Kane scores twice, Bliznak adds three points as Vancouver pummels Everett 7-0
VANCOUVER - The Everett Silvertips may have beaten the weather, but they were no match for the Vancouver Giants.
Evander Kane scored a pair of power-play goals as the Giants trounced the Silvertips 7-0 Saturday night in Western Hockey League action at the Pacific Coliseum.
Due to snowy weather and bad road conditions, the Silvertips (14-14-0-2) took more than twice as long to make the bus trip to Vancouver, not arriving at the rink until just before game time. The lag from the bus may have attributed to a slow start by Everett, and Vancouver never gave the visitors an inch, en route to a dominating performance of their Western Conference rivals.
Mario Bliznak had a goal and two assists for the Giants (19-7-1-3), while Michel Repik had one goal and one assist. Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Jonathan Blum each had two helpers, while Spencer Machacek, Mike Piluso, and Mitch Czibere added single tallies for the home side.
Tyson Sexsmith made 13 saves in the win, improving his record to 19-5-1-3 and earning his 16th career shutout.
The win also ended the Giants' two-game losing skid.
The game began with a fight just two seconds into the game between Kyle Beach and Machacek. Both teams were beaming with intensity, but it was Vancouver that carried the play.
The Giants opened the scoring at 1:54. Bliznak's shot was stopped, but Repik was there to pot the rebound for his team-leading 17th of the year.
Another fight - this time between Garet Hunt and Jordan Mistelbacher, just seconds after the goal - didn't change a thing for the visiting Silvertips. Pierro-Zabotel's shot was stopped, but Bliznak was there for the rebound, potting his sixth of the year. Blum also assisted on the goal at 8:48.
Leland Irving was chased from the net in favour of Shayne Barrie. Barrie, however, was unable to do much better, also beaten by the Giants' power play. Neil Manning sent Kane in alone and the 16-year-old sniper when high, glove side at 17:37.
In the second period the Giants continued to terrorize Barrie. Lance Bouma's original shot was kicked out, but Machacek buried the juicy rebound, with Blum also assisting on the captain's 16th just 99 seconds into the middle frame.
The onslaught continued throughout the period, but it wasn't until 12:38 that the home team got another goal. Repik's shot wrung off the post right to Piluso, who netted his fourth of the season.
The Giants got another power-play goal when Kane took a feed from newcomer Gary Nunn and backhanded the puck past Barrie at 15:07 for his second of the game.
The Silvertips had the top penalty kill in the league heading into the game, but the Giants were able to score on three of 11 opportunities. The Silvertips were zero-for-five with the man advantage.