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October 6th, 2017

Major Midget League Showcase: 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 opportunity 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 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.

 

 

Blog: “Development First”

 

The Valley West Hawks have two mottos, one for the team and one for the program.

  1. Team – “We Over Me”

  2. Program – “Development First”

 

Over the past few seasons the Hawks have really focused on their development first motto.  “While winning is fun, it is and should be the result of development and not over playing your top guys at the expense of the team’s development” said GM Rob Evers of the Hawks.  

Last season after the Macs Tournament Head Coach Jessie Leung was asked why didn’t you play your top guys more as it would have given you a better chance to win your pool/tourney.  The answer was this “There was a more important goal and that was to use everyone, especially the younger guys to get them the experience needed to be where we wanted to be as a group of 20 at the end of the season.”  

 

The team had wristbands with their slogan that said “Meet at Centre Ice.” Well meet at centre ice they did.  After missing the playoffs at Macs by a tie breaker the team came home with all sorts of confidence and one goal in mind.  Arguably the league’s best player, James Malm held a team meeting after the team lost its only game at the Macs to the Sherwood Park Kings.  Here is what he said, “Boys we played good here but could have been way better, we need to listen to the coaches.  I’m not back here to get points in this league, I’m here to win a championship with you guys, and there isn’t a team that can stop us if everyone buys in right now!”   The Hawks came home and dominated the BCMML going 15-1 out scoring their opponents 95-35.  They then went 6-1 in playoffs outscoring their opponents 43-16.  The Hawks did shorten the bench in the playoffs at times but they wanted to make sure that the team as a whole walked away with a championship, something that the players had worked so hard for and deserved.  

 

When we asked Leung and Evers what winning the championship meant to them here is what was the first answer for both of them.  “It was about the number of players that we prepared and moved on to the next level.”  The Hawks moved on an astonishing 13/20 players on to Jr A or WHL.  More impressive is that six of those were still midget aged, and three 2000’s to the WHL for 2016-17 season.    

 

The Hawks are through the first half (20 games this season) with a record of 11-6-3 they sit in 4th place.  With 14 rookies in the line-up this season the staff of the Hawks are happy with the first half.  They have continued to stick to playing everyone even though it would be easier with a less skilled team this season to have a better record by playing the older guys and top end players like Justyn Gurney, Tyler Ho, Kabir Gill, and Bobby Russell more.  Of the Hawks rookies they carry five 2001 born players and the early part of the season has seen them give every opportunity to their rookies to play in all situations.  An interesting note is with the new player movement rules in the MML, the Hawks have eight players from out of zone that weren’t protected by their home association and chose to come and play for the Hawks instead of go back to their own club teams for main camp.  

“When someone wants to play for our program and they fit in with what we are trying accomplish here, it doesn’t matter where they are from.  We want 20 players focused on the same goal, moving on to play Jr A or WHL hockey and we will do whatever it takes on and off the ice to get them there.” said Leung.   

 

The Valley West Hawks have seen the most competition last season and this season out of their rivals from Kelowna and according to the Hawks staff, that was fully expected.  The Okanagan Rockets have done a great job moving players on for years.  Their GM’s David Michaud, and now Braeden Pistawka, have been a club our program has battled with over the past few years on the ice, and a team we work with off the ice in moving guys to Jr.  We have a lot of respect for the Rockets program.  Both of our clubs have seen many games missed by top end guys for them to go up and play.  Not only is that good for their development, it gives us a the opportunity to give next year’s potential Hawks a chance to get in some games.  If it cost our team 2 points, it’s not the end of the world.” said GM Rob Evers.  It is no coincidence that the two teams have also had success on the ice with their belief systems.  Both teams continue to work hard this season to move guys on to the next level despite the number of rookies in each team’s line-ups in 2016-17.

 

The Hawks staff are excited about the potential of this year’s squad and in a league where it appears any team that makes the playoffs can win a best of 3, a repeat for the Hawks is not out of the question.  We will see if the Hawks “Meet at Centre Ice” for a second year in a row, but it will most certainly require “Development First” and a lot of “We Over Me.”   

 

4 April, 2016

Hawks finish historic season as BCMML Champions

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For the first time in the team's existence, the Valley West Hawks are BC Major Midget League Champions.

