By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
During the 1997-98 season, the Tri-City Americans won just 17 games. Along the way, goaltender Aaron Baker set a team record for saves in a season — 1,825 — and didn’t even know it.
That record still stands 16 years later, but Eric Comrie is on the cusp of knocking Baker off his perch.
Comrie enters tonight’s game at Toyota Center against the Everett Silvertips with 1,751 saves. With six games left in the regular season, he needs 74 saves to tie Baker and 75 to have the record for himself.
“I wouldn’t have expected I would have held the record, but when I look back, it makes sense,” Baker said of the Americans’ worst season in the Tri-Cities. “There are a few other stats I have from that season that I don’t want (4.82 goals against average, .869 save percentage and a 15-42-4 record). That was a rough season for us. We had a really young team. Now that I know I have the record, I can enjoy it for a couple of hours.”
More likely a couple of days, at least.