SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. -- Cam Maclise scored a hat trick as the Brooks Bandits opened the RBC Cup with a 7-1 win over the Truro Bearcats on Saturday.
Maclise's goals came during a five-goal outburst by the Bandits in the second period at the junior A championship.
The seven goals were the most scored by a team in its debut RBC Cup game since the Chilliwack Chiefs scored seven in 2000.
Dakota Mason, Anthony Paskaruk, Tanner Hicks and Nick Newman had the other goals for Brooks.
Maclise, who led the Bandits in scoring in the regular season and playoffs, scored 22 seconds apart on both ends of a 5-on-3 power play early in the second period before completing his hat trick nine minutes later. He also added an assist.
Jordan Coccimiglio scored the lone goal for Truro, spoiling Michael Fredrick's shutout bid on a power play nine minutes into the third period.
After the Bearcats carried the play in the game's early minutes, hitting two posts and getting three power-play opportunities in the first 10 minutes, Brooks opened the scoring when Mason walked around a Truro defender and beat Shayne Campbell through the five-hole.
Paskaruk doubled the lead four minutes later, driving the net and tipping home a pass from Anthony Petruzzelli for a 2-0 lead.
The floodgates opened in the second, with Hicks making it 3-0 just 26 seconds into the period before Maclise scored a pair in quick succession. Nick Newman pushed the lead to 6-0 at 5:17, ending Campbell's day.
Maclise capped the Bandits' scoring with his third goal, the lone shot to beat Jacob Fancy.
Coccimiglio tucked in the rebound on a Bearcats man advantage at 8:52 of the third period, the lone bright spot for the East Region champions.
Campbell and Fancy combined to make 20 saves in the Truro goal, while Fredrick turned aside 17 of 18 to record the win for Brooks.
Later Saturday, the host Summerside Western Capitals opened the tournament against the Minnesota Wilderness.