It took playoff series wins against the Greater Vancouver Canadians(2-0), Okanagan Rockets(2-1) and Cariboo Cougars(2-0), but the Hawks continued their stellar second half of the season and captured the Cromie Memorial Cup. Before that, the Hawks powered to a strong finish in the regular season to finish atop the BCMML standings as the #1 seed heading into the post-season, also marking the first time the club has finished atop the standings in the regular season.

But the accolades don't stop there.

-James Malm scored 19 points (9G-10A) in 7 games, setting a new playoff points record in the BC Major Midget League. That title was previously held by Penticton Vee's captain and former Okanagan Rocket, Tyson Jost, who scored 18 points (9G-9A) in 7 games during their 2013-2014 campaign. 

-Luka Burzan set a new BCMML record for assists in a post-season, recording 13 helpers through 7 games, besting the mark set by Kyle Johnson of the Vancouver North East Chiefs in the 2015-2015 playoffs.

-Three players also moved atop the club's all-time points leaders by seasons end. James Malm (49 GP 34G-75A-109P), Ben Evanish (76GP 56G-49A-105P) and Christian Bosa (80GP 53G-47A-100P) all passed former Hawk Matt Bradley atop the club's all-time points leaderboard.

-Evanish also set a new club mark for goals in a single season, notching 41 in 38 games played, while him and Bosa also lead the team in goals in the all-time category, with 56 and 53 each respectively.

-Ilijah Colina (1.625 PPG) and Luka Burzan (1.621 PPG) each moved into the Hawks Top Five for points-per-game averaged, sitting at #3 and #4 respectively. James Malm still sits atop the leaderboard with his mark of 2.24 PPG all-time with the Hawks.

Lots to be proud of for all of the members of the Hawks.

In the end, the hockey gods weren't on the side of Valley West in the Pacific Regional Championships as they fell in two straight games of a three game series to the Lloydminster Bandit Pipeline Bobcats out of Alberta.

Despite the two losses at the end of the season, there is still tons to be proud of for all of the members of the Hawks. From all of us within the organization, we'd like to thank all of the volunteers, parents and staff for a fantastic, record-setting season that will go down in the books as one of the best in the history of the Valley West Hawks. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed and was a crucial contributor to the entire lineup of the Hawks having a banner year in the organization.

9 November, 2015

Weekend split in Okanagan sends Hawks to Mac's

Macs tourney logo.jpgFor the fifth time in the last six years, the Valley West Hawks will be spending Christmas in Calgary.

The official call came in Monday evening after Sunday morning's 7-2 victory over the Okanagan Rockets in Kelowna. With the win, the Hawks now sport a 9-4-1 record - good for third place in the BC Major Midget League.

The Mac's Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament is widely regarded as the top tournament for Midget hockey players in North America, playing host to 25 male teams and 15 female teams from across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Many players have gone on to successful NHL careers from playing in the Mac's tournament, including Sidney Crosby, Mike Modano, Jarome Iginla, Jonathan Toews and Trevor Linden as just a few examples.

The tournament runs from December 26th until January 1st. Congratulations to all of the Hawks and their families for the hard work and dedication it takes to be involved in such a prestigious hockey event!

Regular season action resumes next weekend for the Hawks as they get set to face off against the Vancouver North East Chiefs, with puck drop on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre and Sunday at 9:45 a.m. at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.

30 October, 2015

Hawks drop two tough games to Vancouver NW Giants

By Ben Dooley

The Valley West Hawks played a home and home series with the Vancouver NW Giants this weekend. The Giants were able to pull out wins in both games to pull out in front of the Hawks for first in the BC Major Midget League.

On Saturday, the Giants got out to an early lead with two goals in the first seven minutes from Justin Wilson.

In the second period, Justin De Vos got the Hawks on the board to get within one.  Jackson Shepard responded for the Giants to regain the two goal lead.  Ben Evanish scored a highlight reel goal set up by Luka Burzan to put the Hawks back within one. Mitchell Williams would add a late goal to send the Giants in to the third with a 4-2 lead.

In the third, Ilijah Colina would make a last ditch effort to try and salvage the game, however it would not be enough as Justin Wilson would add his third goal to complete the hat-trick and secure the 5-3 win.

