April 20 in Indianapolis hockey history
A lot of playoff updates, with Christian Hilbrich getting the Ice off on the right foot in 2011, Eric Kattelus scoring in OT in 2007, Jim Waite blanking Detroit in 1996, Dominik Hasek standing on his head in Fort Wayne in 1991, Darren Pang clinching a series against Peoria in 1990, Bob Lakso scoring a key goal in 1985 and the Checkers beating Andy Moog seven times in 1982, as well as four birthdays.
2011: The Ice open the playoffs with a 5-2 win over Dubuque at the Coliseum. Christian Hilbrich tallies a goal and two assists. John Doherty, Jacob Fallon, Robert Polosello and Robbie Baillargeon also score, while Jon Gillies makes 26 stops.
2007: Eric Kattelus' goal 5:59 into OT gives the Ice a 3-2 win over Green Bay and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-7 opening-round playoff series. Eric Miller assists on the winner after scoring a second-period goal. Ryan Scott also scores for the Ice. John Kemp assists on two goals. Alex Kangas stops 26 shots in the win.
1999: The Ice's final playoff year opens with a 4-2 loss to Cincinnati on the road, despite goals by Sylvain Cloutier and Dave Hymovitz on the power play in the second period, giving the Ice a 2-1 lead.
1996: Jim Waite stops all 40 shots he faces as the Ice blank Detroit 3-0 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 IHL first-round series. Kip Miller needs only 19 seconds to give the Ice a lead, while Ravil Gusmanov assists on second-period goals by Sergei Klimovich and Bruce Cassidy. The Ice win despite being outshot 40-19.
1991: With their backs to the wall, the Ice pull off a 4-3 victory in front of a hostile sellout crowd in Fort Wayne, tying their epic best-of-7 playoff series at three games apiece. It's the fourth game in the series to be decided by one goal. Dominik Hasek makes 33 saves, but has to stand on his head in the third period, including having to kill off a two-minute 5-on-3 and another Komet power play in the final eight minutes. Lonnie Loach draws the Komets close, but Hasek slams the door. Warren Rychel scores twice on the power play to give the Ice a 4-2 lead going into the third.
1990: The Ice close out their first-round playoff series against Peoria with a 3-1 win at the Coliseum, winning the series 4-1. Mike Eagles' power play goal midway through the second ties the game, and Jim Johannson wins it, assisted by Sean Williams and Bruce Cassidy with 3:20 left. Darren Pang stops 18 shots for the win in net.
1985: The Checkers take a 2-1 lead over Peoria in their first-round playoff series, winning 3-2 at Market Square Arena. Bob Lakso and Marc Magnan score third-period goals to break a 1-all tie and Todd Lumbard stops 45 shots -- including 21 in the third period.
1982: The Checkers take a 2-0 lead on the Wichita Wind in a wild 7-4 victory in Kansas. Monty Trottier, Kevin Devine and Lorne Stamler score three first-period goals -- even, PP and SH -- but Wichita storms back to take a 4-3 lead going into the third. Neil Hawryliw scores nine seconds into the period to tie it, and then Mike Hordy, Devine and Steve Stoyanovich score on Andy Moog later in the period to break it open. Kelly Hrudey stops 31 shots for the Checkers.
Happy birthday to ...
Kurt Lackton: Right wing who played eight games for the IHL Ice in 1988-89, with one goal and two assists. They were the only nine pro games he would play in that season, the third of his four professional years, the longest of which lasted 57 games in 1986-87. A native of Kansack, SK, he is 47.
Matt Hoyle: Goaltender who helped backstop the Ice to a 2007-08 USHL Eastern Division regular-season title, Hoyle played 25 games in net, going 12-5-4 with a 3.05 GAA. He went on from the Ice to Harvard in 2008-09, and then to OHL Guelph the following year. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, he is 24.
Adam Erne: Winger who joined the Ice as a 15-year-old in 2010, and quickly made a name for himself in the Canadian major junior ranks the following year. Erne had 10 goals and eight assists in 45 games for the Ice in 2010-11. He went from the Ice to QMJHL Quebec, where he tallied at least 20 goals in each of his three seasons. He recently signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who drafted him 33rd overall in 2013, and is playing for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. A native of Branford, CT, he is 19.
Mitch Slattery: Forward who played one game for the Ice in 2013-14. He is rated among the top North American skater draft prospects for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. A native of Hugo, MN, he is 18.