Run for the money

SCOTT FISHER, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- The huge sigh of relief could almost be heard over the blaring music coming from the Calgary dressing room.

The Hitmen were thankful to see the last of the upstart Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Despite finishing 38 points above the 'Canes and taking five of six regular-season meetings, the young Lethbridge squad gave Calgary everything it could handle.

Head coach Kelly Kisio was clearly relieved to be moving on to the second round.

"There was a great deal of pressure on our guys," said Kisio, whose club wrapped up the hard-fought six-game series last night in Lethbridge.

"We had a real good year. We played hard and won some games during the season we maybe thought we shouldn't have.

"We finished 30-some points ahead of them, so we were expected to do well."

Swedish import Freddie Pettersson, who scored both of Calgary's goals in regulation, said his squad has rediscovered its work ethic and hopes to see it carry forward when the Hitmen open Round 2 this weekend.

"We played a lot of games in only a few nights," said Pettersson, whose team may be forced to open up on the road again due to the 'Dome being booked.

"But we showed in the last two games, if we work hard, we're a good team."

Calgary's Junior Hockey Junkies brought a large cheering section to Lethbridge and began chanting "Fred-die, Fred-die" in the third period.

"It's not the first time that's happened in this rink," said Pettersson, who played some of his best hockey at the Enmax Centre.

"They're always up here cheering for us. I think it's so cool.

"It's a great feeling. We don't have that in Sweden. Not in the junior leagues for sure, maybe sometimes in the big league."


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