James Malm of the Valley West Hawks scored a goal in each of two weekend games against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

Hawks winless against T-Birds

Major midget team earns a tie, loss against Fraser Valley

Following a winless weekend against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, the Valley West Hawks have now gone four games without a win.

The BC Hockey Major Midget League team played to a 3-3 draw with the Thunderbirds Saturday in Abbotsford, then dropped a 4-2 decision in a rematch Sunday at the Langley Events Centre.

But perhaps the biggest loss of the young season came midway through last week, when the team was informed Luke Gingras would be staying in Saskatoon to play for the Western Hockey League’s Blades.

“It happens, players get called up all the time,” said Hawks head coach Jessie Leung on the loss of his team captain and leading scorer. “It’s a great opportunity for him.

“The timing is unfortunate, he was one of the best players in our league.”

Gingras was called up to the Blades for two games late last month. After playing in his first pair of Major Junior games, the Langley resident learned his short stint in Saskatoon had become permanent.

The Hawks went into last weekend’s series with the Thunderbirds missing their top-line centre who had scored eight goals and added 12 assists in eight games.

But for close to 55 minutes, they appeared to be on the verge of winning their first game without him. Leading 3-1, the Hawks surrendered a pair of goals in a 90-second span, the second of which tied the game 3-3 with four minutes to play.

“Saturday was a tough one, I think we deserved a better fate,” said Leung. “Fraser Valley capitalized on the few chances we gave them and they managed to tie the game late.”

James Malm of Langley, Tyson Talhan of Surrey and Cloverdale’s Daniel Chifan tallied for Valley West. White Rock defenceman Matt Barberis added two assists.

Sunday in Langley, Malm and Langley’s Christian Bosa tallied for the home side, each goal pulling the Hawks even with Fraser Valley.

The Thunderbirds netted a pair of unanswered goals in the third period for the win.

The Hawks played Sunday’s game without Jeffrey Stewart, their leading goal scorer with 10 in 11 games played. The Semiahmoo minor hockey product was injured in Saturday’s contest.

“Our team is in a bit of a funk. Players are gripping their sticks a little tighter and over analyzing what they’re doing,” said Leung. “We’re needing to re-define ourselves in light of Gingras’ recall to Saskatoon.”

The Hawks, who have slipped to seventh place in the 11-team league at 6-5-1 (won-lost-tied) travel to Kelowna to play the third-place Okanagan Rockets next weekend.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey students donate 2,000 pairs of socks

Initiative part of the Leo Club program

Surrey hosts grand-opening ceremony of North Surrey arena complex

‘Accessible’ facility features three sheets of ice

Lord Tweedsmuir tops Tamanawis in all-cat fight for Surrey RCMP Classic title

Panthers’ Jaeden Reid was named MVP at all-Surrey boys tournament

Trade to hometown team a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Surrey Eagles defenceman

Kieran O’Hearn gets to play in front of family, who live just minutes from South Surrey Arena

White Rock solid waste open house scheduled

Event to take place next month

After cashing in on QB gambles, Chiefs and 49ers to clash in Super Bowl

KC beats Tennessee, San Francisco dispatches Green Bay to reach NFL title game

VIDEO: SPCA and RCMP remove several animals, including pig, at private animal rescue in Langley

Home at 5500 block of 216th Street has undergone multiple seizures over the past five years

How to beat Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year

Multiple factors can play a role in seasonal depression, says Fraser Health psychiatrist

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Victoria family focuses on ‘letting go, enjoying time together’ after dad gets dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

Vancouver police probe second homicide in less than 24 hours

Woman was found dead in her Gastown home

Most Read

l -->