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Pierro-Zabotel, Kudrna each score twice as Vancouver routs Moose Jaw 8-3

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Andrej Kudrna each scored two goals as the Vancouver Giants dumped the Moose Jaw Warriors 8-3 in WHL action Tuesday night.

Lance Bouma, Mikhail Fisenko, Mike Berube and Adam Basford also scored for the Giants (31-2-0-3) as they posted their 10th straight win before a crowd of 6,740 at the Pacific Coliseum.

Joel Broda led Moose Jaw with two goals, his 27th and 28th of the season, to take over the WHL scoring lead. Martin Filo also scored for the Warriors (11-25-0-1), who lost for the second time in two nights.

The Giants led 2-0 after the first period, but the Warriors closed the gap to 4-3 late in the second before faltering in the third. Vancouver outshot Moose Jaw 42-24.

The Giants went two-for-seven on the power play while the visitors were one-for-six.

It was Moose Jaw's first visit to Vancouver since being swept in the 2006 WHL final.

The Warriors showed plenty of early zip, despite having endured a 12-hour overnight bus ride through the Rockies after playing in Calgary on Monday.

Bouma opened the scoring 4:21 into the game as his short-side shot squeezed through Moose Jaw goaltender Deven Dubyk. Pierro-Zabotel put the Giants ahead 2-0 as he potted Garry Nunn's rebound at 14:59.

Pierro-Zabotel gave Vancouver a 3-0 lead only 44 seconds into the second period. When Kudrna got credit for Vancouver's fourth goal as Brent Regner's wrist shot from the point hit him before going into the net at the eight-minute mark, the rout appeared to be on. But the Giants then ran into penalty trouble and the Warriors staged a rally.

Filo reduced Moose Jaw's deficit to 4-1 just 30 seconds later on a wrist shot from the slot. Then Broda moved the Warriors to within two goals on a power play at 14:10 as he fired in Ryan Stanton's pass from the corner over the shoulder of Vancouver goaltender Jamie Tucker.

Broda capitalized again with only 46.5 seconds left in the middle session to cut Moose Jaw's deficit to 4-3. But Fisenko planted home a backhand with just 8.3 seconds remaining to erase any further doubt, and the Warriors looked weary in the third.

The Giants played without winger Evander Kane and defenceman Jonathon Blum, who are playing for Canada and the U.S., respectively, at the world junior championship. Rookie winger Brendan Gallagher was away playing for Team Pacific at the world under-17 championships in Port Alberni, B.C.

Moose Jaw was missing four players because of the U-17 worlds - Quinton Howden and Dylan McIlrath (Team West) and Connor Cox and Nathan MacMaster (Team Pacific).

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