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Thursday, January 12, 2012 - Page updated at 09:30 p.m.

NW Briefs
Spokane routs Everett 6-1, giving coach Don Nachbaur his 500th Western Hockey League victory

SPOKANE — Brenden Kichton had one goal and two assists and the Spokane Chiefs dominated the Everett Silvertips 6-1 before 3,754 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Wednesday night.

The victory gave Spokane coach Don Nachbaur his 500th career Western Hockey League victory. Nachbaur, who coached the Seattle Thunderbirds for seven seasons, is one of six WHL coaches to achieve the feat.

"I'd rather have 500 NHL goals as a player," Nachbaur said, leading up to the milestone.

Spokane led 3-1 after the first period.

Brennan Yadlowski had Everett's goal.

Darren Kramer had one goal and an assist. Mitch Holmberg, Mike Aviani, Blake Gal and Liam Stewart also had goals for the Chiefs.

Spokane's Mac Engel stopped 23 of 24 shots.

T-birds sign Wagner

The Seattle Thunderbirds claimed 20-year-old center Dillon Wagner off waivers.

"We are happy to be able to add Dillon to fill our open 20-year-old spot," said general manager Russ Farwell. "He has earned respect in the league both for his work ethic and leadership and is a great addition for us at this time."

Wagner, from Duffield, Alberta, was previously with the Portland Winterhawks. He appeared in 17 games with the Winterhawks this season and had seven points on three goals and four assists.

In 180 career WHL games with the Swift Current Broncos and Winterhawks, Wagner has 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points with 193 penalty minutes.


• Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Kufeld will be in Sarasota, Fla., Sunday to participate in the Under-23 National camp. Kufeld will be training with four WPS players and many of the nation's college elite.

The Fremont, Calif., native did not play in any games for UW last year but backed up Husky greats Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann and Kari Davidson.

Former UW star Hope Solo is on the U.S. National Team and will be competing later this month in the Olympic Qualifying stages in Canada.

Compiled from team and sports-information reports.

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