No resting on blowout laurels

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

Brodie Dupont has seen this movie before.

He loved it the first time.

The sequel? Not so much.

Two years ago, when Dupont was a wide-eyed rookie, his Hitmen blew the doors off Brandon to the tune of 10-1 in the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

The next night, the Wheat Kings rebounded for a 5-1 win and went on to win the series in seven games.

Dupont, who scored the game winner in last night's 8-1 route of the Wheat Kings, said he's learned his lesson: Blowouts do not transfer from game to game.

"We have to come with the same effort tomorrow," Dupont said after Calgary got back in the series in front of a crowd announced at 6,524. "It's not going to be the same lopsided game. I remember two years ago when we shone in the first game and Brandon came right back and beat us.

"You don't forget those things. When you talk about experience, these are the things you think about. The veteran leadership has to come in and lead the rookies."

Linemate Ryan White, who had two goals to go along with a pair of helpers, was also a freshman during the '05 post-season. But he said this team is developing a killer instinct.

"That's been an issue for us: Complacency," White said. "At times, we get a little too comfortable and we don't kick guys when they're down."

They did last night. They put the boots to the reeling visitors for 40 straight minutes.

But, like Dupont, White will caution his teammates about what lies ahead.

A team with wounded pride can be dangerous.

"They're going to be alot better," White predicted. "They're a good hockey team and they're not going to roll over."

GM/head coach Kelly Kisio, who moved Freddie Pettersson onto the top line with White and Dupont, looked like a genius after last night's romp.

Although Pettersson somehow was held off the scoresheet, he was dangerous all night and opened up the ice for his linemates.


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