Team BC won their first game at the 2013 Women’s U18 National Championship with a 3–2 overtime victory against Team Quebec.
Sarah Potomak of Aldergrove scored the overtime game winner.
It was the opening day for the event that runs November 6-10 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
After a scoreless first period and being outshot 12-9, Team BC was the first on the board less than 30 seconds into the second period thanks to a goal by Hannah Miller (North Vancouver).
Midway into the second, Team Quebec tied the game at one (1) but it wouldn’t last long as Brie Bellerive (North Vancouver) buried a goal from a Micah Hart (Saanichton) pass.
Team BC led 2-1 heading into the final period of play. Just over two minutes into the third, Quebec tied the game, which ended up forcing a five (5) minute, 4-on-4 overtime.
With just over a minute remaining in overtime, Sarah Potomak (Aldergrove) found the back of the net to give Team BC the win.
Valencia Yordanov (Port Coquitlam) stopped 28 out of 30 shots faced in net for Team BC Quebec outshot Team BC 30-26.
Players who got points on the board for Team BC in game one include:
Team BC Goal #1: Hannah Miller from Sarah Potomak
Team BC Goal #2: Brie Bellerive from Micah Hart
Team BC Goal #3: Sarah Potomak from Natalie Stanwood (West Vancouver)
A pair of sisters from Aldergrove and another player from Langley are going for gold as part of Team B.C. at the national women’s U18 hockey championships in Calgary. Sarah and Amy Potomak — who play for the Pursuit of Excellence program in Kelowna — and Chelsea Wilson, of the Fraser Valley Phantom, are on the 20-person roster.
Team BC’s next match-up is against Ontario-Blue on Thursday, November 7, 2013 with a 3 p.m. PST puck drop. The game can be watched live via the Hockey Canada website.
The 2012 Women’s U18 National Championship was held in Dawson Creek, where Team BC finished fourth with a devastating 3-2 overtime loss to Ontario-Red in the bronze medal game.
You can follow the team’s journey at the Women’s U18 National Championship on Twitter at @BCHockey_Female.
The National Women’s Under-18 Championship brings together teams made up of the best female hockey players born 1996 or later. The tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts, led by head scout of women’s national team programs Melody Davidson, who are evaluating candidates for the Canadian contingent that will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship from March 23-30, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary, as well as at other international events.