Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This day in Indianapolis hockey history: April 1

Looking back at April 1 in Indianapolis hockey history

2014: The Indy Fuel announce an affiliation with the NHL Chicago Blackhawks, marking the second time a local hockey team has been affiliated with the Blackhawks. The Indianapolis Ice of the IHL had the Blackhawks' primary affiliation from 1989-98, and shared the primary affiliation in 1998-99. The Fuel will be the Blackhawks' secondary afffiliate, with the Rockford IceHogs the primary.
2011: Daniil Tarasov (2G, A) and Dominic Panetta (3A) each tally three-point games as the Ice beat Sioux Falls 6-4 on the road. Jon Gillies makes 44 saves in the win.
2006: Jay Sprague scores a hat trick for the Ice in a 7-2 defeat of Cedar Rapids in their first-round USHL playoff series. The victory gives the Ice a 2-1 lead in the series, but they fall in five games.
2005: Ryan Peckskamp scores a hat trick for the Ice and Garrett Roe has three assists, but they drop a 6-5 OT decision in Des Moines.
2001: The Ice clinch a playoff berth on the last day of the season, beating Huntsville 4-1 in front of 4,857 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Yvan Corbin scores his CHL-record 75th goal of the season and adds an assist for his 45th multi-point game. He and Chris MacKenzie share the Ken McKenzie Trophy - given to the CHL's leading scorer - with 129 points. The Ice finish the year 31-32-7 and place fourth in the CHL's eastern division. Steven Kirkpatrick starts the game and plays nine seconds as the Ice goaltender, with Gordie and Colleen Howe in attendance.
1992: Trevor Dam scores 27 seconds into the game, a team record, but it's not enough to prevent a 4-2 loss to Milwaukee. Jeff Rohlicek has a goal and an assist. It's the Ice's fifth straight loss.
1990: Guy Phillips scores his second and third goals for the Ice in a 2-1 win over Fort Wayne. Jim Waite stops 28 of 29 shots in the win.
1983: Rob Holland outduels Warren Skoerdenski in net, and Monty Trottier scores the game-winner as the Checkers thrash Birmingham 6-1 in the penultimate regular-season game. 
1980: Ed Pizunski scores in overtime to give the Checkers a 5-4 win over the Dallas Black Hawks. 
1957: The Chiefs clinch the Turner Cup with a 3-2 victory over the Louisville Rebels at Freedom Hall. Myron Stankiewicz scored an early goal and fed Frank Kuzma for a second-period goal that gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. Marc Boileau added an insurance goal in the third off a highlight-reel feed from teammate Pierre Brillant. Cliff Hicks made 32 saves, with several key ones late. The Rebels thought they had tied the game late, as a shot hit the side of the net and the red light came on. The official ruled "no goal." The Chiefs joined the 1942 and 1950 Capitals as Indianapolis hockey champions. 

Happy birthday to ...
Brian Johnson: Right wing who played 13 games with the Checkers at the end of his career in 1985-86. A veteran minor-leaguer, he played three NHL games with the Red Wings in 1983-84. A native of Montreal, he is 54.
Byron Lomow: Center who joined the Checkers in 1986 after a junior career in the WHL, and then played the full 1986-87 season with the Checkers. In 90 games, he had 36 goals and 46 assists, as well as 235 penalty minutes. He also had five goals and 11 points in 11 playoff games over the two years. His 71-point season in 1986-87 was the highest-scoring of his seven professional seasons. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, he is 48.
Brian Morgan: Forward who played for both the Ice and the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the 2012-13 USHL season. In 39 games with the Ice, he tallied 16 goals and seven assists. He is currently a freshman at the University of Maine, where he had a 20-point season. A native of Windham, New Hampshire, he is 20.

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