Hawks fall from first place

The end of their 15-game unbeaten streak has cost the Valley West Hawks the lead in the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League (MML).

The Hawks were swept by the Vancouver Giants in a two-game series last weekend, a pair of victories that vaulted the Giants one point up on Valley West atop the 11-team provincial league.

Needing only a split to remain in first place, the Hawks twice took one-goal leads in the first game, played Saturday night at the South Surrey Arena. James Neil opened the scoring for Valley West, and after the Giants tied the contest early in the second period, the Surrey forward added his second of the game for a 2-1 Hawks lead.

The Giants tied the contest before the period was over, and netted the winner seven minutes into the third.

Vancouver jumped to a 4-0 lead after one period in game two Sunday morning at the George Preston Recreation Centre in Langley.

Kevan Kilistoff of Langley was in on all three Valley West goals, scoring twice in the second period, and assisting on Surrey forward Mark McLellan’s goal midway through the third.

At 20-6-6 (won-lost-tied), the Hawks are one point back of the Giants, who have two games in hand and swept the season series with Valley West. Of the six losses this season, Valley West has dropped four to the Giants.

Valley West will face the ninth-place Fraser Valley Bruins for two games next weekend, facing off Saturday night in Abbotsford and Sunday in Chilliwack.

The Bruins and Hawks tied both games of their two-game series in Langley Oct. 20-31, playing to 1-1 and 3-3 draws.

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