Friday, April 25, 2014

This date in Indianapolis hockey history: April 25

The Ice become the first -- and as of 2014, only -- road team to win a game in Dubuque in 2012, Brad Lauer's two goals can't prevent an Ice loss in 1993, the Checkers close an era in 1987, and the Racers' Reggie Thomas has a three-point night in 1977. Rick Barkovich and Dominic Panetta celebrate birthdays.  

April 25 in Indianapolis hockey history
2012: The Ice sweep Dubuque in three games with a 3-1 road victory. Jacob Fallon's power play goal 37 seconds into the second period gives the Ice the margin they need, making it 2-0. Robbie Baillargeon scores in the first and Sean Kuraly adds an empty-netter in the third. Jon Gillies' 34 saves make the goals stand up and send the Ice into the conference finals against Green Bay. 
1993: The Ice's season comes to a close with an OT goal by Atlanta's Herb Raglan at 8:53. Brent Gretzky scores two third-period goals to tie the game and send it into OT, and assists on the game-winner to win it 6-5 for the Knights. Brad Lauer scores twice for the Ice. Shawn Byram, Sergei Krivokrasov and Vladimir Tsyplakov also tally goals for Indy. Ray LeBlanc makes 43 saves in net. 
1987: The Checkers play their final game, as they drop a 3-1 decision to Fort Wayne at MSA to lose the best-of-7 series in six games. Brian McKee's unassisted goal at 16:13 of the third is the final goal in team history. Mike Zanier makes 24 saves in a losing effort.  
1986: The Checkers' second IHL season is ended with a 4-2 loss in Muskegon, ending the best-of-7 series in five games. Byron Lomow and Earl Ingarfield score third-period goals for the Checkers in a losing effort. Rob Holland stops 38 shots in the final game of his long Checkers career. 
1977: The Racers are stomped 8-3 in Game 2 of their playoff series in Quebec. Reggie Thomas has a hand in all three goals, scoring in the third period and assisting on tallies by Pat Stapleton and Blair MacDonald.

Happy birthday to ... 
Rick Barkovich: Center for the Ice in 1988-89, where he had 32 goals and 35 assists in his second pro season. He played from 1987-94, and again in 1996-97. He found a home in the ECHL with Raleigh, where he played his final four seasons, and also served as the team's coach, and is still a part of the community in North Carolina. A native of Hamilton, Ont., he is 50. 
Dominic Panetta: Ice forward in 2010-11, where he had three assists in 21 games after being dealt from Tri-City. He also had an assist in two playoff games. He is currently a junior at Ferris State, where he has four goals and nine assists in 74 career games. A native of Baldwin, Mich., he is 23.

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