Berkhoel agrees to deal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

wbs_200.jpgThe Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have signed goaltender Adam Berkhoel to an American Hockey League contract, it was announced on Tuesday.

Berkhoel, 28, returns for his second season with the Penguins. He appeared in 28 regular-season games last year, posting a record of 15-11-2, a goals against average of 2.53, and a save percentage of .910.

In November 2008, Berkhoel boasted a team-record shutout streak of 202:44 with three consecutive clean sheets, just 47 minutes shy of the AHL shutout streak record. Berkhoel also appeared in six Calder Cup Playoff contests, going 3-2 with an impressive .937 save percentage.

Berkhoel has appeared in nine NHL games during his five-year career, going 2-4-1 with a 3.80 goals against average.

The native of St. Paul, Minn., has appeared in 77 career AHL games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Grand Rapids, Rochester, and Chicago, going 30-35-6. He spent four seasons at the University of Denver (2000-04), posting a 55-27-10 record with 10 shutouts and a 2.47 goals against average. He helped the Pioneers to an NCAA title in 2004.

Berkhoel was originally selected in the eighth round (240th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks.