Winners of four of five games to begin the 2018-2019 season, Blind River Beavers are the top team in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
The 4-1-0 record for Blind River to date includes three straight wins over the Espanola Express and a split of two games with the Elliot Lake Wildcats.
The Beavers have a home-and-home set with the Soo Eagles this weekend. They will face off on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Michigan Soo and on Sunday afternoon in a 2 p.m. start in Blind River.
New forward Brendan Young, who has played in both the Central Canada Hockey League and Ontario Jr. Hockey League, leads the Blind River scoring chart with 5 goals, 9 assists, 14 points in 5 games.
Next up are captain Caleb Serre with 5-5-10 totals followed by fellow forwards Ian Zaleski at 4-5-9 and Justin Mauro at 2-7-9.
Mauro, who has a 2002 birth date, is fresh from a stellar showing at the training camp of the Erie Otters, who selected the speedy pivot in the 15th round of the 2018 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft from the Soo Minor Midget Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League.
PHOTO: Blind River and Espanola have already met three times early in this NOJHL season.