Charles Coyle couldn't have asked for a better start to his first taste of playoff hockey in Canada.
The 20-year-old native of East Weymouth, Mass., scored three goals and set up two more as the top-seeded Saint John Sea Dogs crushed the visiting Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 8-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action.
Coyle also had three goals and three assists in the opening game of the series and now has 11 points in just two games to lead in post-season scoring.
After spending the 2010-11 season with Boston University of the NCAA's Division 1, the right winger signed with the Sea Dogs on Dec. 16th and headed north to finish out his junior career.
Coyle had 15 goals and 38 points in only 23 regular-season games with Saint John.
Stephen MacAulay scored twice for the Sea Dogs, Stanislav Galiev matched Coyle's five-point performance with a goal and four assists, Zack Phillips scored once and set up three more while Nathan Beaulieu had a goal and an assist.
Kevin Gagne and Aidan Kelly chipped in with two assists each.
William Carriere scored the lone goal for the Screaming Eagles and it came on the power play with less than three minutes left in regulation to break Mathieu Corbiel's shutout attempt.
Corbiel only had to make 15 saves for the win while Philippe Trudeau stopped 39-of-47 shots in defeat.
Saint John went 2 for 7 on the power play as Cape Breton scored once on four chances with the man advantage.
The Sea Dogs hold a 2-0 series lead, outscoring the Screaming Eagles by a combined score of 21-5 in the process, with Game 3 scheduled for Tuesday in Sydney.
Elsewhere in the QMJHL, it was: Shawinigan 6, Rouyn-Noranda 3; Baie-Comeau 5, Victoriaville 3; Rimouski 8, Val-d'Or 5; Halifax 4, Moncton 1 and Chicoutmi 6, Acadie-Bathurst 1.
At Saint John, N.B., the Sea Dogs scored three times in the opening 20 minutes to take a 3-0 lead into the second period.
Beaulieu opened the scoring at 5:58 and Coyle followed him up with two goals 45 seconds apart including his first one that came with the man advantage.
Saint John then added four more unanswered goals in the second period.
Phillips scored at 6:08, MacAulay at 10:39, Coyle completed his hat trick at 13:48 and finally MacAulay added his second of the game, by way of power play, at 17:40.
Galiev made it 8-0 5:43 into the third period before Carriere finally got one on the board for Cape Breton at 17:17.
Cataractes 6 Huskies 3
At Shawinigan, Que., Loik Poudrier scored twice and Michael Chaput had a goal and two assists as the Cataractes doubled up Rouyn-Noranda to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Drakkar 5 Tigres 3
At Victoriaville, Que., David Rose scored two goals, including the game winner, and Raphael Bussieres had a goal and an assist as Baie-Comeau beat the Tigres for a 2-0 series lead.
Oceanic 8 Foreurs 5
At Rimouski, Que., six players on the Oceanic recorded a multi-point game, including Jerome Gauthier-Leduc who had a goal and three assists, as Rimouski beat Val-d'Or by the exact same score as they did in Game 1.
Mooseheads 4 Wildcats 1
At Halifax, N.S., Zachary Fucale stopped 28 shots to earn the game's first star and Cameron Critchlow had a goal and an assist as the Mooseheads now lead the series 2-0.
Sagueneens 6 Titan 1
At Saguenay, Que., Christian Ouellet scored three times and Guillaume Asselin had three assists as Chicoutimi downed Acadie-Bathurst for a 2-0 series lead.