By Chris Wescott, on 11/03/2011

There is a passionate rivalry between the Canadian cities of Edmonton and Calgary, aptly named the ‘Battle of Alberta’. The feud between Alberta’s capital (Edmonton) and largest city (Calgary) trickles down into all of their sports teams, especially the Oilers and the Flames.

It is no surprise that
 this rivalry may carry over into the American Hockey League. The affiliates of the Alberta combatants square off in the West Division of the Western Conference.

This weekend, Edmonton’s affiliate; the Oklahoma City Barons and the Abbotsford Heat, affiliate of the Flames, will play the first two of their eight games against each other this season.

“It’s always good when you have a rivalry like that,” OKC Barons team captain Bryan Helmer said. “Especially in the NHL and then to bring it down to the minor leagues too, it’s a lot of fun and it makes the games that much more interesting.”

The Barons are 3-1 all-time against the Heat, including two overtime wins. The Barons play four games against Abbotsford in Oklahoma City, three in Abbotsford and once in Calgary this season.

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