Emma Gorski finds peace between the pipes.
When the 15-year-old netminder from Wallaceburg steps on the ice, her everyday worries disappear.
Even if she has some pre-game jitters, they’re gone once the game begins.
“As much as some goalies say they don’t like the pressure, I love the adrenaline rush,” Gorski said.
That’s especially true for shootouts. She adores them. It’s a chance to make a game-winning save and be swarmed by her jubilant teammates.
“As crazy as it is, I just can’t get enough of it,” she said.
Gorski is a rookie this season with the Barrie Sharks in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.
Sharks head coach Duane Eldridge laughs when told about her self-assessment.
“It’s funny,” he said. “That’s absolutely right. She never really looks panicked. She’s had a very good year.”
It’s been a good year off the ice, too. Gorski has already committed to Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., for the 2019-20 season.
Gorski can’t sign for two more years, but she couldn’t wait to commit to the Warriors. They’re in their second season in NCAA Division I.
“My hope and dream was always to go Division I and that’s where they’re at right now,” she said. “I had looked at different schools. It happened very quickly, I have to say, but after having a visit with Merrimack and comparing it to other schools, it feels like the right for me.”