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Evander Kane scores four goals as Giants beat Thunderbirds 7-3

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Evander Kane made his final game before trying out for Canada's entry at the world junior hockey championships a memorable one.

Kane scored four goals and assisted on another Wednesday night as the Giants overcame an early deficit to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-3 before a crowd of 6,079 at the Pacific Coliseum.

The 17-year-old Vancouver native, who is projected as a first-round choice in next summer's NHL draft, leaves Thursday for Team Canada's evaluation camp in Ottawa, where the world juniors will be held over the Christmas holidays. He now has 22 goals and has produced points in 24 of the 26 games that he has played this WHL season.

Andrej Kudrna scored two goals for the Giants (25-2-0-3) while Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored a goal and assisted on two of Kane's markers. Vancouver captain Jon Blum recorded three assists in his final game before leaving the world junior tournament.

The Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., native will make his second appearance at the tourney with Team USA. The American team names its roster without holding a tryout camp.

Jeremy Boyer tallied twice for Seattle (13-16-1-2) while Charles Wells supplied a single marker.

Vancouver trailed 2-1 after the first period but counted four unanswered goals in the second. The Giants went 2-for-6 on the power play while Seattle was blanked on just two man-advantage opportunities.

Boyer and Wells staked Seattle to a 2-0 lead 14:03 into the game. But Kane scored on the power play at 16:17 of the first period and then created a 2-2 deadlock 3:33 into the second, and the Giants never looked back. Kudrna's first goal, at the 14-minute mark of the middle frame, which gave Vancouver a 4-2 lead, proved to be the winner.

The Giants outshot the Thunderbirds 35-24. Jamie Tucker, usually Vancouver's backup goaltender, picked up his eighth win of the season while No. 1 Tyson Sexsmith served as the backup leaving for the Canadian junior club's evaluation camp.

Beleaguered Seattle goaltender Calvin Pickard surrendered all seven goals against his club. He was replaced by Jacob DeSerres midway through the third period.

NOTES-Thomas Hickey played his final game for Seattle before heading to the Canadian team's camp. The Los Angeles Kings 2007 first-round draft choice is one of four Team Canada returnees . . . Seattle centre Jim O'Brien will join Blum with the U.S. team at workouts in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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