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Hawks go two-and-out

Mitchell Friesen of Surrey scored once for the Valley West Hawks in their playoff game Saturday in Port Coquitlam. - FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER
Mitchell Friesen of Surrey scored once for the Valley West Hawks in their playoff game Saturday in Port Coquitlam.
— image credit: FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER

A strong finish to the regular season lifted the Valley West Hawks into the postseason.

But once there, the B.C Hockey Major Midget League team lasted just the minimum two games.

The Hawks were swept in a best-of-three quarterfinal series by the third place Vancouver Chiefs last weekend, losing 4-3 Friday afternoon at Planet Ice in Coquitlam and 8-2 Saturday in Port Coquitlam. They had won their final four games to grab the last playoff position.

After conceding the game’s first goal after less than two minutes of play Friday, Valley West took a 2-1 lead midway through the contest on goals by Ryan Rensby and Danton Heinen, both from Langley. The Chiefs drew even late in the second frame, took a one-goal lead early in the third, then added an insurance goal with two minutes to play.

Heinen pulled Valley West to within a goal with 93 seconds left on the clock.

Valley West, comprised of players from Surrey, Cloverdale, Semiahmoo and Langley minor hockey associations, again conceded the game’s first goal Saturday only to take a 2-1 lead in the middle frame. Mitchell Friesen of Surrey and Langley’s Daniell Lange were the goal scorers.

The Chiefs pulled even with three minutes left in the second, then buried the Hawks with six third period tallies.

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