IHL News

By Andrew Bourgeois

IHL NEWS

Khabibulin Suspended

Long Beach goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was suspended by the IHL Thursday April 27, for spearing a fan after a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Wolves.
The fan was standing along the rail on the side of the tunnel area as the teams headed for their dressing rooms. Officers interviewed Khabibulin
in the Long Beach coach’s office and said he admitted striking the fan with his stick. Khabibulin told police he saw something in the fan’s hand
and was defending himself. Gary Como an IHL official who saw the whole incident, told police he did not see any object thrown in Khabibulin’s
direction from the fan.The fan sustained a minor injury to his right inner thigh and refused medical treatment.

IHL PLAYOFF RECAPS FOR SUNDAY APRIL 30, 2000

Grand Rapids Griffins   4
Cleveland Lumberjacks 3 (overtime)

Grand Rapids leads series 2 games to 1 game.

IHL PLAYOFF RECAPS FROM SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2000

Utah Grizzlies          0
Houston Aeros 1

Houston leads series 2 games to 1 game

Lane Lambert scored 2:10 into overtime and Frederic Chabot turned away 25 shots to register his second straight shutout as the Houston Aeros
edged the Utah Grizzlies, 1-0, to take a two games to one lead in their playoff series. Lambert was assisted by Mark Lamb and Dave Hymovitz on
the tally. Chabot, who had 12 saves in the second period and eight in the third, has stopped all 45 shots over the last two contests. Corey Hirsh
had 25 saves, including one in overtime, for Utah, which will remain in Houston for Game Four on Monday.
Orlando Solar Bears     0
Cincinnati Cyclones 5

Cincinnati leads series 2 games to 1 game

Jean-Marc Pelletier turned away 33 shots as the Cincinnati Cyclones blanked the Orlando Solar Bears, 5-0, to take a two games to one lead in
their best-of-seven series. Pelletier, who was making his first start of the playoffs, turned away 16 shots in the opening period. Shane Willis
scored a pair of third-period goals and registered an assist for Cincinnati. Brian Felsner opened the scoring with a power-play goal with 9:38
remaining in the second period for the Cyclones, who will host Game Four on Monday. Scott Langkow made 32 saves for Orlando, which edged
Cincinnati, 2-1, in three overtimes Friday.

IHL FASTFACTS

3 out of the first 5 games this year in the playoffs went to overtime.

IHL TRANSACTIONS

None to report.

IHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE (Round 2)


EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Series “C” -- #1 Grand Rapids vs. #4 Cleveland
Game 1 : Wed., April 26 - Cleveland 2, Grand Rapids 1 (overtime)
Game 2 : Thu., April 27 - Cleveland 0, Grand Rapids 2
Game 3 : Sun., April 30 - Grand Rapids 4 at Cleveland 3 (OT, GR leads series 2-1)
Game 4 : Tue., May 2 - Grand Rapids at Cleveland (7:00)
Game 5*: Thu., May 4 - Cleveland at Grand Rapids (7:30)
Game 6*: Sun., May 7 - Grand Rapids at Cleveland (3:00)
Game 7*: Mon., May 8 - Cleveland at Grand Rapids (7:30)

Series “D” -- #2 Orlando vs. #3 Cincinnati
Game 1 : Wed., April 26 - Cincinnati 5, Orlando 1
Game 2 : Fri., April 28 - Cincinnati 1 at Orlanda 2 (3rd overtime)
Game 3 : Sat., April 29 - Orlando 0 at Cincinnati 5 (Cinc. leads series 2-1)
Game 4 : Mon., May 1 - Orlando at Cincinnati (7:30)
Game 5*: Wed., May 3 - Orlando at Cincinnati (7:30)
Game 6*: Sat., May 6 - Cincinnati at Orlando (7:30)
Game 7*: Sun., May 7 - Cincinnati at Orlando (6:00)

WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Series “E” -- #1 Chicago vs. #4 Long Beach
Game 1 : Wed., April 26 - Long Beach 1, Chicago 3
Game 2 : Fri., April 28 - Long Beach 1 at Chicago 4 (Chicago leads series 2-0)
Game 3 : Mon., May 1 - Chicago at Long Beach (7:00)
Game 4 : Wed., May 3 - Chicago at Long Beach (7:00)
Game 5*: Fri., May 5 - Long Beach at Chicago (7:30)
Game 6*: Sun., May 7 - Chicago at Long Beach (4:00)
Game 7*: Tue., May 9 - Long Beach at Chicago (7:00)

Series “F” -- #2 Utah vs. #3 Houston
Game 1 : Tue., April 25 - at Utah 2, Houston 1
Game 2 : Fri., April 28 - Houston 3 at Utah 0
Game 3 : Sat., April 29 - Utah 0 at Houston 1 (OT, Houston leads series 2-1)
Game 4 : Mon., May 1 - Utah at Houston (7:00)
Game 5*: Wed., May 3 - Houston at Utah (7:00)
Game 6*: Fri., May 5 - Utah at Houston (7:30)
Game 7*: Sun., May 7 - Houston at Utah (5:00)

* - If necessary. All times are local.

UPCOMING IHL PLAYOFF ACTION

Monday May 1: Utah Grizzlies at Houston Aeros             7:30pm
Chicago Wolves at Long Beach Ice Dogs 7:00pm
Orlando Solar Bears at Cincinnati Cyclones 7:00pm