Mackenzie Weegar of Ottawa, Ontario recorded his first career National Hockey League hat trick on Saturday. He accomplished the feat in a 5-2 Calgary Flames win over the New York Islanders at the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.
Weegar, a defenseman, began the scoring at 3:47 of the first period. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom and Blake Coleman picked up the assists. Weegar then scored the game-winning goal at 15:16 of the second period to put the Flames up 3-0. Jakob Pelletier of Quebec City, Quebec and Walker Duehr notched the assists. Weegar closed out the scoring with 22 seconds left in the game. Jonathan Huberdeau of Saint-Jerome, Quebec and Nazem Kadri of London, Ontario had the assists.
There were two Canadians who scored for the Flames. Huberdeau scored the other. Weegar was one of two Canadians with a multi-point game. Huberdeau was the other with one goal and one assist for two points.
In 2023-24, Weegar has 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points in 52 games. He was a +13 with 36 penalty minutes, six power-play points, two shorthanded points, two game-winning goals, 125 blocked shots, 103 hits, 23 takeaways and 45 giveaways. Weegar’s other game-winning goal came on November 27 in a 2-1 Flames overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights.
With the win, the Flames improved to a record of 25 wins, 22 regulation losses and five losses for 55 points. They are three points back of the Los Angeles Kings for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.