Brandon DeFazio scored a hat trick on three-straight goals to lead the Utica Comets to their seventh win in 10 games after a 6-3 American Hockey League victory over Lake Erie Saturday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
It was the first professional hat trick for DeFazio, who is the Comets’ leading goal scorer with 12.
“It feels good,” DeFazio said. “It’s one of those things. Obviously, personally it’s great but at the end of the day as long as we win and it’s helping the team win that’s what’s most important.”
Utica (21-5-5-0) gave up three goals in the third period – after scoring three in the second – to wrap up the 2014 side of its schedule with the best record in the Western Conference. The team clinched that spot on Friday night in a win over Adirondack at the Aud.
The Comets return to the ice against San Antonio for a New Year’s Day matinee at the Aud. The game starts at 3 p.m.
DeFazio was the star Saturday against Lake Erie (13-12-2-3), and his effort helped Utica match a season high goal total. The Comets previously scored five goals in four other wins this year.
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