Sweep lifts Hawks back into second

A perfect weekend has lifted the Valley West Hawks back into second place in the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League (MML).

The Hawks swept the Vancouver Canadians in a two-game set on home ice, moving past the Canadians and the idle Cariboo Cougars into the runner-up position with four games to play. The top two teams in the MML receive byes through to the semifinal round of the playoffs.

Daniell Lange of Langley, and Surrey forwards Austin Vetterl and Trent Lofthouse tallied for the Hawks in a 3-1 win Saturday night at the South Surrey Arena. Valley West led 2-1 and 3-1 at the period breaks.

Two goals in each of the first two periods lifted the Hawks to a 4-2 victory at the George Preston Recreation Centre Sunday morning.

Scott Cooke, James Neil, Riley Stradel and Vetterl were the goal scorers. Kevan Kilistoff contributed with a pair of assists.

The Hawks are now 23-6-7 (won-lost-tied), five points back of the first place Vancouver Giants and two up on the Cougars. They travel to Castlegar next weekend for two games with the 7-23-6 Kootenay Ice, then close out the season with two home games against the seventh-place North Island Silvertips.

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