MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Jordan Mayer registered his first career Ontario Hockey League hat trick and the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors held off a late rally to beat the Kitchener Rangers 7-5 Sunday afternoon and extend their winning streak to seven games.
Mayer's third goal of the game with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period provided critical insurance for the Majors (19-14-1-1), who watched the Rangers score four straight goals to wipe out a 6-1 Mississauga lead.
"When you're a little kid, you always dream of scoring a hat trick," said Mayer, who raised his season goal total to 10. "The game wasn't pretty, but it's a win. We got up quickly against them and then we let up a bit and let them back in the game. They started pressing us but winning feels good. We got off to a slow start this year but now we're going to keep rolling with this streak."
Mayer scored once in the first period and then sparked a four-goal outburst by the Majors in the second.
However, the Rangers (15-18-1-1) responded with a four-goal spree of their own to cut the deficit to one by the five-minute mark of the third period.
Cameron Gaunce added a pair of goals for the Majors, while Cory Bureau and Jesse Messier had one each.
Julian Cimadamore had two goals for Kitchener, which lost at the Hershey Centre for the first time since the OHL awarded Mississauga an expansion franchise in 1998. Chris MacKinnon, Scott Timmins and Tyler Randell had single markers.
Mike Morrison started in goal for the Rangers but he was pulled early in the second after allowing five goals on just 12 shots. Parker Van Buskirk took over and gave up two goals on 24 shots. Chris Carrozzi allowed five goals on 40 shots in the Mississauga net.