April 7 in Indianapolis hockey history
2001: The Ice are unable to defend their CHL title, as Memphis sweeps them out of the playoffs in three close games, this time by a 3-2 score in Memphis. Don Parsons scores the game-winner for the RiverKings.
1999: Bob Lachance tallies three assists as the Ice beat Kansas City 6-3 on
the road. Dave Hymovitz scores twice and captain Mike Vukonich scores a
goal and adds two assists.
1993: Sergei Krivokrasov and Brad Lauer score goals 10 seconds apart in the
first period to give the Ice a 2-0 lead in an eventual 5-1 win at
Kalamazoo. Lauer has two goals and an assist in the game. Shawn Byram
had the first assist on both of the rapid-fire goals.
1991: The Ice beat the Kalamazoo Wings in a game that saw little defense -
10-7 in a regular season finale. The Ice jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the
first 11:01, but Kalamazoo tied it by th end of the period. Indy scored
once in the second and five more in the third. Sean Williams had a
five-point night with three goals and two assists to finish the year
with 46 goals. Marty Nanne had three assists, while Jim Johansson had
two goals and an assist. Brian Noonan and Owen Lessard had a goal and
two assists each.
1990: The Ice score five times in the first period, including three in a span
of 1:46, to beat Phoenix 8-4. Sean Williams (17:39), Jim Playfair
(18:01) and Mike Stapleton (19:15) score in rapid succession to make it
5-0. Playfair scores twice. Mike McNeill, Dave Bassegio, Brian Noonan
and Guy Phillips each tally a goal and an assist.
1985: The Checkers explode offensively for a 7-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. Lance Allen, a former star for the IU club team, scores the winner in front of Rob Holland's fine goaltending.
1982: The Checkers need overtime to beat Tulsa 3-2 and take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Red Laurence scores at 5:08 of the second OT to clinch the victory. Glen Duncan and Lorne Stamler scored in the second to give the Checkers a lead, but the Oilers tied it in the third.
1980: The Checkers win their first playoff game, blanking Tulsa 4-0. Richard Brodeur made 28 saves for the Checkers, Kevin Devine got into a fight five seconds into the game, and Charlie Skjodt scored the Checkers' first playoff goal at 13:11 of the first period. Skjodt adds an assist, and Alex McKendry assists on two goals.
Happy birthday to ...
Eric Manlow: Left wing who had 14 goals and 22 assists in 135 games with the Ice from 1995-97, starting a 13-year playing career that took him through the ECHL, AHL and IHL. He did play 37 NHL games with the Bruins and Islanders between 2000-03. He was an AHL All-Star in 2001. Manlow retired from hockey in 2008 and became a police officer in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A native of Belleville, Ontario, he is 39.