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6 July 2014
Tryout Prep-Camp Announced


The Valley West Hawks have opened registration for a Conditioning and Tryout Prep-Camp for August 2014. This camp will be run by Valley West Hawks Coaching staff and will help prepare players for our 2014 Evaluation camp. This camp will not be used for evaluation purposes.

Camp runs:
Monday August 4, 2014. 8:00pm - 9:15pm. Langley Sportsplex #1
Tuesday August 5, 2014. 8:00pm - 9:15pm. Langley Sportsplex #1
Wednesday August 6, 2014. 7:30pm - 8:45pm. Langley Sportsplex #3

Cost:
Skaters: $100.00
Goaltenders: $70.00

Registration will be limited to 26 skaters and 4 goalies.

Click here to register

1 July 2014
Hawks add to Coaching Staff


The Valley West Hawks are very proud to announce Kris Armstrong has been added to the coaching staff for the 2014/2015 season as an Assistant Coach. Armstrong, a native of Aldergrove, led the Coquitlam Midget A1 team last season to a finish atop the Flight 1 standings. In his 10 years of coaching, Armstrong has helped his team reach the Provincial Championships 4 times finishing in the top 4 on each occasion. As a player, Armstrong played in the VIJHL, PJHL & KIJHL before suiting up for the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL.

Welcome to the Hawks Kris!



13 June 2014
Hawks get the call




The Valley West Hawks are very proud to announce Defenseman Matthew Barberis and Forward Davis Koch have been named to Hockey Canada's National U17 Development Camp roster. This is the first year that Hockey Canada will send 3 teams drawn from across the nation rather than 5 regional teams to the World U17 Challenge and the number of players invited to development camps reflect that. Barberis and Koch are 2 of 133 players from across Canada that will participate in the Development camp this July.

Barberis missed 20 games in the regular season due to an injury suffered while away with U16 Team BC but still tallied 5 goals, 16 assists and 21 points in 20 games. He was a stalwart in the playoffs putting up 6 points in 5 games.

Koch finished second in team scoring with 59 points in 34 games. A strong contributor all season long, Koch was at his best in the playoffs scoring 10 points in 5 games.

Congratulations to both Matt and Davis! We're excited to see that you're being recognized as the elite players and great people we already know you are.

Click here for the full roster

12 May 2014
Spring Conditioning Camp Registration Open!

The Valley West Hawks are proud to announce registration for their 2014 Spring Conditioning Camp is now open! This camp is focused on preparing midget (99, 98, 97) players for tryouts in conditioning, compete and game situations.

This camp is purely a conditioning camp and will not be used for evaluation purposes

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
First Class: 3 June, 2014
Last Class: 26 June, 2014
Time: 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Cost: $200.00 (Instruction only provided for skaters. Goalies register free of charge, maximum of 2 goalies at session)

Please email completed registration forms to vwhawks@gmail.com
If paying by cheque: Please email us for mailing address.
If paying by cash: Payment can be made prior to going on ice on the first day.
VWHawks Spring Camp Registration Form


Questions? Contact us at: vwhawks@gmail.com


3 May 2014
Only 96 sleeps...


The 2014/2015 BCMML season is only 96 sleeps away! The road to the 2015 Telus Cup Championships in Riviere Du Loup begins Thursday, August 7, 2014. Check back soon for information on training camp.


12 March 2014
Post-Season Preview: Valley West Hawks at Okanagan Rockets

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BCMML Semi Finals

Game 1: Friday, March 14th. 8:00pm @ Capital News Centre
Game 2: Saturday, March 15th. 3:30pm @ Capital News Centre
Game 3: Sunday, March 16th. 10:00am @ Capital News Centre (If Necessary)

The Valley West Hawks (3) travel to Kelowna to take on the Okanagan Rockets (2) in the BC Major Midget League semi-finals.


Regular Season Series: The Hawks came out on the wrong end of the season series going 1-3-0. The Rockets narrowly edged out the Hawks twice last time they met beating a time short 3 regular defensemen.

Instant Classic: These teams last faced off against each other in mid-December in two of the most exciting games in the regular season. Both games were tied 1-1 after 1 and saw the Rockets lead after 2. The Hawks stormed back in the 3rd both times taking a lead before narrowly being edged out by the Rockets. This playoff series is sure to be a highly skilled affair.

High Octane Offense: The Hawks and Rockets boasted two of the league's top offenses. The Hawks scored 193 times in 40 games while the Rockets notched 225. 

Top end Talent: This series will feature 4 of the top 8, and 2 of the top 4 regular season scorers in Tyson Jost (OK), Matt Bradley (VW), Tanner Campbell (OK) & Davis Koch (VW)

So we meet again: The Hawks will meet the Rockets in the playoffs for the second year in a row. Last season the Hawks (6) took the Rockets (3) to a third and deciding game but eventually lost the series 2-1. 

