BAKERSFIELD, CA - The postseason is familiar territory for Mitch Callahan.
The forward is a two-time American Hockey League Calder Cup champion, winning with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2012-13 and '16-17. The Californian has 62 postseason AHL games under his belt, accruing 13 goals and 34 points.
The Condors and Colorado Eagles are tied 1-1 in their postseason series, and now that it's become a best-of-three, Callahan is more than willing to provide veteran advice for those in the locker room seeking it.
"There are some guys that want to know how the AHL Playoffs kind of work," Callahan said following Monday's practice. "Obviously, it's a different format than anybody's used to with the best-of-five and the two-three format.
"Some guys want to know if I've ever been in this situation and I have many times. I kind of just tell them just to relax and just play another hockey game."
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As the series shifts to Bakersfield and Rabobank Arena, Callahan's demeanour is casually confident. The 27-year-old doesn't buy into superstitions too much and is simply trying to keep the club light ahead of Tuesday's pivotal Game 3.
"You don't want to overthink things," he said. "If you overthink just because it's playoffs, you might grip your stick a little too tight. You want to play on your toes, not your heels."
Bakersfield went 4-3-0-1 against Colorado in the regular season and now the Condors have home-ice advantage the rest of the way.
"We have a great opportunity to have three straight home games if need be," Callahan said.
"It was a little bit of a setback losing last game but going into an even series, now, at home is kind of a benefit to us."