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Calcagno nets hat trick, leads Jersey Hitmen to 13-3 win over Syracuse

Cicero NHL    Sun, Oct 14, 2012

Cody Calcagno netted a hat trick to lead Jersey Hitmen over the Syracuse Junior Stars, 13-3.

Calcagno got on the scoresheet 15:10 into the first period. He then added goals at 18:32 into the second and at 14:53 into the third.

Syracuse's nine penalties came back to haunt it, as the Junior Stars let up five goals while on the penalty kill.

Jersey Hitmen made Junior Stars' netminders to work between the pipes, getting 62 shots and forcing 49 saves. Nate Skidmore made 42 stops and Matt Schneider made seven. Jersey Hitmen's goal total was higher than its season average. Jersey Hitmen averages 4.7 goals per game. Jersey Hitmen's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in four goals.

Jersey Hitmen also got points from Chris Peterson, who also racked up two goals and one assist, David Kleyman, who also registered one goal and one assist, Michael Taussi, who also had one goal and one assist, Joe Masonius, who also tallied one goal and two assists, Dylan Stephanik, who also had one goal and four assists, and Luke Rodgers, who also registered three goals and two assists. Matt Langlois also scored for Jersey Hitmen. Other players who recorded assists for Jersey Hitmen were Cory Sala, who had three, Eddie Coxe, Sean Johnson, Collin Kirkpatrick, Glenn Florczak, and Brendan Riley, who contributed one a piece, and Corey Leskanic, Justin McKenzie, and Dylan Healey, who each chipped in two.

Syracuse forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up eight minors and one major for 31 minutes in penalty time. The Junior Stars surpassed its season average of 15.0 penalty minutes per game. Syracuse kept Jersey Hitmen's goalie busy throughout the game, and Michael OMaley made 33 saves on 36 shots.

Jersey Hitmen ended with 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major. The Junior Stars registered two goals on five power play opportunities. Syracuse ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Mike Seifert was ejected from the game.