Despite the recent form of goaltender Zac Klassen, the Crusaders have added 18 year old goaltender Matthew Berlin to their roster. Berlin is coming over from the Drayton Valley Thunder as a part of the trade the two teams made last season which saw forward Anthony Orubor go the other way. This trade marks the third in the last three weeks for Cru, after they brought in forward Ryan Rebelato and netminder Jake Morrissey, also from Drayton Valley.
“Matt brings size, quickness, and we like his compete level when he’s in the net,” Coach Manah told us. “We are excited for him to contribute, and be a part of our hockey team moving forward.”
The Edmonton native, Berlin, returns back home after spending time in the WHL with the Seattle Thunderbirds. However, he was recently released from the team which opened the door for the Crusaders to grab this talented goaltender. Berlin started his junior career when he was taken by the Spokane Chiefs in the 7th round in the WHL bantam draft back in 2013, he eventually went on to make seven appearances for them. Towards the end of his first season in Spokane, the goaltender made his AJHL debut for Drayton Valley where he helped guide them to the 2015-16 playoffs. After the season, the Chiefs made a deal with the Seattle Thunderbirds which saw Matthew Berlin move to the east coast where so far he has made one start.
Here is a look at Berlin’s stats:
|2015-16||Drayton Valley Thunder||16||4.49||1||5||8||0||419||0.873|
Berlin is expected to join the team right away,but when his first start will be is still uncertain.
Crusaders next game is this upcoming Saturday, November 12th, at 7 pm against the Whitecourt Wolverines. The last time these two team faced off against each other the Wolverines came out on top 7-3 winners.