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2018-03-14 / Sports

North forward Sardina voted Player of the Year

by JASON NADOLINSKI Reporter


Williamsville North senior Brett Sardina is the 2017-18 All-Bee Boys Hockey Player of the Year after capping his three-year Federation career by leading Division I with 25 goals in 16 league games. That production, which broke North’s single-season goals record in league play, caught the eye of voters, as Sardina had triple the votes of the two players tied for second place. 
Photo by Kathleen Kramer. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Williamsville North senior Brett Sardina is the 2017-18 All-Bee Boys Hockey Player of the Year after capping his three-year Federation career by leading Division I with 25 goals in 16 league games. That production, which broke North’s single-season goals record in league play, caught the eye of voters, as Sardina had triple the votes of the two players tied for second place. Photo by Kathleen Kramer. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Anyone who has watched the three-year varsity career of Williamsville North senior forward Brett Sardina could plainly see that he was a special talent with a knack for scoring goals.

The Second Team Division I All-State all-star broke North’s school record for single-season goals in Federation league action this season, scoring 25 in 16 Division I contests to finish with more than double the second-place player. Sardina, who also had 15 assists for 40 points in league action, finished with 35 total goals and 18 total assists for 53 total points on the season.

That kind of reliable production caught the eye of many of the other Federation coaches this winter, as Sardina was elevated from First Team status last season to 2017-18 All-Bee Boys Hockey Player of the Year in his final year of high school play.

“Brett is just consistently good night in and night out,” coach Bob Rosen said. “He was on the score sheet every game this year but our shutout loss.”

That shutout loss Rosen was referring to came in the Federation Large Schools final, as the Spartans were denied a chance to play in the state tournament for a third consecutive season by the eventual state runners-up. But that contest proved to be an anomaly for North, as Sardina played a huge role in providing the spark in the offensive end for the Spartans. Just in league play, Sardina was directly or indirectly responsible for nearly half of the Spartans’ 82 goals.

Sardina was particularly lethal in North’s two games against Frontier, scoring twice and assisting on four other tallies in the team’s season-opening 13-6 triumph on Nov. 27, before torching the Falcons for four goals and two assists in the Spartans’ 12-0 conquest on Jan. 6.

“He has great hands, great vision, and just an overall great skill set with his ability to handle and pass the puck,” Rosen said. “The release on his shot got better every year he’s played for us. He’s changed the angle of where he’s shooting from too, and that’s given him some nice options on the ice over the years. Part of that comes from the offseason stuff that we do on top of the things we do during the year; he was able to grasp it all and do a good job with it.”

Sardina finished with half of the 12 total votes cast for Player of the Year, easily beating out runners-up Andrew Bruno — his linemate at North — and Sweet Home’s Tyler Edholm for the honor. Both second-place finishers received two votes each.

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