Red Deer Rebels again prove challenging for Edmonton Oil Kings

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Red Deer went into the game having won three of the previous four meetings and were responsible for two of the three regulation losses the Oil Kings have sustained this season

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Derek Van Diest

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Nov 24, 2021  •  59 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation

The Edmonton Oil Kings’ Jalen Luypen (23) celebrates a goal with Simon Kubicek (5) during third period WHL action against the Red Deer Rebels at Rogers Place, in Edmonton Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. The Oil Kings won 5 to 3. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia Article content

If the Edmonton Oil Kings want to conquer the Western Hockey League this season, they have to start by getting out of the Central Division.

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And considering how tough the Red Deer Rebels have played the Oil Kings this year, that isn’t necessarily a foregone conclusion.

The two teams renewed their rivalry Wednesday at Rogers Place with the Rebels once again proving a tough out, as the Oil Kings pulled out a hard-fought 5-3 win.

“It was a pretty big game for both teams, I think,” said Oil Kings assistant coach Luke Pierce. “You could tell our guys were pretty focused early on, they were pretty dialled-in, in the dressing room and this game had a little different…

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