Soo Thunderbirds completed a one-sided playoff sweep of the Blind River Beavers on Tuesday and rookie forward Matt Caruso continued to light the lamp.
Caruso netted his third straight hat trick as the visiting Thunderbirds blanked the Beavers 9-0 to take the first-round, best-of-seven, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League series in four straight games.
All together, Caruso had 11 goals, 2 assists, 13 points in the four games.
For the series, the Thunderbirds out-scored Blind River 41-1 in winning by scores of 11-0, 10-1, 11-0 and 9-0.
PHOTO: 1997 birth-year forward Matt Caruso of the Soo Thunderbirds, in first-round NOJHL playoff action against the Blind River Beavers. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)