On Sunday, the Hawks were without Kabir Gill and Luka Burzan as they are away with Team BC at the U-16 Western Canada Challenge Cup. The Giants were also missing four players from their lineup who are at the challenge as well. Through 40 minutes, the score was 1-1, a much tighter affair than Saturday’s affair. Ben Evanish had the lone goal for the Hawks. In the third period, the Giants took control of the game adding three unanswered goals for the win.

Hawks Coach Jessie Leung says it was a tough weekend for the team.

“I thought we gave up too many chances against a good team and weren't able to battle our way back. You never want to play from behind when you play the Giants. They defend better than any team in our league. To spot them 2 goals to start the game was the wrong way to do it.”

He thought the Hawks played a better game on Sunday, but still needed some improvements.

“Sunday was a much better effort. The first 2 period were as exciting as any hockey we've played this season. [However,] we didn't do enough to create offense and when we did we didn't capitalize. Reece Klassen was exceptional for us Sunday but we couldn't score him many goals to work with. "You never like losing games, but the golden lining is we didn't play anywhere near to our best hockey and played both games tight."

He says the Hawks will put the weekend behind them and get back to business as usual,”We'll get back to work now with a little more fire at our back. 7-2-1 is still a great record 10 games into our season but our margin for error has narrowed. [It’s] time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work."

This weekend the Hawks will be back in action against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, with Saturday's game going at 11:00 A.M. at the Langley Events Centre and Sunday's game an early start in Abbotsford slated for a 9:45 A.M. puck drop at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre. As always, if you can't make it out to see the games in person, you can always follow along the live or archived webcast at www.playfullscreen.com.

 

28 September 2015

Hawks remain undefeated after BC Major Midget Showcase; move to 3-0-1

The Valley West Hawks had two games at this weekend’s BC Major Midget League Showcase against the Thompson Blazers and won both of them by a large margin, but that doesn’t mean the games were easy. The Blazers put up a fight and the Hawks got themselves in to some penalty trouble that led to things being tighter than they should have been.

Saturday’s game was the more lopsided of the two games as the Hawks dominated the Blazers with a 7-1 win. The Hawks were led by Christian Bosa who scored an outstanding 4 goals while Carson Franklin, Ilijah Colina and Kabir Gill added their first career BCMML goals to lead the Hawks to victory. Nicholas Tallarico did not get a lot of action in this game, but when he did, he was solid.

On Sunday,  Justyn Gurney opened the scoring for the Hawks early in the period with his first career BCMML goal and Ben Evanish added another and it looked like the Hawks were starting to take control of the game. The Blazers weren’t going to let them take two wins without a fight, however, drawing within one just seconds before the end of the period. At the intermission, the Hawks led 2-1 and shots were even at 11-11.

Things opened up for the Hawks in the 2nd period as the Hawks peppered Max Palaga with shot after shot but could not seem to get anything by him. Finally Michael Farren was able to put the puck past Palaga for his first BCMML goal to extend the Hawks lead to 3-1. Shortly afterwards, the Blazers got one back but Christian Bosa scored off a juicy rebound to regain the two goal lead. After 40, it was 4-2 for the Hawks and the shots were 30-15 in their favour.

The 3rd period opened up the same way the 2nd ended with the Hawks in control of the play. A scramble in front led to Calder Newson notching his first career BCMML goal. The Hawks got themselves in to some major penalty trouble in the third but Reece Klassen was up to the task tonight stopping just about everything that came his way. After the Hawks got things straightened out and were back at even strength, Ben Evanish added his 2nd goal of the game to extend the Hawks lead to 6-2, and Calder Newson would cap the day's scoring after converting on a beautiful feed from Avin Gill to make it 7-2.

The Hawks have this weekend off before a home and home series with the Greater Vancouver Canadians. Saturday’s game is at 2:00 PM at the Langley Events Centre for the Hawks home opener while Sunday’s game is at the Richmond Oval at 12:00 PM. If you can’t be at the games be sure to watch our broadcast on www.playonfullscreen.com.

Hawks alumni Smith given "C"

 

The Seattle Thunderbirds recently named Jerret Smith their captain for the 2015-16 season. Smith, now 20, spent the 2011-12 season with the Hawks scoring 6 goals and adding 21 assists with 54 penalty minutes in 40 games. Since joining Seattle, Smith has been a regular top-pairing defenseman playing alongside Aldergrove, BC native Shea Theodore. With Theodore advancing to the pros, Smith will be relied on heavily this year with the T-Birds as he pursues a pro contract.

