VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants opened their playoff campaign with an absolutely dominating performance over Prince George, beating the Cougars 8-2 in Western Hockey League action Friday night.
The top team in the Western Conference scored five times in the second period. The Giants now lead the best-of-seven WHL Western Conference quarter-final 1-0.
After sustained early pressure, the Giants jumped into the lead on the power play. Brent Regner scored his first goal of the playoffs with a snap shot that eluded Kevin Armstrong in the Prince George net.
Against the run of play, Prince George equalized while shorthanded. The Cougars took advantage of a rare two-on-one rush and Marek Viedensky scored after a neat give-and-go with Brett Connelly.
Vancouver woke up after the Prince George goal and turned near constant offensive pressure into an onslaught of scoring. Goals by Lance Bouma, Evander Kane and Craig Schira in the span of one minute, 11 seconds gave the Giants a three-goal lead at 4-1.
Seconds after going short-handed, Vancouver continued the onslaught. Andrej Kudrna picked up a loose puck in front of the net and jammed the puck in for his first at 8:20.
Jonathon Blum scored a minute and 29 seconds later as the Giants outshot the Cougars 22-2 in the second period.
In total, Vancouver scored five goals in the second. All their goals were scored a in four-minute, 39 second span. Vancouver's sixth goal ended Armstrong's night, as he was pulled in favour of backup Joe Caligiuri.
Prince George saved a little respect just 26 seconds into the third when Robbie Ciolfi scored on a breakaway.
Vancouver added its seventh at 13:27 of the third. Schira netted his second on a shot from the point just eight seconds after the Giants went on their 12th power play of the game.
Mikhail Fisenko scored a weak goal from the left face-off circle 17:21 to make it an even eight and cap off an easy night for Vancouver.