By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer
Three games into the season, Dayton Bombers forward Chanse Fitzpatrick wasn’t getting any bounces or breaks. The frustration was starting to reach alarming levels.
Two periods into last Saturday night’s game against the Trenton Devils at the Nutter Center, the Bombers found themselves in a 1-0 hole. Nothing continued to go right for Fitzpatrick, who had been acquired from the Phoenix Roadrunners over the summer for his scoring touch.
Fifty-two seconds into the third period, everything changed. Fitzpatrick scored his first goal of the season on the power play to tie the game. A little over two minutes later, he scored again to put the Bombers in front.
But he wasn’t done – far from it, in fact. Fitzpatrick would score three more times in the final five minutes, picking up power-play tallies at 15:03, 16:20 and 17:34.
That’s right. Five goals in one period. So much for a slow start.
“After the third goal, I was just kind of, ‘OK, good. I got the hat trick out of the way,’” Fitzpatrick told NHL.com. “All of a sudden, boom … two more. Everyone was just like; ‘Are you kidding me?’”
Incredibly, Fitzpatrick became the 25th player in ECHL history to score five goals in a game. Chris Minard last accomplished the feat, with the Alaska Aces on Jan. 8, 2005, against the Victoria Salmon Kings. Four of his tallies came in the opening period.
It marked the second time in Fitzpatrick’s life that he was able to find the back of the net five times in a game. He said he also had the same amount of success when he was playing bantam hockey – which, ironically, was mentioned on the Bombers’ scoreboard prior to the game.
To top it off, Fitzpatrick, a native of Prince Edward Island, had his parents in the building on Saturday.
“Prior to the game, they do these player profiles,” Fitzpatrick explained. “I didn’t know it was going to be in for that game, but in my last year of bantam, I scored five goals in a game. They put that on for the player profile prior to that game, and I ended up scoring five. My parents were actually there. It was amazing.”