LETHBRIDGE -- It took just 60 minutes to accomplish a goal they failed to achieve in 72 games. The Calgary Hitmen have home-ice advantage.
Ryan Getzlaf has often referred to the regular season as one long qualifying session.
The Hitmen captain may have a point after he played an instrumental role in his club's 3-2 victory in Game 2 last night in Lethbridge.
"Like I said, it's 72 exhibition games to get to this point," Getzlaf said following his two-point outing.
"We wanted to go home with at least a split and that's what we got."
The Hitmen headed home last night feeling pretty good about their situation, especially considering the club's 19-9-7-1 record on home ice this season.
"We're confident, not cocky," Getzlaf said. "They're a hard-working team and they come every night. We have to be prepared and not let them take the play to us."
Linemate Shaun Landolt, who scored a second-period powerplay goal last night, had to smile when discussing how quickly a team's fortunes can change at this time of year.
"That's the playoffs," the overage centre said. "You win one and it's back in our rink. That's where we're confident. It's awesome. Our fans are just as good as any fans and we're happy to be home with a split."
Blueliner Brett Carson said he's looking forward to playing in front of what should be a big Saddledome crowd Tuesday night.
"That was our game plan coming in here, to get one of the games," Carson said.
"Getting home ice is a huge thing. We'll get that crowd behind us and go from there."