In the pros: Bergh scores in debut

Bergh in Black Panther jerseyFormer Colorado College co-captain Mason Bergh scored on the power play 5:33 into his first professional game to stake the Ontario Reign to a 1-0 in an eventual 4-3 shootout loss to the Stockton Heat. The Reign are the AHL affiliate of the LA Kings while the Heat are linked to the Calgary Flames. Neither team will advance to the AHL playoffs in late April.

“It’s always fun to get that first one,” Bergh said in a postgame interview by Reign media relations. “I have to credit my linemates (captain Brett Sutter, assistant Matt Moulson). There’s a lot of experience there.  After that first shift, I got the jitters out and just played my game and tried to play to the best of my ability. Everyone is so good in that locker room, it really helped the transition. It was fun getting to play a lot.”

Bergh signed an amateur tryout with the AHL franchise last week after the Tigers’ season ended in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff in St. Paul, Minn.  on March 23.

He was not the only former Tigers player to enter the pros last week. Trey Bradley signed a 1-year deal with the Toronto Marlies that starts next season. He is on an amateur tryout agreement for the rest of this season. He has yet to appear in his first pro game. The Maple Leafs affiliate are in the AHL playoff hunt.

Trevor Gooch signed with the ECHL’s Reading Royals and was held off the score sheet in his debut. He joins former CC player Alex Roos who has 32 points (16 goals) in 52 games for the Royals, who are in 11th in the 14-team Eastern Conference. The Royals are affiliated with the Flyers.

Bergh pregame photo courtesy Ontario Reign Twitter feed.

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