Hawks coach Jessie Leung coached Smith in his first year as part of the Hawks organization and was very excited when he heard the news, “Jerret was on the first Hawks team I was a part of so he, like all of those players, are special to me.  Jerret is a great choice as captain.”

The Hawks would like to congratulate Jerret on being named captain of the T-Birds and wish him all the best as he pursues a pro contract this season!

 

10 August 2015

Hawks Announce Commitments for 2015-2016 Season

With the end of summer in sight, it's back to the rink for the Hawks as they get set to build on a strong 2014-2015 campaign. The first weekend of training camp has come to a close and as per BC Major Midget League policy, the Hawks announce they have committed to the following players for the 2015-2016 season:

G - Nic Tallarico (98)

D - Brad Stonnell (98)
D - Ian Ross (98)
D - Colten Gerlib (99)
D - Mitch Savage (99)
D - Kabir Gill (00)

F - Luka Burzan (00)
F - Jeff Stewart (98)
F - Ben Evanish (98)
F - Christian Bosa (98)
F - Ilijah Colina (00)
F - Michael Farren (00)
F - Justin De Vos (98)
F - Josh Bruce (98)
F - Justyn Gurney (00)
F - Carson Franklin (99)
F - Avin Gill (98)
 
*Returning Player
With the exceptions of Kabir Gill, Luka Burzan, Ilijah Colina, Michael Farren and Justyn Gurney, all players listed are eligible to make the jump to junior hockey and may not return to the club.

 

29 June 2015

Former Hawks fly at 2015 NHL Entry Draft

Good things happen in threes, it would seem.

It's a privilege for many organizations to see their players move on to higher levels of play. It's an even rarer privilege for a club to see them get one step closer to playing in the NHL by being selected in an NHL Entry Draft.

How about three times in one year?

parker wotherspoon.jpgThree former Hawks, Parker Wotherspoon, Devante Stephens and Matt Bradley all went in quick succession during Day Two of this past weekend's NHL Entry Draft. Wotherspoon (NYI, 112 overall) and Bradley (MTL, 131 overall) were both members of the 2012-2013 lineup, while Bradley stayed on another year to play with Stephens (BUF, 122 overall) on the 2013-2014 squad.

Bradley also has the distinction of being the Hawks all-time leader in points and goals, as well as holding the single-matt bradley.jpgseason records for points and goals from his two-year tenure with Valley West. Stephens, a regular defence partner with World Junior's defenceman and Washington Capitals draft pick Madison Bowey in Kelowna, was recently selected as Buffalo's "Top Sleeper Pick" of this year's draft by The Hockey News' Ryan Kennedy. Wotherspoon joins his brother Tyler (CGY) in yet another family represented not only in the Hawks organization but in the NHL as well.

devante stephens.jpegTwo other former Hawks also deserve recognition from this weekend, albeit their road to the NHL will be through a different path. The Valley West Hawks would like to congratulate both Jerret Smith and Jakub Stukel on being selected to attend NHL development camps this summer. Smith, a defenceman on the 2011-2012 squad, will be attending the New York Rangers' development camp while Stukel, a forward from the 2012-2013 team, will head to Edmonton for their development camp.

The Valley West Hawks would like to congratulate all of our former players on their successes so far in their careers and wish them the very best in the future. We pride ourselves in developing and advancing young hockey players to the next level of competition, with this draft being a testament to the program we have in place.

27 April 2015

Spring Identification Camp set for May 1-3

*ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED, CONTACT KEN SAVAGE AT KENSAVAGE@TELUS.NET FOR WALK-ON INFORMATION*

The Hawks begin their off-season selection this process this weekend with their Spring Identification Camp for the 2015-2016 BC Major Midget League season. Competition is expected to be high, as roster spots will be up for grabs to those that can earn it.

A few notes for those who have been confirmed as registered for the camp:

1) Location: Langley Twin Rinks. 5700 Langley Bypass, Langley, BC V3A 8L7.

2) Registration: Is mandatory. 5:45pm on the ground level of Langley Twin Rinks. Players will be assigned to teams at registration and will get their jersey for the camp.

3) Balconies: Reserved for team evaluators and invited Jr A Coaches & Scouts. Please stay off the balcony as staff will be having confidential discussions and deliberations.

