May 6 in Indianapolis hockey history
2009: The Ice are dominant in a 6-0 Game 3 Clark Cup Final win in Fargo, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. Shane Berschbach, Ben Albertson and Max Cook score three goals in a 44-second span of the first period, chasing Fargo starter Mike Lee just 4:14 into the game. Mike Cichy adds two second-period goals to go along with two assists for a four-point night. The Ice put themselves within one win of a championship.
2012: The Ice fall 2-1 to Green Bay at the Coliseum and are swept in three games in the Eastern Conference Final. Joe Fiala’s second-period goal ties the game, but Nicholas Schilkey scores on the power play 7:44 into the third. The Ice have an open-net opportunity late in the game, but are unable to convert. The game is the final one to be played in the pre-renovation Fairgrounds Coliseum, which is to be closed for two years following the close of the 2012 season. The Ice will spend the next two seasons splitting time between Pan Am Pavilion and Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Happy birthday to …
Bob Bassen: Ice center in 1989-90, where he had 22 goals and 32 assists for the Turner Cup champions. He also had 11 points in 12 playoff games during the Turner Cup run. He had been a veteran of four full NHL seasons when he joined hte Ice, and after a year in the IHL, would go on to spend 10 more years as an NHL player. In 765 NHL games, he had 88 goals, 232 points and 1004 PIMs. He spent the longest stints of his career with the Islanders (1985-89) and Blues (1990-94, 1999-2000), although he also played for the Blackhawks, Nordiques , Stars and Flames before retiring in 2000. Bassen is a second-generation Indianapolis player – his father, Hank, played for the Capitols in 1963. Bob is currently the director of alumni relations for the Dallas Stars. A native of Calgary, he is 52.
Cheyne Lazar: Left wing who played four games for the Ice in 1999-2000. He played two pro seasons after finishing his college career at RIT, tallying 31 points for CHL San Antonio the year before he joined the Ice. A native of Montreal, he is 42.