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NHL Draft: Top prospect gets hat trick in one period

Mississauga's Alexander Nylander rallies team to OHL playoff victory

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Top 2016 NHL Draft prospect Alexander Nylander had a hat trick and an assist in the third period Monday for Mississauga in Game 2 of its first-round Ontario Hockey League playoff series against Barrie.

Nylander, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters for the 2016 draft, led Mississauga to a 6-3 win after it trailed 3-0 entering the third.

 After Mississauga's Everett Clark scored at 7:58 of the third, Nylander made it a one-goal game at 10:58 when he broke up a play in the defensive zone and finished a 2-on-1 with fellow top draft prospect Michael McLeod. Then at 13:08 he tied the game with a one-timer from the side of the net off a pass by Clark.

Mason Marchment scored the game-winner at 16:14 and then Nylander led a 2-on-1 break that was capped by Daniel Muzito-Bagenda's insurance goal at 18:07.

Nylander capped the 6-3 win with an empty-net goal with 45.4 seconds left.

An injury had kept Nylander out of Game 1 of the series, a 5-2 Barrie victory.

Nylander led OHL rookies in the regular season with 75 points in 57 games, and was second with 28 goals. He is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs rookie forward William Nylander, and the son of former NHL player Michael Nylander.
 

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