VANCOUVER, B.C. - James Wright and Garry Nunn each recorded a goal and an assist as the Vancouver Giants finished their 2008-09 WHL regular season by thrashing the Prince George Cougars 6-0 on Saturday night.
The game served as a playoff preview. The clubs will commence their best-of-seven first-round series on the same Pacific Coliseum ice Friday.
The Giants finished their 2008-09 campaign with a 57-10-2-3 record. Prince George dropped to 25-43-0-3 with one game remaining.
With the win, the Giants ended a two-game losing streak in which they lost twice in regulation for the first time this season. The Cougars suffered their fourth straight loss.
But the win did not help the Giants in their quest to finish first overall in the WHL and ensure home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Calgary Hitmen clinched top spot earlier Saturday with a win over Medicine Hat.
Evander Kane, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, James Henry, and Nick Ross also scored for Vancouver before a crowd of 11,128. Jon Blum provided three assists while playing both defence and wing to earn the first-star selection.
Giants rookie goaltender Jamie Tucker finished his sparkling debut regular season by posting his sixth shutout. He finished the campaign with 18 wins and only two losses - one in regulation and one in a shootout.
Vancouver outshot Prince George 48-23. The Giants scored on three of nine power-play opportunities while the Cougars were blanked on five as the clubs combined for 126 minutes in penalties.
The Giants led 4-0 after the first period and 5-0 after a fight-filled second.
Kane opened the scoring just 35 seconds after the opening face-off as his pass attempt from behind the net deflected in off the skates of Prince George goaltender Kevin Armstrong.
Wright put the Giants ahead 2-0 less than four minutes later and then Pierro-Zabotel, during a two-man advantage, and Henry, on a one-man advantage, scored 15 seconds apart to stake the Giants to a 4-0 lead.
The Cougars then attempted to send a message of sorts - and four fights broke out almost simultaneously. A total of six players - three players from each team - were ejected.
Nunn sent the Giants ahead 5-0 at 4:33 of a much calmer middle frame in which Vancouver outshot Prince George 16-5.
Ross closed out the scoring on a power play in the game's final minute.
The Giants won all eight regular-season games against the Cougars.