WENATCHEE, Wash. – As the British Columbia Hockey League season winds down, the Wenatchee Wild want to be the team that no opponent wants to face coming into the Fred Page Cup Playoffs. Forward Micah Berger proved himself to be especially tough to play against this past weekend, notching six points in a weekend road trip against the Merritt Centennials and Salmon Arm Silverbacks, and earning the BCHL’s Napa Auto Parts Second Star of the Week award Monday. It is the first such honor for Berger after joining the team in early November.
The Bethesda, Maryland native made a major contribution for the Wild on Friday in a record-setting performance against the Merritt Centennials. Wenatchee set a new single-game team scoring record in a 13-0 victory, with Berger scoring two of those goals and factoring into three more. That outburst pushed his total to four goals and five assists in four matchups against Merritt this season.
His career-best five-point showing began with assists on the same shift early in the second period, setting up a power play goal from Parker Murray at the 5:24 mark and earning another assist on Cade Littler’s goal 53 seconds later. After earning his third assist on Jason Stefanek’s goal with 3:20 left on the clock, Berger notched two goals of his own, with the first coming just 10 seconds before the intermission. He wasn’t done for the weekend after that, posting an assist the following night in a 3-2 loss to the Silverbacks.
Berger has charged into third place on the team scoring list for this season, notching 22 goals and 22 assists in 38 appearances. His five points Friday highlights a four-game point streak with four goals and six assists in that span and matches Wenatchee’s best single-game total by any player this year. His goals have been difference-makers night in and night out, with a team-high six game-winning markers during the 2022-23 campaign.
It is the eighth time this year that the Wild have had a player selected among the BCHL’s Stars of the Week. Friday’s historic win helped push several other players into consideration for awards this week as well, with Littler, Stefanek and Ean Somoza all earning spots on the BCHL’s honorable-mention list. Stefanek posted five points in Friday’s win, while Somoza picked up four points, including a hat trick. Littler had four points in that game, and added an assist the following night alongside Berger on Lucas Marshall’s goal early in the second period.
The Wild open a four-game homestand Friday against Merritt to wrap up the regular season, with the opening puck drop at Town Toyota Center set for 7:05 p.m. Live coverage is available on Newsradio 560 KPQ and BCHL TV.
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