4) Trainer services: We will have a trainer on site to provide first aid and general trainer services. We will have skate sharpening available for $5.00 (cash only). Please note our trainer will be doing the sharpenings so don't leave it to last minute as she may be busy.

5) There are no releases from this camp. This is an identification camp where we will commit to a select number of players. We will provide feedback to all players at the Camp exit meetings on Sunday.

The schedule for this weekend is also posted here, where you will find more information on ice-times. Please note that the schedule does not have a roster list attached to it as well.

The Valley West Hawks would like to congratulate those who will be attending their Spring Identification Camp and wish them the best of luck.

 

19 Jan 2015


Despite late game comeback Sunday, Hawks winless on weekend

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.44.44 PM.pngComing into this past weekend, the Hawks were looking to gain some valuable points on the third-place North West Giants in their final  head-to-head series of the season between the two teams. Unfortunately for the Hawks, they weren't able to secure more than a point over the weekend, finishing the season series with a 0-3-1 record against the Giants.

Saturday's game saw the Hawks go down 4-1 to the Giants at Burnaby Winter Club with about 14 minutes to play in the third period, before the Hawks mounted a mini-comeback to draw within one tally. It was Ben Evanish starting things off, and Shakeel Ebrahim scoring with Jakob Walter on the bench to bring the Hawks to a 4-3 score. However, with James Malm still off the ice serving a penalty, it was Keegan Jones potting an empty netter with 43 seconds to play to bring the final score to 5-3 for the Giants.

On Sunday it looked to be as though the Giants were going to pick up where they left off on Saturday night, dominating much of the play in the first period. But despite getting the first three powerplay opportunities, the Giants couldn't capitalize on the man advantage before Jeffrey Stewart slotted one home to open the game's scoring with a beautiful short-handed marker. North West would tie things up late in the first with just under thirty seconds remaining, before finally pulling ahead in the third after dominating the shot clock for the majority of the game. Unfortunately for the Giants, the Hawks weren't about to quit and after a few great chances went by the wayside, James Malm tied things up with 4 minutes to go in the third. That would be the games last goal, for a final score of 2-2 between the two sides.

Next weekend's BC Major Midget League doesn't look to get any easier as well, as the Hawks will be playing host to the league-leading Cariboo Cougars for the BCMML Showcase weekend at the Richmond Oval. Saturday's game is set for a 9:30 a.m. start, while the puck drops at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

As always, all games can be found live and in archive on www.playfullscreeen.com.

9 Jan 2015

With Mac's behind them, Hawks look ahead to second half

In what turned out to be a fantastic showing at the Mac's Midget Hockey tournament for all of BC Hockey, the Valley West Hawks emerged with one of the franchises best finishes in recent memory. Slotted into a tough pool that included the Telus Cup champion Prince Albert Mintos and the German National U-17 team, the Hawks proved to the world that they deserved to not only be invited, but perhaps they deserved a better fate after what head coach Jessie Leung called an "inspired perfomance" from his team.

Finishing the round robin with a record of 1-1-2, Valley West very easily could have been the third team from BC to qualify for the quarter finals if a few more bounces went their way in the two ties they had against the Huron Perth Lakers and Calgary Royals. Overall, however, Leung was incredibly pleased with how his team played.

"It was a great showing for our team against some of the very best teams in Midget. The Mintos and defending Telus Cup Champions, the Royals are 2nd place in the South division of the Alberta league. Even against the Germans we held our own."

The Hawks will now look to translate their success from the Mac's tournament as they embark on the second half of the BC Major Midget Hockey League season. First up for Valley West will be a trip to the Interior on the 9th to face the Thompson Blazers. The Blazers currently sit in last place in the league with a 1-21-2 record. First game is set for 7:00 p.m. Friday night at the Art Holding Arena in Chase and the puck drops for the second game at the Interior Savings Centre at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. As always, all games can be found live and in archive at www.playfullscreen.com

24 Dec 2014

Hawks head into Mac's sitting fifth in BCMML

Macs tourney logo.jpgFifth place in the standings certainly doesn't have the same ring to it as first place does, but as the Hawks head into the holiday break there's more optimism than there might have been in seasons past. That's because in seasons past, there was usually a larger spread than six points from second to fifth, meaning any one of those teams in that range has a chance to move up several spots on any given weekend. The Hawks will have to try and capitalize on that small gap in the new year, as it's sure to grow wider as the season progresses.

The annual Mac's AAA Midget Hockey Tournament is the next focus for Valley West, as they get set to face some of the best Midget hockey teams not only from Canada, but from around the world.

The Hawks will look to start their tournament off right against the Huron Perth Lakers (out of Ontario) on December 26th. The Lakers currently sit in sixth place in their respected division, having amassed 32 points out of 26 games played, while being led by Jacob Rooke (14 G, 10 A = 24 pts) in scoring. Puck drop is set for 12:45 p.m.MT at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary.

Game two in their schedule will see the Hawks take on the Prince Albert Mintos, who sit in sixth place in the competitive SMAAAHL with 33 points through 27 games. That squad is led by 17 year old Reed Gunville who has 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points through 27 games. Face off will be at Father David Bauer Arena again, this time at 5:15 p.m. MT on December 28th.

The Calgary Royals will be Valley West's opponent for their third game of the tournament. They currently sit in second place in the Chrysler division, good for fourth overall in the Alberta Midget Hockey League while being led in scoring by Josh Giacomin (15 G, 18 A = 33 pts in 25 GP). Puck drop is set for 11:45 a.m. MT on the 29th, again at Father David Bauer Arena.

The Hawks final game might just end up being their toughest challenge as they are set to face the German National U-17 team at 11:45 a.m. MT on December 30th. Stay tuned for updates on the Hawks progress throughout the tournament via our website as well as on Twitter.

The BC Major Midget League schedule is set to resume on January 9th, 2015 when the Hawks travel to the interior to take on the Thompson Blazers.

From all of us here at the Valley West Hawks organization, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

10 Dec 2014

IMG_7574.jpgHawks take 3 of 4 points from Ice; Malm named BCMML Player of the Month

As the BC Major Midget League season winds its way closer to Christmas break, the Valley West Hawks were looking to gain a bit of momentum heading in to this past weekend's matchup to prepare for the upcoming Mac's Midget Hockey Tournament in Calgary. James Malm looked to lead the way for Valley West, fresh off of being named the BC Major Midget League's Player of the Month. In ten games in November, Malm finished with seven goals and fifteen assists for 22 points in 10 games.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the visiting Kootenay Ice had other ideas.

Saturday's game at South Surrey Arena saw a great turnout of fans, however the home crowd was silenced early after Kadrian Klimchuk scored just 20 seconds into the game to give the Ice a quick 1-0 lead. From there, it got worse for the Hawks as the Ice would grow their lead to 3-1, which they would hold until 12:55 of the third frame. Ben Evanish started the comeback for the Hawks to make it 3-2, followed by a Brad Stonnell howitzer from the point to tie the game before Trevor Ayre would make amends for an earlier penalty as he scored right after coming out of the box to give the Hawks their first lead of the game with under five minutes to play. The elation was short lived, however, as a Jeff Stewart checking to the head penalty with 1:15 to go in the game gave the Ice a crucial powerplay opportunity to finish the game. It was Shawn Campbell who tipped home a beautiful slap-pass from Korbyn Chabot, nullifying the Hawks' comeback and tying the game back up at the eventual final score of 4-4. 

On Sunday morning, a very different Hawks team showed up for the first period. Stewart got things started for the Hawks on powerplay, knocking home a Ben Evanish rebound on the powerplay to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Christian Bosa would add two of his own while Evanish would round out the scoring for Valley West with a 4-2 victory. Both Malm (4 assists) and Evanish (1 goal, 3 assists) would finish the game with four points a piece.

Top scorers from the weekend:

James Malm (7 assists)

Ben Evanish (2 goals, 4 assists)

Christian Bosa (2 goals, 2 assists)

The Hawks now get set for a home and home series with the Greater Vancouver Canadians, who currently sit six points back of the Hawks in 7th place in the BC Major Midget Leage standings. Valley West is 2-0 so far this season against the Canadians, winning their first two games 6-3 and 4-3 respectively. This will be the last weekend of league play before the Hawks head to Calgary for the Mac's Invitational Midget Hockey Tournament.

5 Dec 2014

Malm CWG.jpgMalm makes Team BC Roster

The Valley West Hawks are proud to announce that forward and leading scorer James Malm has been named to Team BC's roster for the upcoming 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. 

Malm currently leads the Hawks in scoring, with 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points in 16 games played this season, which leaves him only 3 points back of league-leader Austin Gray of Cariboo (37 points in 19 games played).

