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Preview: Oil Kings vs Red Deer Rebels 3.24.24

March 24, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
Edmonton Oil Kings News Release

EDMONTON OIL KINGS (26-37-3-1) vs. RED DEER REBELS (33-25-3-6) -

MARCH 24, 2024 - ROGERS PLACE - 4:00 PM

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2023-24 Schedule vs. Red Deer

Friday, Sept 22 @ Red Deer (4-2 EDM)

Saturday, Sept 23 @ Edmonton (4-3 RD)

Sunday, Oct 15 @ Edmonton (5-2 RD)

Tuesday, Oct 17 @ Edmonton (4-0 RD)

Saturday, Jan 13 @ Red Deer (4-1 RD)

Friday, Jan 26 @ Red Deer (6-3 RD)

Friday, Feb 16 @ Red Deer (3-1 EDM)

Saturday, Feb 17 @ Edm (3-1 EDM)

Saturday, Mar 23 @ Red Deer (7-3 EDM)

Sunday, Mar 24 @ Edmonton

Matchup Notes

Tonight marks the 10th and final meeting in the regular season between the 2 clubs. Edmonton has won 3 consecutive contests vs the Rebels.

Gracyn Sawchyn (2G, 4A) and Marshall Finnie (4G, 2A) lead all Oil Kings in scoring during the season series with six points, while Kai Uchacz (7G, 5A) leads the way for the Rebels in the head to head with twelve points.

All-time, the Oil Kings and Rebels have met 118 times in the regular season with the Oil Kings holding a record of 58-46-7-7.

Coming In

The Oil Kings and Rebels each conclude their Western Hockey League regular seasons this afternoon at Rogers Place in Edmonton, in the back half of a home-and-home. If the Oil Kings win today, they can tie the Rebels in the season series after being swept 9-0 by the Rebels for the first time in franchise history during the 22/23 season.

The Oil Kings picked up a 7-3 win on Saturday night in Red Deer, where 6 different players found the back of the net for Edmonton. Tempers started to boil over as the game wore on with both teams combining for 56 minutes in penalties. The Oil Kings chased Rebels Goalie Chase Wutzke from the net after allowing 7 goals on 26 shots. Hudson Perry made 23 saves for his 4th WHL win, his 2nd against the Rebels.

Edmonton finishes the regular season with a 12-20-2-0 record on the road.

For the Rebels, their playoff fate has been determined. They'll travel to Medicine Hat as the #5 seed to take on the Tigers in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal on Friday March 29th.

EOK Notables

● Oil Kings Forward Marshall Finnie hit the 20 goal marker for the first time in his Western Hockey League career on Saturday.

● Oil Kings Forward Gracyn Sawchyn hit a new career high for goals in a season in the Western Hockey League with his 19th on Saturday.

● Oil Kings Forward Skyler Bruce scored for the first time since January 19th on Saturday, a stretch of 16 games played (after missing a month with an injury).

● Oil Kings Forward Adam Jecho is 11th in rookie scoring in the Western Hockey League with 23 goals and 45 points in 53 games played.

● Oil Kings defenceman Marc Lajoie is tied for 2nd with Aaron Irving (13) for the most career power play goals by an Oil Kings defenceman in franchise history. He now trails Conner McDonald (14) for the all-time record.

● Oil Kings defenceman Marc Lajoie sits 11th in defenceman points (55), 2nd in defenceman goals (24), 1st in defenceman PP goals (13) and is tied for 7th in defenceman PP points (30) in the WHL. His 13 power play goals rank tied for 6th overall in the entire WHL amongst all skaters.

● The Oil Kings lead the WHL in attendance (7,091 avg.).

RDR Notables

● Rebels Forward Talon Brigley is 2nd on the team in goals with 20, and has done so without a single multi-goal game in the 2023/24 season.

● Rebels Forward Kai Uchacz is 2nd overall in the Western Hockey League in % of face-offs won at 61.4 %, for players who've taken at least 500 draws.

● Rebels Forward Kai Uchacz is tied for 6th in the Western Hockey League with 13 powerplay goals.

Milestone Watch

● F Ty Nash is 4 assists away from 100 career WHL assists.

● D Marc Lajoie is 2 assists away from 100 career WHL assists.

● G Kolby Hay is 7 wins away from 50 career WHL wins.

● F Skyler Bruce is 2 goals away from 50 career WHL goals.

Lineup Report

● F Presley Kerner, lower-body, week-to-week (Games missed: 16)


● F Gracyn Sawchyn is on a 6-game point streak (4g-6a-10pts).

● F Ty Nash is on a 4-game point streak (2g-3a-5pts).

● F Adam Jecho is on a 4-game point streak (3g-4a-7pts).

● D Parker Alcos has been +/- plus 1 in each of his last 4 games.

Who's Hot

● F Skyler Bruce has 5 points (1G, 4A) in his last 4 games.

● D Marc Lajoie has 11 points (5G, 6A) in his last 9 games.

● F Ty Nash has 29 points (7G, 22A) in his last 28 games.

● F Gracyn Sawchyn has 29 points (8G, 21A) in his last 25 games.

● F Gavin Hodnett has 22 points (9G, 13A) in his last 19 games.

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