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FUTURE WATCH: Hebig nets goal, assist in Pats' 6-5 win over Swift Current

Broncos' Skinner makes 22 stops in the loss as Pats advance to semifinal against the Hamilton Bulldogs

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's the 100th Memorial Cup.

It's also the 14th time the Regina Pats and Swift Current Broncos have met this season.

This one, though, under the direst of circumstances for Swift Current, who needed a win to stave off elimination from the tournament and force a tiebreaker against Regina.

Oilers prospect and Pats' first-liner Cameron Hebig nabbed a goal and assist in a wild 6-5 Regina victory. Hebig runs his point-total up to three goals and two assists in three matches, getting a chance to add to that Friday versus the Hamilton Bulldogs.

"We made it a little bit harder for ourselves than we could have in the last ten minutes there," said Hebig post-game.

Tweet from @WHLPats: CAMERON HEBIG!!!!!Pats lead 2-0!Happy Birthday to Mrs Hebig - a gift from her son.#JoinTheRegiment

Four goals were scored in the final six minutes of Wednesday's meeting, with Pats forward Sam Steel dishing five assists and Nick Henry netting a hat trick as Regina held on to the lead.

"They ended our (season) in Game 7 (of the playoffs). So, I guess we did get our payback," continued Hebig, referring to Swift Current's seven-game series win over the Pats in Round 1 of the 2018 WHL Playoffs.

Oilers goalie prospect and Broncos 'tender Stuart Skinner made 22 saves in the loss. The 78th-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft stopped 111 of 123 shots in three games at the event, owning a 0-2-1 record, 4.02 goals-against average and .902 save percentage as his season comes to an end.

Tweet from @SCBroncos: The Heart and Hustle of the 2017-18 Swift Current Broncos was incredible!!! We are very proud of the accomplishments our team achieved this year!! Thank You for a year of wonderful memories! #OurTeamOurTown #LetsGoBroncos

Skinner had the performance of a lifetime in Monday's game against the Bulldogs, turning aside 54 of 56 shots to keep his club in the reach of a slight 2-1 edge.

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan will face the winner of Regina-Hamilton in the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup Final on Sunday at 5:00 PM MDT.

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PLAYS OF THE YEAR: Round 4, Game B

In Round 4, Game B, it's Leon Draisaitl's shorthanded tally up against Ethan Bear's first career NHL goal

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Each week during this past season, EdmontonOilers.com reviewed all the top goals and saves and put the vote to you the fans for the top play for the week. Those plays are back as the top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 4, Game B, it's Leon Draisaitl's shorthanded tally up against Ethan Bear's first career NHL goal.

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FUTURE WATCH: Skinner shines in loss

Oilers goalie prospect makes 54 saves in 2-1 loss to Hamilton Bulldogs at Memorial Cup

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers goalie prospect Stuart Skinner stopped 54 of 56 shots and was named the first star of the game in the Swift Current Broncos' 2-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday at the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup.

Tweet from @Sportsnet: Stuart Skinner is doing everything he can to keep the Broncos in the game.Watch the Memorial Cup now on https://t.co/mq7jTeciLh. pic.twitter.com/PvTAK6rqam

The Edmonton, AB, product kept his club in the game from the drop of the puck, with Hamilton outshooting Swift Current 56-22.

Skinner has continued his dominant play at the event, owning a .937 save percentage and 2.96 goals-against average.

The Broncos are 0-1-1-0 in the Memorial Cup, losing their opening game 4-3 in overtime to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Swift Current play the host Regina Pats on Wednesday at 8:00 PM MDT.

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WORLDS: Medal round results

Larsson's Swedes win gold medal in shootout showdown with Switzerland; Canada falls 4-1 to USA, McDavid ends tournament with 17 points in 10 games

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

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WORLDS: Nugent-Hopkins embraced veteran role at World Championship

Six years after representing Hockey Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Championship as a rookie, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assumed a veteran role for Canada in this year's tournament

by Julie Robenhymer / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

It's been six years since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first represented Hockey Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm and Helsinki as an 18-year-old fresh off his rookie season with the Edmonton Oilers and a lot has changed since then. 

"I was just the youngest kid and it was my first experience playing for Team Canada," he said shaking his head at the memory. "I didn't play in U18's or World Juniors at that point and I was just trying to take everything in and learn as much as I could. Now, there are guys four or five years younger than me and I'm just like, 'Oh my…' So, it's a big change, but it's kind of fun being a bit of a veteran."

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WORLDS: Larsson encouraged to activate offensively

Swedish head coach Richard Gronborg has given Oilers shutdown defender Adam Larsson the green light to explore his offensive game more

by Julie Robenhymer / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

Known for his role with the Edmonton Oilers as a shutdown defender who eats up monster minutes on the blueline, Adam Larsson is doing the same for his native Sweden in the 2018 IIHF World Championship playing over 22 minutes a game shutting down the other team's best players, but as his team plays for the gold medal today in the final against Switzerland, Swedish head coach Richard Gronborg has given him the green light to explore his offensive game more and be more active in the offensive attack.

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WORLDS: Nurse relished opportunity to play for Canada

With a chance to play with some of the best players in the world and experience the culture of Denmark, Darnell Nurse enjoyed his time in the tournament

by Julie Robenhymer / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

As the Edmonton Oilers season drew to a close, Darnell Nurse knew he might have a chance to be invited by Hockey Canada to represent his country at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. 

"I knew that if they asked, I wanted to say yes. So, I tried to be prepared and stay in shape," said the 23-year-old who previously wore the maple leaf at the U18 and U20 world championships winning a bronze and gold respectively. "It's a tournament that I've watched growing up and, now, it's real exciting to be a part of it and represent Team Canada."

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WORLDS: Semifinal results

Canada upset by Switzerland in semis, will face USA for bronze; Larsson and the Swedes rout USA 6-0 en route to Sweden-Switzerland final

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

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RELEASE: Oilers extend Wichita as their ECHL affiliate

The Edmonton Oilers have extended their ECHL affiliation with the Wichita Thunder for the 2018-19 season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have extended their ECHL affiliation with the Wichita Thunder for the 2018-19 season.

Bill Scott, Director Cap Compliance and Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations says, "We are happy to announce the extension of our affiliation agreement with the Wichita Thunder. After a successful first season together, we believe Wichita is the best place for our prospects to develop under Malcolm Cameron's guidance and are looking forward to continuing to grow our partnership with the Thunder organization."

The Oilers began a new affiliation with the Thunder in 2016-17 after previously affiliating with the Wichita Wind in the original Central Hockey League from 1980-82.

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BLOG: Oilers extend affiliation with Wichita Thunder

The Edmonton Oilers have extended their affiliations with the ECHL's Wichita Thunder

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have extended their affiliation with the ECHL's Wichita Thunder through the 2018-19 season, the club announced Friday.

The Oilers will continue to be able to designate players and prospects signed to NHL and AHL contracts to Wichita, in addition to those on ECHL contracts (under agreement with the Thunder).

Tweet from @Wichita_Thunder: NEWS: We're excited to announce that @EdmontonOilers has extended our affiliation agreement for the 2018-19 season. Glad to be back in #OilCountry wth you guys and @Condors. Read https://t.co/VHUEb8qDQt pic.twitter.com/Gw1R175KCw

"We're excited to be extending our affiliation agreement with the Edmonton Oilers this coming season," stated Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. "I enjoyed working with the Oilers prospects that were assigned to us last year. I'm very excited about the new crop of Oilers prospects turning pro and look forward in helping their development this upcoming season. We were able to see a number of Oilers prospects in a Thunder uniform and hope that we were able to play an important role in their growth and development."

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