SASKATOON - Josh Nicholls had two goals and an assist and Andrey Makarov stopped 41 shots as the Saskatoon Blades doubled up the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers 6-3 on Friday in Western Hockey League play.
Darren Dietz, Brett Stovin and Nick Zajac each had a goal and an assist for the Blades (42-22-4), who won for the first time since having their 18-game win streak snapped on Mar. 3rd by the Moose Jaw Warriors, and Brenden Walker added a single goal.
Boston Leier scored twice for the Tigers (34-31-3) and Curtis Valk had the other.
Cam Lanigan turned away 28-of-34 shots in a losing cause.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh