While Evander Kane continued to brighten his future, Vancouver Giants coach Don Hay added yet another milestone to his storied career behind the bench.
Kane had a goal and an assist to extend his Western Hockey League-leading points streak to 15 games as the Giants edged the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-3 on Saturday night. The 17-year-old Vancouver native has yet to be held off the scoresheet this season. The win gave Hay his 400th victory as a WHL coach.
"It's a nice milestone to get," he said. "The guys worked really hard for the win tonight. I'm really proud of the effort that they put in."
Kane picked a good time to shine because the contest attracted numerous NHL scouts. They were there to see him and fellow projected 2009 NHL first-round draft choices Brayden Schenn and Scott Glennie of Brandon. Schenn was held pointless while Glennie recorded an assist.
Hay, 54, is in his 10th season as a major junior hockey bench boss and has the most wins among active WHL coaches. Now in his fifth season with Vancouver, he has also coached his hometown Kamloops Blazers and the Tri-City Americans.
Hay has guided his teams to three Memorial Cup titles, three WHL championships and a world junior crown.
"Hopefully, I'm not finished coaching for a long time," said Hay. "I just look back at all the great players I've coached and all the great teams I've coached, I've been very lucky."
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Edmonton 3, Everett 1; Kelowna 4, Lethbridge 3; Prince Albert 2, Red Deer 1; Prince George 7, Kamloops 2; Regina 6, Saskatoon 2; Spokane 5, Kootenay 1; Swift Current 3, Moose Jaw 1; and Tri-City 5, Seattle 4 (OT).
At Vancouver, Craig Cunningham, Mike Piluso, and Casey Pierro-Zabotel also tallied for the Giants (12-0-0-3), who have won six straight and remain unbeaten in regulation.
Colby Robak, Mark Stone and Andrew Clark replied for the Wheat Kings (10-5-1-0).
Tyson Sexsmith made 16 saves for Vancouver, while Brandon netminder Andrew Hayes stopped 41 shots.
Oil Kings 3, Silvertips 1
At Everett, Wash., Craig McCallum scored two goals to lead Edmonton over the Silvertips.
Tomas Vincour also scored for the Oil Kings (8-9-1-1).
Shane Harper scored the lone goal for Everett (8-7-1-0), which had a seven-game home winning streak snapped.
Rockets 4, Hurricanes 3
At Kelowna, B.C., Jamie Benn had a hat trick as the Rockets rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Lethbridge.
Cody Almond, with a breakaway goal just before the end of the second period, also scored for Kelowna (11-7-0-0). Benn's goals were his league-leading 15th, 16th and 17th of the season.
Carter Bancks, Dwight King and Carter Ashton replied for Lethbridge (9-8-0-0).
Raiders 2, Rebels 1
At Prince Albert, Sask., James Dobrowolski scored the game-winner in the final minute of the second period as the Raiders edged Red Deer.
Justin Bernhardt opened the scoring for Prince Albert (11-9-0-0).
Willie Coetzee tied the game with five minutes to go in the second period for the Rebels (6-9-0-5).
Cougars 7, Blazers 2
At Prince George, B.C., Brett Connolly scored his first WHL hat trick to lead the Cougars in a rout over Kamloops.
Cougars captain Dana Tyrell, a draft pick of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, had two goals and two assists for a four-point night, while Parker Stanfield added a pair of goals for the Cougars (8-9-0-1), and Justin Maylan also found the net.
Jake Trask and Tyler Shattock replied for the Blazers (8-9-0-2), who saw a four-game winning streak come to an end.
Pats 6, Blades 2
At Saskatoon, Sask., Jordan Eberle scored three goals and added an assist to lead Regina over the Blades.
Graham Hood, Kyle Mulder and Brett Leffler also scored for the Pats (10-5-1-3).
Stefan Elliott and Derek Hulak replied for Saskatoon (12-6-1-0).
Chiefs 5, Ice 1
At Spokane, Wash., Levko Koper scored a hat trick - including two power-play goals - as the Chiefs cruised past Kootenay.
Mitch Wahl added a pair for the Chiefs (10-3-0-3), who were 3-for-5 with the man advantage.
Tylan Stephens scored the lone goal for Kootenay (10-7-2-3).
Broncos 3, Warriors 1
At Swift Current, Sask., Mark Guggenberger allowed only one goal on 34 shots to help the Broncos extend their winning streak to four games with a victory over Moose Jaw.
Justin Dowling, Keegan Dansereau and Taylor Vause found the net for Swift Current (13-5-0-0).
Martin Filo scored the lone goal for the Warriors (5-10-0-1).
Americans 5, Thunderbirds 4 (OT)
At Kennewick, Wash., Johnny Lazo completed his first WHL hat trick with the game-winning goal at 2:32 of overtime to lead the Americans over Seattle.
Jason Reese and Brooks Macek also scored for Tri-City (11-5-0-1), which led 4-0 after the first period.
The Thunderbirds (4-10-1-1) came out firing in the second and cut the deficit in half with goals by Jeremy Boyer and Scott Hickey before Jim O'Brien scored a pair of goals in the third to tie the game, but Seattle couldn't hold off the Americans in overtime.