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Casey Pierro-Zabotel powers Giants past Bruins 2-1

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Giants edged the Chilliwack Bruins 2-1 in WHL action Wednesday night.

Pierro-Zabotel, 20, a 2007 third-round Pittsburgh Penguins' draft choice, solidified his WHL scoring lead as he reached 96 points. He will become an unrestricted free agent unless the Pens sign him by June 1.

Brent Regner also scored for the Giants (47-5-0-3) before a crowd of 6,617 at the Pacific Coliseum - in a game that was much more one-sided than the score indicated.

Kevin Sundher replied for the Bruins (14-37-2-4) as they suffered their seventh straight loss.

The Giants outshot the Bruins 41-18, but were often stymied by Chilliwack goaltender Lucas Gore, who was chosen the game's first star.

The Bruins led 1-0 after the first period while the Giants' 2-1 second-period lead held up after a scoreless third.

Power plays were the difference as the Giants scored on two of three man-advantage opportunities and the Bruins were blanked on their four attempts.

The Giants got back on the winning track after their 10-game victory streak was snapped Sunday in Seattle.

Vancouver dominated the first period, but Chilliwack's Sundher scored the lone goal as he squeezed a shot through kneeling goaltender Tyson Sexsmith's legs at 16:48.

The Giants outshot the Bruins 16-6 in the opening 20 minutes.

Vancouver also controlled the second period, limiting Chilliwack to just three shots, but had trouble scoring until past the game's halfway point.

Regner created a 1-1 tie on a power play at 12:28 as he fired the puck in from the side of the net.

Pierro-Zabotel's 29th goal of the season with just 40 seconds left in the middle frame proved to be the winner. He put home Evander Kane's pass during another man-advantage situation.

The Giants outshot the Bruins 21-3 in the second session.

The Bruins staged a final rally as they outshot the Giants 9-5 in the third, but Vancouver goaltender Sexsmith was unbeatable.

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