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Nicholls helps Saskatoon Blades to 5-4 shootout win over Swift Current Broncos

Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 12:44 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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.

Graham Black led Swift Current (27-24-6) with two goals and two assists. Colby Cave scored while the Broncos were shorthanded and Chance Lund had a goal as well.

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.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild