That's more like it

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- This time, there would be no late back-breaker. In one of their best efforts of the season, the Calgary Hitmen showed they're a tough club to beat when they put it all together.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes found that out last night after coming out on the short end of a 1-0 game at the Enmax Centre.

Overager Shaun Landolt's first-period tally stood up as the game-winner.

Hitmen assistant captain Andrew Ladd said the team's ability to protect a one-goal lead will help its confidence.

"It shows we're learning from our mistakes," said Ladd.

"We're a good team as long as everyone's on the same page.

The Hitmen close the regular season tonight in Red Deer (7:30 p.m., The Fan 960).

Calgary can clinch third place in the Central Division -- and a first-round playoff matchup against the Hurricanes next week -- with a win over the Rebels.

The Hitmen did pretty much everything right last night.

They got flawless goaltending, as Justin Pogge registered his sixth shutout of the season on 17 shots.

They killed five penalties.

They won the battles in the corners.

And they held onto the lead with the 'Canes pressuring during the third period.

From the drop of the puck, the Hitmen had all kinds of jump.

Their hard work paid off at 16:31 of the first when Ryan Getzlaf found a wide-open Landolt in front of the Lethbridge goal.

Landolt made a move on Hurricanes goalie Aaron Sorochan, then roofed the puck short side.

Credit Hitmen blueliner Dylan Yeo for keeping the puck in at the blueline.

Yeo returned to the lineup after missing three games with a knee injury and played one of his best games as a Hitmen.

He said his leg felt fine.

"There was no pain in my knee at all," said the burly blueliner.

"I wanted to make sure I came out tonight and gave it all I've got and hit as many guys as I could."

The Hitmen were good in the first but dominated the second frame, holding Lethbridge to just two shots.

By the second intermission, the shot clock favoured Calgary 24-10.

Lethbridge pulled Sorochan in the final minute of the game and, despite tons of pressure, couldn't beat Pogge.

Hitmen bench boss Kelly Kisio was all smiles after the game.

"For the most part, except the last 10 minutes, we dominated and we were pretty solid," said Kisio.

"In the end, we made the plays we had to, got it over the blueline and made it work."

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CALGARY HITMEN: 1

LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES: 0


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