Tri-City Americans

Tri-City’s Sarthou helps Team Plante to win in All-Americans Prospect Game

Evan Sarthou
Evan Sarthou photo by John Allen

Tri-City Americans goalie Evan Sarthou finished with 24 saves as Team Plante rallied to beat Team Roenick 6-4 on Thursday in the All-American Prospects Game at the First Niagra Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Sarthou, the only WHL player in the game, faced 28 shots in 30 minutes, 26 seconds of work before giving way to Ryan Edquist of Lakeville, Minn., who stopped all five shots that came his way.

Max Jones had two goals for Team Plante, while William Knierim had three assists.

Team Plante defenseman Luke McInnis was named the game MVP after scoring the game-winning goal and assisting on another.

There were nearly 150 NHL scouts and general managers representing every NHL club in attendance to watch the top American players who are eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.

Trading block

The Americans traded forward Ty Comrie to the Vancouver Giants for a conditional third-round pick in the 2016 WHL bantam draft.

“With our current injury situation, attaining an experienced center with a strong skill set and offensive upside was important for us heading into the season,” Giants general manager Scott Bonner said in a news release. “We’ve got a long road trip early in the year, and we believe that Ty can have an immediate impact in our lineup.”

Comrie, 18, was a third-round pick of the Americans in the 2012 bantam draft. In 135 career games, including 71 last season, Comrie had 10 goals, 20 assists and 38 penalty minutes.

NHL camp

Tri-City defenseman Brandon Carlo, who is in camp with the Boston Bruins, scored a third-period goal Thursday in the Bruins’ 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers. Carlo was paired with veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara to start the game.

Alumni update

Former Tri-City forward Richard Nejezchleb signed with the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL.

Nejezchleb and Beau McCue led Tri-City with 51 points last season. Nejezchleb had 20 goals and 31 assists in 49 games.

In 150 career WHL games with the Brandon Wheat Kings and Americans, Nejezchleb had 63 goals and 69 assists (132 points), plus 171 penalty minutes. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2014 NHL draft.