EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oil Kings moved into sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference of the Western Hockey League with a 2-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday night.
Edmonton (28-31-4-5) clicked on the power play halfway through the first period to open the scoring. With Brendan Dowd causing a disturbance in front of the net, Mark Pysyk's point shot eluded Hurricanes goaltender Juha Metsola.
Lethbridge (34-30-3-2) had a lucky break at 12:42 of the second period when Craig McCallum chased his own clearing attempt for a breakaway and caught the post with a wrist shot.
Zach Boychuk evened things up and extended his point streak to 11 games at 9:37 of the second when he converted his own rebound off Edmonton netminder Torrie Jung.
Henrik Tervonen sent Brent Raedeke in alone late in the period, but Metsola followed him on his backhand deke and deflected the puck away with his glove to keep the game tied.
Brendan Dowd restored Edmonton's lead at 12:52 of the third, winning a race for the puck to the end boards and curling out front to wrist it short-side past Metsola's glove.
Jung stopped 24 shots in net for Edmonton. Metsola turned aside 31 for the Hurricanes.