OTTAWA - Tyler Graovac had a hat trick for the Ottawa 67's on Saturday as they collected their first win of the Ontario Hockey League season with an 8-1 rout of the Erie Otters.
Graovac scored all three of his goals by the 8:07 mark of the first period as he gave the 67's a very early 3-0 lead to work with. The third goal came on a short-handed breakaway.
"It was a good start for sure," said Graovac. "I wanted to come into this game and bring some momentum for the boys and I thought I did that. I'm just kind of sick of losing."
Remy Giftopoulos had two goals and an assist for the 67's (1-3-0) and Brett Gustavsen had a goal and two assists. Sean Monahan and Connor Brown completed the scoring for Ottawa, who outshot the Otters 41-23.
Another Conner Brown scored as well, but he was wearing an Erie (1-3-1) jersey.
Jacob Blair made 22 saves for the win. Oscar Dansk stopped 33 shots for the Otters.
Ottawa led 3-1 after the first period and 5-1 after the second. The 67's scored two goals 29 seconds apart in the opening six minutes of the second.
Ottawa finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play while the Otters went 1-for-7. Erie also failed to capitalize on an extended five-on-three early in the third period.