In terms of goal production this season, it truly was a David versus Goliath situation on Saturday night at the Pacific Coliseum.
And unlike the children’s fable, the Giants won it this time – by a wide margin.
Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored a goal and assisted on three others as Vancouver crushed the visiting Portland Winter Hawks 7-1 in a Western Hockey League match.
Evander Kane contributed a goal and two assists for the Giants, who have scored a league-leading 40 goals this year.
On the other side of the ledger, Portland has now only managed to light the goal lamp three times after five games.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Calgary 6, Kamloops 2; Lethbridge 7, Kelowna 3; Moose Jaw 3, Red Deer 2 (SO); Prince Albert 5, Medicine Hat 4 (OT); Prince George 4, Chilliwack 3 (SO); Regina 4, Brandon 2; Saskatoon 5, Tri-City 1; Seattle 3, Spokane 2 (SO); and Swift Current 3, Kootenay 2.
At Vancouver, Jon Blum, Lance Bouma, Craig Schira, Andrej Kudrna and James Henry also scored for the Giants (6-0-0-1), who led 3-0 and 5-1 at the intermissions.
Brad Ross replied for Portland (1-4-0).
Pats 4, Wheat Kings 2
At Brandon, Man., defenceman Victor Bartley scored two goals, including the game-winner with 3:57 remaining in regulation as Regina doubled the Wheat Kings.
Michael McAngus and Matt Strueby, into an empty net, also scored for Regina (2-2-0-2).
Mark Stone and Andrew Clark replied for Brandon (3-3-0).
Blades 5, Americans 1
At Saskatoon, Burke Gallimore scored two goals as the Blades defeated Tri-City.
Josh Nicholls added a goal and an assist for Saskatoon (2-4-0). Travis Toomey and Charles Inglis also scored for the Blades.
Brett Plouffe responded on the power play for Tri-City (3-2-0).
Warriors 3, Rebels 2 (SO)
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Quinton Howden scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Warriors beat Red Deer.
Thomas Frazee had a goal and an assist for Moose Jaw (4-3-0), with Ryley Grantham adding the other goal for the Warriors.
Carter Smith and Cody Gross replied for Red Deer (3-3-0-2).
Raiders 5, Tigers 4 (OT)
At Prince Albert, Sask., Ryan Harrison scored 2:10 into overtime to give the Raiders a victory over Medicine Hat.
Zak Stebner had a goal and two assists for Prince Albert (4-3-0), with Igor Revenko, Dustin Cameron and Jordan Hickmott completing the scoring for the Raiders.
Travis Dunstall, Sean Ringrose and Zdenek Okal all contributed a goal and an assist each for Medicine Hat (3-1-2-1). Tyler Ennis had the other goal for the Tigers.
Hurricanes 7, Rockets 3
At Lethbridge, Alta., Cody Smuk scored three goals and Colton Sceviour added a goal plus four assists as the Hurricanes downed Kelowna.
Adam Chorneyko had a pair of goals and an assist for Lethbridge (4-2-0), with Carter Ashton adding the final goal for the Hurricanes.
Jamie Benn, Lucas Bloodoff and Stepan Novotny responded for Kelowna (3-4-0).
Thunderbirds 3, Chiefs 2 (SO)
At Seattle, Jeremy Boyer’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout gave the Thunderbirds a win in their home opener over Spokane.
Jeremy Boyer and Lindsay Nielsen scored in regulation for Seattle (1-5-0)
Drayson Bowman scored both goals for Spokane (4-1-0-2).
Cougars 4, Bruins 3 (SO)
At Prince George, B.C., Dallas Jackson was the only player to score in the tie-breaking shootout as the Cougars have now beaten their B.C. Division rivals three times in as many meetings.
Prince George (5-1-0) was ahead 3-0 after the opening 10 minutes of the match on goals by Brian Matte, Brett Connolly and Greg Fraser.
Jaden Potter, James Bettauer and Alexander Wiklund replied in regulation for Chilliwack (2-2-1-1).
Broncos 3, Ice 2 (SO)
At Cranbrook, B.C., Mike Brown scored the winner in the shootout as Swift Current remained perfect on the season with a win over Kootenay.
Grant Toulmin and Keegan Dansereau counted goals in regulation for Swift Current (6-0-0).
Dustin Sylvester and Ian Barteaux replied for Kootenay (3-3-0-2).
Hitmen 6, Blazers 2
At Calgary, Carson McMillan, Brett Sonne and Brandon Kozun each contributed a goal and an assist to lead the Hitmen to a win over Kamloops.
Matt Mackenzie, Keith Seabrook and Bostjan Golicic also scored for Calgary (6-2-0-0), which has won four straight games and six in a row at home.
Kenton Dulle and Jimmy Bubnick scored for Kamloops (3-4-0-1).