Chiefs Appreciate Berkstresser’s Efforts

By Mike Mastovich
For The Tribune-Democrat

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Sean Berkstresser isn’t one of the Johnstown Chiefs high-profile players.

After all, he signed as a relatively unknown free agent out of Robert Morris University, which isn’t exactly known as a hockey powerhouse.

But make no mistake, the 6-foot, 210-pound forward from Apollo, Armstrong County, has been one of the most consistent performers and hardest workers on a team that will try to snap out of an 0-5-0-1 stretch today at Elmira.

“One of the reasons he is so important to our team is because he never gives up,” Chiefs coach Jeff Flanagan said. “He will do whatever he can, even if he’s having a bad night. If he has to jump from the rafters onto another player, he’ll do it. Guys see that and feed off of that. He’s a big part of our team.

“He’d be the first to tell you he’s not a gifted goal scorer. He tells guys, ‘I don’t get many, so I get excited when I score.’ He goes to the net hard. He forechecks. When he’s supposed to dump it he dumps it.

“When he’s supposed to shoot it he shoots it. That’s why he’s scoring goals. He’s doing what he’s asked to do.”

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