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

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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.

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