SASKATOON - Josh Nicholls forced overtime with a third-period goal then had the shootout winner as the Saskatoon Blades edged the Swift Current Broncos 5-4 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League action.
Shane McColgan, Matej Stransky and Duncan Siemens all scored for Saskatoon (32-21-3) in regulation. Goaltender Andrey Makarov made 31 saves and turned aside three skaters in the shootout to earn the win.
Eetu Laurikainen stopped 41 shots and denied McColgan and Stransky in the shootout.
Both teams went 0 for 4 on the power play.
Nicholls scored with 29 seconds remaining in the third period to force the extra time.