The San Diego Gulls will be represented on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Hockey Championships in Herning, Denmark. That is because their goaltender, Reto Berra, has helped Switzerland qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament.
Berra played three games in Group A action and shared goaltending duties for Switzerland with Leonardo Genoni, who plays for Bern SC in the Swiss A-League. In three games, Berra had a record of two wins and one loss. He also had a shutout, 2.03 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.
Berra played his first game of the tournament on May 6. He made 25 saves in a 2-0 shutout win over Slovakia. Berra continued his momentum on May 9 as he made 22 saves on 24 shots in a 5-2 win over Belarus.
Berra was then in between the pipes on May 12 against Russia. He made 19 saves on 23 shots in a narrow 4-3 loss.
Switzerland finished in fourth place in Group A with a record of four wins and three losses. They had 12 points overall, as they got nine points for three regulation wins, two points for an overtime win and one point for a shootout loss. Switzerland’s quarterfinal opponent will be Finland, who won Group B. The other quarterfinal games will be the United States versus the Czech Republic, Canada versus Russia and Sweden versus Latvia.
In 2017-18, Berra played 32 games for the Gulls and had a record in the American Hockey League with 16 wins and 12 losses. He had three shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.66 and a save percentage of .922.