Going into playoffs White way

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

Ryan White isn't the kind of guy who can just go through the motions.

Last Friday's WHL season finale meant absolutely nothing to the Calgary Hitmen or the Kootenay Ice.

It was supposed to be little more than a glorified scrimmage.

Not for White.

He dropped the gloves with Kootenay captain Ryan Russell, letting the Ice know they can expect a tough, physical series when the Central Division rivals kick off the opening round in Cranbrook Friday night (7 p.m., The Fan 960).

"Every playoff series I've been in since I've been in the league has been intense," said White, who has 10 points in 25 career WHL playoff games.

"And with these guys, it won't be any less.

"We want to play physical every night and, if we do the little things right, good things will happen for us."

As a rookie in 2005, White watched Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Ladd lead the team to the second round. Last year's squad depended on goaltender Justin Pogge on a nightly basis.

This year, the pressure falls squarely on his shoulders and those of linemate Brodie Dupont.

"I sat back and watched Getzlaf and Ladd carry us through that first series almost singlehandedly," he said.

"If Moose and I get on a roll, and we get some secondary scoring -- get the Swedes (Freddie Pettersson and Robin Figren) going with (Ian) Duval -- we'll be tough to beat."

White finished fourth in league scoring during the regular season with 34 goals and 89 points while Dupont had a team-high 37 tallies.

The dynamic duo has played most of the season with Keegan Dansereau at right wing, although Carson McMillan skated with the top line yesterday.

White, a Montreal Canadiens draft pick, and the Hitmen will want to avoid playing run-and-gun against the potent Ice.

The league's top offence will be even more dangerous when Ben Maxwell, another Habs prospect, returns to the lineup Friday. He's been out since Jan. 2, when he was leading the WHL in scoring, with an elbow injury.

HIT PARADE:

Kootenay, which finished the season on a five-game winning streak, set a franchise record with 48 wins ... The Ice have an .806 winning percentage at home, tied for fourth-best in the league.


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