WATERLOO, Iowa – Their future is unknown beyond this May, with dormancy awaiting for at least the next 18 months.
But there is at least one thing you can say for Indiana’s USHL team–they are going out as champions.
After missing a chance to win the Clark Cup on their home ice on Saturday night, the Ice rallied back to win the deciding Game 5 of their series with Waterloo 3-2 on the road Tuesday night to claim the league championship.
Jeff Brown’s team rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the third period as Alex Talcott and Brian Pinho scored goals in the final 20 minutes to give the Ice their first Clark Cup championship since the 2009 season.
Goaltender Jason Pawloski stopped 33 of 35 shots including a late Blackhawks charge to win the playoffs MVP award and give Indianapolis a hockey championship in 2014.
What becomes of the Ice now is uncertain. Earlier this month the USHL granted the franchise dormancy for the 2014-2015 season in hopes they can find a permanent home ice arena. The team’s primary venue, Pepsi Coliseum, has been in full scale remodeling the last two years and will be the new home of the ECHL’s Indy Fuel next season. Pan Am Plaza’s rink will not be available next season and not enough dates were available at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to accommodate the team’s USHL home schedule.
A possibility exists that the team could relocate somewhere else if they don’t find a permanent arena in the Indianapolis area. The team moved from Danville, Ill., to Indianapolis back in 2004.