VANCOUVER, B.C. - Evander Kane extended his Western Hockey League-leading points streak to 15 games as the Vancouver Giants edged the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-3 on Saturday night.
Kane scored a goal and added an assist as the Giants (12-0-0-3) remained unbeaten in regulation time before a crowd of 7,538 at the Pacific Coliseum. The 17-year-old Vancouver native has yet to be held off the scoresheet this season.
The win gave Vancouver coach Don Hay his 400th victory as a WHL head coach.
Craig Cunningham, Mike Piluso, and Casey Pierro-Zabotel also tallied for the Giants en route to their sixth straight triumph.
Colby Robak, Mark Stone and Andrew Clark replied for the Wheat Kings (10-5-1-0).
Kane picked a good time to shine because the contest attracted numerous NHL scouts. They were there to see him and fellow projected 2009 first-round draft choices Brayden Schenn and Scott Glennie of Brandon. Schenn went pointless while Glennie recorded an assist.
The Giants outshot the Wheat Kings 45-19 but the visitors scored three third-period goals to make the final score close. Vancouver went scoreless on four power plays while Brandon was blanked on three.
After a scoreless first period, Cunningham gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead on a breakaway during a botched Brandon line change 50 seconds into the second. Kane put the Giants ahead 2-0 at 8:52 as he fired in a rebound off the end boards.
Piluso's shorthanded marker at 2:35 of the third gave Vancouver a 3-0 advantage. It came after Brandon goaltender Andrew Hayes sent a clearing attempt right to him and he fired it right back into the net.
Robak put Brandon on the scoreboard at 5:44, but Pierro-Zabotel sent the Giants ahead 4-1 less than three minutes later. Stone reduced Brandon's deficit to 4-2 at 12:45 and then Clark's tally with Hayes pulled in favour of a sixth attacker with 1:06 remaining created a frantic finish.