Thursday, April 10, 2014

This date in Indianapolis hockey history: April 10

April 10 in Indianapolis hockey history
2012: The final regular-season game at the pre-renovation Fairgrounds Coliseum is a 3-2 Ice victory over Team USA. Daniil Tarasov scores twice and Sean Kuraly has a three-point game, assisting on both Tarasov goals and potting an empty-netter that turned out to be the game-winner. Jon Gillies stops 32 shots.
2010: The Ice beat Cedar Rapids 3-1 in their first home playoff game, cutting the series deficit to 2-1 and starting a comeback that would eventually lead to a series victory. Max Cook and Shane Berschbach each score goals, while Nic Dowd has an assist and puts the exclamation point on with an empty-netter. Casey DeSmith makes 27 saves for the win. 
2009: The Ice begin their march to the Clark Cup with a 7-2 rout of Cedar Rapids on the road, backed by three shorthanded goals. The Ice are outshot 39-23, but Brett Bennett makes 37 saves in net. Brent Gwidt and Zach Golombiewski both tally shorthanded goals for the Ice, and then Gwidt and Sebastian Geoffrion score with 54 and 11 seconds left in the opening period to make it 4-0. Gwidt had two goals and an assist. Golombiewski had a goal and two assists. Torey Krug had two assists and was a plus-5 on the night. Ben Albertson also had a shorty, scoring one in the third period.
2003: One of the longest playoff games played in Indianapolis, the Ice fall to Memphis 2-1 in double OT as Jonathan Gagnon scores the game-winner at 3:46 of the second OT for the RiverKings. Memphis would win the next game to pull off a four-game sweep.
1987: The Checkers play the final regular-season game in their history, and Mike Zanier outduels former Checker Rob Holland in net for a 5-4 win in Milwaukee. Tim Helmer scores the game-winner for the Checkers.
1984: The Checkers come alive against the heavily-favored Colorado Flames. Mark Hamway's goal 100 seconds into the second period gives the Chex a 3-0 lead, but Colorado scores twice to cut it close. Rob Holland makes nine third-period saves to preserve a 3-2 victory that cuts the Flames' lead to 2-1 in the semifinal series. Ron Handy and Garth MacGuigan score first-period goals against Colorado's Mike Vernon.
1983: The Checkers explode offensively in an 8-3 victory over the Salt Lake Golden Eagles in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. Red Laurence tallies a hat trick and assists on two other goals. Scott Howson, who scored a hat trick the night before, assists on three goals. 
1981: The Checkers tie the Wichita Wind 1-1 in their first-round playoff series. Alex Pirus scores the game-winner midway through the third in a 5-4 victory, his second goal which gave the Checkers a two-goal edge at the time. He also had an assist. Bruce Affleck assisted on three tallies.
1980: The Checkers sweep the Tulsa Oilers in three games by winning 4-3 at Tulsa. Yvon Vautour scores the clincher with 1:43 to go in the game. Vautour and Alex McKendry each tally a goal and an assist.

Happy birthday to ... 
Rob Brown: Right wing who played 19 games for the Ice at the end of the 1992-93 season while a part of the Blackhawks organization. He made a significant impact, with 14 goals and 19 assists to help the Ice clinch a playoff berth. He also had an assist in two playoff games against the Atlanta Knights that season. Brown was in his eighth pro season when joining the Ice, and it was his first minor-league stint. He continued to play in the NHL through 2000, and played three more seasons for the AHL Chicago Wolves. His NHL career took him through Pittsburgh (twice), Hartford, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, scoring 190 goals in 543 games. He also was the IHL's leading scorer three times in 1994, 1996 and 1997, and the league MVP in 1994 with the Kalamazoo Wings. He is also the namesake for the hockey humor blog "Down Goes Brown," referencing a lost fight when playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs. A native of Kingston, Ontario, he is 46.
Mike Beck: Defenseman who scored five goals and assisted on 20 in 56 games for the Ice in their inaugural 2004-05 USHL season. He played four full USHL seasons before embarking on a four-year career at the University of New Hampshire. A native of Long Beach, California, he is 26.
Mike Phillippi: Defenseman who played two seasons for the Ice from 2005-07. In 108 games, he had 13 goals and 43 assists. He also tallied 168 PIMs. He went on from the Ice to play three seasons for Nebraska-Omaha in college. A native of Shoreview, Minnesota, he is 27.

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