Hawks take two from Ice
The Valley West Hawks swept a weekend series for the first time in five weeks, winning twice at home against the Kootenay Ice.
The Hawks blew a three-goal lead in the first game Saturday in Langley, but earned a 5-4 victory after Latrell Charleson of Surrey notched his second goal of the game on the powerplay with just 64 seconds remaining in the game.
Nick Coltura and Danton Heinen of Langley and Surrey’s Ram Brar netted first period goals to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. Heinen’s tally was a team-best ninth of the season.
The Ice struck three times on the powerplay to cut the difference to 4-3 after the second period.
Sunday morning at the Surrey Sports and Leisure Complex, the Hawks scored once in the first period, twice in the second and added three more in the third to cruise to a 6-1 victory.
The Hawks scored wice on the powerplay, and once while shorthanded.
Daniell Lange of Langley scored a pair, including the game winner, with singles coming from Heinen, Jordan Klimek of Langley, and Surrey residents Rhett Willcox and Jerret Smith.
The sweep left the Hawks in fifth place in the 11-team provincial league with a 10-8-0 (won-lost-tied) record.
The top six teams will qualify for the playoffs.
The Hawks complete the first part of their schedule next weekend in Nanaimo, playing twice against the 6-10-2 North Island Silvertips.