May 2 in Indianapolis hockey history
1977: The Quebec Nordiques eliminate the Racers with an 8-3 win in Game 5 of their playoff series at Le Colisee. Blair MacDonald scores twice for the Racers, and Pat Stapleton has a goal and an assist, but Quebec’s Real Cloutier has a hat trick and Serge Bernier has a goal and four assists. It’s also the final game for Jacques Demers as the Racers’ coach, as he would take over the Cincinnati Stingers the following year.
1983: The Checkers put themselves on the cusp of a title, as Scott Howson scores a power play goal 6:08 into the second overtime to beat the Birmingham South Stars 3-2. Dave Simpson’s first period PPG gives the Checkers a 1-0 lead, but Birmingham takes an advantage midway through the third. Ron Handy scores unassisted with 2:29 left to tie it before Howson wins it. The Checkers dominate the game, outshooting Birmingham 46-27. Kelly Hrudey stops 25 shots for the win. The Checkers take a 4-2 lead in the best-of-9 series back to Birmingham.
1990: The Ice bury Salt Lake 5-1 in Game 3 of the Western Division Final, taking a 2-1 series lead. Mike Rucinski, Mike Eagles and Mike McNeill score second-period goals. Bob Bassen and Brian Noonan have two assists each. Jim Waite stops 19 shots in the win.
2007: The Ice open a round-robin second round by beating Waterloo 4-3 at the Coliseum. Mike Embach scores at 3:22 of overtime to seal the victory. Eric Miller has a hat trick in regulation.
2009: The Ice even the Clark Cup Final series at a game apiece with an empahtic 5-2 win over Fargo. Stanislav Galiev and John Parker’s second period goals give the Ice a 2-1 lead. Grant Blakey and Sebastien Geoffrion score nine sconds apart in the third to make it a 4-1 game. Brandon Richardson adds the exclamation point later in the period. Mike Cichy and Joe Hartman add two assists each.
2014: The Ice sweep Dubuque in three games by winning 3-2 in the Mystique Ice Center. The Ice become the only team to beat Dubuque in a playoff game at Dubuque – and have done it twice, in 2012 and 2014. Scott Conway and Alex Talcott score second-period goals to put the Ice up 2-1 and Joe Sullivan makes it 3-1 early in the third. Jason Pawloski makes 22 saves to send the Ice into the Clark Cup Final.
Happy birthday to …
Jerome “Jud” McAtee: Capitals center from 1940-46, he played 203 games for the Caps over six seasons. He had 52 goals and 77 assists in that time. His pro career ran from 1940-50. He played 46 NHL games — all but two in the 1944-45 season with the Detroit Red Wings. He had 15 goals in that year, and 28 total NHL points. He had three goals and three assists for the Caps in their 1942 Calder Cup championship run, and six goals and five assists overall in 17 playoff games with the Caps. He had a hand in two of the biggest goals in the 1942 title run, assisting on the game-winning goal with 2:02 left in Game 4, then scoring unassisted at 9:52 of the second overtime in the deciding Game 5 of the semifinal series against Springfield. He also scored the game-winning goal in the title-clinching game that season He also played in the 1945 Stanley Cup Final with the Red Wings, losing in seven games to Toronto. He was one of two McAtees to play for the Caps, joining his brother Norm. A native of Stratford, Ont., he was born in 1920. He settled in Tulsa — where he played his final two seasons — upon retirement. He passed away in 2011.
Jim Hargreaves: Defenseman who played 37 games for the Racers in 1974-75, their inaugural season. He had two goals and five assists. Drafted in the second round by the Vancouver Canucks in 1970, he played 240 NHL/WHA games with the Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, Racers and San Diego Mariners, scoring 13 goals and 40 points. Known as a strong two-way player, he retired after the 1975-76 season. A native of Winnipeg, he is 67.
Steve Stoyanovich: Center who joined the Checkers in 1981 — after finishing college hockey and taking a year off. He immediately made an impact, and was twice a 40-goal scorer for the Checkers, helping them win two championships in 1982 and 1983. In 159 games with the Checkers, he had 83 goals and 73 assists. He also had 13 goals and 11 assists in 26 playoff games those two years, and spent the end of each hoisting the Adams Cup. He went to the Whalers’ organization the following year, and played 23 games for Hartford, with eight points. He would move on to play in Europe in the later part of the 1980s. He was the Islanders’ fourth-round pick in 1977, and also was drafted by the Calgary Cowboys in the same round of that year’s WHA draft. A native of London, Ont., he is 60.
Ryan Reid: Defenseman who played 10 games for the Ice at the end of the 2000-01 season, tallying a goal and an assist. He joined the Ice near the end of an eight-year pro career that took him through the Southern, Colonial/United, East Coast, Western Professional and Central Hockey Leagues, playing for five different CHL teams before retiring in 2003. A native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, he is 46.
Mike Gurtler: Ice winger who scored seven goals and four assists in 29 games during the 2006-07 season. He went on from the Ice to play four years at Mercyhurst College, and has since played professionally in the ECHL, CHL and SPHL. This past season, he had his second-straight 12-goal season, and tallied 23 points in the SPHL with Peoria, his fourth full pro season. He has played for Bakersfield in the ECHL, Missouri and Arizona in the CHL, and Fayetteville, Huntsville and Peoria in the SPHL. A native of Rochester, NY, he is 31.
Tristin Llewellyn: One of the original USHL Ice players, he played 65 games for the Ice, with four goals and nine assists, as well as 159 PIMs, from his defense position, from 2004-06. He was dealt to Tri-City midway through the 2005-06 season, and played three full USHL seasons before going on to Michigan for college hockey. He turned pro in the 2010-11 season and has played in the ECHL, CHL and SPHL. In 2014-15, his final season, he had 17 points in 42 games with the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators and Wheeling Nailers. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., he is 29.