On a roll: The Hawks enter this weekend with a record of 9-1-0 in their last 10 games. The Rockets meanwhile are 7-1-2 over that same span.

Make sure you check out this weekend's playoff action! If you can't make it to Kelowna watch us live at www.playfullscreen.com


10 March 2014
Hawks sweep Round 1

The Valley West Hawks are moving on to the BC Major Midget League Semi-finals after sweeping the Cariboo Cougars 2 games to none. The Hawks orchestrated a thrilling 4-3 victory on Friday night before dominating Saturday's game winning 5-2.

The Hawks had a strong start in Game 1. Luke Gingras had the best chance of the period springing in alone on Cougars goalie Laine Delfs but failed to find the five-hole. It would take until the 5:03 mark of the first period before Davis Koch put the Hawks on the board. A wild shot caromed off the back glass and bounced into the slot where Koch made no mistake with a wicked wrister. Leading 1-0 entering the second period, the Hawks found themselves in some penalty trouble being pulled into the post-whistle shenanigans and surrenedered 2 power play goals. The Cougars would add a third power play goal 4 minutes into the third to take a 3-1 lead putting serious pressure on the home team in game 1 of the best of three series. Undaunted & undetered, the Hawks found an answer 9-minutes later. Davis Koch started a tic-tac-toe passing play with Matt Barberis & Matt Bradley and finished it with 7:15 remaining in the third period snapping a wrister 5-hole on Delfs to bring the Hawks within 1. The two Matts would figure prominantly 4 minutes later with Bradley digging the puck out of the corner and finding Barberis at the point. Barberis fired a quick wrister on net that Ty Westgard tipped home to bring the Hawks even with the Cougars at 3-3. With 1-minute left in the third and overtime looming, Bradley again provided the late game heroics. With both teams short a player on the ice, Devante Stephens made a tremendous defensive zone block to spring Davis Koch on a 1 on 1 break. Stephens barrelled up ice joining Koch on the rush and pulled the Cougars defender all the way to the net. Koch delayed to the wall and found the trailer Bradley all alone in the high slot who deked forehand, backhand and buried the puck for the game winning goal with 31 seconds left. Cole Forbes picked up the win with a 27 stop performance.

The strong finish in game 1 carried right onto game 2. The Hawks outshot the cougars 18-4 despite being short handed twice including a 5-minute major penalty and led 2-1 off goals by Mitch Newsome & Ty Westgard. Spencer Gerth scored the eventual game winning goal at the 12:00 minute mark of the second period on a short handed break away. Jamieson Ree raced into the Hawks zone for a loose puck and fired it up ice. The puck zipped past the Cougars' bench whom in the midst of a line change didn't want to touch the puck. The puck slid right to Gerth who fresh off the bench rushed in on Jeremy Matte deked to the forehand and scored on the backhand. Jamieson Ree in the second and Mitch Newsome in the third would add Power play markers to complete the first round playoff sweep. Cole Forbes picked up the win in net.

The Hawks now prepare for the League Semi-final vs Rivals Okanagan Rockets in Kelowna. Check back tomorrow for the series preview.

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
5:03 - Koch (Newsome, Callegari) PP
2nd Period
No scoring
3rd Period
7:15 - Koch (Bradley, Barberis) PP
2:49 - Westrgard (Barberis, Bradley)
:31 - Bradley (Koch, Stephens)

Starting Goalie: Cole Forbes (W)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Davis Koch

Game 2:
1st Period
14:03 - Newsome (Callegari, Funk)
:42 - Westgard (Koch, Bradley)
2nd Period

12:00 - Gerth (Ree) SH
5:59 - Ree (Callegari, Ebrahim) PP
3rd Period
:41 - Newsome (Stephens, Barberis) PP

Starting Goalie: Cole Forbes (W)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Mitch Newsome


4 March 2014
Post-Season Preview: Cariboo Cougars at Valley West Hawks
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BCMML Quarter Finals

Game 1: Friday, March 7th. 6:15pm @ Langley Sportsplex Rink 2
Game 2: Saturday, March 8th. 8:15pm @ George Preston Recreation Centre
Game 3: Sunday, March 9th. 9:45am @ George Preston Recreation Centre (If Necessary)

The Valley West Hawks (3) host the Cariboo Cougars (6) in the BC Major Midget League quarter-finals.
 
Regular Season Success: The Hawks came 1 goal shy of sweeping the regular season series going 3-0-1 with the Cariboo Cougars. Hawks won the first 2 contests in Prince George by scores of 3-2 & 6-4 before winning game 3 5-3 and settling for a 1-1 tie in game 4. Overall the Hawks outscored the Cougars 15 - 10.

