VANCOUVER - Brendan Gallagher had three goals and two assists to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 5-1 victory over the Victoria Royals Monday afternoon in Western Hockey League action.
The win moves Vancouver (4-3-0) past Victoria (4-5-0) and Kamloops into first place in the B.C. Division.
Gallagher has nine points in four games since being sent back to junior by the Montreal Canadiens.
James Henry and Marek Tvrdon added a goal and two assists each.
Adam Morrison (3-1-1) stopped 18 shots for the win.
Keith Hamilton (3-4-0) made 25 saves in the losing effort.
Vancouver has recorded five points in their last three games and is now 7-1-0 when playing on Thanksgiving Monday, while Victoria has now dropped two in a row.
The game was a half-minute old when Gallagher opened the scoring with a shot low to the stick side of Hamilton.
Henry's second of the season doubled the lead at 4:13.
Tvrdon's third goal of the season made it 3-0 at 9:43.
Gallagher added an unassisted goal 27 seconds into the second period, a long range shot that appeared to deflect off a defender.
Lukas Kralik got the Royals on the board with his first WHL goal at 6:57 of the third. He took the puck off the stick of Gallagher and snapped the puck past Morrison to break the shutout bid.
Gallagher completed the hat trick at 12:58. After taking a pass out of the zone from Tvrdon he went to the right face-off dot, deked to the middle and fired a puck past Hamilton, bringing a few hats to the ice from the 5,227 fans at the Pacific Coliseum.