As Evander Kane and the Vancouver Giants get used to the view from the top of the Western Hockey League standings, they aren't showing any signs of slowing down.
Kane notched five points and the Giants continued their stellar start to the season, crushing the Kelowna Rockets 7-1 on Friday night. Kane, a 17-year-old Vancouver native, had a hat trick and added two assists to claim the outright WHL scoring lead with 18 points. His nine goals and nine assists put him one point ahead of linemate Casey Pierro-Zabotel, who provided four assists as Vancouver (7-0-0-1) remained undefeated in regulation through its first eight games.
Two of Kane's goals came on the power play as the Giants scored on four of nine man-advantage opportunities. Mike Piluso scored the other two power-play goals for the Giants while Lance Bouma scored while shorthanded. Craig Schira had Vancouver's other goal.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Brandon 5, Tri-City 1; Saskatoon 5, Edmonton 2; Calgary 3, Lethbridge 1; Kootenay 4, Moose Jaw 3 (SO); Chilliwack 5, Prince Albert 4; Kamloops 4, Prince George 1; Spokane 6, Portland 2; and Everett 5, Seattle 2.
At Vancouver, the Giants only led 1-0 after the first period but took control of the game with two second-period goals. They went on to ice the game with a four-goal third period.
Jesse Paradis spoiled Tyson Sexsmith's shutout bid with seven minutes left in the third period. He was the lone goal scorer for Kelowna (4-5-0-0).
Sexsmith finished the game with 20 saves. Kris Lazaruk stopped 18 shots before being pulled in the third period for Adam Brown, who made two saves on four shots.
Wheat Kings 5, Americans 1
At Brandon, Man., Andrew Clark scored a goal and assisted on another as the Wheat Kings trounced Tri-City.
Sanfred King, Brayden Schenn, Aaron Lewadniuk and Matt McCue also scored for Brandon (4-4-0-0).
Jason Reese opened the scoring in the first period for the Americans (5-3-0-0).
Blades 5, Oil Kings 2
At Edmonton, Gaelan Patterson had the game-winning goal and Curtis Hamilton scored twice as Saskatoon extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over the Oil Kings.
Travis Toomey and Milan Kytnar added goals for the Blades (5-4-0-0).
Tomas Vincour and Brandon Lockerby replied for Edmonton (4-5-1-0).
Hitmen 3, Hurricanes 1
At Lethbridge, Alta., Brandon Kozun scored twice and added an assist to lift Calgary over the Hurricanes.
Keith Seabrook had the other goal for the Hitmen (7-2-0-0).
Adam Chorneyko scored the lone marker for Lethbridge (5-3-0-0).
Ice 4, Warriors 3 (SO)
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Dustin Sylvester and Dominik Pacovsky scored in a shootout as Kootenay outlasted the Warriors.
Michael Stickland scored twice and Matt Fraser added another for the Ice (3-5-0-3), who struck for all three of their goals in a 5:25 span in the third period.
Jason Bast had a pair and Quinton Howden also scored for Moose Jaw (4-4-0-1).
Bruins 5, Raiders 4
At Chilliwack, B.C., Alexander Wiklund scored the game winner with 7:29 remaining in the third period as the Bruins rallied to beat Prince Albert.
Brandon Manning, David Robinson, Scott MacDonald and Kevin Sundher also scored for Chilliwack (3-2-1-1).
Ryan McDonald, Matt Robertson, Dustin Cameron and Ryan Harrison countered for the Raiders (4-5-0-0).
Blazers 4, Cougars 1
At Kamloops, B.C., Kenton Dulle scored two goals, leading the Blazers to victory over Prince George.
Brendan Ranford and Dalibor Bortnak added goals for the Blazers (4-4-0-1).
The Cougars (6-2-0-0) got a third-period goal from Cody Hobbs.
Chiefs 6, Winter Hawks 2
At Portland, Ore., Ryan Letts scored a pair of goals to help Spokane down the Winter Hawks.
The Chiefs (5-1-2-0) also got goals from Levko Koper, Trevor Glass, Tyler Johnson, and Steve Kuhn.
Luke Walker and Travis Ehrhardt replied for Portland (1-5-0-0).
Silvertips 5, Thunderbirds 2
At Everett, Wash., Daniel Bartek had two goals and two assists, carrying the Silvertips to victory over Seattle.
Kyle Beach, in his first game back from training camp with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, also scored twice for Everett (3-3-1-0). Jordan Mistelbacher scored the other goal for the Silvertips.
Prab Rai and David Richard scored for the Thunderbirds (1-6-0-0).