So we meet again: The Hawks last met the Cougars in the Post-season in 2010/2011. The Cougars narrowly edged the Hawks for 2nd place that season by 1 point and defeated an injury-depleted Hawks team by scores of 5-3 & 6-3 in the league Semi-final.

Different Directions: The Hawks finished the Regular season on a tear posting a record of 8-1-1 in their last 10 games which is second to only the 1st place North West Giants whom went 9-0-1 in that same span. The Cougars meanwhile finished with a 4-6-0 record.

High Flying Hawks: The Hawks have set numerous team highs over the course of the season including wins (27) and goals for (193). Their 56 point, 3rd place finish ties the previous high set in 2010/2011.

Head out to Langley this weekend and support your home-town Valley West Hawks as they open the playoffs this Friday!



3 March 2014
Hawks streak to Post Season


The Valley West Hawks swept both games on the road last weekend defeating the North Island Silvertips by scores of 3-2 and 8-1. The wins stretched the Hawks record to 10 wins, 1 loss & 1 tie in their last 12 games pushed the Hawks regular season record to 27-11-2 matching the team record of 56 points set by the 2010/2011 team.

Saturday's start was as predictable as sunrise. The Hawks coming off a bye week with 3rd place locked up and injured players back in the lineup came out sluggish while the Silvertips battling for the final playoff spot came out motivated. The Hawks put on early pressure but looked out of sync and could solve neither the goaltender nor the goal post. A lucky bounce and a well placed shot had the Hawks trailing 2-0 after 20 minutes. The chemistry that was so lacking the 1st period was quickly found in the 2nd. Luke Gingras got the Hawks on the board 7 minutes in completing a text-book line rush with Trevor Ayre & Jesse Lansdell. Matt Bradley tied the game 41 seconds later hammering a loose puck into the net. Gingras would score the game winning goal 4 minutes into the 3rd period snapping home a pass from Trevor Ayre. Kyle Cheema notched the win in his first game back since he was injured in an 8-3 win over the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds on February 1st. 

Sunday saw the Hawks carry on as they finished Saturday. Matt Bradley scored 3 goals for the Hattrick, Devante Stephens scored 1 goal and added 3 assists in his second game in over 3 months and the Hawks ended the season for the North Island Silvertips. The Hawks dominated the 'Tips in the 1st period posting a 2-0 lead and outshooting them 15-2. Although the Silvertips would keep it close through the second period, the Hawks pulled away in the third. 5 goals from 5 different players posted the Hawks to the 8-1 win. Cole Forbes picked up the win in net making 15 saves. 

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
no scoring
2nd Period
12:39 - Gingras (Ayre, Barberis) 
11:58 - Bradley (Westgard, Koch)
3rd Period
15:50 - Gingras (Ayre, Barberis)

Starting Goalie: Kyle Cheema (W)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Luke Gingras

Game 2:
1st Period
9:19 - Bradley (Westgard, Koch)
3:49 - Wilde (Stephens, Smith)
2nd Period

8:09 - Bradley (Koch, Stephens)
3rd Period
16:00 - Bradley (Newsome, Stephens)
10:35 - Lansdell (Ayre, Stephens)
6:04 - Gingras (Ayre. Lansdell)
5:10 - Stephens (Gerth) PP
2:57 - Barberis (Callegari, Funk) PP

Starting Goalie: Cole Forbes (W)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Devante Stephens

The Hawks now will spend a week preparing for their first round playoff match up with the 6th place Cariboo Cougars. Stay tuned for the playoff primer tomorrow.   



28 February 2014

Heinen Heads to the 'Mile High' City

The Valley West Hawks are very proud to announce alumnus Danton Heinen has committed to play for the University of Denver Pioneers. Heinen, a Langley BC native, played for the Hawks in the 2011/2012 season tallying 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 37 games. He is currently the Captain of the BCHL's Surrey Eagles where he leads the team with 29 goals & 33 assists for 62 points in 57 games. Heinen is the third player from the 2011/2012 Hawks team behind Jordan Klimek (Northern Michigan University) and Angus Redmond (Michigan Tech) to secure an NCAA Div 1 scholarship.

Congratualtions Danton!


17 February 2014
Streaking Hawks set new high

The Valley West Hawks defeated their long time rivals Vancouver North East Chiefs twice this weekend sweeping the season series and setting a new team record for wins in a season with 25.

