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Merritt Goalie Jacob Berger Cracks BCHL All-Rookie Team

By Sam Laskaris on April 23, 2017

Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Trevor Cosgrove cracked both the BCHL's all-rookie team and the league's second all-star team. (Courtesy of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs)

Merritt Goalie Cracks Rookie Team
Despite being a newcomer to the BCHL this season, goaltender Jacob Berger provided a steadying influence for the Merritt Centennials.

Berger, a native of the Minnesota city of Minnetonka, arrived in Merritt and handled the majority of the Centennials’ starts.

He appeared in 39 regular season contests and posted a record of 18-18-2 and a 3.07 goals-against average.

For these efforts, Berger was the puckstopper named to the BCHL’s all-rookie team.

Berger also played all 11 of the Centennials’ playoff matches. He registered victories in seven of those games and had a 2.88 GAA.

Berger bounced around a few American teams last season.

He played 15 games for the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes Under-18 squad, which competes in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League.

Berger also had two appearances with the Minnesota-based Austin Bruins, members of the North American Hockey League. And he also suited up for two games with the Hampton Roads Whalers, a Virginia-based franchise in the United States Premier Hockey League.

Berger’s Merritt teammate Zach Risteau was also named to the BCHL’s all-rookie team. He was one of three forwards chosen.

Risteau led the Centennials in scoring, earning 50 points (26G, 24A) in 53 games. 

Pickup Shines In Playoffs
Victoria Grizzlies forward Cole Pickup had a rather solid finish to his junior career.

Pickup, who turned 21 on April 12, averaged a point per game during Victoria’s playoff run. He had 18 points, including seven goals, in 18 playoff matches.

Pickup played four seasons with the Victoria franchise and is taking his talents south of the border next season. He will be playing in the NCAA ranks with the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Pickup had also led the Victoria squad in scoring during regular season action. He had earned career highs in goals (27), assists (38) and points (65) in 53 matches.

Despite his scoring prowess in the playoffs, Pickup was unable to lead Victoria to the BCHL’s championship series.

The Grizzlies were downed 4-2 by the Chilliwack Chiefs in their best-of-seven semifinal series.

Duo Makes Two All-Star Teams
Cam Donaldson and Trevor Cosgrove both made quite the impression in their BCHL rookie season.

Donaldson, a forward with the Powell River Kings, and Cosgrove, a defenceman with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, both cracked the rosters of a pair of BCHL all-star teams.

Besides being named to the league’s all-rookie team, both were also selected to the BCHL’s second all-star team.

Donaldson had 69 points, including 32 goals, in 54 games. Cosgrove earned 49 points (16G, 33A) in 53 outings.

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By Sam Laskaris| April 23, 2017
Categories:  Junior

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