Hawks are pulling away
The Valley West Hawks are proving to be a top five team in the BC Hockey Major Midget League.
The Hawks took three of four points from games played last weekend, and improved to 6-4-2 (won-lost-tied). Their 14 points are five clear of the sixth-place North Island Silvertips, and just two back of the fourth-place Vancouver Chiefs.
Valley West defeated the Vancouver Canadians 7-3 Saturday evening in Richmond, then the two sides played to a 3-3 tie Sunday at the Langley Events Centre.
Seven different players tallied in Saturday’s win, a game in which the Hawks never trailed but didn’t put out of reach until late in the third period.
Jakob Stukel of Cloverdale gave Valley West a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Eric Callegari, Cole Bevan and Matthew Cox tallied in the second, each goal giving the Hawks a two-goal advantage, and each followed by a Canadians score.
Royce Rossignol made it 5-3 for Valley West midway through the third period, and after the Canadians again cut the difference to one goal, Mitch Newsome and Jake Fletcher of the Hawks completed the scoring.
A slow start Sunday cost Valley West, as they trailed 2-0 after one period. Spencer Unger got one back for the Hawks early in the second period, and three minutes into the third Wilcox tied the contest.
The Canadians took the lead again with 14 minutes to play, then Darien Craighead notched a tying goal just 20 seconds later.
The Hawks will play another home-and-home series next weekend, visiting the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds Saturday afternoon in Chilliwack then playing a rematch Sunday at 3:15 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.