With three helpers in the bag and the Spits ahead 3-1 in the early stages of the second period, Kassian elected to give 6'7 Kyle Flemington a title shot to earn his first fighting major of the season.
After landing some major licks, the 6'3, 226-pounder would complete the Gordie Howe hat trick at 11:26 of the third period when he put a backhander behind Hamburg, NY native John Cullen. Not everything was rosey in the win though, as it was a Kassian turnover in the neutral zone that resulted in the second Sting goal. But hey, his overall game is coming together and mistakes will happen when you're seeing the amount of ice time that the impact forward is reaping thus far.
Also from the OHL, Gregg Sutch recorded an assist as Mississauga (5-1-0-0) needed a shootout to defeat Brampton, 5-4. The Majors' checking forward now has three assists through five games. Barclay Goodrow ('11) had a pair of goals to pace the Battalion.
In the WHL, Kevin Sundher (-3) was again held without a point as Chilliwack stumbled against Prince Albert, 5-2. Through four games, the six-foot center has no points and a cumulative -4 rating for the Bruins (3-3-0-0).
A game removed from a season-high +4, Mark Pysyk finished -4 as Edmonton edged Prince George, 8-7. Travis Ewanyk ('11) recorded a hat trick for the Oil Kings (5-2-0-0).
Corey Fienhage checked-out at -2 as Kamloops lost to Vancouver, 5-4. Colin Smith ('11) scored two goals and an assist for the Blazers (3-4-0-1).
Brayden McNabb sat out Kootenay's 1-0 shootout loss to Swift Current with a sore shoulder. The 6'4 defenseman is listed as day-to-day. The Ice (3-2-0-1) will faceoff with Regina on Tuesday.