Flames' Glencross records first hat-trick

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:52 AM ET

CALGARY — Curtis Glencross fired the puck into an empty net, then watched as a few hats rained down onto the Saddledome ice.

The Calgary Flames winger recorded the first hat-trick of his career during Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, and it was a special night.

But Glencross won’t be telling anybody years from now how he scored them.

The first one was an Eric Nystrom shot that was going wide of the net that bounced off Glencross’ arm and past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.

The empty-netter was on a clear-cut breakaway, and he didn’t even need to make a move.

“Two non-highlight-reel goals, so maybe the fans felt bad for me,” Glencross said with a laugh about the hats on the ice.

“I will take them any way possible.

“I have to credit that first one to our pre-game soccer match. We play some hackey sack and that helps.”

Certainly, his second tally was a legitimate one, as Glencross took a cross-ice pass from defenceman Jay Bouwmeester and, using a Carolina defenceman as a screen, ripped a snap-shot short side on Ward.

In goal-scorer’s fashion, Ward’s water bottle went flying into the air and landed behind the net.

“The second one might make the highlight-reel,” Glencross said. “I got pretty good wood on that shot.

“Before we went out for the second period, (Bouwmeester) rubbed my stick with his stick for luck. He made a great pass over to me and I fired on net.

“Sometimes, you just need a break and things get rolling. I was fortunate to have that one go off my arm.

“The empty netter, I didn’t know the goalie was out. I started off going really fast, and then I slowed down once the goalie was out. It’s nice to get the feeling going.”

Glencross was paired on a line with Nystrom and newcomer Jamal Mayers, but the trio wasn’t out much together because the former Toronto Maple Leaf took 17 minutes in penalties for getting an instigator in a fight.

But the night was all Glencross, who had one goal in his previous 15 games.

“It’s something I will never forget, my first career hat-trick,” Glencross said. “They won’t be asking how, so I will take it.”


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