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McKenzie nets hat trick, leads Jersey Hitmen to 11-0 win over Buffalo

Holiday Twin Rinks    Sun, Feb 03, 2013

Justin McKenzie netted a hat trick to lead Jersey Hitmen over the Buffalo Stars, 11-0.

McKenzie notched his first tally 9:07 into the first period. He then added goals at 4:59 into the second and at 7:45 into the second.

The game was close after the first frame, but Jersey Hitmen banged in six goals during the second period to put the victory out of reach for Buffalo.

Jersey Hitmen forced the Stars' netminders to work in net, getting 51 shots and forcing 40 saves. Lawson Fenton made 19 stops and Thomas Brown made 21. Jersey Hitmen excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. Jersey Hitmen's defensive effort looked to be improved. Jersey Hitmen gives up 2.6 goals on average per game. Jersey Hitmen outdid its season average for goals scored. Jersey Hitmen has scored at the pace of 4.5 goals per game during the current campaign.

Jersey Hitmen additionally got points from Cory Sala, who also registered one goal and two assists, James Martello, who also tallied two goals and three assists to lead the team in points, and Brendan Riley, who also had one goal and one assist. Jersey Hitmen also had goals scored by Andrew Callahan, who had two and Chris Peterson and TJ Thaler, who each put in one. In addition, Jersey Hitmen received assists from Luke Rodgers, who had four, Eddie Coxe and Cody Calcagno, who each chipped in one, and David Kleyman, Rory Garlasco, and Dylan Stephanik, who contributed two a piece.

Buffalo forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 22.0 minutes per game the Stars had been spending in the box. Jersey Hitmen's defense shut down Buffalo's forwards for much of the game, and the Stars got off only 11 shots during the contest.

Jordan Hulahan recorded 11 saves for Jersey Hitmen. Jersey Hitmen totaled 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 3-for-6 on the power play.