Sunday, April 27, 2014

This date in Indianapolis hockey history: April 27

Today's post has Max Cook scoring a critical go-ahead goal for the Ice in 2009 as they take a lead in their semifinal series, Ken Boone scoring the game-winner in the 2000 Miron Cup Final opener, Marc Lamothe posting a shutout and Craig Mills scoring in 2OT to give the Ice their final win as an IHL club in 1999, Red Laurence scoring the final goal in the 21-year history of the old Central Hockey League in 1984, and the Racers scoring four second-period goals to stay alive in 1976. Wish happy birthdays to George Harrison, John Blessman, Yves Heroux, Kent Paynter, Jamie Carroll and Robert Polesello.   

April 27 in Indianapolis hockey history
2009: Max Cook scores with 4:08 left in the third -- assisted by Mike Cichy and Torey Krug -- to break a 2-all tie and give the Ice a 4-2 victory over Green Bay in Game 3 of their semifinal series. The win gives the Ice a 2-1 sries lead. Zach Golombiewski scores two first-period goals -- the second shorthanded -- but Green Bay answers each to tie the game. Brent Gwidt adds an empty-netter to seal it.
2000: The Ice open the CHL Miron Cup Final with a 2-1 win in Columbus. Ken Boone scores the game-winner and Jamie Morris continues his hot play in net. 
1999: Marc Lamothe continues an amazing run of perfection, and the Ice play the second-longest game in their history. Craig Mills scores 3:57 into the second overtime to give the Ice a 1-0 win in the opening game of their best-of-5 second-round series against the Detroit Vipers. Lamothe hasn't allowed a goal in three postseason games. It would be the final win for the IHL Ice, as Detroit would roar back to win the next three games. 
1984: The final game in the 21-year history of the original Central Hockey League is played at Carmel Ice Skadium, as the barnstorming Oilers -- formerly of Tulsa -- beat the Checkers 3-2 to sweep the Adams Cup Final in four games. Grant Ledyard scores the series-winning goal unassisted at 6:09 of the third period. Red Laurence scores the final goal in CHL history, assisted by Garth MacGuigan, with 15 seconds left in the game. Rob Holland stops 26 shots in a losing effort. The game is played in Carmel due to the lack of available ice at the Coliseum. 
1976: The Racers stay alive in their playoff series with New England, scoring four second-period goals to beat the Whalers 5-3 in Hartford and even the series at 3-3. Nick Harbaruk scores twice. Darryl Maggs, Rene LeClerc and Dave Keon also score for the Racers, and Ken Block assists on three goals. Keon tallies a goal and an assist. Jim Park stops 34 shots in net.

Happy birthday to ... 
George Harrison: No, not the former Beatle. This George Harrison played 24 games as a defenseman for the inaugural Chiefs team in 1955-56, with five goals and 11 points. It was toward the end of a senior/minor pro career that spanned from 1945-57. A native of Winnipeg, he was born in 1923.
John Blessman: Defenseman who played 31 games for the Ice in 1988-89, with two goals and five assists. He played professionally from 1987-99, primarily at the "AA" level, after being drafted by New Jersey in the ninth round of the 1987 NHL Draft. He has been in coaching and management of a Junior A team in Coquitlam, Ont. in retirement. A native of Agincourt, Ontario, he is 47.
Yves Heroux: Right wing who played 74 games for the Ice in 1993-94. He had 28 goals, 30 assists and 113 PIMs in that time. He had a career in the IHL/AHL that spanned 1985-95, and then played several more seasons in Europe. The Nordiques' second-round pick in 1983, he played one NHL game for Quebec in 1986-87. A native of Terrebonne, Quebec, he is 49.
Kent Paynter: Defenseman who played 37 games for the Ice in 1997-98, with three goals and seven assists. He also had one assist in five postseason games that year. The Blackhawks' eighth-round pick in 1983, Paynter's final pro season came with the Ice after 13 years. He played 37 NHL games over parts of seven seasons with the Blackhawks, Capitals, Jets and Senators, in between stints in the IHL/AHL. A native of Summerside, PEI, he is 49.
Jamie Carroll: Defenseman who played two games for the Ice in 2002-03. Carroll played collegiately at UMass-Dartmouth, then began as a pro for the Ice. He played 12 pro games in the CHL/ACHL/SEHL, and later served as a coach at Framingham State in Massachusetts. A native of Bridgewater, Mass., he is 35.
Robert Polesello: Left wing for the Ice in 2011-12. He had 15 goals and 16 assists in 58 games, and also had a goal in five playoff contests. He played a season and a half at the University of Vermont, with seven goals and 17 points in 40 games, and then left the Catamounts partway through the 2013-14 season to join Kingston in the OHL, where he had a 38-point season in 48 games. A native of Bolton, Ontario, he is 20. 

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