Team British Columbia standout Sarah Potomak has been announced as the Top Forward of the 2012 U-18 National Women’s Hockey Championship.
“Sarah played with confidence above her years,” said Team BC’s Director of Operation Nancy Wilson in a press release issued Tuesday by BC Hockey. “She’s a great young player that will only get better. I am looking forward to watching her at future events.”
At just 14 years old, and one of the youngest players at the tournament, Potomak scored six goals and one assist, leading her team to a bronze medal matchup with Team Ontario-Red, where they lost 3-2 in overtime.
The Aldergrove, B.C. native wowed Dawson Creek hockey fans with her speed and puck-handling skills, embarrassing defenders at every turn. Potomak scored twice in Team BC’s opening 3-1 win over Team Saskatchewan; had BC’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Ontario-Red; and notched a hat-trick versus Team Atlantic in a commanding 7-2 victory in the preliminaries.
She was, however, left scoreless in B.C.’s semifinal and finals loss.
Team B.C. head coach Sylvain Leone described Potomak as a “unique” player with a ton of confidence.
“She’s fearless, she’ll take anyone on,” said Leone during the U-18 Championships held at the Encana Events Centre. “I’ve never coached a player her age that has the confidence she has.”
Other tournament award winners are Halli Krzyzaniak, Jessica Dodds and Mari-Jo Pelletier.
Krzyzaniak took home Most Valuable and Top Defenceman honours while leading Team Manitoba to a silver medal. The U-18 National Team member scored a goal and an assist at the tournament.
The Top Goaltender award went to Jessica Dodds, who helped Ontario-Blue to their first ever U-18 national championship.
Dodds had a perfect 3-0 record, allowing only four goals and finishing the championship with a 0.952 save percentage. Dodds backstopped Blue’s shocking semifinal upset of Ontario-Red, turning aside 29 shots in a 7-1 win. Dodds also made 33 saves in a 4-2 preliminary win over Québec, and gave up only one goal in Blue’s 2-1 round-robin win against Alberta.
Pelletier of Team Atlantic, was awarded the tournament’s Most Sportsmanlike Player. Pelletier (defence) had two assists in four games.