REGINA - Linden Rowat made 30 stops to help the Regina Pats shutout the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-0 in Western Hockey League action Sunday night.
The win breaks a six game losing streak for Regina (20-21-1-4) while the loss is Edmonton's (20-21-2-4) first in five games.
Brett Leffler got the scoring started for Regina while they were shorthanded near the end of the first period when he forced a turnover in the Edmonton end and roofed a wrist shot for his 23rd of the season.
Edmonton had a golden opportunity to get the goal back a few moments later when Rowat was caught down and out of position to give Brent Raedeke an open net. But just as Raedeke, a native of Regina, was about to slide the puck in, Pats rookie Dominic Perrault came out of nowhere to strip Raedeke of the puck.
With less than a minute to go in the first Tomas Hricina banged in a rebound to give the Pats a 2-0 lead.
Early in the second during a power play and delayed Pats penalty, Edmonton had what appeared to be another sure goal taken away. After a mad scramble in front, the puck ended up behind Rowat but was waved off immediately and deemed by the referee to have been kicked in.
Jesse Dudas, playing his first game since coming over from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in the 2010 WHL bantam draft, added one more in the third thanks to a great feed from Jordan Weal.
Rowat becomes the all time Pats leader with 10 shutouts, moving him ahead of former Pat and current Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding. Making 32 saves in the loss for Edmonton was Torrie Jung.