Berger’s NCAA future at Minnesota State

There’s nothing like home cooking and nobody knows that better than Merritt Centennials goalie Jacob Berger who recently committed to Minnesota State.

The move next season to NCAA hockey will take Berger back to his home state and just over an hour from his hometown of Minnetonka.

It’s been a streaky season for the Cents but they’ve managed an 11-10-2 mark on home ice, further evidence to Berger’s affinity for familiar confines. And in the cooking department, he also has a hamburger named after him at the Merritt A&W restaurant, the Jacob Berger burger.

As the Cents No. 1 goalie this season, Berger has posted 10 wins and two shutouts, a .907 save percentage and a 3.35 goals-against average. Last season he recorded an 18-18-2 mark and backstopped Merritt to a first-round sweep of West Kelowna on the way to an 7-4 mark in the postseason.

At Minnesota State, Berger will be joining a Mavericks program that competes in the NCAA’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) along with Alaska, Bemidji State, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Alabama-Huntsville, Michigan Tech, Alaska-Anchorage, Lake Superior State and Northern Michigan.

On the Mavericks roster this season are former BCHLers Connor LaCouvee, Steen Cooper, Brad McClure and Edwin Hookenson,