Michael Moffat hopes the Kingston Frontenacs' season opener is a sign of good things to come.
The 19-year-old defenceman scored once and set up two more as Kingston defeated the visiting Barrie Colts 3-1 on Friday in Ontario Hockey league action.
"This is a good stepping stone for the year here," said Moffat. "A great start for us and a confidence boost for the team."
Last season Kingston won just 19 games and finished 23 points out of the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Cody Alcock and Sam Bennett also scored for the Frontenacs (1-0-0).
Mark Scheifele scored the lone goal for the Colts (1-1-0), who were coming off a 6-4 victory against the Ottawa 67's on Thursday night.
"We just didn't come in with an attitude to win," said Scheifele. "We came out slow. We underestimated them and we need to get better."
Mike Morrison made 27 saves for the victory while Mathias Neiderberger turned away 31 shots in a losing effort.
Kingston went 2 for 6 on the power play while Barrie scored once on six chances with the man advantage.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Belleville 3, Sarnia 1; Sault Ste. Marie 6, Plymouth 5; Niagara 2, Brampton 1 (SO); Guelph 4, Saginaw 3 (OT); London 8, Erie 2; Kitchener 3, Mississauga 0; and Sudbury 4, Oshawa 2.
At Kingston, Moffat opened the scoring 6:38 into the game and Alcock added a power-play goal at 19:19 to give the Frontenacs a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Bennet scored the lone goal of the second period, by way of power play at 4:13, to increase Kingston's lead to three goals.
Scheifele scored on the power play at 14:14 of the third period to end Morrison's shutout bid.
Bulls 3 Sting 1
Greyhounds 6 Whalers 5 (OT)
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Brandon Alderson scored twice, inlcuding the winner in overtime, as the Greyhounds (1-0-0) edged Plymouth (0-0-1.)
IceDogs 2 Battalion 1 (SO)
At Brampton, Ont., Christopher Festarini made 33 saves, plus three more in the shootout, and Steven Shipley scored the only goal shootout goal as Niagara (2-0-0) edged the Battalion (0-0-1).
Storm 4 Spirit 3 (OT)
At Guelph, Ont., Matt Finn had three assists and Andrey Pedan scored the winning goal 44 seconds into overtime as the Storm (1-0-0) downed Saginaw (0-0-1).
Knights 8 Otters 2
At London, Ont., Seth Griffith scored three times and seven other Knights' (1-0-0) players recorded a multi-point game as London crushed Erie (0-0-2).
Rangers 3 Steelheads 0
Wolves 4 Generals 2
At Sudbury, Ont., Dominik Kubalik scored twice and Joel Vienneau stopped 28 shots as the Wolves (1-0-0) doubled up Oshawa (1-1-0).