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Kieran Brown reaches 100 points

Leeds Knights captain Kieran Brown has reached 100 points in the National Ice Hockey League 23/24 season with 54 goals and 46 assists in only 43 games.

The forward reached 50 league goals last week - becoming the fastest player in the league to do so this season - with a shorthanded goal as the Raiders were welcomed to The Castle, and he added four to his tally this weekend: one on the road against Solway Sharks on Saturday evening and three on Sunday as the Knights hosted Swindon Wildcats.

The 23-year-old hit the 100-point milestone in style with a hat-trick and a ‘Michigan’ goal on the night, helping his side to achieve another four-point weekend with a thrilling 9-7 victory over the Wildcats.

Leeds Knights captain, Kieran Brown - photo credits: Emily Laycock

The last meeting between the two sides at the Link Centre had been quite the opposite of this 16-goal thriller with only one goal scored by Gael Luwbwele in the 48th minute as the Wildcats claimed the two points.

Three goals and an assist on Sunday evening took the captain to the 100-point mark for the third year running as a Knight, and according to NIHL Stats, he has made history once again by becoming the only player in the EPL/NIHL modern era to amass 100 point and 50-goal seasons in three successive years.

Having been crowned Planet Ice NIHL National League champions and Playoff Champions during the 22/23 season, Leeds Knights look to be heading towards the end of another successful season, currently sitting eight points clear of second-placed Milton Keynes Lightning with a playoff position already confirmed.

Goal celebrations - photo credits: Jacob Lowe

The captain has been central to the Knights’ success in recent years, leading by example on and off the pitch, and with only four wins needed from nine remaining games, he could be leading his team to even more silverware.

Leeds Knights head coach Ryan Aldridge spoke after their victory over Swindon saying: “Kieran shows up in these games - he’s a big game player.”

In a game that certainly needed a moment of magic, Aldridge said: “In terms of the ‘Michigan’, we really needed a goal at that moment and to pull that off at that point in the game was just incredible.”

Brown will lead the Knights out on Friday at the Link Centre as they take on the Wildcats in their first test of a three-game weekend with a double-header against Yorkshire rivals Hull Seahawks to follow on Saturday at The Castle and Sunday at the Hull Ice Arena.


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