Joseph Garreffa already has November 17, 2018 circled on his calendar.
For the past two years, he’s celebrated the date with a four-point game for the Kitchener Rangers.
Garreffa led the way offensively Friday with four assists and the Rangers ripped the Guelph Storm 7-5. Last year on November 17, he had two goals and two assists in a 7-4 road-win for Kitchener against the Peterborough Petes.
“I actually remembered,” laughed Garreffa. “It was a date that was stuck in my head. Hopefully next year, another big night; go for a three-peat.”
The Rangers jumped out to a four-goal lead Friday, but the Storm answered back after a goalie change.
James McEwan scored the hat-tick for Guelph in a losing cause. It was the former Listowel Cyclone’s second career three-goal game in the Ontario Hockey League. Both were against Kitchener.
Adam Mascherin was the beneficiary of two of Garreffa’s helpers. Mascherin earned his first multi-goal game of the season in the win. Kole Sherwood, Jonathan Yantsis, Nick McHugh and Logan Stanley also had a multi-point night for Kitchener.
The Rangers have earned 13 points in their last seven games.
The guy they call “Joey-G” continues to put points on the board for Kitchener, despite switching from forward to defence for the third year in a row.
“It really doesn’t matter to me,” said Garreffa, who had 60-points last season. “At the end of the day, hockey is fun. Every game I get more confident.”
“If you see him and talk to him he always has a smile and says, ‘coach, wherever we have the best chance to win, play me there’,” said Rangers Head Coach Jay McKee. “Maybe he’ll be our third string backup goalie too at some point.”
What’s really next for Garreffa? “Good night rest. Back at it tomorrow, baby.”
The Rangers are in Barrie to face the Colts. Chris McGonigle will get his first start since October 28, 2016. He played 24:10 in relief of Luke Richardson on Remembrance Day this year in Windsor.
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