Jakob Stukel of the Valley West Hawks scored twice in a 7-3 loss to the Okanagan Rockets.

Jakob Stukel of the Valley West Hawks scored twice in a 7-3 loss to the Okanagan Rockets.

Hawks lose two to Rockets

Major Midget team sees record fall to .500

For just the third time this season, the Valley West Hawks have lost twice in one weekend.

Playing at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna, the Hawks lost 7-0 and 7-3 to the Okanagan Rockets, and have fallen to .500 on the season with a 9-9-6 (won-lost-tied) record, good for sixth place in the 11-team B.C. Hockey Major Midget League.

Okanagan improved to 18-2-4, and have moved into second place.

Leading 2-0 after 20 minutes on Saturday night, the Rockets scored five times in the second period before a scoreless third period.

Okanagan’s domination continued in the opening frame of Sunday morning’s rematch, as the home side tallied four times in a 10-minute span for a 4-0 lead.

Valley West made a game of it in the second period, getting an pair of goals from Jakob Stukel of Cloverdale and one from Spencer Unger to close the gap to 4-3 just before the second intermission. Royce Rossignol, Parker Wotherspoon, Rhett Wilcox and Addison Bazian each collected on assist for Valley West.

It was the Rockets who took back the momentum in the final period, netting two goals in the first five minutes of play then adding another with 61 seconds remaining.

The two teams split their two games in Langley Oct. 13-14, with the Rockets getting the decision 7-6 on Saturday night and the Hawks taking the win in the second game by a 3-1 margin.

Valley West will be off the ice over the Christmas break, resuming league play Jan. 5-6 when they travel to Prince George for a two-game series with the second-place Cariboo Cougars (18-6-0). The Hawks dropped two one-goal games to Cariboo last September in Langley.

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