One tally was all it took to open the floodgates.
After waiting what seemed like an eternity, Hitmen defenceman Karl Alzner finally potted his first career WHL goal Saturday in Brandon as Calgary won 4-3.
Determined not to go through another 75-game goalless drought, the sophomore blueliner struck last night for his second goal in three games.
"They say goals come in bunches," Alzner shrugged after last night's 3-2 loss to the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes.
"I want to chip in and help any way I can but it didn't work out tonight."
The 6-ft. 2-in., 200-pounder also set up Brett Sonne's first career goal late in the game to give the home side a fighting chance.
Sonne didn't have to wait nearly as long as his teammate to light the lamp.
"Not even close," Alzner said.
"It felt like I had an 86-ton gorilla lifted off my back because that's how many games it was," he said, adding playoff games into the mix.
"But I guess I can stop counting now."
But as good as the 17-year-old is -- and he's going to be very good -- when he's leading the club offensively, there's a problem with the Hitmen.
But that's not a concern for the Burnaby, B.C. product, who is more active in the offensive zone this season.
"I've watched other guys in their second years and things come a lot easier for them," he said.
"I'm feeling more confident and these goals will help."
NOT IN ACTION: Not dressed for the Hitmen were LW Issac Reid (groin, day to day), D/F Curtis Kelner, LW Darryl Moscaluk, D Alex Plante