April 14 in Indianapolis hockey history

April 14 in Indianapolis hockey history

1977: The Racers go up 3-0 in their opening-round playoff series against Cincinnati, beating the Stingers 5-3 in front of 10,383 at MSA. Blair MacDonald tallies a hat trick and Brian McDonald scores twice. After Cincinnati scores twice in 49 seconds to tie it early in the third, Brian McDonald scores the game-winner at 7:10 of the third and Blair finishes the hat trick with 7:00 left. Paul Hoganson stops 30 shots.

1983: The Checkers allow goals from three different Salt Lake players to fall 6-5, evening their semifinal series at two games apiece. Rob Tudor scores the winner with 2:25 to play. Red Laurence scores twice for the Checkers.

1984: The Checkers take a 3-2 edge in their first-round series against Colorado, winning 6-5 on Kevin Devine’s goal 8:58 into overtime. The Checkers stormed back from a 5-2 deficit in the third, with Red Laurence, Roger Kortko and Monty Trottier scoring in the final period, the latter coming on the power play with 1:34 left. Laurence had two goals in the game. Todd Lumbard stopped 17 shots in relief to get the win.

1990: The Ice roll to a 7-1 win over Peoria in Game 3 of the IHL Western Conference semifinal, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. Mike Stapleton, Bob Bassen and Sean Williams give the Ice a 3-0 lead just 5:44 into the game. Williams would finish the night with two goals and two assists. Stapleton would have a goal and two assists. Darren Pang makes 14 saves in goal and also has an assist. The Ice go 4-9 on the power play and add a shorthanded goal.

2000: The Ice open the semifinal series against Oklahoma City with a 3-1 victory, backstopped by a fine performance by Jamie Morris. Yvan Corbin scores the game-winner.

2007: The Ice cap the 2006-07 with a 7-2 win over Ohio at the Coliseum. Eric Kattelus tallies two goals and an assist. John Kemp has a goal and two assists. The two score 29 seconds apart in the first period to give the Ice a 4-2 lead. The Ice finish the season with a 27-28-5 record.

2010: Anthony Bitetto scores an unassisted goal at 4:09 of overtime to give the Ice a 3-2 win in Cedar Rapids in the decisive Game 5 of their opening-round series. Brian Ferlin scored at :39 of the second period, and Jacob Fallon followed at 5:33 to give the Ice a 2-0 lead. Alex Wideman assisted on both. Cedar Rapids tied the game with 5:08 left in regulation. Casey DeSmith stops 37 shots for his third straight win.

2011: The Ice open the 2011 Clark Cup playoffs with a 4-0 victory over Waterloo in the opener of a best-of-3 series. Casey DeSmith turns aside 38 shots for the shutout. Dan Cesarz, Brian Ferlin , David Johnstone and Blake Coleman score for the Ice. Coleman ands an assist and Daniil Tarasov assists on two goals.

2012: The Ice close the 2011-12 season with a 6-3 win over Des Moines at Notre Dame. Daniil Tarasov tallies a goal and an assist. John Doherty and Christian Hilbrich assist on two goals each. Goaltender Jon Gillies is credited with a goal in the final minute when he was the last to touch the puck before Des Moines cleared it into his own net. Tarasov finishes the regular season with a 13-game scoring streak.

2013: The Ice close the 2012-13 season with a 5-2 loss to Waterloo at home. The team finishes 21-37-6 and misses the playoffs for the first time in its nine USHL seasons.

Happy birthday to …

Mark Lomenda: Right wing who played 58 games for the Racers — all but two in the 1976-77 season. He also played two games the prior year. He had nine goals and 21 assists. His claim to fame is assisting on Gene Peacosh’s 3OT goal that ended the longest game in WHA history, as the Racers beat Cincinnati 4-3 in the opening game of the 1977 playoffs. Lomenda played 164 WHA games from 1974-77, with 31 goals and 61 assists. He retired after 1979. A native of Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, he is 63. 

Richard Adolfi: Right wing who played 21 games for the Checkers in 1985-86, shortly after turning professional. He had two goals and two assists with the Checkers, and played three full minor pro seasons, all in the IHL. A native of Rome, NY, he is 52.

Dave Allison: Defenseman who finished his 10-year pro hockey career with the Ice in 1988-89, tallying seven assists and 105 PIMs in 34 games. He played in the AHL & IHL for his entire career, and played three NHL games with Montreal in 1983-84. He was a player-assistant coach for the Ice. and became a head coach the year after in the ECHL, and has had a long coaching career since, including a 22-game NHL stint with the Ottawa Senators in 1995-96. He is currently the head coach of the USHL Des Moines Buccaneers. A native of Fort Frances, Ontario, he is 58.

Lonnie Loach: Remembered primarily for his exploits with the Fort Wayne Komets – especially in ending the Ice’s stellar 1990-91 season in the playoffs (a year in which he was the IHL’s leading scorer with 131 points) – Loach played three games for the Ice in 1989-90. He spent nearly all of his 16-year professional career in the IHL, playing for Saginaw, Flint, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Phoenix, San Diego, Detroit, San Antonio, Long Beach, Kansas City and Chicago alone in the IHL. He also played for two AHL teams and parts of two seasons in Europe. He played 56 NHL games between 1992-94, playing 50 for the Los Angeles Kings in 1992-93 on a team that went to the Stanley Cup Final. He also played three games each for Ottawa and Anaheim. He finished his career in 2005-06 playing in the UHL for Missouri. A native of New Liskeard, Ontario, he is 49.

Brett Peterson: Forward who played 56 games for the Ice in 2006-07. He had 12 points and 78 PIMs in that stint, before playing two collegiate seasons at Minnesota State-Mankato. A native of Elk River, Minnesota, he is 28.