It's always impressive when a rookie posts a shutout.
For Americans rookie netminder Eric Comrie, his back-to-back 1-0 victories over Prince George this weekend had Dan Mulhausen, the Americans director of media, doing his homework.
Here is what Mulhausen dug up: Saturday, Comrie became the first Americans goaltender to ever win consecutive 1-0 games, and the first 16-year-old goaltender in the franchise's history to record back-to-back shutout victories. Current Montreal Canadiens goaltender, Carey Price, had three straight shutouts in December of 2004, but Price was 17 at the time. The win marked just the eighth time in Tri-City history that it won back-to-back games via shutout.
Drew Owsley was the last to do it, back on Dec. 18-19, 2009. In addition to Comrie, Owsley and Price (twice), other Americans' netminders to post consecutive shutout wins include Chet Pickard (Jan. 30-31, 2009), Jeff Blair (Feb. 20-26, 1999), David Trofimenkoff (Feb. 26-28, 1995) and Lance Leslie (Feb. 16-20, 1993).
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When the Americans are on the road and it's a heavy football weekend, we never pony up enough space for the all the goodies that can crop up.
Friday, Americans coach Jim Hiller picked up his 100th win with the team (make that 101 with Saturday's win).
Hiller became just the third coach in the franchise's history to win 100 games. He is also the fastest coach to reach the mark, doing it in just 157 games (0.659 win percentage). It took Bob Loucks (103 wins) 207 games to reach the mark, while Don Nachbaur, Tri-City's all-time coaching wins leader (229), got his 100th win in game No. 236.
And, the Americans' PK has taken a turn for the better the last three weeks, going from 68 percent and ranked 18th out of 22 teams, to first in the WHL at 84.3 percent.
Tri-City killed off 12 Prince George power plays the last two nights to move to the top of the league.
The Americans are home against Victoria (7-6-0-0) on Tuesday. Yes, it's the old Chilliwack franchise, but the one thing the Royals didn't take on the ferry to the island is former owner Darryl Porter.