April 20 in Indianapolis hockey history
1982: The Checkers take a 2-0 lead on the Wichita Wind in a wild 7-4 victory in Kansas. Monty Trottier, Kevin Devine and Lorne Stamler score three first-period goals — even, PP and SH — but Wichita storms back to take a 4-3 lead going into the third. Neil Hawryliw scores nine seconds into the period to tie it, and then Mike Hordy, Devine and Steve Stoyanovich score on Andy Moog later in the period to break it open. Kelly Hrudey stops 31 shots for the Checkers.
1985: The Checkers take a 2-1 lead over Peoria in their first-round playoff series, winning 3-2 at Market Square Arena. Bob Lakso and Marc Magnan score third-period goals to break a 1-all tie and Todd Lumbard stops 45 shots — including 21 in the third period.
1990: Jim Johannson scores with 3:20 left in regulation to give the Ice a 3-2 win over Peoria and a 4-1 series win in the Western Conference Semifinal at the Coliseum. Mike Stapleton has a goal and an assist, and Bruce Cassidy assists on Mike Eagles’ second-period game-tying goal and the winner. Darren Pang stops 18 shots in the win.
1991: Dominik Hasek returns to the Ice and turns in a memorable performance in a 4-3 Game 6 win. The Ice kill off 10 of 11 Fort Wayne power plays. Brian Noonan scores late in the first to tie the game at 1-1, and then Warren Rychel makes it a 2-1 Ice lead at 5:21 of the second. After the Komets tie the game again, Jim Johannson and Warren Rychel score 1:43 apart midway through the period – the latter on the power play – to make it 4-2. Fort Wayne’s Lonnie Loach scores on a 5-on-3 with 5:38 left, but Hasek makes 13 third-period saves to extend the series to seven games. Mike Stapelton has three assists for the Ice.
1996: Jim Waite stops 40 shots to give the Ice a 3-0 win over Detroit in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal. Kip Miller scores the winner just 19 seconds into the game. Sergei Klimovich and Bruce Cassidy add second-period goals, and Ravil Gusmanov assists on two. The Ice win despite being outshot 40-19, and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
1999: After a long fight to get into the postseason, the Ice open the 1999 IHL Playoffs with a 4-2 loss in Cincinnati. Sylvain Cloutier and David Hymovitz give the Ice a 2-1 lead in the second, but Cincinnati rallies with three goals in the third, with former Iceman Fred Knipscheer scoring twice.
2007: Eric Kattelus scores 5:59 into overtime to give the Ice a 3-2 victory over Green Bay and a 2-0 lead in their playoff series. Ryan Scott and Eric Miller scored in regulation to give the Ice a 2-0 lead, but Green Bay tied it in the last four minutes of the third. John Kemp assisted on two goals. Miller also had an assist for a two-point night.
2011: The Ice drop their conference semifinal series opener to Green Bay 5-1. Daniil Tarsov scores the lone goal.
2012: The Ice open the USHL Eastern Conference Semifinal with a 5-2 win over Dubuque. Christian Hilbrich tallies a goal and two assists. John Doherty has a goal and an assist. Jacob Fallon, Robert Polesello and Robbie Baillargeon each score goals in the win, and Jon Gillies turns aside 26 shots.
Happy birthday to …
Kurt Lackton: Right wing who played eight games for the IHL Ice in 1988-89, with one goal and two assists. They were the only nine pro games he would play in that season, the third of his four professional years, the longest of which lasted 57 games in 1986-87. A native of Kansack, SK, he is 50.
Matt Hoyle: Goaltender who helped backstop the Ice to a 2007-08 USHL Eastern Division regular-season title, Hoyle played 25 games in net, going 12-5-4 with a 3.05 GAA. He went on from the Ice to Harvard in 2008-09, and then to OHL Guelph the following year. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, he is 27.
Adam Erne: Winger who joined the Ice as a 15-year-old in 2010, and quickly made a name for himself in the Canadian major junior ranks the following year. Erne had 10 goals and eight assists in 45 games for the Ice in 2010-11. He went from the Ice to QMJHL Quebec, where he tallied at least 20 goals in each of his three seasons. He was drafted 33rd overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013. In 2014, he made his pro debut with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, and he completed a 41-goal, 86-point season for the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts in 2014-15. He has 62 AHL points in 109 games, and made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning this past season, scoring three goals in 26 games. A native of Branford, CT, he is 22.
Mitch Slattery: Forward who played one game for the Ice in 2013-14. He recently finished his third full junior season, tallying 59 points in 54 games with the NAHL’s Minnesota Magicians. A native of Hugo, MN, he is 21.
Doug Jessey: Indy Fuel defenseman who joined the team late in the 2014-15 season and played two games. He earlier captained Canisius College. He had two assists in 26 games playing for Brest in France in 2015-16. A native of Langdon, Alberta, he is 26.
Derek Roehl: Indy Fuel forward in 2015-16. He had two goals and two assists in 15 games. He came to the Fuel in his third pro season, the first two being spent in Europe. He returned to Europe and played 11 games with the EIHL’s Manchester Storm, tallying six points in 11 games. A native of Clinton Twp., Mich., he is 29.