April 16 in Indianapolis hockey history

April 16 in Indianapolis hockey history

1976: After drawing a first-round bye, the Racers return from a 12-day rest and open the playoffs at MSA with a 4-1 loss to the New England Whalers. Larry Pleau scores 2:36 in for the Whalers, Michel Parizeau ties it up 14 minutes later, but Rosaire Paiment scores the eventual winner 2:03 into the second and Cap Raeder makes 23 saves for the Whalers.

1977: The Racers sweep the Cincinnati Stingers, winning 3-1 in front of the largest crowd ever to witness a hockey game at MSA – 16,070. Michel Dion stops 25 shots – only allowing a late third-period goal that was answered by Al Karlander 61 seconds later. Reggie Thomas and Brian McDonald score in each of the first two periods to give the Racers a lead.

1983: The Checkers take a 3-2 lead in their semifinal series against Salt Lake, beating the Golden Eagles 4-2 at the Salt Palace. Steve Stoyanovich scores at 8:51 and 12:56 of the second period to give the Checkers a 4-0 lead. Glen Duncan and Dave Simpson score in the first to give the team a lead.

1986: The Checkers rally from a 4-1 third-period deficit with goals by Earl Ingarfield, Monty Trottier and Charlie Skjodt in a 5:07 span to tie the game, and then Skjoct fed Bob Lakso for the game-winner 4:41 into OT, giving the Checkers a 5-4 victory over Muskegon in their first-round IHL series opener. Muskegon would sweep the next four games to win the series.

1998: The Ice open the postseason with a 4-1 loss in Orlando. David Hymovitz scores the lone goal for the Ice, who fall behind 3-0 in the opening period.

1999: The Ice win their fourth straight to continue a push for a playoff spot. Dave Hymovitz scores his 46th goal of the year, and Justin Cardwell gives the Ice a 2-1 lead 29 seconds into the third ‘ Bob Lachance assisted on both ‘ but the Komets tie the game with nine seconds left. Hymovitz scores in the shootout and Geoff Sarjeant turns aside all five Fort Wayne shooters to nail down the win. Sarjeant made 35 saves in the win.

2000: Jamie Morris faces 50 shots ‘ making 49 saves ‘ in an epic 2-1 overtime win at Oklahoma City, giving the Ice a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. Yvan Corbin’s overtime goal gives the Ice the win and sets them up to return home for a sweep.

2010: The Ice open the Eastern Conference Final by beating Green Bay 2-1 in the Resch Center. Chris Martin ties the game at 1-1 with 1:49 left in the second, and Alex Wideman scores the winner at 8:57 in the third. Casey DeSmith makes 29 saves in the win.

Happy birthday to …

Mike Zuke: Racers center in the 1976-77 season, where he had three goals and four assists in 15 games as a rookie out of Michigan Tech University. He was drafted by the Racers in the fourth round of the 1974 WHA draft, and also picked by the Blues in the fifth round of that year’s NHL Entry Draft. He would go on to play for the Edmonton Oilers the following year, and have a 10-year NHL/WHA career with the Racers, Oilers, Blues and Whalers. In 541 major professional games, he had 112 goals and 234 assists and was a fan favorite as a penalty killer and a scrappy player. He remains in St. Louis, where he owns a sports apparel store, Mike Zuke Enterprises. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, he is 63.

Andy MacIntyre: “Andy Mac” played parts of his first four professional seasons with the IHL Ice between 1994-98, splitting time between the Ice and the ECHL each season. The Blackhawks’ fourth-round pick in 1992, he played 128 games with the Ice, scoring 24 goals and assisting on 28. His best season with the Ice came in 1997-98, when he tallied 11 goals and 20 points in 34 games. His career continued — primarily in the ECHL, with a season in the AHL with Kentucky in 1998-99 — until 2002. In retirement, he has returned to his boyhood home of Sparwood, B.C., and serves in town government. Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he is 43.

Jared DeMichiel: Goaltender who played one game for the Indiana Ice in 2005-06. He went on to a four-year college career at Rochester Institute of Technology — posting a 2.09 GAA and .921 save percentage as a senior in 2009-10. He played one year professionally in the ECHL with South Carolina and Elmira, and the AHL with Hershey in 2010-11. A native of Avon, CT, he is 32.