Valley West Hawks keep rolling
The wins just keep on coming for the Valley West Hawks.
The B.C. Major Midget League (MML) team extended its regular season win streak to 13 games last weekend, taking both ends of a double header with the South Island Thunderbirds in Langley by scored of 4-1 and 7-1.
The four-point weekend vaulted the Hawks into first place in the 17-and-under elite hockey league, two points ahead of the idle Vancouver Giants with a 19-4-5 (won-loss-tied) record.
The fifth-place Thunderbirds got on the scoreboard first Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre, and led 1-0 after one period. But Valley West came back with three goals by a pair of Surrey forwards. James Neil netted a pair to lift the Hawks into the lead, and a single from Trevor Cox made it 3-1 after 40 minutes. Trent Lifthouse, also of Surrey, closed out the scoring with the lone goal of the third period.
In the rematch Sunday morning at the George Preston Recreation Centre, Langley residents Kyle Becker and Kevan Kilistoff, as well as Surrey forward Scott Cooke all scored on the powerplay within a two-minute span for a quick 3-0 Valley West lead.
After a South Island tally, Danton Hienen made it 4-1 for the home team ofter the first period. Austin Vetterl of Surrey, White Rock’s Grant Rostvig and Lofthouse added to the Hawks total.
Valley West will face-off against the sixth-place Vancouver Chiefs next weekend, playing Saturday night in Kamloops and Sunday morning in Chase. The games follow the MML all-star game Friday evening, also in Chase, which will see netminder Steve Myland, defenceman Kyle Burroughs, and forwards Vetterl, Cox and Mark McLellan in action.