With Evan Sarthou out for the season, and NHL draftee Eric Comrie suffering from nagging injuries, the Tri-City Americans have had to guard their net by committee, using a mix of emergency tenders and recent bantam draft picks.

It is not official, but some reports indicate Comrie might not be back before the end of the regular season, and for at least the next couple of games,  some netminders with little or no WHL experience are giving it their all.

Tuesday night vs. Portland the Ams turned to Nicholas Sanders, who was one of their recent draft selections in the WHL entry draft.  The 16-year-old, who had never appeared in a WHL game before much like Casey Kaiser vs. Calgary, stopped 41 of 46 shots, and made some breathtaking saves. He will be in the Am's camp this fall, looking to get a roster spot in net.

It is believed the Ams will bring in another of their bantam signees to tend the net as they get ready for a home-and-home series with Spokane this weekend.  Friday, they play at Toyota Center, Saturday in Spokane.

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