HOUSTON, Texas – Appearing in his fourth American Hockey League game, Pensacola rookie left wing Bill Kinkel scored three goals to help Houston beat Cincinnati 4-1 on Wednesday at the Toyota Center. It was the first hat trick by a Houston rookie since Mark Cullen accomplished the feat December 26, 2002, in San Antonio.
“I think I scored three (goals) once, way back when I was in pee-wee,” Kinkel told The Houston Chronicle. “I don’t even know the last time I had a multipoint game, to tell you the truth.”
“My job is not to go out there and score goals,” Kinkel added. “I’m definitely not a part of the skilled part of the power play. I just go out there, get in the way, and the puck just kind of found its way onto my stick.”
Signed as a free agent during the summer and under contract to Houston, the 21-year-old Kinkel had 19 penalty minutes in his previous three games with Houston. He has four points (3g-1a) and 180 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Ice Pilots. The 6-5 and 239-pound Kinkel, who was recalled from Pensacola on Wednesday, attended training camp with Houston, but missed the first two months of the season because of injury.