Rakhshani Records Another AHL Hat Trick

(above) Rhett Rakhshani scored three goals in less than two minutes yesterday
From: Stamford Avocate
by Michael Fornabaio

Former DU star Rhett Rakhshani keeps adding to his Bridgeport Sound Tigers rookie scoring record.  He recorded his second hat trick in less than two weeks yesterday.

Rakhshani's three goals came within 1 minute 59 seconds of the second period as the Sound Tigers beat Springfield 6-2 Tuesday morning at Webster Bank Arena.

"Two goals in one shift doesn't happen very often," teammate Jeremy Colliton said.

They don't usually come that quickly, but Colliton and Rakhshani have been racking up points at impressive clips since Colliton returned from a stint with the New York Islanders.

"JC has been a great linemate all year for me," Rakhshani said. "He does a lot of little things really well. He's been great."

Off the draw, Rakhshani carried the puck to the blue line, wound up and shot. The puck hit at least one Falcon's stick and knuckled past former RPI goalie Allen York.

Paul Dainton replaced York in goal, but Rakhshani greeted him with a goal on a rebound 21 seconds later, and he scored on a power play a minute and a half after that.

"Rhett, he's a very skilled player, but he also works hard," Colliton said. "He's very accountable. He really wants to do well, and he takes ownership of his own performance. It's easy to play with a guy like that."

Rakhshani has 24 goals and 38 assists, both team rookie records. Those 62 points are nine better than Colliton's mark as a rookie in 2005-06.

Matt Donovan was held scoreless for Bridgeport.


Mike B said...

The very last line of that article, was that a DG edit or was that from the original story? I am thinking that if it was from the original, we should pay some one to travel to Bridgeport and buy this paper and then frame it and send the copies out to current and prospective DU players. Here is the point: Rhett "The Rhock" stayed in school for 4 years, was the captain of the team and was ready for the next step. Dono meanwhile had a fantastic freshmen season, won the World Juniors, then went on to have a very average soph season and signed early. Case and point: stay in school, get a hatty. Leave early, and go pointless. (LOL)

dggoddard said...

It was a DG edit. :-)

Usually I condense out of town stories to only include the pertinent DU material or add words, sentences or phases to tie it together.

You can always link to any article I post and see where and when its done.

In no way was I taking a cheap shot at Donovan, just noting his scoreline. He was also -1 in the game, but I chose not to include that.

I still think people are way underestimating Donovan's Sophomore campaign. He was +17, 9g, 23a and his goal against WMU was HUGE.

That being said, Rakhshani is a special talent. Lets hope he gets a legitimate shot in the NHL. But be advised, the AHL is littered with big-time scorers who despite awesome numbers can't become NHL 1st or 2nd liners.

Coach said...

This reminds me of Rakh`s hat trick in the final six minutes of a game at St. Cloud a few years ago. That feat erased a 2-0 Huskies lead and gave the Pioneers a big road sweep.

Marmalade Hockey said...

Two hat tricks in two weeks, wow, that's impressive.