Shut 'em down? Check.

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Calgary Hitmen forward Chase Schaber said his crash-and-bang line had come to an agreement.

Dish out as many bodychecks as possible, but leave all the extracurricular stuff to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

That meant no dropping the mitts.

Until, with Calgary leading 6-1, Hurricanes captain Ben Wright challenged Hitmen winger Ian Schultz.

And Schultz just couldn't pass up the opportunity.

"I thought we agreed on no one dropping the gloves," Schaber said. "But that was a great tilt."

To prevent Schultz from chuckin' knuckles, someone may need to tape his gloves on.

"We're going to have to do something," Schaber said with a smile. "Maybe super-glue them on."

Hitmen co-captain Carson McMillan, the third member of the crash club, said he saw the bout coming and tried to get his linemate to turn the other cheek.

But he knew it wasn't going to happen.

"I saw him and Wright talking," McMillan said. "I was yelling across the faceoff dot, telling him not to go.

"But it was a good fight. Wright's one of their top players, and he battled as hard as Schultzy did."

Both players threw punches from the back pocket in the fight, which was scored a draw by almost everyone who saw it.

Schultz said Wright was trying to spark his team and send a message for today's Game 2 (2 p.m. at the Dome, The Fan 960) of the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference semifinal.

"He wanted us to know that we're not going to walk all over them," Schultz said. "That's a good captain.

"It's a great move by a leader to step up like that, and my hat's off to him."

The fight aside, Calgary's checking line earned top marks for how they handled their No. 1 priority: Hurricanes centre Zach Boychuk.

Although the world junior star did assist on his club's only goal, which came on the powerplay, Calgary's checks held the dangerous sniper without a shot on net.

"He was probably tired, and we probably caught him on an off night," Schaber said. "And I'm sure he'll be ready (today)."

Schaber said he takes pride in playing the shutdown role.

"We have a job to do, and that's to shut down their top players," he said. "McMillan and Schultzy lead the way with the bodies, and I see that and adapt. I just want to follow their lead and keep the tempo up.

"We like getting out there and getting greasy, creating energy for our team."

Schultz said the trio isn't focused solely on Boychuk, and promised there will be bodies flying no matter who they're matched up against.

"We want to be a physical presence against whoever we play against," the St. Louis Blues prospect said.

"We know what we have to bring to the table."

And, more often than not, that includes a little dash of offence sprinkled in between bone-crunching hits.

McMillan, who scored the OT winner in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Edmonton Oil Kings, kicked off the scoring Friday night with a nifty redirection.

"It's always good to chip in with a goal," the overager said. "But our goal is to be physical.

"Whoever we play against, we're just going to go out and bang bodies."

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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