Saturday was a tightly contested game with much on the line for both. The Hawks looked to clinch 3rd place going into the playoffs while the Chiefs looked to move back into 4th place and home ice in the 1st round. The Hawks controlled the early pressure but could not find a crack in the Chiefs goaltender until midway through the period. Matt Bradley gained the zone at the boards and made a bullet pass to Davis Koch whom made a deft drop pass to a streaking Ty Westgard who made no mistake going glove side high. Jesse Lansdell would score the eventual game winning goal minutes later scoring tucking the puck 5-hole on a short handed break away. Matt Bradley scored the insurance marker late in the second being sent in on a breakaway on a home run pass from Davis Koch. Cole Forbes picked up the win making 28 saves on 29 shots. Final score 3-1 Hawks.

Sunday started much the same as Saturday. Although the Hawks controlled much of the early pressure the North East Chiefs were able to hold down the fort and keep the Hawks off the scoreboard. That was until the Chiefs made a mental gaffe. Already down a man, a Chief defenseman laid a cross check across the back of Mitch Newsome well after the whistle putting them down 2 men. Matt Bradley scored his 1st of the game on the ensuing 5on3 powerplay curling off the boards into the slot and rifling a snap shot top shelf giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead going into the second period. Jamieson Ree built on the momentum from Bradley's late period goal by scoring his 1st off the game  hammering home a big rebound only 52 seconds into the period. The Chiefs would hang tough before the floodgates opened 10 minutes later. The Hawks resurgent powerplay struck 13 seconds into a mid period powerplay posting the Hawks to a 3-0 lead. Matthew Barberis sent the puck to Davis Koch in the high slot whom dished off to Eric Callegari on the wall. Callegari made no mistake rifling a one timer into the yawning cage. The Hawks would score 2 more quick goals by Jamieson Ree & Jordan Funk to round out the scoring in the second period. 4 more goals would go past the Chiefs goaltender in the 3rd, none more spectacular than a short handed marker by Matthew Bradley. Down 2 men on the ice, Bradley got control of the puck deep in the Hawks zone, chipped it past the defender and roared up ice. Streaking in from the right side, Bradley toe dragged past a sliding defenseman, pulled the puck across the crease and roofed the puck past a sprawling goaltender. Cole Forbes picked up his second win of the weekend and 4th in a row. Final score 9-2 Hawks.

Notes:
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The Hawks set a new team record in wins with 25. The previous record of 24 was set in 2010/2011
- Matthew Bradley added to his team leading point record with 3 goals and 3 assists
- Matthew Barberis has 2Gs 9As for 11 points in 8 games since returning from injury
- With the win on Saturday, the Hawks have clinched 3rd place in league standings. Third place ties the previous team high set in 2010/2011
- With his 4 assist weekend, Davis Koch has tied the Hawks record for points by a 15 year old. This is shared with Mitch Friesen who set the record of 56 points in 2011/2012.  

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
7:27 - Westgard (Koch, Bradley)
1:34 - Lansdell (Ayre, Ree) SH
2nd Period

11:55 - Bradley (Koch, Barberis)
3rd Period

no scoring

Starting Goalie: Cole Forbes (W)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Cole Forbes

Game 2:
1st Period
1:07 - Bradley (Callegari, Barberis) PP 
2nd Period

19:08 - Ree (Bradley, Westgard)
9:31 - Callegari (Koch, Barberis) PP
4:23 - Ree (Savage, Westgard) PP
:51 - Funk (Newsome)
3rd Period
14:07 - Gingras (Lansdell, Barberis)
8:31 - Gerth (Newsome, Callegari)
7:48 - Westgard (Bradley, Koch)
4:13 - Bradley (Barberis, Savage) SH

Starting Goalie: Cole Forbes (W)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Jamieson Ree


10 February 2014
Hawks hammer Blazers
  
The Valley West Hawks swept the visiting Thompson Blazers winning by scores of 9-3 & 8-0 to improve to 23-11-2. The Hawks now have a 10 point spread on both the Greater Vancouver Canadians and Vancouver North East Chiefs and are a win away from locking down Third place. 

The big guns of the Hawks came to play this weekend. Mitch Newsome scored 5 goals on Saturday and added a goal and 3 assists on Sunday for an 9 point weekend. Matt Bradley had a 4 goal 1 assist weekend and now holds the Hawks single season points record with 61 points in 33 games. Davis Koch with 7 and Eric Callegari with 6 also put up big numbers on the visiting Blazers.

The Hawks scored early and often on Saturday scoring 3 goals in the span of 1:10 to start the game. Matthew Barberis got the Hawks on the board first with a blast from the point before a trio of forwards took over the score sheet. Koch & Bradley each scored once while Newsome scored twice to run the Hawks to a 5-0 lead going into the second period. Bradley would score once more in the second before Newsome scored 3 straight to cap off the scoring. 

