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Blum scores hat trick as Giants beat Bruins without WHL scoring leader Kane

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Jon Blum scored three goals and added an assist as the Vancouver Giants beat the Chilliwack Bruins 4-1 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.

Blum helped make up for the absence of WHL leading scorer Evander Kane, who was sidelined with an ankle injury. Kane has produced points in 21 straight games this season. Wednesday's game was the first that he has missed.

Casey Pierro-Zabotel also scored for the Giants (18-1-0-3), who posted their fourth straight victory before a crowd of 5,657 at the Pacific Coliseum. With the win, the Giants avenged their lone regulation-time loss of the season, in Chilliwack on Nov. 11.

Carter Berg scored for the Bruins (9-12-2-2) with 1:59 left in the game, spoiling Vancouver goaltender Tyson Sexsmith's shutout bid.

The Giants led 1-0 and 2-0 by periods as they outshot the Bruins 30-23. Vancouver scored on three of seven power plays while Chilliwack had only two man-advantage opportunities.

Blum gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead on a power play near the midway mark of the first period. His long wrist shot from the blue-line fooled Chilliwack goaltender Mark Friesen.

Blum doubled Vancouver's advantage at 17:46 of the second period. After making a fine rush up the middle, he took a shot from inside the blue-line and then quickly followed up and put in his own rebound as Chilliwack players stood and watched.

Pierro-Zabotel sent the Giants ahead 3-0 on a power play at 3:33 of the third period as he fired in a pass from Blum.

The Vancouver captain completed his hat trick at 12:42 of the final frame as he put home a low slapshot from the point during another power play.

NOTE-Vancouver coach Don Hay said Kane is listed as day-to-day.

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