EDMONTON, AB - Dmitri Samorukov is lighting the lamp so the lights don't go out on the Guelph Storm's season.
Down 3-1 in their OHL semifinal against the Saginaw Spirit, the Oilers defensive prospect notched a hat trick and an assist on Friday night in Game 5 to lift Guelph to a 4-1 victory and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Saginaw carried the play for the majority of the first period, with the Storm fortunate to escape to the intermission with a scoreless tie.
The Storm opened the floodgates, and Samorukov was the first to pull the lever. The Volgograd, Russia product showed patience to open the scoring 5:33 into the middle frame by walking down from the blueline unopposed and roofing a backhand over Spirit netminder Tristan Lennox.
The 19-year-old defender looked more like a forward on the play leading to Guelph's second goal, recording a helper from behind the net after Isaac Ratcliffe capitalized on a goalmouth scramble.
Samorukov's second of the night came on the power play from a powerful turn-around wrister in the slot two-and-a-half minutes before the break, capping off a three-goal second period for the visitors.
A spin-o-rama to avoid the Saginaw forward at the blueline led to the defender recording his first hat trick in the OHL with a snap shot that snuck over the collapsed Lennox 1:44 into the final frame.
The Oilers third round, 84th-overall pick from 2017 now has eight goals and 10 assists in 16 contests for Guelph this postseason campaign.