May 3 in Indianapolis hockey history
1999: The Ice play their final game as a member of the IHL, and drop a 3-2 game to Detroit in stunning fashion. A turnover in the closing ticks leads to Stan Drulia scoring the winner with six seconds left. The Ice had fallen behind 2-0 on goals by Brian Felsner and Yves Sarault, but Mike Hall and Sylvain Cloutier tied it in the third, and it appeared the series was headed for its third overtime game before Drulia beat Lamothe in the late stages. Detroit wins the series three games to one. Weeks later, the Ice announce they will be headed to the lower-level Central Hockey League.
2012: The Ice open the Eastern Conference Final with a 6-2 loss in Green Bay. Daniil Tarasov has a goal and an assist, and Robbie Baillargeon scores for the Ice.
Happy birthday to …
Paul Boutilier: Defenseman who joined the Checkers as a rookie in 1983-84. In 50 games, he had six goals and 17 assists. He wouldn’t stay with the Checkers long — he would be called up to the parent Islanders and would have eight playoff points as the Isles advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the fifth straight year. He also had a taste of the playoffs the previous year, playing two postseason games for the Stanley Cup champions after finishing his junior career. He had 110 points in 288 NHL games from 1983-89, with the Islanders, Bruins, North Stars, Rangers and Jets. He continued playing in Europe through 1991, and later became a major player on the curling circuit. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. A native of Sydney, NS, he is 54.
Beau Bilek: Played 11 games for the Ice from 1995-98, spending the majority of each season with ECHL Columbus. He began his professional career after three years playing collegiately at Air Force. He retired after the 1998-99 season. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he is 44.