April 19 in Indianapolis hockey history
1984: The final Adams Cup Final series begins, and for the third straight year, includes the Checkers. The entire series is played in Indianapolis due to the opposing team — the Oilers — having been booted out of their arena in Tulsa earlier in the season and turned into a traveling team. Bjorn Skaare spoils the party by scoring the game-winner midway through the third to give the Oilers a 4-3 win. Kevin Devine scores twice for the Checkers. Todd Lumbard stops 31 saves, but is outdueled by John Vanbiesbrouck, who stops 41, including 17 of the 18 third-period shots he faced.
1985: Two days after firing his coach mid-series and replacing him with himself, Fred Creighton leads the Checkers to a 4-0 win in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series with Peoria, tying the series at 1-1. The game features a significant brawl at 19:22 of the third, which includes both goaltenders getting involved. Rob Holland stops 26 shots for the shutout. Bob Lakso scores twice to lead the Checkers.
1991: Fort Wayne beats the Ice 2-1 at the Coliseum, with Bob Lakso scoring unassisted midway through the third. Stephane Beauregard makes 20 saves to outduel Jim Waite, who stopped 25. The game is again chippy, with 118 PIMs handed out.
1996: The Ice return to the playoffs for the first time in three years and post a 3-2 win in Detroit to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. Ravil Gusmanov and Mike Vukonich score in the opening periods to give the Ice a 2-1 lead, and Ethan Moreau scores the eventual game-winner 47 seconds into the third. Jim Waite stops 26 shots in the Ice net.
1997: One day after scoring a hat trick, the Ice’s Steve Dubinsky is called up to Chicago. Meanwhile, the Ice fall behind 5-0 in an eventual 6-3 loss to Cleveland at MSA, evening the series at 1-1. Kip Miller’s two third-period goals aren’t enough to rally the team.
2000: The Ice complete a sweep of Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Final with a 3-1 win at the Coliseum. Jamie Morris posts his fourth straight win in net and Bernie John scores the game-winner.
Happy birthday to …
Lynn Powis: Center who played 14 games for the Racers in 1977-78, tallying four goals and six assists. He broke into the NHL with Chicago in 1973-74 and played five seasons in the NHL/WHA with the Blackhawks, Kansas City Scouts, Calgary Cowboys, Winnipeg Jets and the Racers. He played in Europe after leaving the WHA following the 1977-78 season. A native of Saskatoon, SK, he is 68.
Ken Leiter: Defenseman who had 10 goals and 26 assists in 68 games for the Checkers in 1983-84. He joined the Checkers as a rookie out of Michigan State, having been picked by the Isles in the fifth round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Leiter got the call to Long Island briefly the following year, and tallied 50 points in 139 games with the Islanders between 1984-88, and four more with the North Stars in 1989-90, his final professional season. A native of Detroit, he is 56.
Darwin McCutcheon: Defenseman who played 34 games for the Ice in their inaugural 1988-89 IHL season. He had two goals, six assists and 99 PIMs. It was the last game of a four-year pro career than ran from 1985-89 — although he did play one game with the Maple Leafs in 1981-82 before being returned to junior for another season. It would be his only NHL game. A native of Brussels, Ontario, he is 54.