IHL Notebook

By Andrew Bourgeois


Chabot and Khabibulin Share Award.

Goalies Frederic Chabot of the Houston Aeros and Nikolai Khabibulin of the Long Beach Ice Dogs have been selected as the recipients of the
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy. This year’s balloting ended in a deadlock between the two goaltenders. This year marks the first time two
goalies have ever shared the award, and the first time three goalies have held the top three positions after voting commenced. In total, five of the
nine vote-getters for this year’s award guarded the net for their respective team. Goaltenders have won the Gatschene Trophy four of the past six
seasons, whereas the previous 48 seasons just three netminders received the award.

Chabot, 32, is in his fourth season with the Aeros. He played in a majority of Houston’s games this season, leading all IHL goaltenders in games
played (62), wins (36), minutes played (3,695) and shootout wins (12). He was second in saves (1,498—just thirteen behind Marty Turco) and
GAA (2.13), while tied for the third position in save percentage of goaltenders playing more than 1,620 minutes (.920). Chabot’s superior play
helped the Aeros to allow the fewest goals against in the league (197). This feat earned him the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded annually
to the goaltender(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the club with the fewest goals against during the regular season. Chabot finished
the season with a 36-19-7 record, 2.13 GAA and .920 save percentage. This is his second Gatschene Trophy, having won the award his first
season with the Aeros (1996-97), when he played in 72 games.

Khabibulin, 27, joined the Ice Dogs in January quickly becoming their primary goaltender. In all, he played in 33 of Long Beach’s last 37 games.
He finished the season leading the league with a 1.83 GAA and .930 save percentage. Khabibulin was almost unbeatable in the shootout, where
he didn’t allow a goal in 22 attempts. February 18th was the beginning of 24 consecutive starts that Khabibulin made for the Ice Dogs: he was
15-8-1 in that span. He finished the season stopping 26 of 27 shootout attempts and recorded the best shootout percentage in the IHL (.963).
Khabibulin was also among the league leaders with five shutouts.

Chabot and Khabibulin’s names join five other goaltenders on the Gatschene Memorial Trophy: Lyle Carter (1970-71, Muskegon Mohawks);
Darren Jensen (1983-84, Fort Wayne Komets); Darrel May (85-86Peoria Rivermen); Tommy Salo (1994-95, Denver Grizzlies) and Stephane
Beauregard (1995-96, San Francsisco Spiders).


Grand Rapids Griffins 4
Cleveland Lumberjacks 1

Grand Rapids leads series 3 games to 1 gam


Utah Grizzlies 1
Houston Aeros 3

Houston leads series 3 games to 1 game.

Terry Marchant scored midway through the third period and Frederic Chabot stopped 22 of 23 shots as the Houston Aeros defeated the Utah
Grizzlies, 3-1, to take a three games to one lead in their best-of-seven playoff series. Marchant notched a power-play goal at 10:45 of the third
period to snap a 1-1 tie. Chabot, who has allowed just three goals in four playoff games, turned away all five shots he faced in the final period to
secure the win. Mark Lamb also scored a power-play marker for Houston, which won Game Three, 1-0, in overtime. Ted Crowley tallied in the
second session for Utah, which has dropped three straight games in the series. Rick Tabaracci recorded 25 saves for the Grizzlies, who will host
Game Five on Wednesday.

Chicago Wolves 5
Long Beach Ice Dogs 1

Chicago leads series 3 games to 0 games.

Niklas Andersson scored a pair of goals and Andrei Trefilov turned away 23 of 24 shots as the Chicago Wolves defeated the Long Beach Ice
Dogs, 5-1, to take a commanding three games to none lead in their best-of-seven playoff series. Andersson registered a power-play goal in the
first period and added a shorthanded tally late in the second. Trefilov recorded 11 saves in the final session to preserve the win for Chicago.
Steve Maltais scored on the power play and Dan Plante had a pair of assists for the Wolves, who won Game Two, 4-1. Scott Thomas tallied with
one second remaining in the middle period to provide the lone offense for Long Beach, which has managed just one goal in each of the first three
games. Nikolai Khabibulin made 19 saves for the Ice Dogs, who will host Game Four on Wednesday.

Orlando Solar Bears 5
Cincinnati Cyclones 6

Cincinnati leads series 3 games to 1 game.

Gilbert Dionne scored 10:46 into overtime to give the Cincinnati Cyclones a 6-5 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears and a three games to one
lead in their best-of-seven playoff series. Dionne, who also tallied in the first period, was assisted by Todd Simon and Greg Koehler in the extra
session. Ian MacNeil notched a pair of goals and Shane Willis tied the score at 5-5 late in the final period for Cincinnati, which won despite being
outshot, 41-34. Sergei Vyshedkevich registered a hat trick and Herbert Vasiljevs recorded a goal and a pair of assists for Orlando, which lost
Game Three, 5-0. Randy Petruk stopped nine shots in the third period and three in overtime to pick up the win for the Cyclones. Scott Langkow
made 28 saves for the Solar Bears, who will remain in Cincinnati for Game Five on Wednesday.


Marty Turco of the Michigan K-Wings ended the season with a 23-27-7 record and led the IHL with 7 shutouts and 1511 saves.

Houston goalie Frederic Chabot has not allowed a goal in 159:04 play. The last goal scored against Chabot was at the 3:06 mark of the second
period of game 1.

The Orlando Solar Bears have outshot the Cincinnati Cyclones 115-97 so far in their series, including 57 shots in game 2.
The last time Chicago Wolves at the Long Beach Ice Dogs met in the playoffs was the 1998 Cinference Finals, where Chicago won the series 4
games to 2 games.


None to report.



Series “C” -- #1 Grand Rapids vs. #4 Cleveland
Game 1 : Wed., April 26 - Cleveland 2 at Grand Rapids 1 (Overtime)
Game 2 : Thu., April 27 - Cleveland 0 at Grand Rapids 2
Game 3 : Sun., April 30 - Grand Rapids 4 at Cleveland 3 (Overtime)
Game 4 : Tue., May 2 - Grand Rapids 4 at Cleveland 1 (G. Rapids leads 3-1)
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 at Orlando 1
Game 2 : Fri., April 28 - Cincinnati 1 at Orlanda 2 (3rd overtime)
Game 3 : Sat., April 29 - Orlando 0 at Cincinnati 5
Game 4 : Mon., May 1 - Orlando 5 at Cincinnati 6 (OT, Cinc. leads series 3-1)
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)


Series “E” -- #1 Chicago vs. #4 Long Beach
Game 1 : Wed., April 26 - Long Beach 1 at Chicago 3
Game 2 : Fri., April 28 - Long Beach 1 at Chicago 4
Game 3 : Mon., May 1 - Chicago 5 at Long Beach 1 (Chicago leads series 3-0)
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 at Houston 1
Game 2 : Fri., April 28 - Houston 3 at Utah 0
Game 3 : Sat., April 29 - Utah 0 at Houston 1 (Overtime)
Game 4 : Mon., May 1 - Utah 1 at Houston 3 (Houston leads series 3-1)
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.


Wednesday May 3: Houston Aeros at Utah Grizzlies 7:00pm
Chicago Wolves at Long Beach Ice Dogs 7:00pm
Orlando Solar Bears at Cincinnati Cyclones 7:30pm