With Brenden Kichton’s goal 13:35 into the second period in last night’s 5-1 win at Tri-City the 18-year-old joined three other Chief defensmen as the only ones in franchise history to score 20 goals in a single season from the blueline. Only Mike Berger (26 in 1986-87), Murray Duval (26 in 1987-88) and Bryan McCabe (22 in 1993-94) had done it previously.
Kichton’s third full season has resulted in more than triple the amount of points than he had last year when he posted four goals and 19 points in 70 games. This season, the Spruce Grove, Alberta native has scored eight goals and 25 assists on the power play after posting just four on the man advantage last season. Currently, Kichton is second amongst all WHL defensemen in scoring with 20 goals and 67 points. Both totals put him third on the Chiefs behind Tyler Johnson and Levko Koper.
He trails only McCabe (84 points in 93-94), Berger (75 points in 86-87) and Sean Gillam (69 points in 95-96) for points by a Chiefs’ defensemen in a single season.
Kichton has 16 goals and 31 assists in his last 35 games and also leads the league with a +51. Kichton has scored two goals in a game six times this season, the last time on February 19th at Tri-City. Kichton joined the Detroit Red Wings at their Prospect’s Camp in the pre-season. He was originally a third round selection in the 2007 WHL Bantam.
Kichton and the Chiefs will return to Spokane on Wednesday night when the Seattle Thunderbirds visit the Arena on TicketsWest Player Magnet Giveaway Night. The Chiefs will also host Prince George on Friday and Tri-City on Saturday night.
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