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Nicholls scores winner, Blades hang on for 4-3 win over slumping Raiders

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Josh Nicholls scored the winning goal and the Saskatoon Blades held on for a 4-3 win over the Prince Albert Raiders in Western Hockey League action Saturday.

The Blades (9-4-1) scored three times in the first period and added one more in the second on the way to victory.

Jesse Paradis, Ryan Olsen and Michael Burns also for the visitors, leading the Blades to their third road win.

Josh Morrissey and Austin Corbin scored in the third period for the Raiders (4-12-2) to make the game close, but Prince Albert fell shy of completing the comeback.

Prince Albert's Mike Winther opened the scoring with a 5-on-3 power-play goal.

Andrey Makarov stopped 31 shots for the Blades, while Eric Williams made 14 saves for the Raiders.

Prince Albert has lost five games in a row and remains at the bottom of the East Division, still searching for its elusive 1,000th franchise win.

The Blades were 2-for-6 with the man advantage, while the Raiders scored on two of nine power-play chances.

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