Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This date in Indianapolis hockey history: April 30

To close out April, we have the 1990 Ice staging a futile rally, who would win the next seven games to win a title. The 1982 and 1983 Checkers post championship-series wins, and the Racers get a shutout from Paul Hoganson in 1977. Also, birthday celebrations for former Racer Charles Constantin, Checker Dave Parro, IHL Ice Geoff Peters, and USHL Ice player Viktor
Shakhvorostov and coach Jeff Brown.

1990: The Ice rally from a two-goal deficit, but fall 2:17 in OT to the Salt Lake Golden Eagles 5-4 to even their semifinal series at a game apiece. Sean Williams and Mike Eagles score goals to tie the game. Brian Noonan has a three-point night with a goal and two assists. Darren Pang stops 25 saves in the Ice net.
1983: The Adams Cup Final returns to Indianapolis, and the Checkers beat Birmingham 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Garth MacGuigan, Scott Howson and Glen Duncan score in the opening half of the game to give the Checkers a 3-0 lead, and Ron Handy scores a key insurance goal in the third. MacGuigan adds two assists, while Bruce Affleck has three helpers.
1982: The Checkers' first Adams Cup Final appearance begins with a 5-2 win over the host Dallas Black Hawks. Red Laurence's goal 18 seconds into the second period gives the Checkers a 3-1 lead, and Steve Stoyanovich and Charlie Skjodt score later in the second to break the game open. Kelly Hrudey hardly breaks a sweat, stopping 15 shots in the Game 1 win. 
1977: The Racers post their final playoff win, beating Quebec 2-0 at Market Square Arena. Paul Hoganson stops 22 shots for the shutout. Michel Parizeau scores the game-winner midway through the second, and Darryl Maggs adds a power play goal in the third.

Happy birthday to ... 
Charles Constantin: Left wing for the Racers for six games in the 1977-78 season, where he had two goals and an assist. He played four seasons in the WHA -- all but those six games for the Quebec Nordiques, who drafted him in the second round of the WHA draft in 1974. He had 28 goals and 63 points in 192 games. A native of Montreal, he is 60.
Dave Parro: Goaltender who played 32 games for the Checkers in 1986-87, their final IHL season. It was also his final pro season. He was the Bruins' second-round pick in 1977, but played all of his 77 NHL games with the Washington Capitals, from 1980-84. He spent much of his pro career in the minors, in the AHL and IHL, between 1977-87. He retired to Hershey, Penn., where he played many years as a Capitals farmhand. A native of Saskatoon, Sask., he is 57.
Geoff Peters: Center who played two games with the Ice in 1997-98, tallying 10 PIMs. They were his first two pro games after finishing his junior career. The Blackhawks' second-round pick in 1996, he played 12 minor-league seasons, splitting time between the ECHL and AHL. His best year was a 23-goal season for AHL Portland in 2005-06. A native of Hamilton, Ont., he is 36.
Viktor Shakhvorostov: Forward who played 22 games for the Ice in 2012-13, tallying one assist. A native of Kazan, Russia, he is 19. 
Jeff Brown: The Indiana Ice's coach and general manager from 2012-14, Brown led the Ice to the 2014 USHL Eastern Conference regular-season title and a 91-point season. Brown had previously coached in the Tier II NAHL with St. Louis, and won the Robertson Cup in 2012. He entered coaching after a long career as an accomplished defenseman in the NHL, with 585 points in 747 games between 1985-98, with the Nordiques, Blues, Canucks, Whalers, Hurricanes and Capitals. He played in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final with Vancouver. A native of Ottawa, he is 48.

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