Kennewick, WA – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today that 18-year-old goaltender Brenden Fiebelkorn has opted to leave the club for personal reasons. Additionally, Tory announced that 19-year-old goaltender Luke Lee-Knight will join the club immediately.
Fiebelkorn, a 6’1, 185-pound netminder from Winnipeg, Manitoba, appeared in two games this season, picking up his first WHL win on November 4 vs. Vancouver. Fiebelkorn has played in three WHL games in his career, making his WHL debut in a relief appearance back during the 2010-11 season while a member of the Prince Albert Raiders.
Lee-Knight, meanwhile, rejoins the WHL club he started training camp with from the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The 6’2, 195-pound goaltender from Calgary, Alberta appeared in 5 games with the Broncos, going 4-1 with a 2.56 goals against average, 0.924 save percentage and 2 shutouts. Lee-Knight spent last season between the Prince Albert Raiders and the Spokane Chiefs, appearing in 22 games and collecting a 2-4-2-1 record along with a 4.82 goals against average and a 0.841 save percentage.
In an unrelated move, Tory also announced today that 15-year-old goaltender Evan Sarthou will join the club this week for practice while Eric Comrie is away with Team WHL at the Subway Super Series. Sarthou was the Americans’ third round draft pick (65th overall) at the 2012 Bantam Draft and was signed by the club in late August. The Black Diamond, Washington-native is currently playing with the L.A. Jr. Kings of the Tier 1 AAA Elite Hockey League, going 7-2 in 9 games played, along with compiling a 2.31 goals against average, a 0.900 save percentage and 3 shutouts.
Comrie and Team WHL will play host to Team Russia on Wednesday, November 14 in Vancouver, B.C. and on Thursday, November 15 in Victoria, B.C. Currently, Team Russia is 2-1 in the Subway Super Series, splitting the two games against Team QMJHL and taking the first of two games against the OHL. Game 2 vs. Team OHL and game 4 of the 6-game series is tonight in Sarnia, Ontario. Comrie is the sixth Tri-City Americans player to compete with Team WHL at this event and the third goaltender to be chosen. He joins former Tri-City players Brendan Shinnimin, Chet Pickard, Carey Price, Logan Stephenson and Shawn Belle as participants in the series.