Jon Blum scored three goals and added an assist as the Vancouver Giants beat the Chilliwack Bruins 4-1 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.
Blum helped make up for the absence of WHL leading scorer Evander Kane, who was sidelined with an ankle injury. Kane has produced points in 21 straight games this season. Wednesday's game was the first that he has missed.
Casey Pierro-Zabotel also scored for the Giants (18-1-0-3), who posted their fourth straight victory before a crowd of 5,657 at the Pacific Coliseum. With the win, the Giants avenged their lone regulation-time loss of the season, in Chilliwack on Nov. 11.
Carter Berg scored for the Bruins (9-12-2-2) with 1:59 left in the game, spoiling Vancouver goaltender Tyson Sexsmith's shutout bid.
The Giants led 1-0 and 2-0 by periods as they outshot the Bruins 30-23. Vancouver scored on three of seven power plays while Chilliwack had only two man-advantage opportunities.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Regina 2 Spokane 0; Swift Current 3 Seattle 2; Kootenay 4 Saskatoon 3; Kamloops 4 Prince George 2; Everett 7 Portland 1; Lethbridge 6 Prince Albert 2; and Kelowna 3 Tri-City 1.
At Vancouver, Blum gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead on a power play near the midway mark of the first period. His long wrist shot from the blue-line fooled Chilliwack goaltender Mark Friesen.
Blum doubled Vancouver's advantage at 17:46 of the second period. After making a fine rush up the middle, he took a shot from inside the blue-line and then quickly followed up and put in his own rebound as Chilliwack players stood and watched.
Pierro-Zabotel sent the Giants ahead 3-0 on a power play at 3:33 of the third period as he fired in a pass from Blum.
The Vancouver captain completed his hat trick at 12:42 of the final frame as he put home a low slapshot from the point during another power play.
Pats 2 Chiefs 0
At Regina, Linden Rowat stopped 30 shots to record his first shutout of the year and lead the Pats over Spokane.
Jordan Eberle and Garrett Mitchell scored for Regina (15-8-1-3).
Dustin Tokarski made 23 saves for Spokane (14-7-0-3).
Broncos 3 Thunderbirds 2
At Swift Current, Sask., Keegan Dansereau scored power-play goals 1:20 apart in the third period to lift the Broncos over Seattle.
Matt Tassone also scored for Swift Current (15-10-0-0).
Thomas Hickey and Prab Rai scored for Seattle (9-13-1-2).
Ice 4 Blades 3
At Saskatoon, Nathan Lieuwen made 31 saves to lead Kootenay to a win over the Blades.
Andrew Bailey, Dustin Sylvester and Ian Barteaux each had a goal and an assist for the Ice (13-9-2-3), while Kevin King also scored.
Derek Hulak had two goals and an assist for Saskatoon (17-7-1-0).
Blazers 4 Cougars 2
At Kamloops, the Blazers erased a 2-0 deficit with four second-period goals and went on to a victory over Prince George.
Nick Ross, Cole Grbavac, Jordan Rowley and Tyler Shattock scored for the Blazers (11-12-0-3).
Parker Stanfield and Justin Maylan replied for the Cougars (10-14-0-1).
Silvertips 7 Winter Hawks 1
At Everett, Wash., Shane Harper had a goal and two assists, leading the Silvertips to a victory over Portland.
Chris de la Lande, Tyler Maxwell, Drew McDermott, Kyle Beach, Markus McCrea and Jordan Mistelbacher also scored for Everett (12-8-3-0).
Luke Walker scored the lone goal for Portland (7-17-0-0).
Hurricanes 6 Raiders 2
At Lethbridge, Alta., Zach Boychuk scored twice as the Hurricanes beat Prince Albert.
Austin Fyten, Max Ross, Carton Ashton and Drew Hoff rounded out the scoring for the Hurricanes (11-11-0-1).
Ryan Button and Matt Robertson replied for the Raiders (13-16-0-0).
Rockets 3 Americans 1
At Kelowna, B.C., Cody Almond had a two-point night, including an empty-net goal from 185 feet, as the Rockets defeated Tri-City.
Evan Bloodoff and Jamie Benn also scored for Kelowna (14-10-0-0).
Brendan Shinnimin replied for Tri-City (14-7-0-2).