The Merritt Centennials announced today that veteran goaltender Jacob Berger will return to the team for the 2017-18 season.
Berger, a 20-year-old from Minnetonka, Minnesota, joined the Cents last season from the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes U18 team. In 39 games in Merritt, Berger went 18-18-2 with a 3.07 goals-against-average, a .915 save percentage and one shutout.
His efforts earned him a spot on the BCHL All-Rookie Team and Berger’s numbers improved in the playoffs, where he had a 7-4-0 record, a 2.88 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage.
“Jacob was a big part of our success last season, especially during the post-season. After trading Colten Lancaster this off-season, Jacob has the opportunity to own our crease this season and be a dominant number-one goaltender,” said Cents General Manager and Head Coach Joe Martin. “We’re excited to have Jacob back. He will part of a strong group of veteran players we expect to have a big impact in 2017-18.”