Jason Akeson is quickly becoming one of the few bright spots on a dismal Kitchener Rangers team.
Akeson exploded for four goals as the Kitchener Rangers pummelled the Owen Sound Attack 7-2 on Saturday night in the Ontario Hockey League.
Akeson, 18, had only six career OHL goals prior to Saturday's contest. The Orleans, Ont., native scored his first OHL hat trick on Nov. 28 against the Sudbury Wolves.
Akeson is in his first full season with the Rangers after recording two assists in 13 games in 2007-08. So far this season, he has 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 22 games, good for third on the team, behind Scott Timmins (44 points) and Chris MacKinnon, who now has 40 points (11-29) after setting up all four of Akeson's goals.
The Rangers have won only two of their past nine games and sit last in the Midwest Division. They are on pace to finish with 64 points - a far cry from last season, when they finished with 110 points to lead the league.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Plymouth 4, Saginaw 3; and Mississauga 2, Belleville 1.
At Owen Sound, Ont., Tyler Randell, Mike Mascioli and Micky Sartoretto added goals for Kitchener (15-17-1-1). Scott Timmins chipped in with three assists.
Marcus Carroll and Grant McGee replied for the Attack (13-14-4-3).
Mark Van Buskirk made 25 saves for the Rangers, while Owen Sound netminder Tyler Beskorowany stopped 16 shots.
Whalers 4, Spirit 3
At Plymouth, Mich., Matt Caria had a goal and two assists to lead the Whalers over Saginaw.
Patrick Lee added a goal and an assist for Plymouth (16-15-4-0), which got a 46-save performance from goaltender Matt Hackett, helping his case to wrest the No. 1 job from signed Nashville Predators prospect Jeremy Smith.
Plymouth captain Chris Terry and AJ Jenks scored the other goals for the Whalers.
Tyler Murovich, Chris Chappell and Jakub Svoboda tallied for the Spirit (20-12-0-2) and Edward Pasquale, who has started every game for the Spirit this season and played all but 41 minutes overall, made 28 saves in a losing cause.
Majors 2, Bulls 1
At Belleville, Ont., Jared Gomes scored with a little over two minutes remaining in the third period as Mississauga edged the Bulls.
Dustin Ekelman opened the scoring midway through the first period for the Majors (18-14-1-1). Bryan Cameron scored his 26th of the season for Belleville (23-11-2-2) to tie the game at 1-1 in the second period.
Chris Carrozzi stopped 34 shots for Mississauga, while Bulls netminder Mike Murphy made 40 saves.