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HOCKEY: Heffron’s hat trick leads Farmington to blowout win over Utica

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Hockey - Boys - 2/2/2013 

Utica 0
Farmington 8
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ROCHESTER HILLS — Forward Nick Heffron collected a hat trick and goalie John Lethemon recorded his first shutout of the season, as Farmington rolled to an 8-0 mercy-rule victory over Utica in the fourth annual MAC-OAA Showcase Saturday afternoon.

Lethemon was tested early, but the Falcons’ forward lines picked up steam in the second period, scoring four goals in the middle frame and taking control of the game with a 5-0 cushion.

“It was nice because it took the pressure off of me today, because I knew even if I let in a goal, that my team could put some pucks in the net,” said Lethemon, a 6-foot-2 junior. “It was nice to see the offensive power. They really got their goalie moving and we capitalized on our opportunities and rebounds.”

Drake Cole added two goals and an assist, and Roman Firestone had three assists for the Falcons, who improved to 5-8-5 on the season. They are now 2-1-1 in the annual showcase games played at Onyx Ice Arena.

Heffron got things started when he scored on a Farmington power play with 5:13 left in the opening period. The Falcons’ power-play unit hasn’t been a strength this season, but on Saturday, they scored twice with a man-advantage. The Falcons added another power-play goal when the team’s leading scorer, Cooper McLean potted his first PP goal of the season in the opening minute of the third period.

“Utica kind of surprised us early, but once we got our lines going we took it to them, so to speak,” Farmington coach Mark Vellucci said. “We scored some nice goals, we scored some power-play goals, which we really haven’t had that much success with lately.”

Nick Kozolo and Austin Meltzer also scored for Farmington. The game ended when Heffron scored his third goal with 8:45 left in regulation.

The loss drops the Chieftains to 14-5-1 on the season. They’re now 1-3-0 all-time in the Showcase.

“We thought we could get back into it late in the first period when it was 1-0,” Utica assistant coach Jordan Yoder said. “But the second period, we came out as a whole different team. We came out flat and it was hard to turn it around after that.”

Last Updated: 2/2/2013 10:30:06 PM EST

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