A dynamic duo?

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

Alex Archibald and Dalyn Flette should make a pretty strong 1-2 punch in goal for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Oil Kings reassigned goaltender Chris Ward to the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League just prior to practice yesterday.

"I'm excited to work with him (Flette). He's a strong technical goalie and I think we'll both be able to learn from each other," said Archibald. "He's a great young goalie and we have a great working relationship and I think we'll both really push each other throughout the season."

MORE EXPERIENCE

Archibald is the more experienced of the two after spending two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders and last season with the Chilliwack Bruins, which was a Western Hockey League expansion team last year.

Archibald feels moving to his second expansion team in as many seasons will help both him and the Oil Kings.

"I think I have a little more experience than anyone else, playing on an expansion team. Last year there were some ups and downs and it's all in how you handle them," said Archibald, who made 34 appearances for the Bruins holding an 8-15-4 record with a 3.71 GAA and three shutouts.

"We really came together through the good and tough times and by the end of the season, we were one of the better teams in our division."

Flette spent last season with the Kamloops Blazers but was primarily a back-up to Dustin Butler. Flette compiled a record of 5-5-3 with a 3.01 GAA and one shutout.

"Alex has four more years on me and I am going to learn and take away as much as I possibly can," said Flette. "He's a big brother to me and I am going to push him as much as I can, but we have a great relationship right now and it's just going to continue to grow from here."

Flette is excited to have more of an opportunity with the Oil Kings. Despite making 18 appearances for the Blazers, they were sporadic, making it tough for the young goaltender.

SPORADIC OPPORTUNITIES

"I didn't get into too many games, but when I did the expectation was high. The tough part of it was I would play three games in a row and then not play in a month," said Flette.

"Not playing as much was something I had to battle though. This year I have high expectations for myself and I want to play in as many games as I can."

Oil Kings head coach Steve Pleau is excited about his goaltending tandem. Both goaltenders have WHL experience and he feels the two will complement each other really well.

"The thing I like is their personalities and they work very hard with one another," said Pleau.

"Right now 'Archie' is the more experienced guy and hopefully he can be the No. 1 guy, but we feel 'Fletter' will be right there to challenge him and you want to see good competition between your two goalies."

OTHER CUTS: The Oil Kings made two other roster moves yesterday. After reassigning Ward, the Oil King sent 16-year-old rookies Henrik Tervonen and Rhett Rachinski to the Southside Athletic Club (AMHL).

"Both are going to be good players and part of our future, but in order for them to develop further we felt they needed to go back to midget," said Pleau.

"Going back for another year, we feel they will be able to be better players for us down the road."


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