BRAMPTON, Ont. - Brampton Battalion captain Cody Hodgson hopes that the Vancouver Canucks are taking note of his progress in the junior ranks.
Hodgson, selected by the Canucks 10th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, registered a hat-trick, including the overtime winner 1:20 into the extra period as the Battalion won their eighth straight game, edging the Guelph Storm 5-4 in Ontario Hockey League action Sunday afternoon.
"I love these type of games," said Hodgson. "We're both good teams, which makes it a lot of fun."
The eight-game streak is the second longest in franchise history, the longest being a 14-game string at the end of the 2005-06 campaign.
Stephon Thorne and Josh Shalla scored the other Battalion goals. Matt Kennedy, Peter Holland, Luke Pither and Brandon Buck each found the net for Guelph (11-6-1-1).
Despite scoring 63 goals in his first two campaigns, it was Hodgson's first three-goal game in the OHL.
"Matt (Duchene) has been teasing me about that a little," said Hodgson. "He keeps reminding me that he has two hat-tricks already and he's only in his second season in the league."
Patrick Killeen made 26 saves for Brampton (10-6-0-0). Storm netminder Thomas McCollum stopped 38 shots.