 5 against Cedar Rapids that sent the Ice into the next round. The Ice went on to win the Clark Cup that season. Krug had 83 points in three seasons at Michigan State University before signing a free-agent deal with the Boston Bruins in 2012. He emerged as a mainstay with the Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, with four goals and two assists in the postseason run as the Bruins got to the finals. The following year, he posted 40 points and was the Bruins’ leading scorer in the playoffs, as well as finishing in the top five in Calder Trophy voting. He recently finished a 51-point season. In 322 NHL games, he has 38 goals and 138 assists. A native of Livonia, Michigan, he is 26.
Austin Ortega: Forward who scored 24 goals and assisted on 18 for the Ice over 44 games in 2012-13. He finished the season with Fargo, and was nearly a point-a-game player as the Force got to the Clark Cup Finals. Ortega recently completed his senior season at Nebraska-Omaha, with 70 goals and 69 assists in four years including three straight 20-goal seasons. He led the nation in game-winning goals in 2014-15. He recently signed with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls and had four goals in six games to finish the 2016-17 season. A native of Escondido, California, he is 22.