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Hat trick

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  • A hat trick is three consecutive successes within a short period of time, such as during a sporting event. A hat trick most often applied to feats achieved during a sports game, such as three goals scored by one hockey player during one game. The term originated in the game of cricket in 1879 to describe the taking of three wickets on three consecutive deliveries, the cricket club would buy the bowler a new hat in commemoration. An alternative explanation is that upon the completion of a hat trick, the bowler was allowed to pass the hat for remuneration. Many believe there is an influence coming from the idea of the traditional magician’s hat, from which amazing tricks are pulled. The use of the term hat trick was expanded to mean the successful completing of three feats in other sports, in 1909. The British English form of hat-trick is often hyphenated.

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    Sophomore defenseman Jake Walman scored a hat trick and added an assist and freshman forward Ryan Tait scored twice to lead third-ranked Providence College to a 7-2 win at Colgate on Friday night. (The Providence Journal)

    A hat trick by Mats Zuccarello sent the Rangers to a 3-1 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night. (The New York Times)

    Yoshinori Muto scored a last-gasp equalizer to complete a hat-trick and salvage a draw for Mainz in a 3-3 thriller away to Augsburg in the German first division on Saturday. (The Japan Times)

    “It was kind of a long stretch without scoring,” Frolik said after his first-ever hat trick carried the guests to a 5-4 win Saturday over the Edmonton Oilers in National Hockey League action. (The Calgary Herald)

    Canadian striker Ian Hume made light of a bandaged head to score a fine hat-trick and help defending champions Atletico de Kolkata drub Mumbai City FC 4-1 in a fast-paced Indian Super League football match at the D Y Patil Stadium, here on Sunday. (The Times of Oman)

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