April 15 in Indianapolis hockey history
1980: The Checkers open the semis against Fort Worth after having won their opening-round series. Garth MacGuigan scores a shorthanded goal with 23 seconds left to send the game to OT. Ed Pizunski then converts a feed from Mike Hordy to beat Michel Plasse and win it 2:18 into OT.
1981: An epic playoff series between the Checkers and Wichita Wind needs overtime. However, Ron Roulston spoils the party at Market Square Arena, scoring at 14:42 of OT to complete a hat trick and send the Checkers to a 6-5 defeat in the deciding fifth game of the series. Monty Trottier had two goals and an assist, Charlie Skjodt three assists for the Checkers. Coach Bert Marshall steps down after the game to become the head coach of the NHL Colorado Rockies.
1987: The Checkers open their final IHL playoff year with a 4-1 loss in Fort Wayne in Game 1 of the best-of-7 series. Ron Handy gives the Checkers a lead early in the second, but the Komets answer with four straight goals.
1991: Brian Noonan scores with 18 seconds left in regulation to give the Ice a 2-1 win and a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series with Fort Wayne. Sean Williams — who tied the game at 6:32 of the period — and Mike Peluso assisted on the goal.
2008: The Ice fall behind two games to one in their first-round series against Chicago, losing 3-1. Drew LeBlanc starts the scoring 22 seconds in, although it’s answered six minutes later by the Ice’s Ron Cramer. Eric Alexander’s penalty shot goal seals it with 3:11 left. Matt Hoyle stops 37 shots for the Ice, but is outdueled by Chicago’s Rob Madore, who makes 41 saves.
2009: Zach Lehrke scores unassisted at 9:33 of overtime to give Cedar Rapids a 4-3 win at the Coliseum and take a 2-1 lead over the Ice in their best-of-5 first-round series. Brent Gwidt and Mike Cichy score first-period goals for the Ice, but they fall behind in the second. Brandon Richardson’s goal with 2:55 left sends the game to OT.
2011: The Ice sweep Waterloo in a best-of-3 with a 6-3 victory at the Coliseum. Daniil Tarasov leads the offense with a goal and two assists. Brian Ferlin adds three assists. Sean Kuraly and Blake Coleman each tally a goal and an assist in the win.
Happy birthday to …
Sergei Krivokrasov: A perennial Iceman, Krivokrasov was the 12th overall pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, and immediately had a stellar rookie year, with 36 goals, 69 points and 157 PIMs for the Ice in 1992-93. He played 169 games for the Ice from 1992-96, with 71 goals, 79 assists and 374 PIMs. He split time between Indianapolis and Chicago throughout his Ice tenure, but stuck in the NHL in 1996-97. Krivo played 450 NHL games, with 86 goals and 195 points for Chicago, Nashville, Calgary, Minnesota and Anaheim through 2002, playing in the 1999 NHL All-Star Game, and won the silver medal with Russia in the 1998 Winter Olympics. He played six more seasons in Russia before retiring in 2008 and settling in Denver. A native of Angarsk, Russia, he is 43.
Jim Waite: Another Ice mainstay, Waite is best-known for backstopping the Turner Cup championship team in 1990. He was the eighth overall pick by the Blackhawks in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. Waite had a 2.53 GAA in 54 games with the Ice in the Turner Cup year, in which he won the James Norris Trophy as top goaltender. He also had a 3.47 GAA the following season in 49 games, in which he split net time with Hasek and Ray LeBlanc. Waite played briefly in 1991-92 before the Blackhawks dealt him to San Jose. He returned to the Ice in 1994-95 and played three more seasons with the team. His 215 games were the most ever played by an Ice goaltender. He also played 106 NHL games with the Blackhawks, Sharks and Coyotes between 1988-99. Waite played another decade in Germany before retiring in 2010. He is currently the goaltending coach for the Chicago Blackhawks. A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, he is 48.