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The Pas’ Chase Bertholet named WHL Player of the Week

by Western Hockey League  |  January 2, 2024 2:00 pm

Calgary, Alta. –  The Western Hockey League announced today Chase Bertholet of the Spokane Chiefs has been named Tempo WHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 31, 2023.

The Pas, Man. product scored six goals, including two game-winners, and added four assists in three games against U.S. Division Rivals to close out 2023. Bertholet has put up a blistering 20 points in his last nine games. 

Bertholet kicked off the post-holiday schedule with the final goal in a 5-2 victory over Wenatchee. In the final minutes of the third period, the 6-foot, right shot winger found the puck in the slot and outwaited the Wild goaltender to bury at an impossible angle on the goal line. 

On December 30, Bertholet ordered up a double-double with two goals and two assists in a 6-2 demolition of Tri-City. Less that two minutes into the game, Bertholet’s point shot deflected off an Americans player and bounced to Rasmus Ekstrom for the game-opening goal. Minutes later, he converted a slick feed from Connor Roulette on a picture-perfect rush play to make it 2-0. In the middle frame, Bertholet found himself in the right place at the right time once again as Berkly Catton fed him for a shorthanded goal that would stand as the game-winner. According to the Spokane Chiefs, that was the 10,000th goal in franchise history. The line of Roulette, Catton and Bertholet would link up once again to add some insurance in the final frame. The Chiefs Alternate Captain earned second star for his efforts.

A hot stretch for Bertholet exploded into fireworks in a memorable New Year’s Eve rematch against the Americans. After falling behind 1-0, the 20-year-old’s sharp cross-ice pass to Ekstrom helped set up Layton Fiest’s power-play goal to even the score in the first period. He’d add another helper before kicking his offensive game into another gear. In the second, Bertholet lasered a shot bar-down, but as he celebrated briefly, play continued. Upon review, the puck indeed crossed the goal line. 32 seconds later, he left no doubt as he fired the puck over the glove of the Tri-City netminder. Bertholet capped off the night with a seeing eye shot through traffic for his first WHL hat trick.

Bertholet sits third in scoring among his Chiefs teammates with 13 goals and 26 assists for 39 points in 29 games. Nearly half of his points have come since December 3.

He was selected by Red Deer in the fifth round, 94th overall in the 2018 WHL Prospects Draft and was named a member of the WHL U.S. Division Second All-Star team for the 2022-23 season.

Bertholet put up a total of 67 goals and 108 assists in 195 WHL games with the Winnipeg Ice and Spokane Chiefs. 

The Chiefs (14-16-3-0) sit fifth in the U.S. Division and is riding a five-game point streak. 

Spokane kicks off a six-game prairie road trip in Swift Current on January 7.

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