April 28 in Indianapolis hockey history
1977: Quebec’s Paulin Bordeleau scores his third goal at 5:29 of overtime to beat the Racers 6-5 at MSA and take a commanding 3-0 lead in their best-of-7 semifinal series. Reggie Thomas scores twice and Gene Peacosh adds a goal to put the Racers up 3-1 in the first, but a four-goal second period by the Nordiques gives them a lead. Peacosh ties the game at 3:25 of the third. Darryl Maggs and Brian McDonald have two assists each. Michel Dion makes 39 saves in the loss.
1996: Detroit’s Dan Kesa and Lonnie Loach score 11 seconds apart in the second period to take a 3-1 lead in an eventual 4-3 win over the Ice, evening the series at two games apiece. Kip Miller, Ethan Moreau and Ravil Gusmanov score for the Ice.
1998: The Ice drop a 3-0 decision to Orlando in the decisive fifth game of their best-of-5 playoff series. Marc Lamothe stops 31 of the 33 shots he sees, but the team is eliminated from the postseason.
2009: The Ice clinch a berth in the Clark Cup Final with a 5-3 win over Green Bay. Max Cook, Ben Albertson, Zach Golombiewski and Grant Blakey all score in the second to give the Ice a 4-2 lead, and Joe Hartman seals the win with an empty-netter. Mike Cichy assists on three goals and Brett Bennett makes 21 saves in the win.
Happy birthday to …
George Hayes: Defenseman who played a partial season with the Chiefs in 1956-57, a year in which they advanced to the Turner Cup Final. He had 44 points, splitting the year between Huntington and the Chiefs. He also had two goals in eight games in the postseason. He played professionally in the EHL, IHL and PCHL from 1947-59. A native of Toronto, he was born in 1926.
Joe Connors: Center who played a partial season with the Chiefs in 1960-61, splitting time between Indy and Omaha, where he had 21 goals and 53 points total that year. He was part of the controversial trade of Pierre Brillant — the Chiefs’ scoring wizard on three playoff teams — coming back to Indianapolis with Bep Guidolin. Connors continued to play in the EHL and IHL through 1966. A native of Glace Bay, NS, he was born in 1933.
Howie Menard: Center who played the abbreviated 1963 season with the Capitols in the inaugural season of the Central Hockey League (then known as the CPHL). He was the team’s big scorer, ending up with 25 goals and 37 assists in 69 games. The Caps played just nine games in Indianapolis that season due to the Coliseum explosion. He got his NHL break after the 1967 expansion, and played 151 games in the league, with the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Oakland Seals between 1967-70. In 1972, he set the AHL record for points in a postseason game with seven. He continued to play in the minors until retiring in 1976. A native of Timmins, Ontario, he is 74.
Frank Beaton: Left wing who played 77 games for the Checkers in 1981-82, tallying 13 goals and 28 assists, as well as 270 PIMs, en route to helping lead the team to its first title. He also had three goals, six assists and 36 PIMs in 13 playoff games that season. Known as a defensive stalwart, his nickname was “Seldom.” Beaton played professionally from 1973-83, including 188 NHL/WHA games with the Cincinnati Stingers, Edmonton Oilers, Birmingham Bulls and New York Rangers. He played his last NHL game in 1980, and played all of his remaining seasons in the CHL — two in Birmingham and one with the Checkers. He was part of the Birmingham South Stars team that lost to the Checkers in the 1983 Adams Cup Final, which represented his last professional hockey game. He settled in Birmingham upon retirement from hockey. A native of Antigonish, NS, he is 64.
Garnet McKechney: The Islanders’ second-round pick in 1983, he played three games for the Checkers in 1985-86, with one assist. It was his first pro season, and he played 26 games for three IHL teams after finishing his junior career that spring. He played one full minor-league season in Peoria the next year, and then played college hockey in Canada. A native of Swift Current, Sask., he has settled in Edmonton upon retirement from hockey. He is 52.
Colin Pepperall: Left wing for the Ice in 1998-99, playing nine games with two goals and two assists as a rookie. He had been a perennial 30-goal scorer in junior and was a fifth-round Rangers draft pick, but played the majority of his 11-year pro career in the ECHL, with three 20-goal seasons before retiring in 2009. A native of Niagara Falls, Ont., he is 39.