There were a season-high eight hat tricks scored last week in the ECHL, including an ECHL record-tying six hat tricks on February 14. The ECHL record for most hat tricks in a day was set on October 23, 1993 and tied on February 26, 1994 and February 23, 1996.
The previous season high for hat tricks in a week was six during the week of December 15-21 while the previous high for hat tricks in a day was three on December 19 and January 31. In the first 776 games of the season, there have been 51 hat tricks, including two four-goal games and a five goal game, and there have been 12 days with multiple hat tricks. There have been nine days with two hat tricks, two days with three hat tricks and on day with six hat tricks.
Florida’s Brian McCullough scored the first hat trick of the week with four goals in the Everblades’ 5-3 win against Mississippi on February 13. McCullough, who leads the league with 68 points (33g-35a), recorded a natural hat trick in the second period and added an empty-net goal with six seconds left in the game. It is the second hat trick of the season for McCullough, who scored three goals in a 5-1 win against Florence on December 20. McCullough began the week leading the ECHL in scoring with 68 points (33g-35a) and game-winning goals with nine while ranking second in the league with 33 goals.
Alaska’s Jordan Cameron scored the final four goals to rally Alaska to a 6-5 win at Bakersfield on February 14. It is the first professional hat trick for Cameron, who had not had a multiple-goal game and who had seven goals in 44 games entering the contest. The 21-year-old Cameron scored with 49 seconds remaining in the second period and then 82 seconds into the third. He tied the game at 2:22 of the third period and scored the game-winning goal at 7:56.
Reading’s Kent Davyduke scored an even-strength goal, a shorthand goal and a power-play goal in the Royals 6-1 win against Johnstown on February 14. Atlantic City’s Luke Curtin recorded a hat trick in Atlantic City’s 5-2 win against Wheeling on February 14. Curtin gave Atlantic City a 2-0 lead in the first and scored back-to-back goals between the second and third periods. Columbus’ Dan Tudin had three goals and an assist in the Cottonmouths 10-0 win against Florence on February 14, and San Diego’s Clayton Read scored three goals and added an assist in the Gulls 8-4 win at Texas on February 14. Peoria’s Marty Johnstown had three goals and an assist in the Rivermen’s 5-2 win against Idaho on February 14.
Columbia’s Jesse Schultz had a natural hat trick and four points to lead Columbia to a 5-3 win against Gwinnett on February 15. It is the second hat trick of the season for the 21-year-old Schultz, who scored his first professional hat trick on December 28 in a 9-3 win against Florida.
Trenton’s Mathieu Brunelle, who scored his first professional hat trick on December 30 in the Titans 6-1 win against Johnstown, had an ECHL season-high five goals in an 8-5 win against Augusta on January 31.
Bob Cunningham has scored each of his hat tricks against Greensboro, the first while playing for Texas in a 6-5 loss at Greensboro on October 23 and the second while playing with Greenville in the Grrrowl’s 7-5 win against the Generals.
Toledo’s Alexandre Jacques scored a hat trick in the Storm’s 4-2 win against Dayton on November 21, and he tallied his second hat trick on January 13 in a 7-1 win at Greenville. Now with Dayton, Miguel Delisle scored hat tricks in back-to-back games with Idaho in the Steelheads 5-4 wins against Bakersfield on December 17 and 19.
Idaho leads the ECHL with four hat tricks while Florida, Greensboro, Peoria, Reading and Trenton each have three hat tricks. Atlantic City, Augusta, Columbia, Columbus, Charlotte, Fresno, Greenville, Louisiana, Las Vegas, Roanoke, San Diego and Toledo each have two hat tricks while Alaska, Bakersfield, Cincinnati, Florence, Mississippi, Pensacola, South Carolina and Texas all have one hat trick. Dayton, Gwinnett, Johnstown, Long Beach and Wheeling have not had a player score a hat trick.
Atlantic City, Columbus, Las Vegas, Louisiana, Peoria and San Diego have not allowed a hat trick while Bakersfield has allowed a league-high five hat tricks and Fresno and Texas have each allowed four hat tricks. Augusta, Greensboro and Greenville have allowed three hat tricks each while Charlotte, Cincinnati, Florida, Florence, Gwinnett, Johnstown, Long Beach, Mississippi, Trenton and Wheeling have allowed two hat tricks each. Alaska, Columbia, Dayton, Idaho, Pensacola, Reading, Roanoke, South Carolina and Toledo have all allowed one hat trick.