Team BC is looking for back to back gold medals at this years’ Canada Winter Games.  In 2011, the team captured gold at the games with a 7 – 4 win over Team Quebec in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Last year, Team BC competed at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, bringing home the silver from Calgary, Alberta.

The Canada Winter Games takes place every four (4) years and features the highest rated players in the U16 age category representing every province and territory.  The 2011, Team BC included players Curtis Lazar (Vernon), Nic Petan (Delta) and Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver).  The majority of players participating in the games have been selected in the WHL Bantam Draft in May 2014 and many of these top your prospects will play major roles on WHL clubs in the seasons ahead

2 Dec 2014

Hawks take 3 of 4 points vs visiting Silvertips

While it wasn't an ideal effort by any stretch of the imagination, the Valley West Hawks managed to escape this past weekend with three of a possible four points against the visiting North Island Silvertips.

On Saturday, the Silvertips took the lead in the first on a goal from captain Mathew Cahill. They would extend that lead to two in the second on a Kyle Topping goal, his fifth of the year. The Hawks answered back midway through the second period, thanks to captain Matt Barberis' rocket from the point on the man advantage. In the third with the Hawks trailing by one, Barberis once again showed why he's leading BCMML defencemen in scoring, beating Silvertips goaltender Derek Krall on the power play with a booming slapshot. Neither team would score late in the third, preserving the tie.

Despite coming back to tie, head coach Jessie Leung was extremely disappointed with his team’s effort.

“We didn’t play as a team and too many kids thought they were going to rack up the points this weekend. This is a good league and anyone can win on any given night. We were passive and we watched the entire game. We need to work hard, play with some heart and play as a team moving forward.”

Sunday the Hawks put in a much better effort on route to a 5-3 victory.

James Malm led the way with a goal and 3 assists, cementing his spot on Team BC heading for the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Christian Bosa scored his 11th of the year and also adding an assist to power the Hawks to victory.

It should be noted that the Hawks had three affiliate defenceman on the roster over the weekend. Mitchell Savage (the younger brother of former captain Paul Savage), Mathew Monk, and Braeden Deslauriers helped defend for the Hawks on Saturday while Cole MacEwan and Justin DeVos served their suspensions.

The Hawks now get set for a home stand vs. the Kootenay Ice this weekend. Game one will be played at South Surrey Arena Saturday night at 8:15 and game two is set for 11 am on Sunday at the Langley Events Centre.

24 Nov 2014

image1.JPGHawks split weekend in Victoria; give Stewart "A"

It wasn't the weekend they had envisioned when they hopped on the ferry Friday evening, but the Valley West Hawks managed to come out of the weekend with 2 of a possible 4 points while retaining 4th spot in the BC Major Midget League for another week. 

In Saturday's tilt, the Hawks hopped out to an early start over the hometown Royals, applying relentless pressure in the offensive zone for the majority of the first period. They'd be rewarded when both James Malm and Ben Evanish got on the board before the end of the frame. Malm would add another tally early on in the second period to put the Hawks up 3-0, and they would hang on to preserve the shutout for Saturday's starter Nicholas Tallarico.

After the strong effort on Saturday, the Hawks ended up coming out of the gate a little flat in Sunday morning's contest. Added on top of that was a rejuvenated Royals squad that seemed determined to defend their home ice. Tomba Huddlestan would score two powerplay markers for South Island and that's all they would need to come out of Sunday's contest with the win; Royals end up taking it by a score of 4-1 (with an empty netter).

While the weekend was bittersweet in the wins and losses category for the Hawks, they also unveiled the newest member of their leadership group. Jeffrey Stewart was named the third Alternate Captain for Valley West prior to the start of the weekend. Stewart was a hairs-breadth from making the Hawks last year, but a late release of star forward Matt Bradley back to Valley West made Stewart the odd-man out. It was a disappointment at the time, but Jessie Leung says that the '98 born forward has used the temporary demotion as motivation to become a better and more complete hockey player.

"Jeff has been one of our quiet leaders this season," says Leung. "He has done everything we have asked and has had a very team-first attitude".

The Hawks now look forward to a home-stand this weekend over the visiting North Island Silvertips. The Silvertips currently sit in 10th place in the BC Major Midget League with a 2-13-3 record. Saturday's game is set for 5:00 P.M. while Sunday is slated for an 11:00 A.M. start. Both games are scheduled to be played at the Langley Events Centre.

