© Jason Malloy
Morgan MacNeill was named player of the game after scoring three goals in 18 seconds to help his North River West Masonry Flames win a midget A hockey game Saturday in New Brunswick.
North River midget A hockey player scores three goals in 18 seconds
Morgan MacNeill was sizzling on Saturday.
The North River West Masonry Flames’ forward scored three goals in 18 seconds midway through the third period of a midget A hockey game in Stanley, N.B.
“Everyone was just screaming,” MacNeill said, recounting the moments after the third goal. “I was so happy.”
The Flames needed to defeat Sunny Brook, N.B., to advance to the playoffs. They were leading 4-2 when MacNeill took over.
Receiving a pass from Chandler Leard, MacNeill waited for a defenceman to slide past him and fired the puck top corner at 10:06.
MacNeill didn’t wait long to tally No. 2, scoring moments after the ensuing faceoff.
“I went up to the blue-line (took a) slapshot and it went in the exact same spot,” the 18-year-old from Cornwall explained.
“I was pretty pumped and so was everybody else,” MacNeill said of the unassisted marker at 9:58. “Our centreman was like, ‘We’re getting you another one, let’s go.’”
MacNeill didn’t disappoint.
He took a pass from defenceman Alex Clarkin, walked into the offensive zone and fired another shot shelf at 9:48 to complete the trifecta.
“I didn’t even know I scored that quickly until our coach was like that was 18 seconds,” MacNeill explained. “I couldn’t believe it.”
The remarkable feat almost didn’t happen.
Coach Garry Muttart said there was a lot of excitement after the second goal.
“‘Wouldn’t it be something if he scored three?’ ” he remembered saying to an assistant coach. “But I said that would be impossible in one shift.”
He even thought about changing lines with the Flames leading 6-2.
“I’ll give him another chance,” Muttart decided. “Sure enough he didn’t let us down.”
The Flames went on to win the game and the Jason Hurley Memorial Tournament.
“Everything he shot seemed to go in,” Muttart said. “It was great for him and for our team. . . We’re very proud of him.”
Hockey P.E.I. does not have records for fastest three goals. The NHL record is 21 seconds, set by Bill Mosienko on March 23, 1952.
MacNeill has been playing hockey for 15 years and spent about the majority of the time as a defenceman. He once scored six goals in a game while playing novice.
The Flames play Saturday in Alberton. What does MacNeill do for an encore?
“Go 15 seconds I guess,” he laughed.
Sport – Hockey.
Team – North River West Masonry Midget A Flames
Age – 18.
Hometown – Cornwall.
What’s up? MacNeill scored three goals in 18 seconds during a tournament in Stanley, N.B., north of Fredericton, on Saturday.
Quote – “I think in any league, or at any level, to be able to get three goals in 18 seconds is quite a feat.”
Flames coach Garry Muttart
Fastest three goals in NHL history – Bill Mosienko, 21 seconds on March 23, 1952. The Chicago right-winger scored at 6:09, 6:20 and 6:30 of the third period in a 7-6 win against the New York Rangers. Montreal’s Jean Beliveau is second at 44 seconds.