Hawks fall to fifth
The Hawks fell 7-4 to the Vancouver Chiefs Saturday in Coquitlam, then played to a 3-3 tie in a rematch Sunday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre.
The weekend results vaulted the Chiefs into sole possession of third place in the 11-team league, and with two wins on a weekend trip to Vancouver Island, the Vancouver Canadians were also able to move past the Hawks into fourth place.
Now at 15-12-3 (won-lost-tied), Valley West pulled alongside the idle Okanagan Rockets in a tie for fifth place.
Langley forward Daniell Lange was the hero Sunday, allowing the Hawks to salvage a single point from the weekend with a game-tying goal with 56 seconds to play. After the Chiefs tallied twice in a 31-second span midway through the final period to take a 3-1 lead, Mitchell responded with his first of two goals with five minutes to go.
Ram Brar of Surrey netted the game’s first goal in the opening period. Langley defenceman Jordan Klimek and Surrey forward Mitchell Friesen collected two assists each.
Four third period goals allowed the Chiefs to get the win Saturday. They led 2-1 after one period with a pair of powerplay goals, but were tied 3-3 after 40 minutes. Three of the four Chiefs powerplay goals were scored in the final frame.
Friesen and Klimek each had a goal and an assist. Surrey defenceman Jerret Smith and Langley’s Josh Pollock also scored. Lange contributed with a pair of helpers.
The Hawks play twice against the league-leading Vancouver Giants next weekend. They play at home Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Langley Events Centre, then play in Burnaby Sunday morning.