Hard to believe but Radek Faksa says Sunday's hatty was his first in about 12 years.
The timing was good for the Kitchener Rangers, who rode the three-goal output to win 5-3 over the Oshawa Generals in the team's home opener.
It's a promising start for Faksa, who is eager to turn in a productive season after last year's nine goal dud.
It's a bit worrisome that coach Troy Smith is already rotating wingers for the Czech centre. It would be nice to have a highly skilled offensive minded guy by his side to really give the Rangers a dangerous one-two punch.
There is still time to find that chemistry. I like Eric Ming there but haven't seen a third guy fit with the duo really since Zach Lorentz played there two years ago.
The important thing, for Kitchener, is that it got the win and is keeping pace with the crazy competitive western conference. Four points separates first from worst.
Funny thing in Oshawa. The Gens lose 5-3 and a kid gets a hat trick and he's named the second star. Complete joke.
As for the Gens, newcomer Josh Sterk opened up about the trade that sent him east.