Soo Thunderbirds built up a 10-0 lead after two periods and skated to an 11-0 shutout of the visiting Blind River Beavers in the opening game of the best-of-seven, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff series on Thursday.
Game 2 in the mismatch set between the top and bottom teams from the NOJHL regular season is slated for Saturday night in Blind River.
Veteran forward Anthony Miller paced the Soo scoresheet with a pair of goals and a pair of assists.
Matt Caruso scored twice and assisted on another while bluechip defenceman Owen Headrick and Nic Sicoly also found range twice.
Jaren Bellini and Brett Jeffries each had a goal and two assists for the Thunderbirds, who outshot the Beavers by a resounding 61-16 margin.
Eric Hillock scored once and helped set up another and rookie defenceman Andrew Barbeau produced four assists.
Brian Kment posted the shutout.
The Thunderbirds finished first during the regular season with 83 points from a record of 38-7-7.
The Beavers set an NOJHL mark for futility with 1 point from a regular-season record of 0-51-1.