REGINA - T.J. Foster scored the game winner to help the Edmonton Oil Kings beat the Regina Pats 2-1 in Western Hockey League action Friday night.
Coming into the game Edmonton (24-28-2-4), Regina (23-27-1-5) and Prince Albert were all battling for the eighth and final playoff spot on the WHL's Eastern Conference.
Edmonton opened scoring midway through first when Dylan Wruck, a call-up from the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, banged in a rebound for his first ever WHL goal. The power-play goal was set up by Brett Breitkreuz and Henrik Tervonen.
The Pats got the goal back just over a minute later with a power play goal of their own when Jordan Weal set up Jordan Eberle for his 28th of the season. Also assisting on the goal was Matt Robertson.
Foster scored what turned out to be the eventual game-winner with five minutes left in the second when he got behind Regina's defence for a partial breakaway then swatted in his own rebound while lying on his back.
In the third Regina out-shot Edmonton 10-3 but couldn't get one by Oil King goalie Torrie Jung, who made several big saves to keep his team ahead.
It was only after Regina's Jesse Dudas knocked Jung out of the game with a wicked slapshot to the head that the Pats had a decent chance to tie things up. But with their goalie pulled and a cold Cam Lanigan taking over goaltending duties for Edmonton, the Pats were unable to force an overtime.
Earning the win for Edmonton while making 24 saves was Jung (16-17-1-4). Making s1 saves in the loss for Regina was Linden Rowat (16-17-1-3).