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Monday, April 09, 2007

Liberace Hat Trick

Chris Rutsch photo

The Hartford Wolf Pack atoned for two divisional losses to start off the weekend by spanking the Albany River Rats on Easter Sunday, 5-1, thanks mostly to a hat trick from Jarkko Immonen.

The game was scoreless until the 17:10 mark of the second period. After blocking a shot, River Rats goalie Tyler Weiman seemed to think that the puck had rebounded to his left, underneath where Dale Purinton and an Albany defenseman were wrestling for position in the crease. Instead, the puck was a few feet to Weiman's right, and Craig Weller was able to swoop in and jam the puck home for the game's first goal.

The next three Wolf Pack goals (two in the second and one in the third) were scored by Immonen, with Nigel Dawes assisting on all three. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti picked up a pair of assists along the way, his first two points as a pro.

Albany goalie Weiman was pulled right after Immonen's third goal, and the River Rats's Ryan Bayda scored a few minutes later to make the score 4-1. The goal was Bayda's 13th in his last 16 games. The River Rats would get no closer, though, and Dwight Helminen added one more goal for the Wolf Pack to finish of the scoring for the night.

Jarkko and Liberace hanging out in the old days,
before Jarkko figured out that it wasn't cool

If (one goal, one assist, one fight) = the Gordie Howe Hat Trick, then it could stand to reason that (three goals, no assists, no fights or penalty minutes to speak of) = the Liberace Hat Trick, which is exactly what Immonen scored on Sunday.

Of course, Liberace probably wasn't much of a hockey player, so it's more likely that 0 - 0 - 0 (no goals, no points, no PIMs) would equal a Liberace Hat Trick. But, since I've already made it the title of this post, it's too late changing definitions now.

Actually, the whole idea is pretty stupid, but it does give me an excuse to randomly drop in another sound file--

Pegboy, "Liberace Hat Trick"

-- the lyrics of which have nothing to do with the song title.

Don't go blaming me for it, though.