Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
GP G.A.A. W L SOL GA Save %
1998-99 54 2.61 24 17 10 136 .920%
Marty’s rookie season was a great one. The Dallas Stars’ goalie of the future quickly won the starting job in Michigan, where he was nominated for the league MVP and top goaltender awards. Turco also lead the Wings past the experienced Fort Wayne Komets in the first round of the playoffs by posting a 2-0 record in the opening round. With the assumption in Dallas of Roman Turek being lost in the expansion draft, Turco has a good shot at backing up Belfour next season. In his college career, he was an all-star and won the MVP award in the 1998 NCAA tournament after being drafted by the Stars in 1994.
Detroit VS Indianapolis
Game 1: April 27: IND 1 @ DET 0 (2 OT)
HIGHLITES- The battle of the goaltenders lasted 5 periods before the Ice’s Craig Mills put one past Detroit goalie Andrei Trefilov. Indy goaltender Marc Lamothe continued his shutout streak, which he has not allowed a goal in the 3 playoff games he’s played.
Orlando VS Michigan
Game 1: April 27: MIC 1 @ ORL 5
HIGHLITES- Solar Bears’ goalie Tyler Moss was strong in goal, while Orlando welcomed goals from Todd Krygier (2), Pat Neaton, Dave Mackey, and Pierre Sevigny.
Houston VS Long Beach
Game 1: April 28: LB 4 @ HOU 1
HIGHLITES- Jaroslav Modry scored the game-winner and Patrik Augusta picked up two goals to take game one over the regular-season’s top team. Manny Legace stopped 21 shots for the Dogs, who are 3-0 in the playoffs with him in net. Manny Fernandez got the loss for Houston, with 20 saves. Cam Stewart scored the only Aeros’ goal.
Chicago VS Manitoba
Game 1: April 28: MAN 1 @ CHI 2
HIGHLITES- Another close match-up between these two division rivals. The defendin champion Wolves had the first round bye, making this their first game of the post-season. Chicago goalie Wendell Young picked up the win and Chris Marinucci scored half way through the game topping off Steve Maltais’ goal in the first period. The Moose were strong in goal, with Mike Rosati making 23 saves. The only Manitoba goal was scored by Steve Thomas.
THE RUMOR MILL
The Las Vegas Thunder and Fort Wayne Komets may have played their last games in the league. The Thunder did not get a lease renewal at the Thomas and Mack Center, while the Komets say they’ll leave if they cannot retain an NHL affiliation. The Komets are the oldest remaining team in the league, while the Thunder joined during the big city growth in 1993. While these teams may be leaving, it looks like the San Fransisco Spiders franchise will re-locate to Victoria, B.C. while the Phoenix Roadrunner may return to the league in New Orleans. These deals are key factors in keeping other IHL cities alive. Travel cost continue to rise for desolate teams such as Long Beach, Orlando, and Manitoba.