Sunday was much the same as Saturday with the Hawks taking the early lead. Matt Bradley tipped a Shakeel Ebrahim point shot 5-hole through the goalie for the Game winning goal only 5 minutes into the first. Eric Callegari scored his first of the game minutes later off a 4 on 1 rush to give the Hawks the 2-0 lead going into the second. A 2 minute span in the second period proved to be the breaking point for the visiting Blazers. Now up 3-0, the Hawks scored 3 goals in 2:02 including 2 by Trevor Ayre to break the proverbial camel's back. 2 goals in the third capped off the scoring. 

Cole Forbes picked up both wins in net including the 18 save shut out on Sunday.

The Hawks now look ahead to next weekend's matchup with the Vancouver North East Chiefs. A win on Saturday against the 5th place Chiefs will lock up 3rd place in league standings for the Hawks. The Chiefs meanwhile will look to make up for lost ground as they battle the Greater Vancouver Canadians for 4th place and home ice in the 1st round of the playoffs.

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
18:08 - Barberis (Gingras, Lansdell)
17:20 - Newsome (Funk, Callegari)
16:58 - Bradley (Koch, Westgard)
11:05 - Newsome (unassisted)
4:11 - Koch (Westgard, Bradley)
2nd Period

9:43 - Bradley (Koch, Westgard)
3:36 - Newsome (Koch, Gerth)
3rd Period

14:04 - Newsome (Koch, Callegari) PP
8:57 - Newsome (Callegari, Funk)

Starting Goalie: Cole Forbes (W)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Mitch Newsome

Game 2:
1st Period
15:46 - Bradley (Ebrahim, Ayre)
11:22 - Callegari (Newsome)
2nd Period

18:27 - Callegari (Newsome, Ebrahim)
16:55 - Bradley (Newsome, Koch) PP
15:31 - Ayre (Gingras, Ebrahim)
14:52 - Ayre (Gingras, Ree)
3rd Period
16:44 - Newsome (Callegari, Koch) PP
5:07 - Gingras (Savage, Lansdell)

Starting Goalie: Cole Forbes (W)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Trevor Ayre

5 February 2014
Hawks earn 3 of 4 

The Valley West Hawks improve to 21-11-2 after a win and a tie over cross-valley rivals Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. The Hawks dominated play enroute to an 8-3 win on Saturday but ran into a hot goaltender Sunday settling for the 3-3 tie. Showing little rust from his over 3 month absence to injury, Matthew Barberis led the way offensively picking up 7 points off 2 goals and 5 assists in his second weekend back. Davis Koch also had a big weekend scoring 2 goals and adding 5 assists.

Captain Paul Savage opened the scoring 8 minutes into the opening frame Saturday. Jesse Lansdell froze the goalie with a pump fake before finding Savage streaking in from the point whom made no mistake with a top shelf wrister. Ty Westgard would add to the lead off the ensuing faceoff finishing a pretty passing play with Barberis & Koch. A four goal second period featuring 2 goals by Matt Bradley and singles from Jordan Funk & Davis Koch put the game away before a pair in the final rounded out the scoring. 

Sunday was a frustrating game for the red and white. The Hawks dominated offensive zone time and the shot clock but ran into a hot goaltender that kept the visiting Thunderbirds in the game. It would take the Hawks powerplay which had struggled as of late to post the Hawks to the lead in the 1st period with Davis Koch labeling a back-hander top shelf. The Hawks continued their strong play but found themselves tied 1-1 after the first period and down 3-1 after the second. The powerplay was again counted on for the late game heroics. After spending nearly eight of the first 10 minutes of the third in the penalty box, the Hawks were handed a four-minute double minor powerplay to get to work. 18 seconds into the first minor Matthew Barberis hammered a point shot home through a maze of bodies in front of the net bringing the Hawks within 1. 17 seconds after that, Mitch Newsome buried a rebound on the lip of the crease bringing the Hawks even at 3-3.

Notes: 
Matt Bradley's 2G 1A weekend ties him for the Hawks single season point record of 56 points set by Mitch Friesen in 2011/2012
With his goal on Saturday Paul Savage tied the single season goal record of 13 set by Kyle Becker in 2010/2011
Affiliate Player Ben Evanish notched his first BC Major Midget League point with an assist on Koch's second period goal on Saturday.

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
12:17 - Savage (Lansdell, Ree)
12:06 - Westgard (Koch, Barberis)
2nd Period

12:49 - Funk (Westgard, Barberis) PP
7:45 - Bradley (unassisted) PP
2:51 - Koch (Westgard, Evanish)
1:46 Bradley (Koch, Barberis)
3rd Period

16:35 - Newsome (Ebrahim, Barberis)
9:02 - Barberis (Koch, Ebrahim)

Starting Goalie: Kyle Cheema (W)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Matthew Barberis 


Game 2:
1st Period
15:17 - Koch (Callegari, Barberis) PP
2nd Period

no scoring
3rd Period
7:08 - Barberis (Koch, Bradley) PP
6:51 - Newsome (Funk, Koch) PP

Starting Goalie: Cole Forbes (T)


28 January 2014
Hawks earn split with Jekyll & Hyde weekend 

The Valley West Hawks improve to 20-11-1 after a weekend split with the defending league champions Vancouver North West Giants. A crushing loss on Saturday begat an incredible comeback win on Sunday that helped the Hawks keep pace in the final stretch of the regular season.

