Friday, April 4, 2014

This date in Indianapolis hockey history: April 4

April 4 in Indianapolis hockey history
2012: Daniil Tarasov pots a 4-point night as the Ice beat the Chicago Steel 6-5 in a shootout. Tarasov assists on goals by Kirill Lebedev and Sean Kuraly early in the period, and then scores a power play goal at 14:23 and an even-strength goal 59 seconds later. The Ice score five second-period goals and eventually win 6-5 in a shootout. Ryan Obuchowski adds three assists.
2008: The Ice fall behind Cedar Rapids 4-0 just 12:14 into the game, but rally to tie the game in the second and win it 6-4 in the third when John Carlson scores the winner at 5:04. John Kemp adds an insurance goal. Jake Skjodt, who assisted on both third-period goals, tallies four points. Paul Carey assists on three. After replacing Scott Darling in net, Matt Hoyle stops all 16 shots he faces to get the win. It would go a long way in clinching a division title for the Ice.
2000: The Ice open their maiden voyage in the Central Hockey League playoffs with a 3-2 win over Tulsa, boosted by Peter Jas' game-winning goal in overtime.
1992: The Ice snap a six-game skid and close the 1991-92 season with a 5-3 win in Muskegon. Shawyn Byram scores twice and Craig Woodcroft pots the game-winner. The Ice went 11-6-1 with Ray LeBlanc in net after his return but finished 31-41-10 overall. He turned aside 38 shots in the win.
1989: The Flint Spirits rally from a 5-1 deficit to tie the Ice midway through the third at the Coliseum, but Mike Murray scores on Alain Lemieux's fourth assist of the night with 1:25 left to give the Ice a 6-5 win.
1982: The Checkers close out what would become a championship regular season with a 7-2 win over Salt Lake. Kelly Hrudey gets the win in net, Garth MacGuigan scores the game-winner, and the Checkers wrap up a 42-33-5 campaign. 
1976: The Racers clinch the WHA East Division title, beating the New England Whalers 4-2 in Hartford. The Racers finish 35-39-6, and will face the Whalers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Happy birthday to ... 
Roy Glover: Center who played 54 games with the Capitals in 1943-44, tallying six goals and 14 assists. A native of Fort William, Ontario, he was born in 1926.
Cliff Simpson: Center who played parts of five seasons with the Capitals from 1942-43 and again from 1945-49. In 1947-48, he became the team's first-ever 100-point man, with 48 goals and 62 assists. Simpson scored at least 20 goals four times with the Caps. He played 244 games with the team, scoring 136 goals and assisting on 143. He is the Capitals' career scoring leader. Simpson played six games for the Red Wings in 1946-47, and two playoff games in 1947 and 1948, his only NHL action. A native of Toronto, he was born in 1923. He passed away in 1987.
Eric Lecompte: Left wing who joined the Ice at the end of the 1994-95 season, and played three more full seasons from 1995-98. The Blackhawks' No. 1 draft pick in 1993, Lecompted played 163 games with the Ice. He scored 35 goals and assisted on 34, to go along with 259 PIMs. Lecompte scored 24 of those goals in 1995-96. He played for several IHL/AHL teams in that time, and played several years in Europe from 1999-2008. Lecompte stayed active through 2013, playing in Quebec's LNAH. A native of Montreal, he is 39.
Peter Schneider: Forward who had 30 goals and 23 assists for the Ice in 2010-11, and added a goal and two assists in five postseason games. Schneider took his talents from the Ice to Notre Dame, where he has a 15-16-31 line in three seasons. A native of Vienna, Austria, he is 23.

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