ERIE, Pa. - Andrew Yogan recorded his second Ontario Hockey League hat trick - six days after his first one - to lead the Otters to a 6-4 win against the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday night.
With the win, the Otters (20-17-2-0) extended their winning streak to six straight games their longest winning streak since an eight-game stretch from Dec. 6-27, 2002.
The club's winning ways made a 12-game scoring drought a bit more bearable for Otters winger Sean Jones, who finally snapped his slump with two goals on Saturday.
Jones and Yogan combined to lift Erie to a 3-0 lead, but Kitchener's high-powered top line of Scott Timmins, Jason Akeson and Chris MacKinnon rallied the Rangers (16-20-1-1) to within one in the second. Timmins scored his 25th goal of the season 9:20 into the period. Akeson followed with his 11th goal at the 13:47 mark.
Otters winger Luke Gazdic scored on the power play with 45 seconds left in the period to regain a two-goal advantage.
The Otters' lead shrunk to one goal at 4-3 at the 1:19 mark of the third, as MacKinnon scored on the power play. But Yogan's second goal of the night, on Shawn Szydlowski's second assist, extended the Otters' lead to 5-3 with 4:31 left. That was a key goal, since the Timmins-Akeson-MacKinnon line struck again with 3:09 left to move the Rangers within 5-4. That trio combined for all four Kitchener goals, as well as six assists.
Yogan, who had a hat trick in Brampton last Sunday, then capped the scoring into an empty net. Goaltender Shane Owen (22 saves) improved to 6-0 in place of Jaroslav Janus, who is playing for Slovakia in the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship. Ryan O'Reilly and Shawn Szydlowski had two assists apiece for the Otters.