Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This date in Indianapolis hockey history: April 22

Today's entry sees Tony Horacek scoring two goals to lead the Ice to a series win in 1993, the last-ever win for the Indianapolis Checkers in 1987, the first step in a best-of-9 championship series win for the Checkers in 1983, and another big playoff victory for the 1982 champs. Birthday recognition for five players: Jack Hewson, Mike Barron, Marc Dupuis, Jason Carriere and Tyler Andrew.

April 22 in Indianapolis hockey history
1993: The Ice return home in their first-round playoff series and beat Atlanta 5-3 at Market Square Arena to close their series deficit to 2-1. The Ice trail 2-1 going into the third, but Tony Horacek scores twice. Karl Dykhuis scores a power play goal and assists on Alex Andrievski's game-winner at 9:08 of the third. Ray LeBlanc stops 24 shots in the Ice net. 
1987: The Checkers beat Fort Wayne 4-2 at Market Square Arena to even their first-round playoff series at 2-2. Sean Toomey scored two goals and added an assist. Ron Handy and Allen Tarasuk scored two goals in 18 seconds midway through the second to give the Checkers a 3-1 lead. Mike Zanier stopped 28 shots in net for the win. It would be the Checkers' last-ever win. 
1983: The best-of-nine Adams Cup Final begins at the Coliseum with an emphatic 7-1 Checkers win over the Birmingham South Stars. Scott Howson scores two first-period goals. Red Laurence, Glen Duncan and Randy Johnston also score in the first against Warren Skorodenski. Dave Simpson adds a second-period goal and four assists. Gord Dineen scores 22 seconds into the third.
1982: The Checkers take a commanding 3-0 lead in their semifinal series with Wichita in dramatic fashion with Kevin Devine scoring a power play goal with 29 seconds left to tie the game -- after a successful stick measurement put the Chex on the PP -- and Monty Trottier scoring at 15:16 of overtime to win it 4-3. Steve Stoyanovich tallies a goal and an assist. Neil Hawryliw assists on two goals, including the game-tying goal in the third and the game-winner in OT.

Happy birthday to ... 
Jack Hewson: Right wing who played for the Capitals for parts of two seasons in 1944-46. He had 14 goals and 20 assists in 54 games in 1944-45, and was traded to New Haven partway through the following season, in which he played 27 total games. His six-season career spanned 1941-49, in four different minor pro leagues. A native of Brantford, Ontario, he was born in 1921.
Mike Barron: Defenseman who played 24 games for the Checkers as a rookie out of Boston College in 1986-87. He had one goal and three assists in Indy. He also played nine games in Britain that year, with 49 points in those games. That was his lone pro season. A native of Braintree, Mass., he is 50.
Marc Dupuis: Defenseman who played 87 games for the Ice over two seasons: as a rookie in 1996-97 and again in 1998-99. He had four goals and 20 assists for the Ice. The Blackhawks' fifth-round pick in 1994, Dupuis played six pro seasons in the IHL, AHL, ECHL, WPHL, UHL and CHL, and later in the Quebec Senior Hockey circuit. A native of Cornwall, Ontario -- where he was inducted into the city's sports Hall of Fame in 2012 -- he is 38.
Jason Carriere: Left wing who played 18 games for the Ice in their inaugural CHL season of 1999-2000. He had one assist. He played five professional seasons in the WCHL, SHL, CHL and ECHL with 13 different teams. A native of Calgary, Alberta, he is 40.
Tyler Andrew: Indiana Ice forward in 2013-14 who tallied 10 goals and 14 assists in 47 games in his first USHL season. He is committed to play collegiate hockey at Ferris State. A native of Bethel Park, Penn., he is 20. 

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