Berger named POW for 2nd time

Victoria Grizzlies defenceman Carter Berger has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the period of Dec. 29 to Jan. 6, the league announced Monday.

Berger was a goal-scoring machine for the Grizzlies coming out of the Christmas break, notching seven goals in his team’s four games and adding one assist for good measure.

The North Vancouver native scored once on the power play in Victoria’s first game after the break on Dec. 29 in a 4-2 loss to the Nanaimo Clippers. Berger added another pair of goals his next time out, including the overtime winner 20 seconds into the extra frame as the Grizzlies beat the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 4-3. He also added an assist and was named the game’s first star.

On Friday, the 19-year-old scored another two goals, including one with the extra man, and was named first star again as his team skated to a 6-4 win over the Langley Rivermen. He finished off his week with his third-straight two-goal game, this time in a 3-0 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. He was also named first star for the third-straight contest.

After his massive performance, Berger now has 22 goals on the campaign to lead all defencemen and ties him for ninth among all skaters. He currently ranks second among all BCHL blueliners with 43 points in 35 games on the year.

He is the first player this year to win Player of the Week honours for a second time.

NOTE: Due to a light schedule coming out of the holiday break, this week’s Player of the Week considerations include games played on Dec. 29 and 30.

Honourable mentions:

Chilliwack Chiefs F Harrison Blaisdell: 2GP, 6G, 1A, 2 hat tricks, 2 GWGs, 1st star, 2nd star
Victoria Grizzlies F Alex Newhook: 4 GP, 3G, 7A, 2nd star, 3rd star twice
Trail Smoke Eaters D Trevor Zins: 2GP, 3G, 4A, GWG, 2nd star, 3rd star
Trail Smoke Eaters F Kent Johnson: 2GP, 3G, 3A, hat trick, 1st star, FortisBC Energy Player of the Game
Powell River Kings F Levi Glasman: 3GP, 4G, 3A, 2GWGs, 1st star, 2nd star
Merritt Centennials G Austin Roden: 2GP, 2W, 66 saves/70 shots, .943 SV%, 1.85 GAA, 1st star, 3rd star