A lack of post-season experience doesn't seem to be an issue for rookie Nathan MacKinnon.
In his first career playoff game, the 16-year-old scored twice and set up one more as the Halifax Mooseheads opened their first-round match-up against the visiting Moncton Wildcats with a 5-1 victory on Friday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.
Martin Frk also had two goals and an assist for the Mooseheads, who won just two of six regular-season meetings with Moncton, while Jonathan Drouin added a single goal.
Alexandre Grenier chipped in with two assists.
James Melindy scored the lone goal for the Wildcats, who came in to post-season play as losers of seven of their last 10 regular-season contests.
Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for his first career playoff win while Roman Will, the much busier of the two netminders, turned away 35 shots in defeat.
Halifax went 2 for 6 on the power play as Moncton scored once on four chances with the man advantage.
These two squads will face each other again on Saturday when Halifax hosts Moncton for Game 2.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Saint John 13, Cape Breton 4; Baie-Comeau 4, Victoriaville 3; Shawinigan 7, Rouyn-Noranda 1; Blainville-Boisbriand 5, Gatineau 1; Rimouski 8, Val-d'Or 5; and Chicoutimi 3, Acadie-Bathurst 1.
At Halifax, N.S., Melindy opened the scoring 3:40 into the first period with a power-play goal to give Moncton a 1-0 lead.
MacKinnon scored his first of the game, with the man advantage, at 18:13 to make it a 1-1 game after 20 minutes of play.
Drouin and MacKinnon scored 57 second apart in the second period to give the Mooseheads a 3-1 advantage heading into the final period.
Frk scored twice in the third period to secure a victory for Halifax.
His first came 3:38 into the period and at 8:03 he scored again on the power play.
Sea Dogs 13 Screaming Eagles 4
At Saint John, N.B., 10 Sea Dogs' players recorded a multi-point game, including Chalres Coyle who had three goals and three assists, as Saint John crushed Cape Breton in their series opener.
Drakkar 4 Tigres 3
At Victoriaville, Que., Philippe Cadorette stopped 33 shots and Gabriel Verpaelst scored the winning goal 11:22 into the third period as Baie-Comeau edged the Tigres to take a 1-0 series lead.
Cataractes 7 Huskies 1
At Shawinigan, Que., Morgan Ellis and Yannick Veillieux each scored twice as the Cataractes opened their first-round series against Rouyn-Noranda with a victory.
Armada 5 Olympiques 1
At Boisbriand, Que., Jess Tanguy had two goals and an assist and Etienne Marcoux stopped 18 shots as the Armada took a 2-0 first-round series lead against Gatineau.
Oceanic 8 Foreurs 5
At Rimouski, Que., Alexandre Mallet had two goals and three assists and Jean-Francois Plante scored twice as the Oceanic won Game 1 against Val-d'Or.
Sagueneens 3 Titan 1
At Saguneay, Que., Guillaume Asselin had two goals and an assist while Christopher Gibson made 27 saves as Chicoutimi downed Acadie-Bathurst in Game 1 of their first-round matchup.