Brampton Battalion captain Cody Hodgson is heading to the Canadian National Junior Team's selection camp on a high note.
"It's a real honour to be invited to selection camp," Hodgson said after scoring the overtime winner to complete his third hat trick of the season as the Brampton Battalion edged the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 5-4 in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday afternoon.
Hodgson also added an assist. The Vancouver Canucks' 2008 first-round draft pick has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last four games. The overtime winner, scored 55 seconds into the extra period, was Hodgson's 20th goal in 23 games since being sent back to Brampton after attending Canucks training camp.
Ken Peroff had a goal and an assist while Matt Duchene also scored for the Battalion (21-8-1-0), who won for the first time in three games this December after losing only once in all of November. Jason Dale added three assists.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Kingston 7, Ottawa 3; Guelph 6, Kitchener 2; Saginaw 6, Sault Ste. Marie 3; and Oshawa Sudbury at Oshawa.
At Brampton, Ont., Cameron Gaunce had a goal and an assist for the Majors (12-14-1-1). Jordan Mayer scored midway through the third period to send the game to overtime, and Devante Smith-Pelle and Blake Parlett added goals.
Brandon Foote made 29 saves for the Battalion. Mississauga netminder Chris Carrozzi allowed five goals on 42 shots. He was replaced by J.P. Anderson for two minutes in the second period. Anderson stopped two shots.
Frontenacs 7, 67's 3
At Ottawa, Matthew Kang and newcomer Colt Kennedy each scored two goals and set up two more to lift Kingston over the 67's.
Mitch Lebar added four assists to help the Frontenacs (7-19-4-2) rebound from an 8-3 blowout loss to Peterborough on Friday. James Marsden, Andris Dzerins, on the power play, and Jesse Brown also scored.
Logan Couture and Corey Cowick each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa (15-14-0-2).
Storm 6, Rangers 2
At Guelph, Ont., Matt Kennedy scored twice and added an assist as the Storm exploded for five straight goals to thump Kitchener.
Michael Latta added a goal and two assists, while Tyler Carroll, J,P. Labardo and Denis Hollenstein also scored for Guelph (16-11-2-2).
Chris MacKinnon had both goals for the Rangers (13-13-1-1), who have lost three straight and sit last in the Midwest Division.
Spirit 6, Greyhounds 3
At Saginaw, Mich., Chris Chappell scored twice and Nick Crawford added three assists to help power the Spirit past Sault Ste. Marie.
Joe Underwood, T. J. Brodie, Mitch Fillman and Tyler Murovich added goals for Saginaw (19-8-0-1), which went 4-for-10 with the man advantage,
Michael Fine had a goal and two assists while Anthony Peluso had a goal and an assist and Matt Caria added two assists for the Greyhounds (13-15-1-1), who are winless in five games. Matthew Lyall also scored.
Generals 4, Wolves 3
At Oshawa, Ont., John Tavares scored twice and added an assist as the Generals weathered a late rally by Sudbury.
Tavares tied Bryan Cameron of the Belleville Bulls for the OHL goal scoring league with 25. Tyler Taylor and Calvin de Haan also scored for the Generals (15-12-0-4).
Peter Hermenegildo, Brett Thompson and Patrik Lusnak replied in the third period for the Wolves (13-14-1-2), who saw their three-game winning streak snapped.