3 December 2013
Hawks flying with the leaders 20 games in
The BC Major Midget league has a funny schedule. Weekly double headers mean the stats and standings can be very deceiving until every team has played every team twice. The Hawks have hit this mid-way point with the best start in Team history. 20 games into the 2013/2014 season, the Valley West Hawks have run out to a 14-6-0 record for 28 points which is one point better than the 11-4-5 Hawks from 2010/2011. 28 points has this year's Hawks sitting 3rd place in league standings, 5 points behind league leaders Okanagan Rockets & Vancouver North West Giants (both 16-3-1). This trio of teams has thus far seperated itself from the rest of the league and will jockey for home ice advantage through all three rounds of the playoffs. That's not to say, however, games against the rest of the league will be easy. 2 points seperate the 6 teams seeded 4th through 9th. Each and every weekend the logjammed teams will be in desperation mode as a win can be the difference between home ice in the 1st round of the playoffs (4th place) and missing the playoffs altogether (9th place).
The Hawks look to keep rolling through the back half of the season when they host the visiting Cariboo Cougars this upcoming weekend. Game 1 is Saturday, December 7 12:15pm, Game 2 is Sunday, December 8 9:15am. Both games are at the Langley Sportsplex.
2 December 2013
Hawks drop North Island
The Valley West Hawks swept both games of last weekend's series with the visiting North Island Silvertips to run their season record to 14-6-0 good for 28 points and 3rd place in league standings. The Hawks never trailed enroute to 6-3 and 5-2 victories at the Langley Sportsplex and Langley Events Centre.
Jordan Funk opened the scoring 19 seconds into Game 1 off a rush on a delayed penalty finding the 5 hole on 6'5" Goaltender Liam Young. Davis Koch extended the lead to 2-0 scoring on the rush off a terrific feed from linemate Matt Bradley. The offense would carry on in the second; Devante Stephens scored a solo effort going coast to coast before sliding the puck past a sprawled Young. Paul Savage & Justin Wilde would each score giving the Hawks a 5-3 advantage going into the final frame. Paul Smith scored his 6th of the season early in the third to erase any chance of a Silvertip comeback. Kyle Cheema picked up the win between the pipes.
Sunday proved to be a sloppy affair with both teams struggling to find their stride out of the gate after the early wake-up call for the 9:15am game. Trevor Ayre opened the scoring 7 minutes into the game with his first of the year unleashing a laser beam from the face-off dot beating the goalie cleanly over the shoulder. The lead, however, was short lived as the Silvertips tied the game 5 minutes later on the powerplay. The Hawks answered back with a powerplay marker of their own 29 seconds into the second period. Eric Callegari found Matt Bradley off a high roll who stepped into the slot and fired rocket through a Mitch Newsome screen. Penalty trouble hit the Hawks 5 minutes later as they were called for 3 consecutive penalties over the span of 70 seconds. The penalty killing unit was up to the task led by Paul Savage, Devante Stephens, Mitch Newsome & Trevor Ayre. The quartet killed close to 2 minutes of a 2 man advantage keeping the Power play to 0 shots. Captain Paul Savage would add the game winner late in the second period; Davis Koch won a defensive zone draw back to Savage who skated the puck through both teams before firing a low wristed from the halfwall that beat the goalie glove side. Bradley & Koch would both score in the third enroute to the 5-2 win with Cole Forbes picking up the win in net.
19:41 - Funk (Newsome, Callegari)
4:08 - Koch (Bradley, Westgard)
18:12 - Stephens (Funk, Ebrahim)
8:49 - Savage (Lansdell, Newsome) PP
4:20 - Wilde (Stephens, Lansdell)
18:47 - Smith (Bradley, Stephens)
The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Matt Bradley
12:58 - Ayre (Newsome, Savage)
19:31 - Bradley (Callegari, Newsome) PP
:32 - Savage (Koch)
17:48 - Bradley (Ebrahim, Stephens) PP
13:54 - Koch (Gerth, Bradley)
The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Trevor Ayre
16 November 2013
Hawks sweep the Chiefs
The Valley West Hawks swept the North East Chiefs this last weekend improving to 12-6-0 and putting a 7 point cushion on 4th place. The Hawks offense came to play early in both games scoring 3 goals on 9 shots to start both games enroute to 3-2 and 7-5 wins.
Justin Wilde scored Saturday's first goal, his 5th of the season but 1st at home capping off a slick passing play from Jesse Lansdell and Devante Stephens. Just over a minute after that, Stephens found a seam to the slot where he buried a terrific feed from Lansdell for the Hawks' second goal. Eric Callegari scored the game winner off a 2 on 1 rush from linemate Matt Bradley.
Game 2 started with the same offensive push as Saturday. Luke Gingras scored a powerplay goal just over 2 minutes in on the game's 1st shot being sprung on a breakaway by Ty Westgard. Shakeel Ebrahim added to the lead moments later ripping a slap shot from the point through a screen in only his 2nd game back from injury. Matt Bradley scored his 1st of the game on the powerplay finding a rebound and walking the puck around the goaltender. Bradley added to his point total in the 2nd period fighting the puck off a defenseman's stick below the Chiefs goal line and finding Jesse Lansdell in the slot for a short handed goal. Luke Gingras would add the Hawks 2nd short handed goal on the same penalty minutes later off a misplay by the Chiefs goaltender. Matt Bradley and Justin Wilde would add singles in the 3rd to pace the Hawks to the victory.
The Hawks now enter their first of two bye weekends in the regular season. They sit in 3rd place with a 12-6-0 record for 24 points, 1 point behind the North West Giants (12-3-1) in second and 3 points behind the Okanagan Rockets (13-2-1) in 1st. 7 points back of the Hawks are both the Cariboo Cougars (8-7-1) and the North East Chiefs (7-6-3). The Hawks are back in action November 30th and December 1st playing host to the North Island Silvertips.
16:19 - Wilde (Lansdell, Stephens)
15:18 - Stephens (Lansdell, Gerth)
10:36 - Callegari (Bradley, Wilde)
The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Eric Callegari
17:57 - Gingras (Westgard, Forbes) PP
17:33 - Ebrahim (Wilde, Smith)
10:09 - Bradley (Ree, Ebrahim) PP
14:17 - Lansdell (Bradley) SH
11:38 - Gingras (unassisted) SH
15:39 - Bradley (Stephens, Newsome)
14:29 - Wilde (Koch, Smith)
The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Shakeel Ebrahim
Check the season schedule here.