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Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week: Brett Sardina, Williamsville North boys hockey

As Brett Sardina scores more goals, Williamsville North wins more hockey games. It's that simple.

The defending state champions are off to a 14-0-4 start to the season, including 10-0-4 in the federation, and Sardina's individual numbers have played a huge part in the Spartans' team success.

Sardina followed up a two-goal effort in a 3-3 tie against Clarence last Thursday by setting the school's single-season scoring record Sunday with a goal in the second period during a 6-1 win against Bishop Timon-St. Jude.

That puts the senior at 23 goals in federation play with two more regular season games and the postseason still to go. Sardina entered the week as the only player in the fed with more than 20 goals, and his 14 assists were tied for second in Division 1. He has at least one point in every league game and a goal in all but two.

His record-setting performance makes Sardina our Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week.

Year: Senior.

Position: Center.

Number: 3.

Height: 5-foot-11.

Twitter: @brett_sardina.

Coach Bob Rosen on Sardina: "I'm happy for him. He broke the Williamsville North record for goals scored and he is three goals away from tying the Fed record (26 by St. Joe's Cole Schneider). For the last two years he's been one of our top point producers. He was first team All-WNY last year. His ability to learn new offensive skills has come quickly to him. The combination of Brett Sardina and Andrew Bruno has been successful for our team, they feed off of each other. Andrew's a set up guy, Brett is a goal scorer. Last year, Brett was a key factor in our state championship win. ... He has a great nose for the net and plays well without the puck. Eight games ago we moved him back to center, which has increased his offensive looks and opportunities."

How has your season gone so far?: This season so far is going just as planned. We try to focus on one game at a time and play our game so we can have success. We are currently undefeated right now.

Highlight of athletic career so far: The highlight of my athletic career was being awarded the All Fed hockey award my junior year on the team.

Favorite thing about my sport: My favorite thing about hockey is being with my friends every day and learning how to get better.

Williamsville North’s Brett Sardina shoots against Frontier at the Northtown Center on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (Harry Scull Jr./ Buffalo News)

Favorite teammate: My favorite teammate is Andrew Bruno because he makes the game easier.

Toughest opponent: The toughest opponent is St. Joe's because there’s so much hype around the game as well as an emotional game every time. And they always have a really strong team so it’s always a battle.

WNY Athlete I looked up to: I looked up to Patrick Kane who is from Buffalo because he started where I did and is now in the NHL.

Pro/college athlete I admire now: I admire Auston Matthews because he is a really hard worker and achieved his goal of being in the NHL at a young age.

Favorite school subject: Science.

What’s ahead (athletics and/or academics): I would like to further my hockey career and attend a big-name college while I do so.

Attention coaches

Coaches can nominate athletes of the week by sending an email to sports@buffnews.com or cdesiderio@buffnews.com by Saturday night.

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