Brendon Kichton’s first two-goal game of his career gave the Spokane Chiefs a 2-0 lead in the first period, leading to a 3-2 victory over Saskatoon in WHL action Tuesday in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The two goals by Kichton handed the Chiefs a two-goal advantage in the first 7:08 of the first period and Jared Cowen added his second goal in as many games to give the Chiefs a 3-1 lead they would not relinquish against the Blades (11-5).
It was Spokane’s second consecutive win on its current Eastern Conference road swing, bringing the Chiefs record to 7-7, reaching the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Taking the 3-1 lead into the second period, Spokane allowed a goal by Josh Nicholls with 2:67 remaining as the Blades closed to within one.
But some timely defense preserved the lead late in the third, as the Chiefs denied a Saskatoon power play with less than three minutes left in the game.
James Reid collected 20 saves to earn the win for Spokane, which moved into a fourth-place tie with Everett in the Western U.S. division.
The Chiefs play at Prince Albert today at 6 p.m. in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.