Still waitin'

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen are still in limbo.

After dispatching the Lethbridge Hurricanes in five games, the Hitmen have been sitting back, relaxing and waiting to see who they'll play in Round 2.

Calgary GM/head coach Kelly Kisio knows his club will face either Brandon or Red Deer but he'll have to wait until tomorrow night to find out which one.

Not knowing hasn't been troubling Kisio.

"They can play as long as they want," Kisio laughed when asked if he'd like to start preparing early.

"I think three or four days will be enough."

The stubborn Rebels decided to keep everyone in suspense for two more days after they pushed their series with Medicine Hat to the brink with a 3-0 Game 6 win last night.

If the Rebels win Game 7 in the Gas City tomorrow, the Hitmen will have home-ice advantage when the Calgary/Red Deer series begins on the weekend.

Should the Eastern Conference's top-seeded Tigers prevail tomorrow, the Hitmen are off to Brandon to face the Wheat Kings.

The Wheaties and Rebels are drastically different clubs.

The Rebels have survived on strong team defence for years, while the Wheat Kings, the WHL's highest-scoring club, rely on offence.

Brandon boasts three of the league's top four scorers in Eric Fehr (59 goals and 111 points), Calgarian Ryan Stone (33, 99) and captain Tim Konsorada (29, 87).

Not knowing what kind of style they'll be forced to contend with in the next round is worrying Kisio, who has seen both teams enough times to ensure he'll have his squad prepared.

"We'll be making arrangements," said Kisio, who will likely take in tomorrow's winner-take-all affair in Medicine Hat.

"We know Red Deer a great deal and we've been looking at tapes of Brandon."

The Hitmen and Rebels, who finished one point back of Calgary in the regular season, played each other 10 times during the regular season with Calgary posting a 5-1-2-2 record.

Calgary outscored Red Deer 32-26.

In their four games against the Wheaties, who tied Medicine Hat atop the Eastern Conference with 96 points, the Hitmen were 1-1-1-1 with each team scoring 13 goals.

After a weekend off, the Hitmen return to the ice this afternoon to get the legs going again.

"They were able to get away from the game for a couple of days," Kisio said.

"That helps the energy level, helps recharge the batteries. We'll have a good day where the kids will skate and have some fun before we start bearing down Tuesday."


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