Knights top Blades in Memorial Cup tiebreaker

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SASKATOON – With disappointment etched on his face, Saskatoon Blades overage forward Josh Nicholls was unable to contain his emotions Thursday after the host team crashed out of the MasterCard Memorial Cup.

“It’s a tough moment obviously there leaving the ice, especially the way that it happened,” said Nicholls, his voice cracking following his final junior game, a London Knights’ 6-1 blowout victory in the tournament’s tiebreaker game. “Saskatoon’s been a great city for myself and for my family and for my hockey career.

“I call the city my home so it’s a tough way to end things.”

Bo Horvat scored on a short-handed penalty shot in the first period and Jake Patterson made 32 saves as London clinched a spot in Friday’s semifinal against the Portland Winterhawks.

The Blades were built with the sole purpose of winning this tournament, but fell well short of expectations in an up-and-down season…

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