Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This date in Indianapolis hockey history: April 2

On this date in Indianapolis hockey history
2014: Scott Conway scores the first four-goal game in Indiana Ice history, as the Ice explode for five second-period goals in a 9-1 victory over Dubuque. Conway adds an assist for a five-point game. Teammate Dwyer Tschantz also has a five-point night (G, 4A), while Jacob Pritchard has a goal and three assists. 
2008: Gregory Squires tallies two goals and an assist, while John Kemp assists on three goals as the Ice beat the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets 4-3 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Scott Darling stops 38 shots for the division champion Ice.
2005: The Ice's first USHL regular season ends with a 5-3 loss at Waterloo despite two assists from Jeremy Tejchma. 
2000: The Ice complete their first CHL season with a 39-28-3 record and a 6-5 loss to Topeka. Yvan Corbin and Chris MacKenzie combine for a CHL-high 127 points. Corbin tallies his 62nd goal, MacKenzie his 47th.
1997: The Ice hold off a late Houston rally to beat the Aeros 4-3 in a shootout. Andy MacIntyre, Chris Snell and Brad Werenka all score in the shootout. Steve Dubinsky scores twice in the regulation - the latter being his 30th goal - with Rob Conn and Brad Werenka each assisting on two. It?s the first division title since the 1990 Turner Cup championship team.
1994: Rob Cimetta has the game-tying goal and three assists in regulation, then scores the game-winner in the shootout as the Ice beat Las Vegas 6-5 on the road. Christian Soucy comes off cold off the bench and stuffs all five Thunder attempts in the shootout. Rob Conn scores two first-period goals and adds an assist.
1993: Brad Lauer tallies three goals and an assist in a 9-3 Ice rout of Phoenix. Sean Williams adds three assists, as does Alexander Andrievski who scores his 25th goal 23 seconds in. Rob Brown has four assists. For Lauer, it's goals 44, 45 and 46 on the year. Rob Conn also scores twice.
1986: Rob Holland backstops a 7-4 Checkers win over Peoria at Market Square Arena. Earl Ingarfield scores the game-winner for the home team.
1983: The Checkers close out a successful 1982-83 regular season with an 8-2 thumping of the Birmingham South Stars. Kelly Hrudey backstops the win, and Dave Simpson scores the game-winner at the Coliseum.  The Checkers finish 50-28-2
1976: The Racers clinch their first playoff spot with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Toros at Maple Leaf Gardens, backstopped by goaltender Jim Park. 
1942: The Capitals put themselves on the verge of the city's first hockey championship. They beat beat Hershey 2-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 Calder Cup Finals series. Jack Keating scored the game-winning goal and Joe Turner stopped all but one shot for the Caps.

Happy birthday to ... 
Grant Blakey: Forward who played 52 games for the Ice on the 2008-09 Clark Cup championship team. He tallied nine points in those 52 games, but had three goals and two assists in nine postseason contests on the way to the championship. He recently completed his collegiate career at Mercyhurst, where he tallied 37 goals and 69 assists in 146 games over four years.  A native of Canton, Michigan, he is 25.

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