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Dec 27, 2007 - 17:56 GMT

The Edmonton Oil Kings begin their second half of the season Friday night with the second half of a home and home series against the Red Deer Rebels.  So far this season, Edmonton has played 20 home games with a record of 7 – 11 – 1 – 1 and 15 road games with a record of 5 – 7 – 1 – 3.  The Oil Kings are coming off yet another 4 – 3 shootout loss to the Red Deer Rebels in their last game before the Christmas break back on December 16th.  

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The Rebels opened up a 2 nothing lead with goals from Shayne Neigum, and Brett Breitkreuz only to see the Rebels score 3 goals in 73 seconds to take a lead into the third period.  Brent Raedeke tied the game in the third period to force extra time for the 9th time this season.  The Rebels outshot the Oil Kings 4 – 3 in the overtime period but still needed goals from Brennan Sonne and Carter Smith in the showdown to secure the victory. 

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The following are the remainder of the game notes distributed to the media and scouts attending the game:

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ROSTER UPDATE:  The Edmonton Oil Kings have 25 players on their roster including 2 goalies, 9 defensemen and 14 forwards.  Edmonton has 12 players on their roster that played in the WHL last season.  6 players played major midget hockey last season.   Geographical breakdown: 10  Alberta , 6 Saskatchewan,  3 British Columbia, 2 Manitoba, 1 Ontario, 1 USA, 1 Sweden, 1 Czech Republic.

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VS RED DEER  :  This will be the 4th of 8 meetings between the 2 club.  So far, all 3 games have been 4 – 3 Red Deer victories with two of those ending in a shootout.  The first meeting of the season back on September 25th was decided in a shootout while the last matchup was decided by a goal from Carter Smith with just 66 second to go in regulation.    Carter Smith has now scored the game winning goal in the last 2 games of the season series.

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DID YOU KNOW:  Both the Oil Kings and Rebels will be missing their top scorers in today’s contest.  Swedish import Robin Figren is with his national junior team while Brandon Sutter is an assistant captain with Team Canada playing at the World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.  The 4 – 3 shootout loss on December 16th was the first shootout loss on home ice this season for Edmonton.  Shayne Neigum’s goal last game was his first in the WHL.  Oil Kings rookie Brent Henke scored in his shootout attempt in the last game improving his shooting record to 4 for 5 which leads the entire WHL. 17 of the Oil Kings 36 games have been decided by a single goal.  Edmonton has 8 wins in those one-goal games.  Alex Archibald has started 10 of the last 11 Oil Kings games.  Coronation,  Alberta native Karey Pieper played parts of 3 seasons for the Red Deer Rebels.  He played 104 career games, managing 8 goals, 10 assists, and 162 PIM.  He also had a terrific first round of the 2007 playoffs with the Rebels racking up 2 G, 3A for 5 points in 7 GP.  The Oil Kings have scored the game winner with 1.2 seconds to go in regulation twice  this season.  (Opening night vs Kootenay and Sunday October 28th in Calgary.   Edmonton and Chilliwack are tied for the lead league with 3 shootout wins this year.     Edmonton has  3 shootout wins, 4 Shootout losses and 2 overtime losses  for 12  points once they reach extra time.  Only Moose Jaw and Kelowna have gone to overtime more than Edmonton.  Oil Kings rookie Brent Henke is 3 for 4 in shootouts despite having just one goal in regulation time this season.  5  Edmonton Oil Kings are still looking for their first WHL goal including  Drew Nichol, Jeff Lee, Rhett Rachinski, Henrik Tervonen and Mark Pysyk.  The Edmonton Oil Kings were originally formed in 1950.  During a 12 year span in the 1950’s and 60’s the Oil Kings made 9 trips to the Memorial Cup winning twice in 1962-63 and 1965 – 66.

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STREAKING:  Tomas Vincour  has 12 points in his last 11 games.  (6G, 6A)   Brandon Lockerby has 5 points in his last 9 games.  Alex Archibald leads the entire league with 804 saves and is tops with 3 shootout wins. 

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INJURIES/TRANSACTIONS:   The Oil Kings called up Midget AAA players Mark Pysyk, Rhett Rachinski and Henrik Tervonen.  Both Rachinski and Tervonven play for the Midget AAA Southside Athletic Club in Edmonton and made their WHL debut on December 16th.  Mark Pysyk is the Oil Kings first pick in the 2007 Bantam Draft and will make his WHL debut if he draws into the lineup.   Defenseman Adrian Van de Mosselaer is listed as day to day with a shoulder injury.  Forward Jeff Lee is listed as day to day with a shoulder injury.  Defenceman Brandon Lockerby has a fractured jaw and wore a full mask last game.  Edmonton native Michael Burns was re-assigned to the K of C Pats of the AMHL.  Edmonton re-assigned goalie Cam Lanigan to the Calgary Rangers of the SAML.   Robin Figren suffered a wrist injury  November 23rd vs Calgary.  He got his cast off Tuesday and took the pre-game skate versus Spokane.    On November 9th, the Oil Kings signed 19 year old forward Jeff Lee.  The Calgary, AB native played last year and part of this season with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in NCAA’s Division 1.  On Tuesday October 2nd, Edmonton acquired 17 year old defenseman Adrian Van de Mosselaer from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a 6th round pick in the 2008 Bantam Draft.    

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THE SCHEDULE:   The Oil Kings record for the month of December is 2 – 4 – 1 – 1.  After tonight’s game, the Oil Kings will wrap up the December schedule with a pair of home games against Prince Albert on the 30th and Brandon on New Year’s Eve.

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DRAFTED PLAYERS:  Robin Figren  - New York Islanders (3rd Round In 2006), Cameron Cepek – Montreal Canadiens (7th Round In 2006), Bretton Stamler – Detroit Red Wings (7th Round In 2005- Currently FA)