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Not much getting past Tri-City's Comrie

by Adam Kimelman

Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie played well in his audition for Canada's World Junior Championship team last week, stopping 17 of 18 shots in a period and a half of action for Team WHL against Team Russia in the finale of the Subway Super Series.

He returned to regular-season Western Hockey League play over the weekend and continued to display his star form.

In two games, Comrie stopped a combined 83 of 87 shots in helping the Americans to a pair of wins.

JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers

On Friday, he made a career-high 41 saves on 43 shots in a 3-2 win against the Kelowna Rockets. One night later, he set a new personal best with 42 saves on 44 shots in another 3-2 defeat of Kelowna.

The win was Comrie's third straight and fifth in his last six games. On the season, the 6-foot-0.75, 167-pound goalie, who earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, is 14-7-2 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. He ranks in the top five in the WHL in GAA and save percentage, and his two shutouts are tied for third.

Here is how a few other 2013 draft-eligible prospects fared over the weekend:

* Kamloops forward JC Lipon, already leading the WHL in goals and points, had the best game of his WHL career with two goals and three assists in the Blazers' 6-4 win against Portland on Friday, snapping the Winterhawks' 12-game win streak. On Saturday, he had a pair of goals in regulation and then scored the deciding goal in the shootout in the Blazers' 5-4 defeat of the Prince George Cougars.

* Regina left wing Morgan Klimchuk had a goal and two assists Friday in a 4-3 shootout loss at the Vancouver Giants. Then on Saturday he scored the game-winning goal with 26 seconds left in regulation in a 3-2 defeat of the host Victoria Royals.

* Victoria goalie Patrik Polivka earned his first WHL shutout Friday by stopping all 20 shots he faced in the Royals' 5-0 defeat of the Everett Silvertips.

* Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers scored two goals in his team's 4-3 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday.

* Prince Albert's Shane Danyluk scored the winning goal at 3:35 of overtime in the Cougars' 4-3 win at the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday.

* Kootenay goalie Mackenzie Skapski stopped all 31 shots he faced against the Kootenay Ice in a 4-0 win Saturday against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

* Portland center Nicolas Petan had three assists Saturday in the Winterhawks' 5-2 defeat of Medicine Hat. He's now third in the WHL with 26 assists.

* Everett center Reid Petryk had two goals in a 6-5 win against Vancouver on Saturday.

* Todd Fiddler of the Spokane Chiefs had a hat trick in a 3-1 win at Seattle on Saturday. Goalie Eric Williams stopped 34 of 35 shots to backstop the victory.

* Regina defenseman Luke Fenske had assists on all three of his team's goals in a 3-2 win at Victoria on Saturday.

* Calgary left wing Pavel Padokin had a pair of goals Sunday in the Hitmen's 4-2 defeat of the Swift Current Broncos.

* Saskatoon defenseman Kyle Schmidt had three assists, and teammate Nick Zajac had a goal and an assist in the Blades' 5-2 win at Vancouver on Sunday.

* Red Deer right wing Matt Bellerive had a goal and an assist Sunday in the Rebels' 6-1 win against the Prince Albert Raiders. Teammate Joel Hamilton added a personal-best three assists.

* Carson Stadnyk, who had one goal entering the game, scored both of his team's goals in the Everett Silvertips' 2-1 defeat Sunday of Medicine Hat. Goalie Dan Cotton stopped 40 of 41 shots to preserve the win.

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