It was an Ontario Hockey League first for Joseph Garreffa.
"I wish it was a little sooner," laughed Garreffa after his first OHL hat-trick. "It takes four years to get one. I wanted to get one before my career was over here in the OHL. It feels pretty good."
He added an assist, and the Kitchener Rangers routed the Erie Otters 8-4.
The win is Kitchener's eleventh in 17 games since the Christmas break.
"Going into the break, we were holding our sticks a little too tight," said Garreffa, after his team lost 7-of-8 before the break. "We were over thinking stuff. Now, we're just going out and playing."
The former third-round pick of the Rangers has always been about that mindset.
In his rookie season, he only played 41 games notching 13 points. Given the opportunity the next year, he tallied 25 goals and 60 points.
"At the end of the day, that's what you have to do, is enjoy hockey," said Joe after his team's most recent win. "When you're having fun, things are going to work out. You can see the way were playing, guys are making plays and moving the puck."
Joe was moved onto a different line Wednesday, early, with Greg Meireles and Jonathan Yantsis.
"It's easy playing with those guys," said Joe. "[Yantsis], big strong; puts the puck in the net. Greg, "He's an easy guy to play with; with his speed and with his skill, it's fun to be on their line."
Eight different players had a multi-point night in the win.
It was the Rangers' first win over Erie in three games this season.
Kitchener is back at home Friday when they host the Hamilton Bulldogs.
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