Sunday, 10 October 2010

Sutherland Settling In to Bigger Role

Saturday night's game was Brock Sutherland's first chance to play in his hometown as a member of the Tri-City Americans.

Sutherland, who played a game at Westman Communications Group Place as an affiliate player with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in January of 2007, was pointless with a +1 rating in helping Tri-City to a 3-1 victory over the Wheat Kings.

The 19-year old Sutherland is taking on a much larger role for the Americans, thanks to the departure of three regulars on the Tri-City blueline from a year ago in Brett Plouffe, Jarrett Toll and Eric Mestery.

"I definitely have a bigger role this year, I'm enjoying it and I'm taking advantage of it," says the 6-foot-2, 200 pound Sutherland, "It's been lots of fun so far."

Sutherland appeared in 52 games with Tri-City in 2009-10, scoring two goals and 10 points.

The Brandon product was in and out of the lineup during the first half of the season, but found his niche in the second half and ended up dressing for all 22 of the Americans' playoff games as they went to the WHL Final.

"I just want to contribute in all situations, to be able to kill off penalties, to get some goals on the power-play and take on my end at even-strength as well," says Sutherland, "It's been fun having a bigger role...I guess that's what has changed the most."

Sutherland was originally selected by Lethbridge in the fifth round of the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft.

He was dealt to the Americans on November 5, 2008 along with Mitch Fadden and Brandon product Cam Stevens in a deal that saw Eric Mestery and Drew Hoff join the Hurricanes.

In 121 career WHL games, Sutherland has four goals, 21 points and a +13 rating.

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