The Hawks lost Saturday by the biggest margin of the season. Entering the third period down 3-1 with a goal from Jesse Lansdell, seemingly anything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Hawks who gave up 6 goals in a listless final frame resulting in a 9-1 loss. 

Sunday would start much the same as Saturday; the Hawks came up empty handed on an early power play and gave up the game's first goal. Entering the 1st intermission down 3-0 it seemed for a moment that another crushing loss might be at hand. That was until Matt Bradley got the Hawks on the board 41 seconds into the second period. 6 seconds into an early second period power play Bradley stepped into a slap shot from the point blasting it in through a Mitch Newsome screen. The Giants restored their 3 goal lead off a flukey goal that would be answered the very next shift by Davis Koch. A heavy forecheck by Bradley forced a turnover below the goal line to Ty Westgard who found Koch alone at the lip of crease for a beautiful top corner snipe bringing the Hawks within 2. The true turning point of the game came in a 15 second span mid-way through the period. Captain Paul Savage dealt a thunderous hit to Giants forward Justin Szeto catching him on the shoulder in open ice but was called for a 4 minute checking to the head penalty. Off the ensuing face-off deep in the Hawks zone, Bradley shot the draw sending the puck 200 feet down to the Giants end. Davis Koch hunted the puck all the way down before intercepting a Dante Fabbro break-out pass finding a circling Bradley at the side of the net whom made no mistake short-side scoring short handed to bring the Hawks within 1. The Hawks would kill that penalty and never look back. Jordan Funk scored the equalizer off the rush early in the third period before Eric Callegari tipped home the winner on a powerplay. Paul Savage would add the insurance marker with 5 minutes remaining ensuring the 6-4 win.

Notes:
Defenseman Matt Barberis returned to the line up after missing 20 games with a broken collar bone.
Defenseman Jamieson Ree returned after missing 4 games with mono.
Hawks sit in 3rd place with 41 points. 8 points behind 2nd place NW Giants & 3 points ahead of 4th place NE Chiefs


Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
12:21- Lansdell (Funk)
2nd Period

no scoring
3rd Period

no scoring

Starting Goalie: Cole Forbes (L)

Game 2:
1st Period
no scoring
2nd Period

19:19 - Bradley (Koch, Callegari) PP
17:35 - Koch (Westgard, Bradley)
11:56 - Bradley (Koch) SH
3rd Period
18:23 - Funk (Gerth, Smith)
10:09 - Callegari (Savage, Bradley) PP
5:15 - Savage (Koch, Bradley)

Starting Goalie: Kyle Cheema (W)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Paul Smith 

Highlights:


20 January 2014
Hawks back on track after weekend Sweep

The Valley West Hawks improve to 19-10-1 after a pair of wins over the visiting Kootenay Ice sweeping the weekend and season series. The Hawks dominated both games winning by scores of 8-1 and 6-0 in a team effort that saw 10 different Hawks find the back of the net. Saturday marked the return of Defenseman Brendan Campbell whom missed 18 games due to a broken ankle and the BCMML debuts of '99 born defensemen Alec Capstick and Jarret Tyszka, both from the Langley Bantam AAA team. 

Ty Westgard got the Hawks on the board early Saturday intercepting a pass and shooting short-side high just 4 minutes into the game. Matt Bradley doubled the lead minutes later converting on a pretty passing play on the powerplay. The puck touched every player's stick before Westgard's cross-ice seam pass found Bradley backdoor for the goal. Justin WildeSpencer Gerth & Jesse Lansdell combined to score 2 hard working goals, both featuring a blocked shot in the defensive zone leading to an odd-man rush and 5-hole goal. A 1:42 spurt in the third saw the line of Jesse Lansdell, Jordan Funk, & Luke Gingras score 3 goals getting started by a short side snipe by Funk and finished by a great pass from Gingras to Captain Paul Savage for the easy goal. Alec Capstick & Jarret Tyszka both played strong games in their first taste of BC Major Midget action earning regular shifts in all situations. Capstick ended the game with 1 assist and a +2 rating while Tyszka was a +1. Alec Capstick brought the bench to it's feet late in the third dishing out a huge hit on the attacking forward as he entered the Hawks Zone. Kyle Cheema picked up the win in net making 17 saves on 18 shots.

