Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett recorded his first NHL career hat trick on Wednesday against the Florida Panthers, in a game dominated by the youngster.
Bennett’s hat trick came in the first period, with the first goal scored within the first minute of play. He went on to score a fourth, for good measure, late in the third period.
The 4th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft also became the youngest player in Flames history to score the trick, at 19 years and 207 days old.
“It’s a great feeling,” Bennett said. “I think I’ve been getting a lot of chances and I’m getting the bounces. It’s a great feeling to get rewarded, for sure.”
In 41 games this season, Bennet has scored 10 goals and 9 assists (in comparison, leading rookie Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks has 15 goals and 24 assists).
Johnny Gaudreau and Mason Raymond also scored in Wednesday’s win as the Flames blanked the Panthers 6-0.
The hat trick:
Here’s another look at his 4th goal beauty: