Somehow, I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere.
Friday night, Minnesota State played North Dakota in a WCHA matchup and the craziest goddamn thing you will ever see in a hockey game happened.
Zach Harrison scored a natural hat trick consisting of nothing but shorthanded goals.
Midway through the second period, Zach Harrison picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and broke in one-on-one with a NoDak defender, then wristed a nifty little shot past Sioux goalie Adam Walaski to make it 3-1 to Harrison’s Mavericks.
In the third, he outhustled four Sioux on a power play breakout, got to a loose puck first, took it wide, and beat Walaski to put the Mavs up 4-1. Then, late in the game with two Mavericks in the box and an empty net 185 feet away, Harrison shoveled the puck out of the zone on a backhand and saw it bounce into the goal.
Natural. Shorthanded. Hat trick.
Of all the things I’ve ever seen in spending my life around hockey, nothing has ever compared to how zany this is. Harrison’s stick from that game is on its way to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The HHOF says that this might be the first natural shorthanded hattie in the HISTORY of hockey.
Said Harrison of the feat: “That’s not really something you even dream about.”
Yeah, you might say that.