The Granite City Lumberjacks got a hat trick from Drew Otto to start the playoffs on a winning note. 

The Lumberjacks defeated the Alexandria Blizzard 4-1 Friday night at Sports Arena East to open the 2013 NA3HL playoffs. Drew Otto tallied a hat trick to lead the 'Jacks to victory.

Otto scored late in the second period then twice in the third to notch the hat trick. Eric Miller scored the other goal for Granite City. Goalie Scott Murray made 27 saves for the win.

The Lumberjacks now lead the best-of-five series 1-0 and will play game two Saturday night at Sports Arena East.