The Hawks continued their dominating play from Saturday right into Sunday. The Kootenay Ice weathered the storm for much of the 1st before Captain Paul Savage found a crack in the armour. A long cycle by the Hawks wore the defenders down before Savage ripped a slap shot home from the middle of the ice scoring the eventual game winner. The Ice looked like they would get out of the 1st down only 1 goal but the Hawks put any thought of that to rest scoring 3 quick goals in just over 3 minutes. Ty Westgard scored a powerplay goal tipping home a point shot at the side of the net. Eric Callegari scored his first of the game using linemate Mitch Newsome as a decoy as he roofed a shot glove-side high. Moments later Jordan Funk collected a great centering pass from Jesse Lansdell and fired a quick snap shot 5-hole. Lansdell & Callegari would add goals in the 2nd and 3rd posting the Hawks to the 6-0 win. Cole Forbes made 19 saves enroute to his 1st career BCMML shutout.

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
16:14 - Westgard (Wilde)
10:23 - Bradley (Westgard, Callegari) PP
2:34 - Wilde (Gerth)
:37 - Gerth (Lansdell) SH
2nd Period

no scoring
3rd Period

9:43 - Funk (Gingras, Capstick) PP
8:27 - Gingras (Savage, Lansdell) 
8:01 - Savage (Gingras, Lansdell)
1:48 - Newsome (Savage, Callegari) PP
The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Luke Gingras

Game 2:
1st Period
8:18 - Savage (Bradley, Westgard)
3:56 - Westgard (Savage, Bradley) PP
2:08 - Callegari (Newsome)
:41 - Funk (Lansdell, Gingras)
2nd Period

11:14 - Lansdell (Campbell, Gingras)
3rd Period
14:13 - Callegari (Newsome, Ross)

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Cole Forbes


6 January 2014
BCMML All-Star Game Rosters Announced

Goaltender Kyle Cheema, defenseman Paul Savage and forwards Matt Bradley, Eric Callegari & Mitch Newsome will join Head Coach Tom Spencer at the Annual showcase taking place at 6:00pm on Friday, January 17 at George Preston Recreation Centre in Langley BC. Defenseman  Devante Stephens was also named to the all-star game but will have to sit out due to injury. 

Check out the full rosters here

23 December 2013
Special teams power Hawks to weekend Sweep

The Hawks had a point to prove entering last weekend. The Hawks were winless in 3 and their opponents the South Island Royals handed them an upset loss back in September. Big weekends collectively by the Power play and Penalty kill units combined with a 6 point weekend by Davis Koch powered the Hawks to 8-4 and 5-2 wins. 

Koch opened the scoring early on Saturday off a great forecheck from linemate Matt Bradley. Bradley won a wall battle and floated a pass to Koch who made no mistake with a wrister from the slot. A flurry of goals from both sides in the second period saw goals by Jordan Funk, Luke Gingras & Mitch Newsome post the Hawks to a 5-4 lead. Full credit to the Royals as they battled hard right to end, but they couldn't keep pace as third period Hawk goals by Paul Savage, Matt Bradley and Jamieson Ree ensured the 8-4 win. Cole Forbes with the win between the pipes.

Sunday was a special teams battle that was decided in a 2 minute span in the first period. With Jacob Malloch already in the box for a 2 minute checking to the head penalty, Josh Anderson took a costly 4 minute spearing penalty that would give the Hawks all the opening they would need. Davis Koch scored the first of 3 power play goals with Anderson in the box benefiting from a timely bounce off the end boards. A Matt Bradley point shot shanked high and wide, but bounced back in front of the net, hitting the Royals defenseman before dropping neatly on Koch's stick. The lead would extend to 2-0 shortly after when a Jamieson Ree slap shot trickled through the goaltender's 5-hole before a diving Ty Westgard poked it home. Westgard's goal was a timely one as he scored with 1 second left in Anderson's first minor. Bradley scored the game winner less then a minute later putting a perfectly placed snap shot off the back post and in. A powerplay goal by Jordan Funk in the second and a hard working short handed goal by Luke Gingras in the third ensured the 5-2 victory.

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
19:06 - Koch (Bradley)
3:34 - Bradley (Savage, Koch) PP
2nd Period

16:27 - Funk (Lansdell, Savage) PP
9:36 - Gingras (Savage, Wilde)
1:12 - Newsome (Callegari, MacEwen)
3rd Period

11:21 - Savage (Westgard, Ayre)
9:19 - Bradley (Callegari, Koch) PP
5:53 - Ree (Newsome, Callegari)
The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Luke Gingras

Game 2:
1st Period
8:52 - Koch (Bradley, Callegari) PP
8:02 - Westgard (Ree, Lansdell) PP
7:08 - Bradley (Koch, Ebrahim) PP
2nd Period

