Rookie Kevin Doell of Gwinnett had his second four-goal game of the season on March 26 and Rookie Bryce Cockburn of Trenton scored his second hat trick in a week, bringing the total number of hat tricks through the first 1,070 games to 76, including six four-goal games and one five-goal game. Cockburn and Doell become the 10th and 11th players to score multiple hat tricks in 2003-04.
Doell, who scored four goals on February 20 at Roanoke, scored at 5:05 of the first to give Gwinnett a 1-0 lead and he made it 2-0 with a goal at 2:13 of the second. He completed the hat trick at 6:14 of the second and scored his fourth goal at 16:03 of the second. Doell leads ECHL rookies with 32 goals and seven game-winning goals while ranking third in scoring with 71 points and fifth in assists with 39.
Rookie Bryce Cockburn scored his second hat trick of the week when he had the first three goals in Trenton’s 8-1 win over Greensboro on March 26. Cockburn, who scored three goals against Reading on March 20, opened the scoring at 4:07, scored again 2:34 later and completed the natural hat trick at 13:09.
Pensacola’s Tyler Beechey scored four goals on March 28 to join Doell, Florida’s Brian McCullough, Alaska’s Jordan Cameron, Wheeling’s Jason Jaffray, and Long Beach’s Nolan Graham on the list of four-goal scorers. Wheeling’s Jaffray, who had four goals against Johnstown on March 7, recorded his second hat trick of the season on March 23 at Reading.
In the first 1,070 games, there have been 18 days where multiple hat tricks have been scored. The ECHL has had 12 days where two hat tricks have been scored and five days where three hat tricks have been scored. The ECHL had six hat tricks scored on February 14 which ties the league record set on October 23, 1993 and tied on February 26, 1994 and February 23, 1996.
Idaho leads the league with seven hat tricks, scored by six different players, while Trenton ranks second with five hat tricks, including a five-goal game by Brunelle. Dayton is the only team that has not scored a hat trick. Atlantic City, Louisiana and Peoria have not allowed a hat trick while Bakersfield has allowed a league-high eight hat tricks and Fresno and Texas have each allowed six hat tricks.