Pressure mounts

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

The Wheat Kings' bus was a lot more crowded when it pulled out of Calgary last night than when it arrived.

Brandon, which forced Game 7 with a 3-1 win at the 'Dome, boarded the iron lung with a few extra coveted passengers: Confidence, belief and momentum.

Hitmen captain Ryan Getzlaf said there's only one way to get momentum back on his squad's bench.

"We've gotta get shots," Getzlaf said. "It's tough, especially when the other goalie's playing pretty well.

"He's got a little confidence and the pucks are hitting him. We have to keep firing pucks and find a way to score."

Blueliner Dustin Kohn, whose club was outshot 20-15 through 40 minutes, said the Hitmen will need to get off to a better start if tomorrow night's winner-take-all affair isn't going to be their last game of the season.

"We have to get that early goal because I think that would give us some momentum and change the game around for us," Kohn said.

That's been easier said than done for the slow-starting Hitmen, who have surrendered the game's first goal in the last five games.

"Sometimes it's frustrating when you're getting chances," Kohn said. "But we didn't have enough shots in the first two periods.

"We didn't turn it on until the third so we're going to have to come out harder."

Kohn said the Wheat Kings, who will surely be playing in front of a rabid, standing-room-only crowd, might be gripping their sticks a little tight at the Keystone Centre.

"I think there's still a lot of pressure on them, going back to their home building," Kohn said. "But there's obviously been a momentum switch.

"We have to come out and get something going early."

Power forward Brodie Dupont, one of the most-inspired players last night, said his teammates aren't down in the dumps.

"We had a good third period and I think we can build off that," Dupont said. "Heads aren't hanging in the dressing room.

"We've got another game to go and it's obviously do or die."

Kisio attempted to shove the hot potato -- playoff pressure -- back at the Wheaties.

"The pressure has shifted now," Kisio said. "They've come this far and they don't want to let it slip through their hands now.

"So we'll see what happens when the pressure builds in their building."


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