Americans: Comrie big winner in team awards

March 16, 2014 

The Tri-City Americans handed out their team awards after Sunday’s game, and goalie Eric Comrie came away the big winner after being named MVP for the season. He also won the Three Stars Award.

Comrie, who made 60 starts this season, finished with a 26-25-4-5 record with a 2.57 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. He also had four shutouts, bringing his career total to nine — good for third all-time on the Americans list with Drew Owsley (2008-11).

Comrie ranked second in the WHL for save percentage and saves (1,849). He was third in games played and minutes played (3,523), and was sixth in goals against average.

With 36 goals and 56 points, Brian Williams was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Williams, who played all 72 games, also had 20 assists and led the team with 11 power-play goals and five game-winning goals.

Justin Hamonic was named Defenseman of the Year. The three-year veteran, who also is one of the team’s top penalty killers, played all 72 games, chipping in one goal and 14 assists. His 15 points are more than he scored the last two years combined.

Hamonic’s defensive partner, Parker Wotherspoon, was named Rookie of the year. The 6-foot, 170-pounder from Surrey, British Columbia, had two goals and 16 assists in 62 games, including a short-handed goal. He led all Tri-City rookies in scoring.

Americans team captain Mitch Topping was again named the Todd Klassen Humanitarian of the Year. Topping’s MDA fundraiser has been a big success the last two years, and he also helped with Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest, youth hockey, school reading programs and visited children in the hospital.

Lucas Nickles picked up the Hardest Working Player of the Year award. His tireless effort on the penalty kill resulted in four short-handed goals. In 72 games, he had 17 goals and 19 assists.

Kennewick native Taylor Vickerman was named the Scholastic Player of the Year, while Beau McCue was named the Most Sportsmanlike Player.

In 72 games, McCue had 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) and 26 penalty minutes. Vickerman, whose season was limited to 30 games because of injuries, is a senior at Kamiakin High School with a 3.80 GPA.

Also, Lory Allen was named Volunteer of the Year, while Trios Health was the Corporate Sponsor of the Year.

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