Salt Lake suffered its first shutout loss of the 1990-91 IHL season, as the Indianapolis Ice defeated the Golden Eagles 4-0 Saturday night.
After a scoreless first period, the Eagles gave up three Ice goals in the second and a fourth in the third period - despite ending up with more shots on goal than the Ice, 34-29.Earning the shutout victory - his second of the season - was Ice goalie Dominik Hasek, a 25-year-old first-year pro out of Chechoslovakia, who registered his second shutout of the season. Saddled with the loss was Salt Lake goalkeeper Wayne Sharples, making his first start since Oct. 31.
"We outshot them, and I thought we out-chanced them, too," said Eagles Coach Bob Francis. "Unfortunately, the chances we gave them were very good ones. At their end, Hasek made the saves and had a great game."
Indianapolis opened its three-goal second period with Jim Playfair's first goal of the season, beating Sharples high at the 6:37 mark. The Ice added a pair of scores in the 10th minute - the first coming as Mike Stapleton stole the puck and fed Mike Eagles, who logged his seventh goal of the year on a wrist shot from between the circles with 10:06 gone.
And at 10:59, Indianapolis added a power-play goal as Martin Dejardines' sixth goal of the season sailed over Sharples and into the righthand corner of the goal.
The Ice concluded the scoring in the final period on Trevor Dam's rebound shot at the 2:47 mark.
The win boosted Indianapolis' record to 10-8, while Salt Lake dropped to 7-9.
Thanks to a quirky IHL schedule, the Eagles will waste no time in returning to action, with Salt Lake scheduled to play in San Diego tonight for a one-game road swing against the Gulls. That makes for three road games in three nights against as many different opponents - Friday at Fort Wayne, Saturday at Indianapolis, and Sunday at San Diego.
"We can't make excuses at this point; we need to make solutions," said Francis. "San Diego had tonight (Saturday) off, and they'll be rested. But I think at this point it's good that we have a little adversity. It's a challenge, and I think maybe that's what we need."