Leading the Charge for Team B.C once again was emerging superstar Sarah Potomak, who Friday, scored a hat trick, and dished out a single assist.
The opening period was a showcase of talent for the line of Potomak, Spring and Miller, as the trio scored all three goals of the opening frame, combining for six points in the first.
Potomak opened the scoring at 4:15 into the first, which was quickly followed by a goal off the stick of Hannah Miller. Both goals were scored on the power-play and Potomak wasn’t done there, as the fourteen year old from Aldergrove, B.C. scored her second of the period at 19:16, leading B.C. to a 3-0 first period cushion.
The second period began with Team B.C. extending their lead, as only 1:12 into the second, McKenzie Wong scored, with Potomak registering an assist. That was followed by another B.C. goal, as Emily Costales scored short-handed, providing the home team a 5-0 lead.
However, Team Atlantic showed some bite in the second period, as goals from Laura Polak and Breanna Lanceleve within the final three minutes of the second, wrapped up the middle frame with the scoreboard reading 5-2.
The two quick Team Atlantic goals seemed to produce a somewhat closer third period, as neither team was able to produce any offense until late in the period, where Potomak scored her hat trick goal at 17:20 of the third. Another late goal by B.C.’s Brielle Bellerive at 18:19 was the final marker of the game, concluding the match 7-2 in favour of Team B.C.
Potomak would go on to win Player of the Game award for B.C., and honour also won by Team Atlantic’s Breanna Lanceleve.
Despite the lop-sided goal differential, shots were fairly even in the Friday night match. Team B.C. fired 20 shots at Atlantic goaltender Rebecca Weagle, while B.C.’s goaltender Michaela Logan, faced 17.
With another stellar night on the ice resulting in a four point performance, Sarah Potomak, now leads the tournament goal scoring race with seven points (6 goals, 1 assist) in three games, scoring three of her goals on the power play and registering one game-winning goal.
Not by coincidence, second in tournament scoring is her line-mate and Team B.C. captain Lauren Spring, who has five assists in the three games played.
Concluding the Preliminary portion of the tournament with a record of 2-1, Team B.C. will now face Team Manitoba in Saturday’s semi-finals, which will begin at 4 p.m.