Americans lose goalie Lee-Knight to shoulder injury

March 29, 2013 

The Tri-City Americans are down another goalie.

Luke Lee-Knight suffered a shoulder injury Thursday night at 2:02 of overtime when Spokane’s Adam Helewka slid into the net, landing on top of Lee-Knight, who landed on his left shoulder.

“We are trying to set some record, that’s for sure,” said Americans coach Jim Hiller, who will suit up his sixth goalie this season. “Luke had such a great run. This is not the way anyone wanted it to end for him this year.”

Lee-Knight, who had turned away 41 of 44 shots against the Chiefs in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series before being hurt, was replaced by Troy Trombley.

Trombley will get the start tonight in Game 5.

“We have Casey Kaiser coming in as an emergency backup,” Hiller said.

Kaiser, 17, is a Richland native who played for the Tri-City Outlaws (NORPAC) this season.

Trombley started Games 1 and 2 in Spokane before Hiller opted to go with Lee-Knight in Game 3 — a 5-4 overtime win.

Lee-Knight, who was cut after training camp by the Americans, returned to the team in mid-November when Brenden Fiebelkorn left the team for personal reasons.

When starter Eric Comrie was shelved for the season because of a hip injury in January, Lee-Knight took over, with Trombley brought in as the backup.

Lee-Knight and Trombley started the season in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League — where they were backups for their teams — before finding a home with the Americans.

During the regular season, Lee-Knight was 11-9-0-0 with a 3.90 goals against average and a .881 save percentage. In the playoffs, he played 133 minutes over two games, posting a 1-0 record with a 3.16 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

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