The London Knights were on the verge of sweeping the Kitchener Rangers in the second round of the OHL playoffs, but they needed to come back from being down 4-1 in order to do it.
Enter: Mitch Marner, taking the game by the reins and leading his team to a 6-4 series-clinching victory by scoring a hat trick (and getting an assist, for good measure).
You can watch all of the highlights above, including:
- 0:27 - Jeremy Bracco scores (bonus!)
- 1:30 - Marner scores his first of the game, 43 seconds after the Rangers had made it 4-1
- 2:03 - Marner scores his second of the game, 10 seconds after his teammate tied the game; this was the game winner
- 2:12 - Marner completes the hat trick with an empty netter to seal the deal
With 24 points in 10 games, Marner has sole possession of the OHL playoff scoring lead. His teammate, the draft-eligible Matthew Tkachuk, is right behind him with 22 points in 10 games.
The Knights advance to the OHL's West Final, where they'll likely face the Erie Otters, who have a 3-1 series lead over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Both the Knights and Otters finished with 105 points on the season, so it should be a hell of a series - and one where Marner could really showcase himself even further.