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Holden Cook’s Hat Trick was the difference maker on Saturday night against the Kitchener Rangers.
The Attack and Rangers skated through a scoreless first period.
Owen Sound opened the scoring 68 seconds into the middle period. Team scoring leader Gemel Smith held the puck in the corner before finding a seam to Holden Cook in front of the net. The fourth year winger pushed the puck past Rangers starter Tyson Teichmann.
Cook added his second goal just over three minutes later, tracking a loose puck at the top of the crease, and snapping it behind Teichmann. Sophomore forward Daniel Milne was credited with the lone assist on the tally.
Rookie Thomas Schemitsch’s first career goal extended the Attack lead to 3-0 with five minutes remaining in the period. Chris Bigras’ shot on net was turned aside by Teichmann, but the first-year defenseman jumped on the rebound and picked up a power play marker. Smith added an assist on the play, pulling him into a tie for the league lead with 14 points this season.
Radek Faksa put the Rangers on the board midway through the third period. Third year forward Brent Pedersen threw a puck on net that was slowed by Brandon Hope, but he was unable to cover it in the crease, and the import centre poked it over the line for his fifth goal in three games. Frank Hora picked up the second assist on the Dallas Stars prospect’s goal.
Faksa added a second goal with less than six minutes to play. The pivot earned the puck off a draw deep in Owen Sound territory, moving it back to defenceman Jared Gilbert. The third year rearguard unleashed a shot that bounced off the Czech-born forward and deflected past the goaltender.
Cook completed the hat trick in the final minute, scoring into the empty net while the Attack were on the powerplay.
Brandon Hope was stellar, making 30 saves in the victory for the Attack.
The Three Stars of the Game were:
3) Gemel Smith (2A)
2) Radek Faksa (2G)
1) Holden Cook (3G)
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