9:43 - Funk (Westgard, Koch) PP
3rd Period
16:38 - Gingras (Smith) SH

The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Davis Koch

16 December 2013
Hawks fall short vs the Rockets

The Hawks went toe to toe with league leading Okanagan Rockets but came up just short losing both games for only the second time this season. On a weekend where 3 defensemen were out with injury and almost half the team feeling the effects of the flu, the Hawks lost 2 tight bouts with the league's best whom boasted their full lineup for only the second and third times this season. The short staffed defense core, bolstered by a pair of players from the Semiahmoo Midget AAA Ravens, did a fantastic job shutting the high powered Rockets offense. Captain Paul Savage very nearly played 60 mins over the two games and was a defensive stalwart. Matthew Bradley had a statement weekend scoring 5 goals and 3 assists getting in on all of the Hawks goals this weekend.

Despite the losses, the Hawks still sit in 3rd place with a 15-8-1 for 31 points. They fall 6 points behind the 2nd place North West Giants and hold a 5 point lead on 4th place North East Chiefs.

Up next are a pair of home games at the Langley Events Centre vs the South Island Royals. The 8-13-3 royals sit tied for 8th place with 19 points and are fresh off a pair of losses to the North West Giants. Game 1 is Saturday at 7:00pm, game 2 is Sunday at 11:15am.

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
8:05 - Bradley (Koch, Westgard)
2nd Period

2:31 - Bradley (Savage, Funk) PP
3rd Period

11:42 - Bradley (Koch, Callegari) PP
10:39 - Ayre (Koch, Bradley)

Game 2:
1st Period
13:16 - Newsome (Callegari, Bradley) PP
2nd Period

6:06 - Bradley (Lansdell, Dickson)
3rd Period

19:31 - Bradley (Ayre, Lansdell)
14:18 - Funk (Bradley, Ebrahim) PP


9 December 2013
Hawks take 3 from the Cougars


The Valley West Hawks came 1 goal short in their bid to sweep the season series with the visiting Cariboo Cougars. Nontheless the Hawks took 3 of a possible 4 points this weekend and pulled within 2 points of second place North West Giants. Both games this weekend were contested right to the end.

Game 1 saw the teams knotted at 2 goals apiece after 2 periods. The Cougars buried two 5on3 powerplay goals while Eric Callegari and Jordan Funk replied for the Hawks. The Hawks gave up a go-ahead goal with just under 8 minutes left to go in the game giving up a 2 on 1 on a bad line change. Matt Bradley brought the Hawks back to equal footing with the Cougars just over a minute later taking the puck end to end on a terrific solo effort. Captain Paul Savage scored the game winner with just 2 minutes remaining steping into the slot and blasting a slap shot through the maze of bodies.

Game 2 was a tight defensive battle with neither team giving up very much offensively. Cariboo posted themselves to an early lead scoring off a semi-breakaway. Ty Westgard notched the late equalizer for the Hawks with 5 minutes remaining in the third to stave off the loss.

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
9:21 - Callegari (Newsome)
2nd Period

3:56 - Funk (Bradley, Ree)
3rd Period

6:26 - Bradley (Westgard, Koch)
1:57 - Savage (Funk, Callegari)
:53 - Savage (Bradley) EN
The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Paul Savage

Game 2:
1st Period
No scoring
2nd Period

No scoring
3rd Period

5:12 - Westgard (Koch) PP


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.

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period
19:41 - Funk (Newsome, Callegari)
4:08 - Koch (Bradley, Westgard)
2nd Period

18:12 - Stephens (Funk, Ebrahim)
8:49 - Savage (Lansdell, Newsome) PP
4:20 - Wilde (Stephens, Lansdell)
3rd Period

18:47 - Smith (Bradley, Stephens)
The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Matt Bradley

Game 2:
1st Period
12:58 - Ayre (Newsome, Savage)
2nd Period

19:31 - Bradley (Callegari, Newsome) PP
:32 - Savage (Koch)
3rd Period
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.

Scoring Summary:
Game 1:
1st Period

16:19 - Wilde (Lansdell, Stephens)
15:18 - Stephens (Lansdell, Gerth)
10:36 - Callegari (Bradley, Wilde)
2nd Period

no scoring
3rd Period
no scoring
The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Eric Callegari

Game 2:
1st Period
17:57 - Gingras (Westgard, Forbes) PP
17:33 - Ebrahim (Wilde, Smith)
10:09 - Bradley (Ree, Ebrahim) PP
2nd Period

14:17 - Lansdell (Bradley) SH
11:38 - Gingras (unassisted) SH
3rd Period
15:39 - Bradley (Stephens, Newsome)
14:29 - Wilde (Koch, Smith)
The Hockey Shop Junkyard Dog Player of the Game: Shakeel Ebrahim

 




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