It may have taken longer than expected but Ben Gaudreau made the most of his first OHL start on Thursday night.
The Corbeil, Ontario product who was drafted seventh overall last spring by the Sarnia Sting made 49 saves in a 5-1 win over the Barrie Colts at the Colts Centre.
A knee injury has kept Gaudreau out of any meaningful games since the Gold Cup midget showcase tournament back in May.
It was a big victory for the Sting, who started the season with seven straight losses.
It is good timing for Gaudreau, who was recently named to play on one of Team Canada's Under-17 teams for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge which will take place in Medicine Hat, Alberta and Swift Current, Saskatchewan in early November.