The first-ever exhibition game for the new Canadian International Hockey League was played on Friday night at the Espanola Recreational Complex.
And in front of a capacity crowd, the visiting Batchewana Attack blanked the Espanola Rivermen 6-0.
Robert Delury led the Attack with two goals, while Darian Pilon, Drake Pilon, Nate Harris and Sergei Koroshun tallied once apiece.
Grant Syrette, formerly of the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, chipped in with three assists for the Attack.
Goalies Stefan Demetz and Jack Hickey shared the shutout for Batchewana.
Espanola goalie Trevor Kalinowski made 35 saves — many of the difficulty variety — in the Rivermen net.
The Attack will play host to the Rivermen in another exhibition match on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Rankin Arena in Sault Ste. Marie.