The Kitchener Rangers had every reason to lose Sunday afternoon.
They were 0-5 to start the season. The flu bug meant only playing with nine forwards.
Captain Francesco Pinelli was a last minute scratch, due to lower body discomfort.
The odds were stacked against them, but they're a resilient bunch.
Carson Rehkopf ripped a hat-trick and the Rangers ripped the Flint Firebirds 6-2, at the Aud Sunday afternoon.
“When we play our game, it looks pretty good,” said Rangers head coach Chris Dennis. “Hopefully this kind of solidifies the belief, when we do what we're supposed to do, we're a pretty good team.”
Joseph Serpa earned a three-point night of his own, with two goals. Defenceman Hunter Brzustewicz added three assists, and goalie Marco Costantini made 39 saves.
“Marco was terrific. He settled us down early,” said Dennis. “That's a big reason why he's here.”
New forward Filip Mesar, who was sent down on the weekend from the Montreal Canadiens, did not play in the game because of a delay with IIHF paperwork.
He's expected to be in the lineup Friday, when they host the Sudbury Wolves at 7:30 p.m.
The Harris Law Pregame Show begins at 7:00 p.m. with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.