Pass the check

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen are going to match power with power.

Courtesy of its 3-2 win Saturday night, Calgary wrested home-ice advantage away from the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

GM/co-coach Kelly Kisio will get the line matchups he wants when the Eastern Conference quarter-final hits the 'Dome tomorrow night for Game 3.

The Hitmen bench boss will look to get Ryan Getzlaf away from the Hurricanes' top checking line.

The club's most dangerous weapon, who had a huge game Saturday night, is looking forward to finding a little extra room to move.

" 'Kiss' might try to get us away from their checkers a little bit more and try to play us against their top line," Getzlaf said.

"But that's his call so we'll see how it goes."

Lethbridge's defensive specialists -- the KOP line of Rob Klinkhammer, Mark Olafson and Ken Petkau -- did a masterful job containing Calgary's top guns.

Getzlaf, Andrew Ladd and Shaun Landolt were blanked in the opener and the KOP line wasn't on the ice for any of the Hitmen trio's goals in Game 2.

Ladd and Landolt scored while on special teams and Getzlaf's goal came during a brief tour with the fourth line.

Kisio said he'll look to get his top players away from the checkers but said his Lethbridge counterpart, Lindsay Hofford, will be determined to get the matchup he's after.

"I think it'll help us a little bit but Lindsay is pretty committed in his line matching," Kisio said. "So they can change in a hurry, too, when they get the puck out of their zone.

"But it'll help us get Getz away from the Olafson line for a few minutes."

Kisio was able to throw a wrench in the Hurricanes' plans in Game 2 when he snuck Getzlaf and Ladd out with the fourth line for a shift apiece. And it paid big dividends when Getzlaf scored Calgary's first goal and turned the game around.

"We did it once or twice in the first period but I wanted to keep the guys fairly fresh," Kisio said.

But Kisio, whose club posted a stellar 19-9-7-1 record at the 'Dome this season, said he's happy to be home with a split but has cautioned the players about being overconfident.

"It's obviously better than coming home down 2-0," he said. "But as long as we don't let our guard down and prepare the same way as we did on the road, it's a good situation to be in."


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