CHILLIWACK, B.C. - Oscar Moller scored his first career hat trick as the Chilliwack Bruins thrashed the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-2 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday.
It was just the second hat trick, and the first at home, in franchise history. Former captain Josh Aspenlind scored the other hat trick last season versus Kamloops. The Bruins (8-3-0-0) started fast as Moller opened the scoring just 34 seconds in, taking a Cody Hobbs stretch pass at full speed, splitting the defence and going top shelf on Seattle starting netminder Riku Helenius.
Moller added a second goal on the power play 10 minutes later, converting a perfect feed from WHL leading scorer Mark Santorelli.
As that goal was being announced, Mike Proudley tipped in a point shot and the rout was on.
Jadon Potter and Brandon Campos added the other Bruins goals.
The Bruins had 50 shots on goal, a franchise record, and allowed 15, also a club best.
Bud Holloway and Jeremy Boyer scored for Seattle (4-1-1-1), which was handed its first regulation loss.
Helenius let in three goals on 17 shots in the first 15 minutes of the game before being replaced by Jacob DeSerres, who let in three goals on 33 shots in relief.
Matt Esposito made 13 saves, picking up his league-leading eighth win of the season.