Matt MacLeod couldn't have picked a better time to make an offensive impact for his Brampton Battalion.
The 18-year-old scored his first career hat trick as Brampton shutout the visiting Sudbury Wolves 4-0 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.
MacLeod, who is not known as a scorer, came into the playoffs with just one goal in his last 11 contests and nine total all season.
"Our whole team played a great game today and it's great to get the first win of the series. Hopefully we can keep it going in Game 2 on Sunday," said MacLeod, who is the first Battalion player to register a hat trick in a post-season game since Matt Duchene accomplished the feat in Game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Final against the Belleville Bulls.
Marcus McIvor also scored for the Battalion while Mitchell Porowski chipped in with two assists.
Matej Machovski stopped all 19 shots he faced for the shutout win.
Johan Mattsson turned aside 33-of-37 shots in a losing effort.
Brampton went 1 for 6 on the power play while Sudbury failed to capitalize on four opportunities with the man advantage.
Game 2 goes in Brampton on Sunday afternoon before the series shifts to Sudbury for Games 3 and 4.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Saginaw 5, Sarnia 1; Guelph 4, Plymouth 2; Kitchener 6, Owen Sound 2; London 3, Windsor 0; Mississauga 4, Barrie 0; Ottawa 4, Belleville 2 and Niagara 6, Oshawa 1.
At Brampton, Ont., MacLeod opened the scoring 1:39 into the game and then added his second, on the power play, at 6:33 to give the Battalion a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
McIvor scored the only goal in the second period and it came unassisted at 11:23.
Macleod completed his hat trick at 13:18 of the third period.
Spirit 5 Sting 1
At Sarnia, Ont., Brandon Saad scored twice and Jake Paterson turned away 26 shots as Saginaw took Game 1 from the Sting.
Storm 4 Whalers 2
At Plymouth, Mich., Garret Sparks turned away 45 shots, earning the game's first star, as Guelph doubled up the second-seeded Whalers for a 1-0 series lead.
Rangers 6 Attack 2
At Kitchener, Ont., Tobias Rieder scored twice and set up one while Tyler Randell also had two goals as the Rangers beat Owen Sound in their first-round opener.
Knights 3 Spitfires 0
At London, Ont., Michael Houser stopped all 21 shots he faced and Vladislav Namestnikov had a goal and an assist for the top-seeded Knights, who blanked Windsor for a 1-0 series lead.
Majors 4 Colts 0
At Mississauga, Ont., Brandon Maxwell made 26 saves and Riley Brace scored once and set up two more as the Majors blanked Barrie in Game 2 to tie their series at one game apiece.
67's 4 Bulls 2
At Ottawa, Sean Monahan scored twice and Petr Mrazek picked up the game's first star with 43 saves as the 67's took a 2-0 series lead by doubling up Belleville.
IceDogs 6 Generals 1
At Oshawa, Ont., Dougie Hamilton, Jesse Graham and Andrew Agozzino each had a goal and an assist as Niagara beat the Generals for a 2-0 series lead.