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Beavers bounce Express in-home opener

BLIND RIVER, Ont. – Justin Mauro collected his first two Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League goals for the Blind River Beavers Saturday as part of an 8-1 triumph over the visiting Espanola Express at the Blind River Community Centre.

A night after rallying for a 3-2 come from behind triumph over the Express in Espanola, the Beavers were all business from the onset in this one by snagging a three-tally cushion after one period of play.

Tyler Nott, Ethan Graham and Mauro all scored for the first time in league play to send the home side on their way.

Continuing to click offensively, Blind River tacked on four more in the middle stanza to extend their lead to seven after 40 minutes.

Mauro 14 seconds in to the frame made it 4-0 before Brendan Young supplied his second of the weekend at 4:27.

Sam Harris, via the power play, midway through the period and Jack McLeod at 13:45 added to the onslaught.

Adam Cavaliere converted quickly in the opening moments of the third as the Beavers added to their tally total.

Espanola would dash Blind River’s Garret Boyonoski’s shutout bid with 2:24 to go when Logan Fennema fed Dylan Labelle for his first NOJHL goal to round out the scoring

Young finished with three assists as well to cap-off a four-point night while McLeod had a pair of helpers.

Ryan Hale started for the Express and suffered the loss allowing seven against on 46 attempts in 40 minutes of work while Joel Rainville handled 10 of 11 in third period relief.