Valley West Hawks Arshdeep Bains breaking ankles (figuratively, people) as he dangles around Vancouver NE Chiefs defender Nicholas Yu on Tuesday night at the Langley Events Centre. (Trevor Beggs)

PHOTOS: Valley West Hawks stay hot with home ice victory

The BCMML’s best team beat the Vancouver NE Chiefs 6-2 on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

There are not many teams these days that can stop the Valley West Hawks.

When you’re looking at teams in the BCMML, the Hawks are the cream of the crop.

Their 6-2 victory over the Vancouver NE Chiefs on Tuesday night left them atop of the standings in the 11-team league. Even with the victory, head coach Rob Evers wasn’t completely pleased with their performance.

“We still gave up too many shots,” said Evers post-game. “We did a good job of keeping most of those shots to the outside, but that’s still an area of our game we want to clean up.”

Evers did have a strong performance from goalie Josh Dias, who is now 9-1-1 on the season. Dias made an absolute beauty of a save in the third period to preserve the Hawks already insurmountable lead.

“He’s had a great season for us,” said Evers. “He’s not getting enough love for the season he’s had.”

Aside from goaltending, offence is another obvious strength for the Hawks.

If you thought six goals was an above average performance for the Hawks, think again. They lead the league with 85 goals in 15 games, for an average of 5.67 goals per game.

With the talent currently on this team, players in the dressing room know that it’s time for the organization to make a push for a championship.

“Anything short of a championship is a waste of a season for our team,” said forward Max Mohagen after the game.”We have a deep team and hopefully we go a long ways.”

The Valley West Hawks last won the league championship in 2015-16. In a league that sees a lot of turnover based on the age group, they have only one remaining player, Kabir Gill, from the team that won in 2017-18.

Now that the Hawks are led by a completely different group of players, it’s encouraging to see the scouting and coaching from Evers paying off once again.

Evers was an assistant during the championship season in 2015-16, but he will look to lead the Hawks to their second championship in three seasons as head coach this time.



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Josh Dias makes a great save on Quinton Hill, one of his 24 saves against the Vancouver NE Chiefs on the evening. (Trevor Beggs)

The referee tries to break up a scrum during second period action between the Valley West Hawks and the Vancouver NE Chiefs on Tuesday night at the Langley Events Centre. (Trevor Beggs)

Cameron MacDonald skates back to the bench with teammates after scoring his hat trick goal against the Vancouver NE Chiefs on Tuesday night. (Trevor Beggs)

Max Mohagen gets rid of the puck and absorbs a hit from Logan Kurki, who’s a good nine seven inches shorter than the 6’1” Mohagen. (Trevor Beggs)

Justin Sourdif goes to move the puck up the ice. He’s one of the most highly-touted players on the roster after getting drafted third overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. (Trevor Beggs)

Nolan Krogfoss (left), Arshdeep Bains (centre) and Max Mohagen (right) celebrate Krogfoss’s hat trick goal against the Vancouver NE Chiefs. (Trevor Beggs)

Justin Sourdif shows off his strong defensive play by breaking up a scoring chance. (Trevor Beggs)

Hunor Torzsok braces himself for a hit from Chiefs forward Ryan Denney. (Trevor Beggs)

Arshdeep Bains (left) and Kyle Forbes (right) stop for a photo during third period action between the Hawks and Chiefs at the Langley Events Centre on Tuesday, Nov. 14th. (Trevor Beggs)

The view from the bench as the Hawks spend a shift in their own zone during third period action. (Trevor Beggs)

Nolan Krogfoss gets another scoring chance on a night where he had three goals for the Valley West Hawks. (Trevor Beggs)

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