Veteran Nic Tassone and rookie Nic Sicoly both posted three-goal, two-assist outings and Jaren Bellini set up three markers as the Soo Thunderbirds overwhelmed the visiting Blind River Beavers 12-1 on Sunday in the regular-season opener for the two Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League teams.
The game also marked the 2014-2015 debut of the annual Carmen Provenzano Memorial Cup series between the two Highway 17 rivals.
And it was a one-sided session as the Thunderbirds outshot the Beavers 53-19 and scored six times in the third period to put the game away.
Rookie goalie Mario Culina stopped 18 shots for the Thunderbirds in his first NOJHL start.
PHOTO: Second-year forward Jaren Bellini had three assists in the Soo Thunderbirds season-opening victory over the Blind River Beavers. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)