Gift-wrapped record

JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

Tyson Sexsmith can put his name alongside Bryan Bridges and Leland Irving.

The 19-year-old Vancouver Giants goaltender tied a Western Hockey League record with his 21st shutout of his WHL career. This one may have been the easiest.

The Edmonton Oil Kings set a franchise record low with just two shots in a period four times last season.

Last night, they broke that record with just one shot in the opening period. They finished the game with just 10 shots - also a franchise low - in a 6-0 rout at the hands of the Giants in front of 3,572 fans at Rexall Place.

"Ever since I came here as a 16 year old I haven't had to face more than 30 shots a game," said Sexsmith.

"It was definitely in the back of my mind. In the last four games, I've had a shutout going into the third period and teams have been able to score. Finally tonight it was my night, and it was a great team effort and they really helped me get it."

The Giants remain the only team in the WHL to not lose in regulation as they improve their record to 8-0-3.

FISENKO SCORED TWICE

Vancouver's rookie import, Mikhail Fisenko, scored two first period goals 11:04 apart to give the Giants a 2-0 lead, while Brenden Gallagher, Evander Kane scored in the second.

Craig Cunningham and James Henry added two more for good measure in the third to round out the scoring.

It marked the second time the two teams have met and the Oil Kings have yet to score a goal after losing to the Giants 7-0 in their inaugural season.

"The one thing that the Vancouver Giants do is compete and there aren't many puck battles they lose and that's something we've got to learn," said Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau.

"We were in the game. It was 2-0 in the first period and they get that third one and it was like we folded the tent."

For the second straight game, Oil Kings goaltender Cam Lanigan was fed to the wolves. They were outshot 10-1 after the first period.

Lanigan was even busier in the second period as he faced 14 more shots. It took the Oil Kings until the 31:38 mark of the contest to get their second shot of the game - a weak backhand from forward Michael Burns.

It was a tough night for Lanigan (2-2), who made 27 saves. He surrendered six goals, not receiving much help in front of him, but he hung in there.

"It was a hard one," said Lanigan. "It was a good test for our team, we dropped the ball at times, and they capitalized on it."

STUNNING SLUMP

The loss is the fourth straight for the Oil Kings and their seventh in their last eight. They've given up a league-high 69 goals on the season, 46 of them during this slide. Edmonton drops to 5-9-1 on the season.

"There's frustration to a certain degree, but the one thing about this team is we keep on trucking through it," said Lanigan. "We have to find a way to get us out of this slump."


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