Hitmen's hat-trick headache

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

Brodie Dupont may need to see a witch doctor.

A curse is the only explanation he can think of.

No Calgary Hitmen player has scored a hat-trick this season. Or last season either, for that matter.

And no one has come closer, again and again, than the Hitmen left winger.

"Nine times this year," Dupont says of how many two-goal outings he's had.

"You'd think at least once you'd get lucky and have one go in off someone's butt or something.

"It's like Babe Ruth's curse -- the Curse of the Bambino."

Even that curse eventually came to an end.

Eighty-four years after Babe Ruth was traded from Boston to the New York Yankees, the Red Sox finally brought an end to the curse.

Maybe the hat-trick jinx should be called the Zalasky whammy.

Lee Zalasky was the last Hitmen player to light the lamp three times in a game, which was way back on Dec. 11, 2004.

That's 174 games and counting heading into tonight's tilt in Kamloops (8 p.m., The Fan 960).

But Zalasky, who scored 35 goals over parts of three seasons with the Hitmen, insists he didn't work any voodoo in the Hitmen dressing room before he was shipped to Prince George as part of a package that brought current captain Dylan Yeo and last year's CHL goaltender of the year Justin Pogge to Calgary.

"No, I don't think so," says Zalasky, who is in his second season with the U of A.

"There's been a lot of good players go through there since I left. With the numbers (Ryan) White and Dupont are putting up, I thought it would be a guarantee."

Zalasky, whose Bears are facing UBC in the second round of the CIS Canada West playoffs this weekend, was traded to P.G. a month after scoring his hat-trick.

He keeps tabs on his old team and said it's only a matter of time before the bizarre streak comes to an end.

"I check the scores now and then, so I'm sure someone will crack the code soon enough."

The Hitmen have had a player score multiple goals 32 times this season.

Incredibly, three different players potted a pair each in two different games. Dupont was one of them each time and had four two-goal games in February.

"(Ian) Duval and I usually have two-goal games at the same time and (Derek) LeBlanc has been chipping in," says Dupont, who turned 20 two weeks ago. "It just seems like no one can ever burry that third one.

"For example, in Moose Jaw, Figren had two goals, gets a partial breakaway and puts it off the post. We just thought, 'Well, that's typical.'

"We're scoring a lot this year, you'd think one guy would have a hat-trick. There's some sort of jinx out there."

The New York Rangers prospect has a career-high 36 goals as the Hitmen begin their three-game road trip, which also includes stops in Vancouver and Prince George.


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