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Short-handed hat trick lands icer in record books

Blackhawk Center Loviska (at right) carries the puck versus Lapeer East. Photo provided. (click for larger version)
January 12, 2011 - Brandon Blackhawk Centerman Brett Loviska may have just rewritten the high school record books with three shorthanded goals in the span of 23 seconds on Jan. 5 during an 8-0 route over he Lapeer East Eagles in Flint Metro League hockey action at Polar Palace in Lapeer.

The Blackhawks were ahead 2-0 in the second period, on a pair of goals by Ryan Wummel.

"The Eagles were on a series of power plays, it was still a back and forth game at that time," said Blackhawk Coach Steve Yuchasz. "The Eagles had just earned a full minute of 5-on-3 time and were out-shooting us to that point."

"Loviska won the face-off and went down and scored over the left shoulder of the Eagles' goalie," said Yuchasz. "The face-off comes back to center and for the second time he went down and buried the puck over that goalie's shoulder."

"His third shorty was set up by an incredible pass from Defenseman James Gleason," he said. "It all happened so fast, we were all in shock—we could not believe it. I've coached high school age players for 13 years and have never seen anything like this. I've had players get two goals in one shift even strength—but never this."

Yuchasz contacted the Michigan High School Athletic Association regarding Loviska.

The MHSAA responded and reported that the three short-handed goals broke Ryan Blake's high school record of 1:14 in 1979 (even strength), and also broke two MHSAA State records (fastest three goals by an individual, fastest three goals by the same team) and may have established a new category altogether, said Brandon head coach Steve Yuchasz.

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