PRINCETON, N.J. – Trenton left wing Mathieu Brunelle is the InGlasCo ECHL Player of the Week for January 26-February 1.
In his first professional season and under contract to Philadelphia of the National Hockey League, Brunelle scored 11 points (6g-5a) and was +5 in three games. Selected in the seventh round (201st overall) by Philadelphia in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Brunelle had an assist in Trenton’s 4-3 shootout loss to Atlantic City on January 29 and he scored a goal and had three assists in the Titans 4-1 win against Dayton on January 30.
The 20-year-old scored an ECHL season-high five goals and tied the ECHL season high with six points as Trenton beat Augusta 8-5 on January 31. Brunelle scored three goals in the first period at 3:26, 11:23 and 19:00. He scored his fourth and fifth goals in the second period at 2:26 and 12:20, and then assisted on a goal in the third period. The five goals and the three goals in a period are both team records.
Mike Hurley of Charlotte was the last ECHL player to score five goals, accomplishing the feat on October 21, 2000 against Greensboro. The ECHL record for most goals in a game is six set by Tom Bissett of Hampton Roads on November 22, 1989 against Greensboro and tied by Toledo’s Brad McCaughey on November 6, 1991 against Columbus (Ohio).
Brunelle ranks second in the ECHL in shooting percentage with 22.6 percent and he has moved into second place on the team with 14 goals while ranking third with 17 assists and 31 points in 31 games.
On behalf of Mathieu Brunelle, a case of pucks will be donated to a Trenton area youth hockey organization by InGlasCo.