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ICE acquire Berlin from Thunderbirds for draft pick

Brian Liesse

 

The Kootenay ICE shored up their goaltending situation Monday, acquiring Matt Berlin (1998) from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Berlin, a 6-foot-3, 194-pound product of Edmonton, Alta. is a big addition to the ICE’s goaltending situation as they look to build for this year’s stretch drive to the playoffs and into next year.

Originally drafted by the Spokane Chiefs in the seventh round, 148th overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Berlin has played the entirety of his career in the U.S. Division since making his WHL debut in October 2015.

This year with the Thunderbirds, Berlin has a 12-7-2-1 record, 3.40 goals against average, .891 SV% and one shutout. In 44 career WHL games between the Chiefs and Thunderbirds, Berlin has compiled a 20-10-6-1 record, 3.33 goals against average and a .891 SV% along with a single clean sheet.

Up next for the ICE is a road date Saturday, January 13 (7:00 p.m. MST) against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Thunderbirds resume play Tuesday, January 9 (7:05 p.m. PST) as they host the Portland Winterhawks.

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