KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Since the start of the season, Tri-City Americans goaltender Drew Owsley has been right in the middle of a competition for the top netminding spot. But, last week the Ams waived fellow netminder Alexander Pechurskiy and Owsley became the undisputed man between the pipes for the Americans.
And he is making it count. Tuesday night, he stopped 34 of 35 shots in the Ams 3-1 win over Calgary.
Plus, he is tied for 2nd in the WHL in save percentage. Coach Jim Hiller likes what he is seeing from his goaltender.
"That is the one thing about 'Ows'," said Hiller. "He has had to earn everything he has got to this point. It was a great competition at the beginning of the season between him and Alex to see who was going to be able to establish themselves and he has done that again but we expect him to have the same frame of mind, whether Alex is here or 'Driedg' is here."
"I [think] I've played pretty well, made some big saves when we needed them," said Owsley. "Obviously, we are allowing a few too many goals so you want to clear that up a little bit. But, for the most part, I like how I 've played."