April 18 in Indianapolis hockey history
1983: The Checkers have a clincher for the ages, finishing off their semifinal series against Salt Lake in six games with an emphatic 11-4 victory. Red Laurence pots a hat trick and assists on another goal. Garth MacGuigan and Scott Howson each scores twice and add assists. Steve Stoyanovich, Mike Greeder, Ron Handy and Glen Duncan also score goals. Monty Trottier, Gord Dineen, Randy Johnston, Dave Simpson, Kevin Devine and Bruce Affleck all post two assists. Handy and Duncan score 11 seconds apart in the third period. MacGuigan and Greeder tally goals 54 seconds apart in the second, while MacGuigan and Laurence score 77 seconds apart in the first.
1986: Two goals and an assist by Bob Lakso and two goals by Gerry Minor aren’t enough to prevent a 6-5 Checkers loss to the Muskegon Lumberjacks in Game 2 of their opening-round IHL playoff series, which is knotted up at 1-1.
1987: Colin Chin’s third period goal breaks a 2-all tie and gives Fort Wayne a 3-2 win and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series with the Checkers.
1990: The Ice take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinal with a five-goal second-period explosion in a 5-1 win at Peoria. Warren Rychel gets into a fight 17 seconds into the game, but later assists on Brian Noonan’s first goal 1:28 into the second. Mike Stapleton makes it 2-0 just 1:21 later, and Mike McNeill makes it 3-0 another 64 seconds after that. Mike Eagles adds two second-period power play goals, and Jim Waite stops 22 of 23 shots in the win.
1997: The division champion Ice open the playoffs with a 6-3 win over Cleveland at Market Square Arena. Steve Dubinsky tallies a hat trick and hits for the cycle, with an even-strength goal in the first, a shorthanded tally in the second, and a power play goal to tie the game with 4:47 left in the second. Dubinsky later assists on Brad Werenka’s game-winner in the third. Werenka, Sergei Klimovich and Tuomas Gronman all score power play goals in a penalty-filled third period. The Ice go 4-13 with the man advantage in the win. Werenka also has a three-point game with a goal and two assists.
1998: The Ice beat Orlando 4-3 in Game 2 of the best-of-5 Eastern Conference quarterfinal, tying the series at a game apiece. David Ling scores twice, including the game-winner with 9:42 left. Petri Varis adds a goal and two assists. Dmitri Nabokov also scores. Jani Hurme stops 21 shots in the win.
2007: The Ice begin the 2007 playoffs, beating Green Bay 4-2. Garrett Roe scores 28 seconds into the first period, and Eric Miller scores 11 seconds later to give the Ice an early 2-0 lead. Jake Skjodt makes it 3-0 midway through the second, and Miller scores another early goal in the third – this time, 24 seconds in – to make it 4-0. Alex Kangas stops 30 shots in the win.
2008: The Ice are eliminated from the 2008 Clark Cup playoffs by fourth-seeded Chicago with a 5-0 loss. Chicago goaltender Rob Madore turns aside 37 shots to blank the Ice and end the series three games to one.
2009: The Ice win a decisive, and wild, Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against Cedar Rapids by a 7-6 score. Torey Krug scores with 15 seconds left in regulation to give the Ice the victory. The Ice trailed 3-1 after one, but rallied to take the lead on second-period goals by Brandon Richardson, Ben Albertson and Bernt Gwidt. Richardson and Will MacDonald scored goals a minute apart in the opening minutes of the third to give the Ice a two-goal edge, but the Rough Riders tied it with 8:37 left. Richardson had four points on the night (2G, 2A). Cichy had a goal and two assists. The win sent the Ice to the Eastern Conference Final against Green Bay.
2010: The Ice fall 9-4 in Green Bay to even their conference final series at 1-1. Anders Lee scores four goals for the Gamblers.
2014: Jason Pawloski sets a USHL record with back-to-back shutouts, the Ice set another with three shutouts in the same playoff series, and the team moves on with a 1-0 victory over Green Bay in the Resch Center to win the series 3-1. Mitch Hults’ power play goal at 13:19 of the first stands up when Pawloski stops 22 shots, killing off five power plays in the second and third periods.
Happy birthday to …
Frank Rochon: Left wing who played 76 games for the Racers from 1975-77, scoring 21 goals and assisting on 10. He also had an assist in five playoff games in 1977. Rochon turned pro with the Chicago Cougars in 1973, and played four seasons in the WHA, and five professionally. He had 71 goals and 131 points in 255 career WHA games. A native of Laval, Quebec, he is 64.
Dwaine Hutton: Center who played 31 games for the Ice in 1988-89, with eight goals, 13 points and 85 PIMs. Hutton played five professional seasons from 1986-92, the first three in the IHL, the last two covered 17 games in the ECHL.A native of Edmonton, he is 52.
Jeff Salajko: Goalie who played three games for the Ice between 1996-99. He was 1-0-1 in those three games, played in callups from the ECHL. Salajko played for numerous teams in the IHL, AHL and ECHL from 1996-2003 as a professional. A native of Kitchener, Ontario, he is 42.
Vladimir Tsyplakov: Left wing who played 11 games for the Ice in 1992-93, tallying six goals and seven assists. He broke into the NHL with the Kings in 1995-96, and ended up playing 331 NHL games with the Kings and Sabres through 2001. He had 69 goals and 170 points in those contests. He played in his native Russia from 2001-05 before retiring. A native of Moscow, he is 48.
Chris Droeske: Defenseman who played six games for the Ice in their inaugural CHL year in 1999-2000. He had one assist. He played parts of two seasons professionally, with 34 games between the Ice and WCHL Bakersfield. A native of Ottawa, he is 49.
Roman Gaudet: Forward who played three games for the Ice in 2012-13. A native of Northville, Mich., he is 21.
Nick Grasso: Fuel defenseman for five games in 2016-17. He had one assist in those contests. He also played 14 games for Quad City in-between his two stints with the Fuel. Grasso was a fourth-year pro with the Fuel, after playing two seasons with Quad City. He spent much of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 games in the SPHL with the Macon Mayhem. A native of Smithtown, NY, he is 29.