OTTAWA - It took Corey Cowick four years to record his first Ontario Hockey League hat trick, then he added to it with a fourth goal in a memorable game.
Cowick's four goals led the Ottawa 67's to a decisive 5-1 victory over the Niagara IceDogs to win their first round playoff series 4-1 Sunday afternoon.
Tyler Tofolli also scored for the 67's, while Petr Mrazek stopped 31 shots.
Marco Insam was the lone scorer for the IceDogs, while Mark Visentin made 28 saves.
Ottawa now moves onto the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The 67's will face the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.
Cowick, who had a fifth goal waved off because of a high stick, didn't actually put his hat-trick goal into the net.
He was getting ready to shoot into an empty net as Visentin was on the bench in favour of an extra attacker, but was hooked by Andrew Aggozino and awarded a goal as a result.
That goal was short handed, and Cowick scored another short-handed goal into an empty net moments later to close out the scoring.
"It was a little bit disappointing not being able to contribute offensively earlier in the series," said Cowick. "But the boys were backing me up."
"It's a really good feeling to be going on to the next round."