Hawks slip to seventh
For the first time this season, the Valley West Hawks are not in a playoff position.
The B.C. Hockey Major Midget League team extended its losing streak to four games last weekend, losing a pair of 4-3 decisions to the Fraser Valley Bruins.
The losses, coupled with a pair of wins by the North Island Silvertips over the South Island Thunderbirds, lifted North Island into sixth place, one point up on the Hawks.
The Bruins are just two back of Valley West, which has played two more games that each of the two teams they are battling with for a playoff berth.
The Hawks trailed 2-0 after one period Saturday in Abbotsford, and were down 3-0 midway through the contest until forwards Mitch Friesen of Surrey and Langley’s Danton Heinen took turns setting each other up.
Fraser Valley made it 4-2 with five minutes to play, then Langley defenceman Austin Bietenbeck of the Hawks closed out the scoring with 45 seconds to play.
Valley West fell behind early again in Sunday’s rematch at the Langley Events Centre, trailing 3-1 and 4-2 at the period breaks. Langley forwards Daniell Lange and Kyle Raymond, and White Rock’s Matthew Cox were the goal scorers.