PRINCETON, N.J. – Chanse Fitzpatrick of the Dayton Bombers had a record-setting night on Saturday with five goals, including four on the power play, in the third period of a 5-1 win against Trenton. Fitzpatrick set the ECHL record for power-play goals in a period while tying the league mark for goals in a period and power-play goals in a game.
“It has not sunk in yet,” Fitzpatrick told the Dayton Daily News. “I couldn’t believe it when it was happening and I still can’t.”
Fitzpatrick becomes the 25th player in ECHL history to score five goals in a game and the first since Jan. 8, 2005 when Chris Minard of Alaska accomplished the feat against Victoria, including four goals in the first period.
“Everything I touched went into the net,” Fitzpatrick said. “It was unbelievable.”
Fitzpatrick, who had not scored a point in his first three games, scored his first goal, on the power play, 52 seconds into the third period to tie the game 1-1, and added his second at 2:58 to give the Bombers a 2-1 lead. He then scored three power-play goals in 2:31 with markers at 15:03, 16:20 and 17:34.
Lars Pettersen of Augusta scored five goals, including three on the power play, in the third period of a 7-6 loss to Birmingham on Feb. 11, 1999. Pettersen’s goals were scored in a 16:04 span at 2:55, 3:44, 10:09, 11:25 and 18:56.
Columbus’ Matt Oates scored four power-play goals in a game on Mar. 8, 1996 at Erie. Fitzpatrick is the second Dayton player to score five goals joining Jamie Ling, who recorded the achievement on Jan. 15, 1999 against Roanoke.
Yannick Tifu assisted on all five of the goals, setting a career best for assists in a game and tying his career high for points, while rookie Matt Beaudoin assisted on the second, third and fourth goals, setting career highs for assists and points.
It was the first professional hat trick for Fitzpatrick, who had scored two goals in a game twice. Acquired by Dayton in an August trade with Phoenix, he had scored three points in a game two times in his career.
“I came in here after the trade and wanted to be the go-to guy and put up some points for the team,” he said. “But three games and no goals – it was very frustrating.
“When I came in tonight, I just wanted to keep it simple and make all of my shots count.”
In his first three professional seasons, the 23 year old had 83 points (37g-46a) and 362 penalty minutes in 126 regular season ECHL games and four points (2g-2a) and four penalty minutes in five Kelly Cup Playoff games with Columbia and Phoenix while also playing in the AHL where he had one goal and 49 penalty minutes in 18 games with Binghamton and Manitoba.
Eleven players in the National Hockey League have scored four goals in a period while six players have accomplished the deed in the American Hockey League. The last player in the NHL was Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux at Montreal on Jan. 26, 1997 while the last player in the AHL was Cape Breton’s Ralph Intranuovo against St. John on Apr. 16, 1996.
The record for most goals in an ECHL game is six by Hampton Roads’ Tom Bissett on Nov. 22, 1989 against Greensboro and Toledo’s Brad McCaughey against Columbus on Nov. 6, 1991.
Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
• Affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
• 333 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• There were 69 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters and there have been 188 former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past six seasons.
• Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2006-07, including two who played in both the ECHL and the NHL as goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji played for Reading and Los Angeles while defenseman Bryan Young skated for Stockton and Edmonton. Dave McKee played for Augusta and dressed for five games as the backup goaltender for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim.
• Four former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Johnstown Chiefs and Fresno Falcons goaltender Dmitri Patzold (San Jose on Oct. 7), former San Diego goaltender Tyler Weiman (Colorado on Oct. 4), former Charlotte right wing Craig Weller (Phoenix on Oct. 4) and former Phoenix RoadRunners center Daniel Winnik (Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 4).
• Record 51 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
• ECHL has been represented on last seven Stanley Cup champions.
• 14 Former ECHL coaches on NHL staffs.
• ECHL has been represented on last 18 Calder Cup champions.
• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 18 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
• The Stockton Thunder and the City of Stockton will host the Chase Chevrolet ECHL All-Star Game presented by Jackson Rancheria and Bud Light at Stockton Arena on Jan. 23, 2008 and the Chase Chevrolet ECHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by Jackson Rancheria and Bud Light on Jan. 22, 2008.
• In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
ECHL and its member teams contributed nearly $3 million for charity and relief funds in 2006-07.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.