Hat Trick For Hendrix: Hendrix Lapierre Records First Professional Hat Trick Against Charlotte Checkers

While the Washington Capitals’ 2022-23 season is drawing to a close, their American Hockey League affiliate Hershey Bears are gearing up for a 2023 Calder Cup run. The Caps’ 2020 first-round pick Hendrix Lapierre figures to be among the team’s key players in their quest for a twelfth championship and on Saturday recorded a hat trick against the Charlotte Checkers.

Lapierre, who entered the game against Charlotte with 12 goals on the season, scored his first goal of the game just two minutes and 58 seconds into the contest, on assists from Vincent Iorio and Julien Napravnik.

Lapierre’s second tally of the night came at the 9:30 of the second frame, with an assist from goalie Zach Fucale.

The hatty-completing tally came nearly eight minutes later, with the young forward potting his third goal of the night on assists from Mason Morelli and Henrik Rybinski.

Lapierre’s first career hat trick in the AHL comes in a rookie season in which he has felt the growing pains of professional hockey, with stretches of rough play and healthy scratches to “reset” mentally. The 21-year old native of Gatineau, Quebec now has 15 G, 15 A, and 30 Points in 58 Games Played.

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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