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Sweep lifts Hawks into fifth

Mitch Newsome (right) of the Valley West Hawks score the winning goal in a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canadians. - FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER
Mitch Newsome (right) of the Valley West Hawks score the winning goal in a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canadians.
— image credit: FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER

Two wins away from home have bumped the Valley West Hawks into sole possession of fifth place in the BC Hockey Major Midget League.

The team of 15-17 year olds played twice in Richmond last weekend, and took a pair of 3-2 decisions from the Vancouver Canadians. Both teams were tied for fifth place prior to the weekend, although the Canadians had played two fewer games.

The Canadians scored the game’s first two goals Saturday, then were shut out the rest of the way.

Rhett Wilcox of Surrey got the Hawks on the scoreboard midway through the second period, and Cloverdale’s Jakob Stukel tied the game 2-2 five minutes later. Mitch Newsome of Surrey netted the winner six minutes into the third period.

The Hawks continued to dominate the Canadians through the first 40 minutes of Sunday’s game, with Stukel scoring once and Wilcox netting two for a 3-0 Valley West lead. Luke Stripp of Surrey was in goal for both games, and now has seven wins on the season.

The Hawks now have a 12-10-6 (won-lost-tied) record, and are four point sup on the Canadians and nine behind the Vancouver Chiefs. They will host the Kootenay Ice (3-21-2) Saturday night at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 11:45 a.m. at the Langley Events Centre.

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