April 25 in Indianapolis hockey history

April 25 in Indianapolis hockey history

1977: The Racers are routed 8-3 in Quebec, falling behind 2-0 in their best-of-7 semifinal series. Reggie Thomas has a goal and two assists and Pat Stapleton a goal and an assist in the loss. Quebec’s Steve Sutherland tallies the hat trick.

1985: With a chance to clinch their best-of-7 first round series, the Checkers fall 4-3 to Peoria at Market Square Arena, sending the series back up I-74 for the deciding seventh game.

1986: The Checkers’ second IHL season is ended with a 4-2 loss in Muskegon, ending the best-of-7 series in five games. Byron Lomow and Earl Ingarfield score third-period goals for the Checkers in a losing effort. Rob Holland stops 38 shots in the final game of his long Checkers career.

1987: The Checkers play their final game, as they drop a 3-1 decision to Fort Wayne at MSA to lose the best-of-7 series in six games. Brian McKee’s unassisted goal at 16:13 of the third is the final goal in team history. Mike Zanier makes 24 saves in a losing effort.

1993: Atlanta’s Herb Raglan scores at 8:53 of overtime to beat the Ice 6-5 and oust the Ice from the playoffs four games to one. The Ice had built a 5-3 lead on third-period goals by Brad Lauer and Vladimir Tsyplakov, but Brent Gretzky scores twice to tie the game, including knotting it with 1:19 left. He assists on Raglan’s game-winner. Brad Lauer scores twice and Tony Hrkac adds two assists.

2009: Green Bay evens its conference final series with the Ice at a game apiece after a 4-3 win over the Ice at the Resch Center. Chris Saracino scores with 32 seconds left to complete a third-period comeback from a 3-2 deficit. Loren Barron and John Parker tally a goal and an assist each for the Ice. Stanislav Galiev also scores for the Ice.

2012: The Ice sweep Dubuque in three games, winning 3-1 on the road. Robbie Baillargeon, Jacob Fallon and Sean Kuraly score, with Kuraly also assisting on Fallon’s game-winner 37 seconds into the second period. Jon Gillies makes 34 saves in the win.

2014: The Ice open their Eastern Conference Final series with an emphatic 4-1 win over Dubuque. Robby Darrar opens the scoring for the Fighting Saints with an unassisted breakaway at 1:49 of the first, but the Ice come back with power play goals from Jacob Pritchard and Scott Conway, and third-period goals from Brian Pinho and Denis Smirnov. Pritchard and Pinho each have two-point nights. Jason Pawloski makes 22 saves.

Happy birthday to …

Rick Barkovich: Center for the Ice in 1988-89, where he had 32 goals and 35 assists in his second pro season. He played from 1987-94, and again in 1996-97. He found a home in the ECHL with Raleigh, where he played his final four seasons, and also served as the team’s coach, and is still a part of the community in North Carolina. A native of Hamilton, Ont., he is 53. 

Dominic Panetta: Ice forward in 2010-11, where he had three assists in 21 games after being dealt from Tri-City. He also had an assist in two playoff games. In 2015, he completed his senior year at Ferris State, where he had seven goals and 14 assists over his four-year career. A native of Baldwin, Mich., he is 26.

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