Jan Mysak has adjusted to the style of play in the Ontario Hockey League just fine since moving over from the Czech Republic.
The Hamilton Bulldogs pulled out their second straight win, beating the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5-2. Coming to the OHL in mid-January, Mysak scored his second hat trick in just two weeks to once again lead the team to victory.
“At the pro level in the Czech it’s not very fast, the rink is very large and it’s all about experience,” said Jan on the adjustments he had to make to his game. “Here it’s all about moving fast and having good skill.”
The Greyhounds opened the scoring early, but Mysak quickly responded. Greyhounds’ goaltender Nick Malik fumbled the puck behind the net, and Mysak picked up the loose puck in front of the wide-open net to tie the game at one. Less than two minutes later, Hamilton’s Bradey Johnson fed Captain Isaac Nurse in front of the net, whose shot deflected off the pad of Malik, and Johnson came in and put home the rebound to give Hamilton a one-goal lead.
Still in the first, Mysak’s second of the day was a pretty one, as he burned up the right-wing side, danced around both defenders and slid the puck through the five-hole of Malik to extend Hamilton’s lead to two.
The Greyhounds got a short-handed marker before the end of the period, but Hamilton went to the dressing room with a one-goal lead.
After a scoreless second period, the Bulldogs came out hungry to seal the deal in the third. Just under three minutes into the frame, Mysak fed Arthur Kaliyev with a cross-ice pass for his 39th of the season, putting him within 15 points of Matthew Strome’s all-time Bulldogs points record. Mysak completed the hat trick on a 2-on-0 alongside Lawson Sherk, who fed him with a one-touch pass to beat Malik and put Hamilton up by three. Happy with his results, Mysak is more focused on helping the team heading towards playoffs.
“I’m just trying to play for the team, I like winning,” he said. “I’m trying to be a leader on the team and be helpful towards a winning streak.”
The Bulldogs play next at home on Family Day against the top-seed in the Western Conference, the Kitchener Rangers. Their last matchup at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium resulted in a 9-6 defeat, but Head Coach Vince Laise is confident they will get a different result this weekend.
“If you play like that, you automatically give yourself a chance to win,” he said.