Stevenson’s Lause scores 3 shorthanded goals in win over Hartland
Livonia Stevenson's Seth Lause (right) celebrates one of his three shorthanded goals with teammate Adam Heard in a 5-2 victory over Hartland on Saturday.
It is not officially a record, but no one can remember it happening before. And it’s not in the Michigan High School Athletic Association ice hockey record book.
Livonia Stevenson’s Seth Lause scored three shorthanded goals in a 5-2 win over two-time defending Division 2 state champion Hartland on Saturday night at the Hartland Sports Center.
There is nothing in the MHSAA records regarding most shorthanded goals in a game. Even in the NHL, a player scoring three shorthanded goals in a game has only happened once when Theo Fleury of the Calgary Flames did it on March 9, 1991.
Besides that, there is no record of it ever happening at any organized level.
“It’s all up to the guys who found me in those places,” Lause told the Livingston Daily after the game. “(Adam Heard) gave me that pass up through the middle in the third is one example. (Ian) Kimble set me up down low from the board. Without my other teammates setting me up, there’s no way I would be able to execute, so I’m grateful for that.”
His first goal gave Stevenson a 2-1 lead with 6:44 left. Lause led a 2-on-1 rush and put in his own rebound. He banked in a shot from the side of the net with 7:52 left in the game to give the Spartans a 4-2 lead. Lause completed the rare hat trick on a breakaway goal with 6:23 remaining.
“He works on his penalty kill, he works on his game tirelessly,” Stevenson coach David Mitchell said. “He’s always on the ice, always trying to do extra. He was rewarded today. It’s nice to see players rewarded like that.”
Livonia Stevenson (9-1-1) has won eight straight and is ranked second in Division 2, one spot ahead of Hartland (7-2-1).