May 4 in Indianapolis hockey history
1983: The Checkers win the Adams Cup championship, routing Birmingham 7-2 in Game 7 of the best-of-9 series, winning the title five games to two. The Checkers trail 1-0 after one, but Kevin Devine scores 57 seconds into the second. Dave Simpson and Glen Duncan later score in the second. Duncan finishes a natural hat trick in the third. Gord Dineen has three assists. Simpson and Scott Howson score a goal and an assist each. Bruce Affleck is named the playoff MVP after contributing 18 assists during the playoff year. It’s the Checkers’ second straight championship, the only back-to-back titles every won by an Indianapolis hockey team.
1990: Jim Waite makes just 12 saves for his first playoff shutout as the Ice beat Salt Lake 2-0 and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Division Final. Jari Torkki and Mike Rucinski score power play goals 1:16 apart midway through the first to provide the Ice’s offense.
2007: The Ice clinch a berth in the USHL final four with a 4-3 win in Cedar Rapids to sweep the round-robin second round two games to none. John Kemp scores two goals and Garrett Roe assists on three. Jake Skjodt’s power play goal with 3:40 left in the second provides the difference, as the Ice go 4-6 on the power play. Alex Kangas slammed the door in the third with 13 saves, and made 39 for the game.
2012: The Ice take a lead into the final five minutes, but fall 3-2 in Game 2 of the USHL Eastern Conference Final in Green Bay. Daniil Tarasov and Sean Kuraly score 2:46 apart in the second to give the Ice a 2-1 lead. Green Bay’s Kyle Novak ties the game with 4:16 left and Alex Broadhurst wins it with 40 seconds left to give Green Bay a 2-0 lead in the series.
2014: The USHL announces the Indiana Ice franchise has been granted dormancy status for the 2014-15 season, due to the lack of available ice. The Ice had played the previous two seasons in Pan Am Pavilion and Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but the former is slated for redevelopment.
Happy birthday to …
Steve Richardson: Defenseman who played 19 games with the Racers in the 1974-75 season. He had a goal and four assists. He played 72 games in the WHA between 1974-76 for the Racers, Michigan Stags and New England Whalers, as part of a four-year pro career in North America. A native of Olds, Alberta, he is 68.
Dave Morrow: Defenseman who played 10 games for the Racers in their short-lived 1978 season. He had two goals and 10 assists. They would be the lone NHL/WHA games the 1977 Canucks fourth-round/Stingers second-round pick would play. He played three pro seasons, primarily in the CHL and IHL, before retiring shortly into the 1979-80 season. His son, Joe Morrow, is a prospect in the Boston Bruins organization. A native of Edmonton, he is 60.
Greg Evtushevski: Forward who played eight games for the Checkers in 1986-87. He had a goal and six assists. After spending two years in the AHL/IHL, he would go on to a long career in Europe the following season. He was the Devils’ seventh-round pick in 1983. A native of St. Paul, Alberta, he is 52.
Joe Guenther: Winger for the Ice in 2003-04, their final CHL season. He had 19 goals and nine assists in 51 games for the Ice. He had five 20-goal seasons in an eight-year pro career that was spent with nine different teams in the ECHL and CHL. He had his best success in Amarillo, where he had three of those 20-goal seasons, including his final year in 2009-10. A native of Buffalo, NY, he is 36.
Corey Fienhage: Defenseman who played 12 games for the Ice at the end of the 2007-08 season. He had a goal and two assists. He went on to play two years collegiately at North Dakota, a junior season in the WHL, and then embarked on a pro career that has taken him through the AHL and ECHL since the spring of 2011. The Buffalo Sabres’ third-round pick in 2008, Fienhage played the 2015-16 season with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies and Atlanta Gladiators, where he had two goals and 15 points in 68 games. He has played for Gwinnett/Atlanta, Bakersfield and Orlando in the ECHL and both Rochester and Portland in the AHL from 2011-16. A native of Apple Valley, Minn., he is 27.