Hawks seek playoff bye
Earning just one point from two games against the struggling Kootenay Ice, the Valley West Hawks fell out of contention for first place, but still in the hunt for a playoff bye.
The Hawks travelled to Castlegar for two games with the Kootenay Ice, the 10th place team in the 11-team B.C. Hockey Major Midget League (MML), losing 4-3 Saturday night and playing to a 3-3 tie Sunday morning.
Valley West fell behind 2-0 after one period of the first game, but came back to take a 3-2 lead by the one-minute mark of the third period on goals by Langley defenceman Jordan Klimek, and Surrey forwards James Neil and Austin Vetterl. For Neil, his tally was a team-high 20th on the season.
Kootenay replied with a tying goal three minutes into the final frame, and the winner with eight minutes to play.
The Hawks blew another two goal lead Sunday morning. Trevor Cox and Scott Cooke, both of Surrey, opened the scoring, with the Ice getting one back before the first intermission. Kootenay drew even after 40 minutes, then after Kevan Kilistoff of Langley gave the Hawks a 3-2 advantage, the Ice got a tying goal with five minutes left to play.
With one weekend remaining in league play, Valley West has a one-point lead over the Cariboo Cougars in the race for second place and a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Both teams will be in Abbotsford for games tomorrow and Sunday, as the MML concludes league play with all teams playing in the Fraser Valley city. The Hawks will face the seventh-place North Island Silvertips for two games, while the Cougars play twice against the sixth-place Vancouver Chiefs.