The record-setting five goals in one period performance by Chanse Fitzpatrick of the Dayton Bombers on Nov. 3 was one of six hat tricks recorded in the ECHL last week, tripling the total for the season to nine.
Utah teammates Micheal Haley and Ryan Kinasewich each scored a hat trick in an 8-5 win at Las Vegas on Nov. 2, making them the first teammates to register a hat trick in the same game since, ironically, Nov. 2, 2002 when Chris Bell and Pete Gardiner of Greensboro each scored three goals in an 8-2 win at Charlotte. It is the fifth career hat trick for Kinasewich, who has scored two hat tricks each of the last two years, and the first for Haley.
Halloween produced a pair of hat tricks as South Carolina rookie Travis Morin scored three goals in a 6-5 loss at Columbia and Ash Goldie scored every goal for Victoria in a 3-2 win against Bakersfield for his second career hat trick. Ash’s older brother Wes had a hat trick for Victoria in a 4-3 win against Las Vegas on Oct. 27, making the Goldies the first set of brothers since Rob Valicevic and Chris Valicevic in 1995-96 to record a hat trick in the ECHL in the same season. It was the fifth career ECHL hat trick for Wes Goldie, who has now scored a hat trick in each of the last four seasons that he has played in the ECHL, in 2002-03 and 2003-04 with Pee Dee and 2006-07 and 2007-08 with Victoria.
Marco Rosa of Texas closed out the weekend scoring his first career hat trick in a 4-0 win at Mississippi.
Fitzpatrick, who had not scored in his first three games, scored a power-play goal 52 seconds into the third period to tie the game 1-1, and he gave the Bombers a 2-1 lead with a goal at 2:58. He recorded his hat trick with a power-play goal at 15:03 and then added a third power-play goal at 16:20 and a fourth at 17:34.
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. 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. Matt Oates of Columbus scored four power-play goals in a game on Mar. 8, 1996 at Erie.
The first hat trick of the season was scored by Brad Ralph of Columbia in a 7-3 loss at South Carolina on Oct. 20. It was the first hat trick in 270 career games in North America for Ralph.
Brett Lutes of Bakersfield scored the second hat trick of the year in a 6-5 win at Phoenix on Oct. 26, his third hat trick in the last two seasons and the fourth of his career.