KOP line slaps on the handcuffs

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- Chalk up round one to the KOP line. The Lethbridge Hurricanes checking line of Rob Klinkhammer, Mark Olafson and Kenny Petkau held the Hitmen's top guns in check last night as the 'Canes skated away with a 2-1 win at the Enmax Centre.

Not only did they blanket Ryan Getzlaf, Andrew Ladd and Shaun Landolt, Olafson managed to score the first Hurricanes' goal and, after the game, the 6-ft. 1-in. forward was pleased with his line's performance.

"They're an NHL-class line and we thought we did a good job tonight," said the 20-year-old from Winnipeg, who was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2003. "But it's only going to get harder and those guys are going to get hungrier, so we're going to give it our best and keep doing what we're doing."

Getzlaf and Co. did generate a couple of scoring chances but, for the most part, couldn't find good shooting lanes or crash the net for rebounds.

They might be a checking line in the playoffs but the KOP line put up some decent numbers during the season.

Klinkhammer had 26 points, Olafson 21 and Petkau chipped in with 10 points through 47 games. Olafson said his mates are a good bunch of guys to play with.

"Petkau's just a speedster and when he gets in on that forecheck, he can be a dangerous guy. He's also still young but he's been real good," said Olafson of the 17-year-old.

"Klinkhammer's a big guy and he can drive and fill those holes so we can use that to our advantage."

At 6 ft. 2 in, 214. lb., Klinkhammer, who is from Lethbridge, is the biggest player on the line. As for Olafson, he tends to be the best two-way player of the trio and has no problem with his defensive role.

"I'm an up-and-down guy. They rely on me for defence and that's fine with me," he said.

"I'm getting good exposure doing that, so I don't mind at all. We're just doing our jobs."

No doubt the KOP blanket will be out again tonight for Game 2 of the series.


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