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Sizzling Vancouver power play strikes for five goals as Giants beat Blazers

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Jonathan Blum scored two goals and added two assists as the Vancouver Giants thumped the Kamloops Blazers 7-1 in Western Hockey League action Sunday night.

All of Blum's points came on the power play as Vancouver established a new club record for man-advantage markers with five goals on 10 opportunities.

Blum's two goals tied a club mark for most power play goals in one game, which has been matched several times.

Mike Piluso scored Vancouver's only goal at even strength while Craig Schira, James Wright and Mario Bliznak provided the other power play goals. Casey Pierro-Zabotel added a short-handed marker.

The Giants posted their fourth straight victory and improved to 22-7-1-3.

Scott Wasden scored the lone Kamloops goal as the Blazers fell to 15-15-1-1.

Vancouver remained undefeated in three games against Kamloops this season while holding period leads of 3-0 and 5-0 and outshooting the Blazers 47-24.

Piluso opened the scoring 3:24 into the game after he one-timed Bliznak's pass from the behind the net over Kamloops goaltender Justin Leclerc. Schira gave the Giants a 2-0 lead on a power play at 15:43. The goal came only 13 seconds after Kenton Dulle was sent off for boarding.

Blum increased Vancouver's advantage to 3-0 on another power play at 17:47 as he fired in a pass from Spencer Machacek.

Penalties hurt the Blazers again early in the second period. Wright notched Vancouver's third power play goal as he fell and swept behind the net and wrapped the puck around Leclerc at 4:56. Kurt Torbohm was serving a roughing penalty at the time.

Blum, who has been named to the U.S. team for the upcoming world junior championships in the Czech Republic, scored his second of the night on a wrist shot from just inside the blue line at 13:48 of the middle frame, giving Vancouver a 5-0 lead. This time, Juuso Puustinen was in the penalty box for cross-checking.

Blum had most of his gear off by the time he was named first star and came out to wave at the crowd from the bench. He had headed to the dressing room early after participating in a brawl that broke out at 12:44 of the third period before all scorers except Pierro-Zabotel had scored. Blum was among four players two from each team who received game misconducts as the officials called 118 minutes worth of penalties on the night.

Blum helped make up for the absence of Vancouver's top scorer, Michal Repik, who missed his fourth straight game because of a concussion that will likely keep him out of the world junior tournament.

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