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Oil Kings end first half of season with a strong effort against Medicine Hat Tigers

Oil Kings end first half of season with a strong effort against Medicine Hat Tigers

The Edmonton Oil Kings wanted to put in one last solid outing before heading out on their Christmas break and did against the Medicine Hat Tigers at Rogers Place on Saturday. The Oil Kings overcame a two-goal, third-period deficit to send the game into overtime before losing 4-3 in a shootout. Mark Rassell scored the lone shootout goal for the Tigers. Colton Kehler, Tomas Soustal and Davis Koch missed for the Oil Kings. The loss extended the Oil Kings losing skid to four games, but it did earn them a point, which is some consolation in what has been a trying first half of the year. “I felt like we saw it through right until the end of the game and that was good,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “We kept battling and put ourselves in a position to tie it up and had some exciting OT. That really said a lot about our group.” Koch, Soustal and Trey Fix-Wolansky scored for the Oil Kings (7-22-3-1) in regulation, while goaltender Josh Dechaine made 30 saves getting the start for the injured Travis Child ahead of Boston Bilous. Child was injured in the first period of a 5-0 loss against the Tri-City Americans on Friday night.

 
 

JONES: Edmonton Oilers need to build off win in Minnesota

JONES: Edmonton Oilers need to build off win in Minnesota

Win one. Lose one. Win one. Lose one.

 
 

TAIT: Singing Christmas Tree an injection of season spirit

TAIT: Singing Christmas Tree an injection of season spirit

Cam Tait It’s something, I think, we have all felt. Especially at this time of year. Radio stations are playing Christmas music. Creativity, lights, and huge imaginations bring festive settings warm up frozen lawns, giving them meaningful personalities and brings them to life.  People we routinely see — folks who hand our morning coffee to us,  people at work, bus and taxi drivers, hockey coaches and figure skating instructors — have that extra smile, that extra energetic push in their walk and that extra happiness. It tells us, that, yes, the festive season is upon us. And it’s time to put things in another gear as we head down the snow-covered — well, maybe not — homestretch of greeting people and sharing time with those, oh-so-important to us, but we don’t connect until Christmas.

 
 

Oilers Snapshots: Jesse Puljujarvi nets the winner for Edmonton Oilers

Oilers Snapshots: Jesse Puljujarvi nets the winner for Edmonton Oilers

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After Jesse Puljujarvi swept the game-winning puck past Alex Stalock and plunked himself back on the Edmonton Oilers bench Saturday, coach Todd McLellan gave the teenage winger a hug and whispered in the kid’s ear.

 
 

JONES: Edmonton Oilers need to build of win in Minnesota

JONES: Edmonton Oilers need to build of win in Minnesota

Win one. Lose one. Win one.

 
 

One final test for Team Canada against Olympic rivals

One final test for Team Canada against Olympic rivals

It’s getting down to crunch time for the Canadian women’s national hockey team with the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics just eight weeks away. Canada will play its final exhibition game against the United States leading up to the Olympics on Sunday (5 p.m.) at Rogers Place, still having a handful of cuts to make. The game will be the last opportunity for players to make an impression against Canada’s arch-rival. “Every time we play the U.S., it’s an intense battle, but I think in an Olympic year when we play them so much, each game the competition and the tension escalates,” said Team Canada defenceman Meaghan Mikkelson. “We saw a little bit of that in the last few games, and I think when we play in Edmonton — that will be our last game against the U.S. before the Olympics — and it’ll no doubt be a good one. “I think everyone is looking forward to it and we will be trying to put on a good show for all the fans.” Canada and the U.S have played each other five times in their pre-Olympic exhibition series, which began in October. Canada leads the series 4-1, with their only loss coming in the opening game, 5-2, in Quebec City. On Friday, Canada defeated the United States 3-1 in San Jose, Calif. They have also posted 5-1, 2-1, and 2-0 victories

 
 

Adopt-A-Teen: Each card comes with a message of love for a teen in need

Adopt-A-Teen: Each card comes with a message of love for a teen in need

When you give an underprivileged teen a gift through Edmonton Sun Adopt-A-Teen, it means so much more than the face value of a $50 Walmart gift card. “Thank you for giving me the gift card as a Christmas gift. It means a lot to me. Even though the day is so cold, I can feel the warm air anyway, because there are many kind people and an organization like you to help others,” wrote one of the teens who received an Adopt-A-Teen gift card last year. With every gift card we send, you are telling a teen living in poverty who is so often left out that you care. It’s an inspiring message, one that can follow a teen and their family through the rest of their lives. “We used the gift card for buying groceries so that we would have food for Christmas break and gloves for the winter,” read one note from two sisters on the Adopt-A-Teen list

 
 

Edmonton Oilers hold off Minnesota Wild for victory

Edmonton Oilers hold off Minnesota Wild for victory

ST. PAUL, MINN. — It started with their No. 1 netminder Cam Talbot returning after missing three weeks and ended with Edmonton Oilers figuring out how to beat a backup goalie. Talbot, who had missed seven games with an upper-body problem, was rock-solid, getting bitten by two bullets by Matt Dumba, while the Oilers found a way to put three past Minnesota’s No. 2 Alex Stalock in a 3-2 victory. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shorthanded), Milan Lucic and Jesse Puljujarvi scored to give the Oilers only their fifth win here in 28 games in the last 11 years. Puljujarvi got the winner when he swept his own rebound past Stalock, his sixth goal in 16 games. The Oilers got their first one on Stalock on their 17th shot in the middle period, ending a run of 104 shots without a sniff against backups this week

 
 

Edmonton Oilers Game Day: At Minnesota Wild

Edmonton Oilers Game Day: At Minnesota Wild

Edmonton Oilers at Minnesota Wild , Xcel Energy Center, noon. TV: SportsNet Radio 630 CHED. Keys to Game 1.Hope Talbot stops bleeding Cam Talbot is off injured reserve and will be back in net after missing seven games with an upper-body problem. He hasn’t played since beating Arizona on Nov. 28. Laurent Brossoit was 3-4 in his shot at being the starter with wins in Calgary, Montreal and Columbus. Talbot needs to re-establish his game which has been far from last year’s Vezina type 73-game run. He’s only got a .903 save percentage, far off what he’d like, in the .920 range. 2. Great shot metrics, but… The Oilers have 166 shots over their past four games but they’ve only won twice, which runs counter to the puck-possession, get shots on net analytics theory.

 
 

Edmonton Oil Kings unable to keep up with Tri-City Americans

Edmonton Oil Kings unable to keep up with Tri-City Americans

A former ally foiled the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rogers Place on Friday night. Goaltender Patrick Dea returned to face his former team for the first time since joining the Tri-City Americans this offseason and pitched a 24-save shutout in a 5-0 win. Dea, 20, spent three seasons with the Oil Kings before being released this past offseason and picked up by the Americans. “Physically, we were out-matched,” said Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton. “That’s a big, strong team and they took advantage of that element of their game. They had a decisive edge there and they played to it.” Nolan Yaremko scored twice, while Dylan Coghlan, Carson Focht and Jordan Topping had the others for the Americans

 
 
 
 

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