The Thunder Bay Northern Hawks took the opening game of a two-game set against the Bandits with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
Jouni Kempannen had the natural hat trick in the first with linemates Liam Middleton and jack Michaelis assisted on all three goals.
Kaiden McKay and Matthew Himanen rounded out the scoring.
Goaltender Kaylan Campbell stopped 27 of 28 shots he faced. to earn the win in net.
The Northern Hawks (3-2-1-0) will look to continue their winning ways Saturday as the two teams meet again. Game time is 8:00 PM at Tournament Centre.