PRINCETON, N.J. – Defenseman Ray DiLauro scored his first professional hat trick in just 40 seconds on Wednesday, sparking Reading to a 4-3 come-from-behind shootout win over Trenton in front of 4,974 fans at the Sovereign Center.
DiLauro was 10 seconds shy of the East Coast Hockey League record held by Wheeling’s Darren Schwartz, who scored three goals in 30 seconds in an 11-3 win over Roanoke Valley on December 20, 1992. DiLauro was one second from tying the ECHL record for fastest two goals held by Birmingham’s Kevin Kerr, who scored twice in six seconds of a 6-5 win over Knoxville.
A native of Bensalem, Pa., DiLauro entered Wednesday’s game with 15 points (4g-11a) in 44 games and he had not scored a goal in 14 games (January 24 at Johnstown) and had not scored a point in 11 games (February 1 against Charlotte).
With Reading trailing 3-0, DiLauro took a pass from Duilio Grande and scored on a slap shot at 10:27 of the third period. Seven seconds later at 10:34, DiLauro scored again on a slap shot, assisted by Alex Kim and Tom Rouleau, to make it 3-2 and force Trenton to call a timeout. When play resumed, it took DiLauro only 33 seconds to complete his natural hat trick, again on a slap shot at 11:07, assisted by Mat Snesrud and Steve Rymsha, who would later score the only goal in the shootout.
“It kind of hasn’t really sunk in yet I guess. It kind of feels like it was a dream or something,” DiLauro told the Reading Eagle after the game. “I just figured I had a couple of opportunities, so I shot it. I just wanted to shoot the puck as soon as I could and see what happens.”
The 23-year-old DiLauro, who played four seasons at St. Lawrence University, has also played four games with Binghamton of the AHL and one game with Manchester of the AHL in 2002-03. Selected by Atlanta in the ninth round (246th overall) in the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft, DiLauro is in his first full professional season. He scored two points (0g-2a) in three regular season games with Reading in 2001-02 and also appeared in three games with Springfield of the American Hockey League.
The professional hockey record for fastest three goals is 21 seconds by Chicago’s Bill Mosienko in a 7-6 win at the New York Rangers on March 23, 1952. Mosienko scored at 6:09, 6:20 and 6:30 of the third period as Chicago beat the New York Rangers 7-6.