Evander Kane showed why he is a strong candidate to play for Canada at the upcoming world junior hockey championships.
Kane scored two goals to lead the Vancouver Giants to a 4-2 Western Hockey League victory over the Regina Pats on Wednesday. Kane, projected as an early first-round choice in next summer's NHL draft, was one of five 17-year-olds invited earlier Wednesday to try out for coach Pat Quinn's Canadian entry into the world junior championships, a tournament usually dominated by 19-year-olds.
Todd Kennedy and Neil Manning also scored for the Giants as they improved to 22-2-0-3 before a crowd of 6,083 at the Pacific Coliseum.
Matt Delaney and Tomas Hricina, with two power play goals in the final two minutes, replied for Regina (17-12-1-3).
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Swift Current 4 Prince Albert 3 (OT); Lethbridge 3 Edmonton 2; Saskatoon 4 Kelowna 2; Tri-City 3 Kootenay 0; and Spokane 4 Calgary 3 (SO).
At Vancouver, Giants goaltender Tyson Sexsmith, a 19-year-old Priddis, Alta., product, performed well, recording 25 saves. He will try out for Canada for the second straight year after being cut during camp last winter.
The Giants outshot the Pats 39-27. Regina went two-for-six on the power play while Vancouver was blanked on one man-advantage opportunity.
Kennedy gave the Giants a 1-0 lead 14:50 into the first period as he put in Adam Basford's pass from the corner. Kane sent the Giants ahead 2-0 at 18:26 as he fired home Gary Nunn's drop pass on a three-on-two.
Kane has now recorded points in 23 of the 24 games that he has played this season.
The Giants outshot the Pats 12-2 in the first 20 minutes.
The Pats came out stronger in the second period and matched Vancouver's 12 shots, but neither team managed to score.
Manning gave Vancouver a 3-0 lead with a short-handed marker at 5:51 of the third period. He put in Mike Piluso's rebound after rushing up right wing and then feeding the puck to the left-winger.
Kane increased Vancouver's advantage to 4-0 with another short-handed goal at 13:25 as he made good on a second effort after being foiled on a breakaway by Regina netminder Linden Rowat.
Delaney spoiled Sexsmith's shutout bid during a five-on-three power play at 18:15 of the final frame, and Hricina made the score more respectable with another power play goal 65 seconds later.
Broncos 4 Raiders 3 (OT)
At Prince Albert, Sask., Geordie Wudrick scored 27 seconds into overtime to lead Swift Current over the reeling Raiders.
Dillon Wagner, Joel Rogers and Matt Tassone also scored for Swift Current (17-12-0-1).
Matt Robertson, Jordan Hickmott and Jordan Rowley replied for the Raiders (13-20-1-0).
Hurricanes 3 Oil Kings 2
At Lethbridge, Alta., Carter Ashton's second goal of the game with 45 seconds left in regulation lifted the Hurricanes past Edmonton.
Austin Fyten had the other goal for the Hurricanes (15-12-0-1).
Jeff Lee and Mark Pysyk countered for the Oil Kings (13-16-1-3).
Blades 4 Rockets 2
At Kelowna, B.C., Derek Hulak and Stefan Elliott both scored their 12th goals of the season as Saskatoon downed the Rockets.
Walker Wintoneak and Mike Reich also scored for Saskatoon (21-7-2-0).
Tyson Barrie and Stepan Novotny replied for Kelowna (17-11-0-0).
Americans 3 Ice 0
At Kennewick, Wash., Chet Pickard made 26 saves and added an assist as Tri City blanked Kootenay.
Jason Reese, with two and Mason Wilgosh scored for the Americans (20-7-0-2).
Nathan Lieuwen finished with 21 saves for the Ice (16-12-2-3).
Chiefs 4 Hitmen 3 (SO)
At Spokane, Wash., Dustin Tokarski stopped 35 shots, including five in overtime, the Chiefs' shootout win over Calgary.
Drayson Bowman scored the only goal of the shootout and in regulation, and Tyler Johnson and Justin McCrae also scored for Spokane (17-9-0-3).
Michael Stone, Brett Sonne and Paul Postma answered for Calgary (24-4-1-1).