Trevor Cheek wasn't going to let his team's performance from Game 1 carry on any further into the series.
The 19-year-old scored three times as the Calgary Hitmen shutout the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 4-0 on Friday in Western Hockey league playoff action.
The victory ties the series at one game apiece after Calgary dropped the first game at home 6-2 on Thursday.
"I think the guys were a little anxious (in Game 1)," Cheek said. "We had a lot of guys playing their first playoff game. We knew tonight was a big game and everyone was more relaxed and ready to go, I think."
Alex Roach had a goal and an assist for the Hitmen while Jimmy Bubnick and Collin Bowman each chipped in with two assists.
Brandon Glover stopped all 20 shots he faced for his first career post-season shutout.
"They did a great job," said Glover when talking about the defensive help he got in front of his net. "When we were killing penalties the guys were blocking shots and clearing rebounds. Hats off to them for a good game."
Wheat Kings' goaltender Corbin Boes stopped 37-of-41 shots in a losing effort.
"We were our own worst enemy tonight," Brandon head coach Cory Clouston said. "We got ourselves in trouble early in the first period. I thought we played pretty solid from there to part-way through the second. Credit to (Calgary). They wanted it more than we did."
Calgary went 1 for 4 on the power play while Brandon failed to score on either of their opportunities with the man advantage.
With the series tied, Game 3 will be played this Sunday in Winnipeg. The Wheat Kings are playing their first-round home games in Winnipeg until their arena in Brandon, the Keystone Centre, becomes available. It is currently in use for the Royal Winter Fair.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Regina 3, Moose Jaw 2; Edmonton 3, Kootenay 0; Medicine Hat 5, Saskatoon 2; Portland 6, Kelowna 3; Kamloops 4, Victoria 1; Tri-City 7, Everett 2 and Vancouver 7, Spokane 5.
At Calgary, Roach opened the scoring 1:25 into the first period to give the Hitmen a 1-0 lead.
The game stayed 1-0 until the final minute of the second period when Cheek scored his first goal of the game.
Cheek then added two more in the third period to complete the hat trick and secure a victory for Calgary.
His second goal of the game came at 7:54 and at 19:14 he added his third by way of power play.
Pats 3 Warriors 2
At Moose Jaw Sask., Dyson Stevenson scored twice, including the game winner, and Matt Hewitt picked up the game's first star by making 31 saves as Regina edged the Warriors for a 1-0 series lead.
Oil Kings 3 Ice 0
At Edmonton, Laurent Brossoit stopped all 29 shots he faced and Curtis Lazar had a goal and an assist as the Oil Kings took a 1-0 series lead by blanking Kootenay.
Tigers 5 Blades 2
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Emerson Etem and Matthew Konan each had a goal and an assist while Tyler Bunz made 29 saves as the Tigers took Game 1 of their first-round series with Saskatoon.
Winterhawks 6 Rockets 3
At Portland, Ore., Rockets' goaltender Adam Brown made 49 saves but Ty Rattie scored three times as the Winterhawks opened their series against Kelowna with a victory.
Blazers 4 Royals 1
At Kamloops, B.C., Tim Bozon scored twice and Chase Schaber had a goal and an assist as the Blazers were victorious in Game 1 against Victoria.
Americans 7 Silvertips 2
At Kennewick, Wash., Malte Stromwall scored twice and set up one more and regular-season scoring leader, Brendan Shinnimin, chipped in with two assists as Tri-City opened the playoffs with a victory over Everett.
Giants 7 Chiefs 5
At Vancouver, Cain Franson scored three times and added an assist and Jordan Martinook had two goals and two assists as the Giants opened their first-round series against Spokane with a win.