Americans Ink Minnesota Prospect Michael Sauer

Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Kennewick, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has signed 16-year-old prospect Michael Sauer to a standard WHL Players Contract.

Sauer, a 5’11 165-pound forward from Bemidji, Minnesota, played last season at Bemidji High School of the Minnesota State High School League, appearing in 25 games and totaling 9 goals, 30 points and 30 penalty minutes.  Originally listed by Tri-City in March, Sauer finished second in team-scoring as a sophomore.  In two seasons of MSHSL hockey, Sauer has combined to record 16 goals, 45 points and 40 penalty minutes in 50 games.

Sauer becomes just the fourth-ever player to join the Americans from Minnesota, and the first since forward Jake Riddle (Minneapolis) spent parts of the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons in Tri-City.  With the addition of Sauer, the Americans have now added four U.S. players and prospects in the last week, joining Taylor Vickerman (WA), Austyn Playfair (AZ) and Brendan O’Reilly (TX).

“Michael came to camp as an unheralded player and earned an opportunity to compete for a spot on our roster,” Tory stated.  “He brings impressive work ethic and speed and we would like to thank his family for choosing our program and the WHL for his continued development.”

The Tri-City Americans are in the midst of training camp, eagerly preparing for their first pre-season games this weekend.  The Americans will, once again, participate in the Everett Silvertips Pre-Season Classic, presented by Holiday Inn Downtown Everett starting Friday, August 30 and running through Sunday, September 1.  Tri-City will open the tournament on Friday against the Seattle Thunderbirds, followed by Saturday’s contest against the Portland Winterhawks and Sunday’s match-up vs. the Victoria Royals.  All game times are 11:30 AM at Comcast Arena in Everett.

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Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
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Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68