Calgary club remembers last year's sweep

SCOTT FISHER

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

It's payback time, Lethbridge.

Remember last year's Eastern Conference final?

When your Hurricanes beat ... no ... make that 'swept' the Calgary Hitmen?

Yeah, well it's time to pay the piper.

The Hitmen remember last spring's indignity like it was yesterday, and they are promising retribution.

OK, that's not entirely true.

The part about the 'Canes eating the Hitmen's lunch last year -- that's true.

As for the blood-boiling rematch -- not so much.

"I think it's different year," Hitmen leading scorer Brandon Kozun shrugged. "As much as they took it to us last year, they're a different team this year. But we'll have to be ready for them. They played 'Stoon' really well."

Kozun is right.

While there are many players remaining on the rosters of both teams who suited up against each other last April, the clubs are completely different.

The 'Canes had Calgary's number all season a year ago, winning nine of 10, including the aforementioned sweep.

It's been a complete 180 this season, with the Hitmen owning a perfect 6-0 record against their southern rivals.

But the Hurricanes underperformed all season. Their 35-32-3-2 record isn't indicative of the talent on the ice.

"I think they gained some good players and made some deals at the deadline," Kozun said of the 'Canes, who picked up NHL first-rounder Kyle Beach at the trade deadline and had d-man Luca Sbisa returned by the Philadelphia Flyers. "They've improved a lot. But we've had success all year. So, if we stick to our systems, it should be a good series."


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