Welcome to the official website of the Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget League

The Valley West Hawks are very proud to provide opportunities for players from Cloverdale, Surrey, Semiahmoo and North Delta Minor Hockey Associations to play and develop at an elite level. We are the premiere development program for elite, midget aged hockey players working towards advancement to Junior A or Major Junior Hockey.

The Hawks play the majority of their home games out of the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. and all of their home games are broadcast live through PlayFullScreen, with all games being available via their online archive as well.

 

2017-18 Showcase Recap: Special Teams Standing Out

The 2017-18 Major Midget League Showcase turned out to be just that, a showcase of the Valley West Hawks’ talent and special teams prowess. In what amounted to a two day domination, the Hawks picked up four points with 12-1 and 3-0 wins over the Thompson Blazers.

If coach Rob Evers wrote a script for the first game, it wouldn’t have looked much different than what took place Friday night at the Olympic Oval. The ice was tilted towards the Thompson net right from puck drop, and by the end of the game, gaining the Hawks’ zone appeared as difficult an endeavor as running up Russia’s snow-covered mountain in Rocky IV.

The first period saw tallies from Justin Sourdif on the power play and the first in a Hawks jersey for Dawson Penner. The score was only 2-0 at the end of the period, but the tone was set after the Hawks earned plenty of offensive zone time as a result of four Blazers penalties. The second saw more penalty trouble for Thompson, and more power play success for the Hawks. After capitalizing on two more opportunities, extending the lead to 4-0, things got a little chippy. From that point forward, the game became an opportunities for the Hawks to flex their muscles on special teams, while the Blazers did their best to set the tone physically for Saturday’s rematch.

Valley West finished with a total of six power play markers, with space being continually created as a result of creative playmaking by Sourdif from the top of the 1-3-1 and Arshdeep Bains in his office to the left of the goaltender. What may have been even more impressive, however, was the pressure and discipline shown by the penalty kill. Thompson struggled to gain the zone while up a man, and when they did they were kept at an arm's length from quality scoring areas. It was the penalty killing of Sourdif at the end of the second and beginning of the third that appeared to be what broke the will of the Blazers. Thompson had an opportunity to trim the deficit to three, or even two goals on a 5 on 3 to end the second, but the best opportunity in the waning minutes of the frame was somehow a 2 on 1 for the Hawks while down two men. They were unable to capitalize there, but Sourdif continued his shorthanded dominance in the third, putting the game out of reach with a howitzer over the blocker side shoulder of Blazers’ goalie, Bailey Monteith. The route was on from there, as the Hawks tallied a total of seven goals in the third, three of which came on the power play and another shorthanded. Head coach Rob Evers praised his power play after another impressive performance.

“So far this season, our power play has executed at a very high level because we’ve played as a unit and understood our roles,” Evers said after the game.

The 12-1 final saw goals from Justin Sourdif (2), Max Mohagen (2), Nolan Krogfoss (2), Dawson Penner, Jordan Hendry, Trevor Isaksson, Tyler Chyzowski, Josh Pederson and Walker Erickson. Josh Dias moved to 3-0 on the season in what amounted to an easy game between the pipes.

Saturday’s rematch was a little easier on the eyes. Jayden Schull got his first career start in net for Valley West, while Thompson switched things up as well, putting Ethan Langenegger between the pipes. Without an official shot total it’s difficult to give Langenegger his due credit, but the Blazers goaltender did his best Roberto Luongo circa 2007 playoffs impression, keeping his team within striking distance the whole game. He was able to keep the game deadlocked at donuts after the first, despite his team being heavily out-chanced. With no credited goals for either side in the first, the most noteworthy parts of the period were a disallowed goal for the Hawks halfway through the frame, and an early whistle in front of the Hawks’ net that may have saved a Thompson goal. It took until just before the halfway point of the game for Valley West to break through. It was the glove hand of Langenegger that finally let him down, dropping a rebound for Caden Creasy to shovel in for his first of the season. A scary moment occurred in the second when Hawks defenseman Kiernan Bailey was hit from behind into the boards. Bailey laid motionless for minutes as trainers from both teams tended to him. There was obvious fear and tension surrounding the rink as it was unclear what was hurt. Ultimately, Bailey was helped off the ice with a knee injury that was later diagnosed as an MCL sprain. Adding to a slew of injuries on the back end, the Hawks are probably content with the early bye coming up this week.

The third period saw had a similar theme to the first two. The Hawks controlled play, but took a while to break through as Langenegger showed quick reflexes with the glove hand and smooth movement within the crease to make big saves early on. After half a period of pressure, Max Mohagen finally got the insurance marker the Hawks needed. Thompson found themselves with a couple late power play opportunities, but once again the stifling Valley West penalty kill stomped out any hope the Blazers may have had. Finally, Cameron MacDonald capped off an outstanding weekend with a great individual effort to seal the game with an empty net goal.

When asked what he liked most about the team’s performance after the game, coach Rob Evers said, “I really liked our penalty kill. The guys did a great job of staying disciplined in their lanes and blocking shots. Josh Pederson and Tyler Chyzowski really stood out, showing relentless speed and and effort on the PK.”

The Hawks head into an early bye week riding high. Sitting at 4-0, tied atop the MML standings, there is an opportunity to rest an already beat up defense as they prepare for a home and home matchup against the undefeated Greater Vancouver Canadians. The home opener goes Saturday, October 14th against GVC at the Langley Events Centre. Puck drop at 5pm.

 


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