On Saturday night Derek Whitmore scored the first hat trick by an Amerk on home ice since Jamie Johnson during the 2009/10 season and was also the first Rochester American since Jason Pominville in 2005 to score four goals in a game. Â Pominville went on to score a fifth in that game. Â The Amerks went on to win the game 5-3 thanks to the outstanding effort by Whitmore to put four goals on the board.
The video highlights recorded off of the scoreboard speak for themselves. Â Whitmore hustled for the chance to score every goal jumping over a goalie, falling to the ice, hunting for a rebound and out skating defenders. Â He had scored his first two goals during the first minute and 53 seconds of the game to give the Amerks an early 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs battled back and tied the game 3-3 (notice the angry door slam by Colin Stuart) but Whitmore eventually scored the game winner and fifth goal for insurance. Â With all of the recent players called up to the Buffalo Sabres this was a great display by Whitmore who’s still trying to get the chance to play in his first regular season NHL game.
â€œIt means a lot, itâ€™s a special night,â€ said Whitmore, who grew up inGreece. â€œThis is the team I idolized as a kid.
â€œMy first hat trick, in an Amerk sweater, in this building â€” itâ€™s very special.â€
On three of the goals, he was celebrating in the corner in front of his family. â€œI think my dad threw a hat,â€ he said, referring to his hat-trick goal.
(ignore the spelling mistake in the video on Masse’s name for the Bulldogs)
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