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Tristen Nielsen’s hat trick lifts Calgary Hitmen over Saskatoon Blades

WATCH ABOVE: The Calgary Hitmen defeated the Saskatoon Blades 5-4 in overtime at SaskTel Centre on Friday. Derek Bidwell has highlights from the game.

Calgary Hitmen forward Tristen Nielsen had an assist and then later completed his hat trick to sink the Saskatoon Blades 5-4 in overtime on Friday.

Gage Ramsay, Josh Paterson, Mark Rubinchik and Braylon Shmyr scored for the Blades at SaskTel Centre.

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Mark Kastelic got a shorthanded goal for Calgary, while Carson Focht tied the game up at 4-4 in the third period for the visitors.

Nielsen netted the game-winner 1:58 into the extra period.

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Saskatoon goalie Nolan Maier stopped 30 shots in front of a home crowd of 3,579 Western Hockey League (WHL) fans. Nick Schneider made 20 saves for the Hitmen (21-36-10).

The Prince Albert Raiders (31-25-11) sit five points ahead of Saskatoon in the hunt for a WHL playoff spot.

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The Blades (32-31-4) host the Brandon Wheat Kings (36-26-5) on Saturday.

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