Hawks in a battle for home ice

Surrey's Rhett Wilcox of the Valley West Hawks scored one goal in an 8-5 win over the North Island Silvertips.
— image credit: BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

The Valley West Hawks took three of four points from the North Island Silvertips last weekend in Coquitlam, and remain in the middle of a four-team race for home ice advantage in the B. C. Hockey Major Midget League playoffs.

With 10 of the 11 teams at Planet Ice for the league’s annual all-star weekend, the Hawks won Saturday’s game 8-5, the followed up with a 2-2 tie Sunday morning.

Valley West, with players from the Cloverdale, Surrey, Semiahmoo and Langley minor hockey associations, now has a 15-11-2 (won-lost-tied) record. In fifth place, the Hawks are just one point back of the Vancouver Chiefs and Okanagan Rockets, and two up on the Vancouver Canadians.

Daniell Lange of Langley led all scorers with two goals and an assist. Langley defenceman Jordan Klimek netted a goal and two assists, with Surrey forward Mitchell Friesen earning three helpers.

Matthew Cox of White Rock, Surrey’s Jerret Smith and Rhett Willcox, and Langley forwards Danton Heinen and Josh Pollock scored once each.

The two teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, and Valley West led 4-3 after two.

Friesen netted the two goals Sunday, with Lange assisting on both. The second tally came on the powerplay, and tied the game 2-2 with six minutes to play.

The Hawks are in action twice next weekend against the Chiefs. Face-off Saturday is at 2:45 p.m. at Planet Ice, with the rematch Sunday at 3:15 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.

- Lange scored once to help Team Blue defeat Team White in Friday night’s all-star game at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex in Coquitlam.

Klimen and Heinen were also members of Team Blue. Friesen and Smith played for Team White.

- Braden Krogfoss, a goaltender from the Cloverdale Minor Hockey Association, has been named the MML Player of the Month for December.

Krogfoss, a member of the league-leading Vancouver Giants, was the winning goaltender in all three starts, conceding one goal while recording a pair of shutouts.

- with files from Jennifer Lang

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