Thursday, May 1, 2014

This day in Indianapolis hockey history: May 1

In today's installment, we look at a couple of heartbreaking last-minute losses in 1999 and 2009, and honor 1988-89 Ice Scott Clements and Jamie McKinley, and posthumously honor Bill Brennan, Sid Finney and Mike Greeder, all of whom were born on May 1.

May 1 in Indianapolis hockey history
2009: Loren Barron's power play goal midway through the second gives the Ice a 1-0 lead, but Fargo scores twice in the third, with Steve Spinell's tally with 38 seconds left giving the Force a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of the 2009 Clark Cup Final at the Coliseum. 
1999: The Ice take a one-goal lead on first-period goals by Sylvain Cloutier and Nathan Perrott, but the Detroit Vipers rally on a mid-third period goal by former Iceman Mike Prokopec, and end up beating the Ice 3-2 on an overtime goal by Yves Sarault. It puts the Vipers up 2-1 in the best-of-5 series. Marc Lamothe makes 38 saves in a losing effort for the Ice, as his former teammate Andrei Trefilov stops 27 shots to get the win for the Vipers.

Happy birthday to ... 
Bill Brennan: Goaltender who played 12 games for the Capitals in 1950-51. He played eight pro seasons from 1947-55, primarily in the USHL (a level below the AHL) and the WHL. A native of Saskatoon, he was born in 1925. He passed away in 2011.
Sid Finney: Center who played for the short-lived 1963 Capitols. He had two goals and three assists for eight games in Indianapolis, and left the team for the WHL after five more. He played 59 NHL games with the Blackhawks from 1951-54, scoring 10 goals, but spent the majority of his career in the WHL with Calgary. He joined the Caps in his final full pro season. A native of Bainbridge, Ireland, he was born in 1929. He passed away in 2009.
Mike Greeder: Defenseman for the Checkers in 1982-83 and for one game the following year. He had nine goals and 19 assists over 57 regular-season games, and also had three points in the 1983 playoff run. Greeder's stop in Indy came during an eight-year pro career in the AHL, CHL and IHL between 1979-87. He was drafted in the eighth round by Philadelphia in 1977. A native of Mahtomedi, Minn., he was born in 1957. He passed away in 2005.
Scott Clements: Defenseman who played 23 games for the Ice in 1988-89, tallying two goals and six assists. He played five pro seasons, the first four in the AHL and the last 23 games with the Ice in the fifth year. A native of Sudbury, Ont., he is 52.
Jamie McKinley: Winger who played four games for the Ice in 1988-89, his rookie year. He played primarily overseas during his career, which lasted into the mid-2000s. A native of Fredericton, NB, he is 47.

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