Hawks edge Cougars

Rhett Wilcox (left) of the Valley West Hawks scored once against the Cariboo Cougars last weekend in Prince George. The Hawks won one of two games.   - FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER
Rhett Wilcox (left) of the Valley West Hawks scored once against the Cariboo Cougars last weekend in Prince George. The Hawks won one of two games.
— image credit: FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER

After three close losses in as many games to the third place team in the BC Hockey Major Midget League, the Valley West Hawks managed to defeat the Cariboo Cougars in their final meeting of the season.

The Hawks doubled the Cougars 4-2 Sunday afternoon at the CN Centre in Prince George, maintaining their sixth-place standings in the elite league for 15-17 year-olds.

Cole Plotnikoff of Surrey and Carter Dickson, a call-up from Semiahmoo Minor Hockey, scored first-period goals to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. Cariboo got one back before the first intermission, but Plotnikoff deflected a shot from Cloverdale’s Parker Wotherspoon in the Cougars goal for a 3-1 Valley West lead midway through the second.

Leading 3-2 after 40 minutes, the Hawks got an insurance goal from Rhett Wilcox of Surrey with 15 minutes to play.

The win came in the second of two games last weekend in Prince George. Cariboo defeated the Hawks 3-1 Saturday, with Jake Fletcher of Surrey getting the lone Valley West goal to briefly tie the game 1-1. The Cougars scored twice in the last six minutes of play to get the win.

Luke Stripp was in the Hawks goal in both games, making a combined 56 saves.

Valley West remains at .500 on the season with a 10-10-6 (won-lost-tied) record, tied with the fifth-place Vancouver Canadians on points, but having played two more games. The Hawks will play the Canadians twice in Richmond next weekend.

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