It's only Andrej Kurdna's rookie season, but judging by his performance Friday he'll be around for a long time.
Kurdna scored a hat trick and added an assist as the Vancouver Giants exploded for 10 goals in a 10-2 rout of the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action Friday. The 16-year-old native of Nove Zamky, Slovakia, who is not eligible for the NHL draft until next year, now has six points in his first five major junior games.
His hot start is mirrored by his team. The Giants are undefeated in regulation so far this season, and they made short work of Seattle, who have yet to win in their first five games.
Mike Berube, Gary Nunn, Adam Basford, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, James Henry, Evander Kane, and James Wright also scored for Vancouver (5-0-0-1).
David Richard and Sena Acolatse replied for the Thunderbirds (0-5-0-0).
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Spokane 5, Everett 0; Kamloops 5, Edmonton 2; Brandon 3, Red Deer 1; Tri-City 3, Prince Albert 2; Medicine Hat 4, Kelowna 1; and Prince George 4, Chilliwack 1.
At Vancouver, Seattle managed only five shots in the first 40 minutes while being outshot 35-13 on a night that was all Giants.
Vancouver netminder Tyson Sexsmith needed only 10 saves for the win, while the Thunderbirds pulled Calvin Pickard after he allowed seven goals on 26 shots, replacing him with Jacob DeSerres, who made six saves in the third period.
Chiefs 5, Silvertips 0
At Spokane, Wash., Dustin Tokarski made 30 saves as the Chiefs shut out Everett in a very one-sided affair.
Jared Cowen, Tyler Johnson, Blake Gal, Mitch Wahl and Drayson Bowman scored for Spokane (4-1-0-1).
Kent Simpson stopped 45 shots for the Silvertips (2-3-1-0).
Blazers 5, Oil Kings 2
At Edmonton, Jimmy Bubnick and Tyler Shattock scored two goals each as Kamloops defeated the Oil Kings.
C.J. Stretch also scored for the Blazers (3-3-0-1). He netted the winner at 12:28 of the second period.
Brett Breitkreuz and Brendan Dowd scored for Edmonton (4-3-0-1).
Wheat Kings 3, Rebels 1
At Brandon, Man., Scott Glennie scored the eventual game winner 49 seconds into the second period as the Wheat Kings downed Red Deer.
Brayden Schenn and Cale Jefferies added goals for Brandon (3-2-0-0).
Landon Ferraro replied for the Rebels (3-3-0-1).
Americans 3, Raiders 2
At Prince Albert, Sask., Tyler Schmidt notched the winning goal on the power play with 4:29 left in the third period to lift Tri-City over the Raiders.
Drew Hoff and Jordan Messier also scored for the Americans (3-1-0-0).
James Dobrowolski and Ryan McDonald responded for Prince Albert (3-3-0-0).
Tigers 4, Rockets 1
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Linden Vey netted a goal and two assists as the Tigers downed Kelowna.
Colton Grant, Travis Dunstall and Wacey Hamilton scored for Medicine Hat (3-1-1-1).
Jamie Benn scored the lone goal for the Rockets (3-3-0-0).
Cougars 4, Bruins 1
At Prince George, B.C., Dallas Jackson and Alex Poulter each had a goal and an assist as the Cougars defeated Chilliwack.
Marek Viedensky and Dana Tyrell added goals for Prince George (4-1-0-0).
Kevin Sundher replied for the Bruins (2-2-1-0).