The Vancouver Giants (2-7-1-1)went into Friday's game against the Kamloops Blazers (4-8-0-0) still looking to pick up their first win on home ice this season.
The Blazers turned out to be the cure for what ailed the Giants, as Vancouver controlled the game from start to finish and defeated Kamloops 5-1.
Vancouver took the lead two minutes into the game when Brett Kulak centred the puck to Tim Traber with a pass from the boards. With the puck nearly out of the reach, Traber managed to get control of it with one hand on the stick and deflect it past Bolton Pouliot for the first goal of the game.
Just five minutes later, with Vancouver on the power play, Pouliot took contact from a Giants player in front of the goal and fell to the ice. The Kamloops netminder remained down for several minutes before being removed from the game and replaced by Taran Kozun. Trainer Colin Robinson, who tended to Pouliot on the ice, returned to the bench before the conclusion of the first period, but he was not joined by Pouliot.
The Blazers were fortunate to get out of the first period down by just one, as in the final minute the Giants' Andreas Eder had a point blank chance in front of the Blazers' goal, which he shot wide. Vancouver finished the first period out-shooting Kamloops 17-7.
In the second, with Vancouver on the power play, Aaron Macklin blocked a point shot from Giants captain Dalton Thrower but the rebound bounced back to Thrower. Macklin, without a stick after blocking the shot couldn't block Thrower's second attempt, which snuck past Kozun on the blocker side to put the Giants ahead 2-0.
Ty Ronning, Brett Kulak and Alec Baer also scored for Vancouver in the third period to make it 5-0.
Kamloops' Aspen Sterzer scored the Blazers' only goal on an assist from Sam Grist, with Vancouver's Carer Popoff down behind the goal.
The Blazers will continue their road trip tomorrow, at the Everett Silvertips (6-2-2-0).