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Repik notches three assists as Giants defuse Rockets 5-0 in home opener

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Giants raised their championship banners and routed the Rockets, beating Kelowna 5-0 in WHL action at the Pacific Coliseum Saturday night.

Michel Repik notched three assists to become the league leader in assists (eight) and points (10), while Tyson Sexsmith recorded his first shutout of the season.

Spencer Machacek, Craig Cunningham, Lance Bouma, and Evander Kane, with two, notched a goal each in the Giants' dominating performance.

Kristofer Westblom (0-2-1) took the loss, allowing three second-period goals.

Kelowna (1-2-1-0) had zero shots on goal in the first period despite having two power plays, and were outshot 16-0. Giants' defenceman Neil Manning had the best scoring chance, hitting the post with a slap shot.

Then, in the second period, the Giants (4-0-0-0) poured it on.

With a penalty coming up to Kelowna, Machacek made it to a loose puck in the corner and centred it to Mike Wuchterl. Though Wuchterl fanned on the puck, Machacek was on the doorstep.

They doubled their lead with two seconds left in a 5-on-3 power play. Repik was playing the point position, and after faking a shot slid a pass download to Cunningham who's one-timer from sharp angle beat Westblom short side at 12:33.

Bouma stickhandled through a crowd and snapped a shot by Westblom at 15:04. Repik earned an assist on Bouma's first of the year, which chased the veteran netminder in favour of Torrie Jung.

After a series of fights early in the third period, the Giants added their fourth of the game. Kane took a pass from Repik and slid it past Jung about four minutes into the third.

With time just expired on another power play Kane notched his second of the game, wristing a loose puck top corner.

Just seconds later, Repik was hooked on a breakaway and received a penalty shot, but his backhander was stopped by Jung.

Sexsmith (4-0-0) wasn't required to make a big save until the game's 51-minute mark, cruising to the nine-save shutout.

Before the game the Giants raised their B.C. Division, Western Conference and Memorial Cup championship banners in front of 12,015 fans.

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