While the Buffalo Sabres would be wiser to put Devon Levi in Rochester if they give top goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen most of the starts, we can’t overlook how well Eric Comrie’s played during his short stint in Rochester. In a 6-0 blowout win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Sabres former No. 3 goaltender saved 32 shots on goal to record his first shutout win in nearly three calendar years at the AHL level.
This shutout win came just two starts after Comrie made his Amerks debut for the 2023-24 season when he snagged 33 saves on 34 shots. Overall, the 28-year-old has played in three games so far this year for the Amerks, putting on either a perfect performance like he did last night or a near-perfect one as was the case in his debut in two of those three games.
Eric Comrie taking Rochester Americans to another level
So far, Comrie’s only pedestrian performance came in a loss to the Charlotte Checkers on January 13th following an eight-day layoff. However, he still recorded 32 saves on 36 shot attempts, and it wasn’t like the Amerks were enjoying a good game, having given up 26 shots in the first two periods while recording 15 of their own.
Overall, Comrie has a 0.951 save percentage on the season with a 1.67 GAA and a shutout, showing us that he has, indeed, taken this team to another level. That’s if the Rochester Americans do what they must and play solid hockey for 60 minutes.
If the Buffalo Sabres decide to keep Levi in the NHL even if he isn’t getting many reps in, then look for Comrie to remain in Rochester and be the guy as this team tries to return to the postseason. So far, Comrie has mostly been an effective starter, and that trend should continue in the coming weeks.
(Statistics provided by theAHL.com)