Bärtschi's pretty nice little Saturday — four goals in a 7-3 Winterhawks win over Seattle — actually started off inauspiciously. The 19-year-old Swiss star hit a post and a crossbar before going on to record the mortarboard trick. Bärtschi got his first goal by forcing a neutral-ice turnover and going in to beat Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard with a backhand on a breakaway and got his second with a nifty fake pass/snap shot from the top of the circle. On his last two goals, Bärtschi set up teammates for scoring chances and ended up knocking in rebounds.
The big game, Bärtschi's second hat trick of the season, gave him 92 points in just 46 games, an even two per contest. With star players almost assured to miss part of the regular season due to extended stays with NHL teams and the IIHF under-20 championship, isn't it time the scoring title went by points per game instead of total points? (Western Hockey League scoring leader Brendan Shinnimin averages 1.92, if you are wondering.)
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