April 18 in Indianapolis hockey history.
2009: Captain Torey Krug scores one of the biggest goals in Ice history, scoring with 15 seconds left on assists from Shane Berschbach and Mike Cichy as the Ice rally to beat Cedar Rapids 7-6 in Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series, sending the Ice on with a 3-2 series win. The Ice trailed 3-1 after a period, but Brandon Richardson, Ben Albertson and Brent Gwidt gave the Ice a 4-3 lead with second-period goals. Brandon Richardson and Will MacDonald made it 6-4 with goals a minute apart 2:04 into the third, but Cedar Rapids tied the game, setting up Krug's heroics. Richardson had a four-point game (2G, 2A). Cichy had a goal and two assists. The Ice would go on to win the Clark Cup.
2008: The Ice fall 5-0 to the Chicago Steel in Game 4 of their opening-round series, ending a promising season with a 3-1 defeat in the series. The Ice had won the USHL's Eastern Division title in the regular year.
2007: The Ice open their best-of-7 playoff series against Green Bay with a 4-2 win at the Coliseum. Eric Miller scores twice and Garrett Roe adds a goal and an assist.
1998: David Ling scores a power play goal midway through the third to give the Ice a 4-3 win in Game 2 of the IHL opening-round series in Orlando, knotting the series at a game apiece. Petri Varis adds a goal and two assists. The game-winner is Ling's second goal of the game.
1997: The division champion Ice open the playoffs with a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Lumberjacks at Market Square Arena, paced by a "hit-for-the-cyle" hat trick by Steve Dubinsky, who tallies an even strength goal in the first period, then scores shorthanded and on the power play in the second to tie the game a 3-3. Brad Werenka, Sergei Klimovich and Tuomas Gronman score third-period goals to break the game open. Werenka finishes with a three-point night with a goal and two assists. Dubinsky adds an assist for a four-point game. Jim Waite stops 32 shots for the win in net.
1990: The Ice take a 3-1 lead in their first-round series against Peoria with a 5-1 win. All of the scoring takes place in the second period, with Mike Eagles scoring twice, Brian Noonan and Mike Stapleton tallying a goal and an assist each, and Mike McNeill adding another goal. The Ice scored four times in the first 5:17 of the second. Jim Waite made 22 saves for the win.
1986: Two goals and an assist by Bob Lakso and two goals by Gerry Minor aren't enough to prevent a 6-5 Checkers loss to the Muskegon Lumberjacks in Game 2 of their opening-round IHL playoff series, which is knotted up at 1-1.
Happy birthday to ...
Frank Rochon: Left wing who played 76 games for the Racers from 1975-77, scoring 21 goals and assisting on 10. He also had an assist in five playoff games in 1977. Rochon turned pro with the Chicago Cougars in 1973, and played four seasons in the WHA, and five professionally. He had 71 goals and 131 points in 255 career WHA games. A native of Laval, Quebec, he is 61.
Dwaine Hutton: Center who played 31 games for the Ice in 1988-89, with eight goals, 13 points and 85 PIMs. Hutton played five professional seasons from 1986-92, the first three in the IHL, the last two covered 17 games in the ECHL.A native of Edmonton, he is 49.
Jeff Salajko: Goalie who played three games for the Ice between 1996-99. He was 1-0-1 in those three games, played in callups from the ECHL. Salajko played for numerous teams in the IHL, AHL and ECHL from 1996-2003 as a professional. A native of Kitchener, Ontario, he is 39.
Vladimir Tsyplakov: Left wing who played 11 games for the Ice in 1992-93, tallying six goals and seven assists. He broke into the NHL with the Kings in 1995-96, and ended up playing 331 NHL games with the Kings and Sabres through 2001. He had 69 goals and 170 points in those contests. He played in his native Russia from 2001-05 before retiring. A native of Moscow, he is 45.
Chris Droeske: Defenseman who played six games for the Ice in their inaugural CHL year in 1999-2000. He had one assist. He played parts of two seasons professionally, with 34 games between the Ice and WCHL Bakersfield. A native of Ottawa, he is 46.
Roman Gaudet: Forward who played three games for the Ice in 2012-13. A native of Northville, Mich., he is 18.