21 Nov 2014

Hawks sweep series vs. Chiefs move into 4th

The Hawks are starting to find their stride midway through the season after getting off to a slow start.

In a weekend series vs. the Vancouver North East Chiefs the Hawks took all four points and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the BCMML standings.

On Saturday at the Langley Events Centre Nic Tallarico made 31 saves and James Malm netted two and the eventual game winner midway through the second to secure the 4-1 win. Trevor Ayre and Christian Bosa also tallied for the Hawks in the victory.

This was a big confidence win for the Hawks coming off a great weekend in Kelowna and proving to their opponents that they can play with the best of them.

Sunday the Hawks headed down Highway 1 to Coquitlam for a morning tilt.

The Hawks dug themselves an early hole giving up two quick goals from Ziyan Karim and San Chung. They would cut the lead in half on the power play when Jeffrey Stewart would score his team leading 11th goal off a rebound from a Matt Barberis point shot.

The Chiefs would regain the two goal lead a 1:13 into the second on a Caleb Fantillo marker.

It was this goal and a two goal deficit that seemed to wake the Hawks up as they would explode for 3 goals in 8:35 in the middle frame.

Ian Ross would start the comeback scoring on an absolute rocket from the point, followed by a Trevore Ayre breakaway goal as he came out of the penalty box and put one post and in. Daniel Watson would give the Hawks the lead and the eventual game winner minutes later on a quick snapper. It was Watson’s first BCMML goal after joining the team last weekend in Kelowna.

It’s of note that this game could have been out of reach if not for the performance of goaltender Jacob Walter who was sensational in the final two periods to keep the Hawks close.

Head coach Jessie Leung was very pleased with his teams effort and especially with the goaltending tandem of Tallarico and Walter.

“"We gave up better looks than I'd like but I'm happy that our goalies came up big for us. We got key saves at key times that helped us complete the sweep.We faced a very good team in the North East Chiefs. It's not by mistake they beat the Giants twice. I'm proud of our team for finding a way to win in both games. We expect another good test vs the South Island Royals next weekend. We're only up 4 points so we need to be ready to work or we'll quickly find ourselves back in the pack.”

10 Nov 2014

Hawks qualify for Mac's tournament

Macs tourney logo.jpgWith the points earned on this past weekend in Kelowna, the Valley West Hawks are proud to announce that they have officially qualified for the Mac's Invitational Midget AAA tournament in Calgary.

The Mac's tournament is one of the most prestigious Midget hockey tournaments in all of North America, sporting alumni that includes a plethora of current and former NHL players including Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Wendel Clark and Trevor Linden.

Head coach Jessie Leung is ecstatic at the chance of heading to this tournament once again, which provides a lot of exposure for players to junior and college scouts.

"It was tough to qualify this year. We hit a lot of adversity early this year with changes to our coaching staff and roster that really could have derailed us. I'm proud of our group for persevering through it all and finding a way to win our way in."

The annual tournament is held over Christmas break. Details on the tournaments official schedule will follow as information becomes available.

10 Nov 2014

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Hawks get back to winning ways in Kelowna

It was a weekend that was eight months in the making, ever since Valley West lost a heart breaker in Game 3 of last year's playoffs to the eventual Western Canadian Champion Okanagan Rockets. And although the teams looked very different from the squads that suited up in the Hawk's final game of last season, the competition was just as fierce as the Hawks took three crucial points from their road trip to the Okanagan.

The Hawks were without several key players in Jeffrey Stewart (who led the Hawks in goals scored before the weekend) Ben Evanish (a n important cog in the Hawks 2nd powerplay unit). Add that to the departure of former captain Luke Gingras and the continued absence of Spencer Berry from the back end, and Valley West was limited in their offensive options on the weekend. AP defenceman Michael Smith (Semiahmoo) drew in to the lineup as the lone call up for the weekend, meaning it would take a team effort to come out of the weekend with the points the Hawks needed to move up in the standings.

In the end, however, it was a few stand out performances that stole the show for Valley West.

Nic Tallarico stunned the Rockets in his start on Saturday, stopping 30 of 33 shots directed towards him including a pair of breakaway chances that kept Valley West in the game. From there, it was the trio of Wyatt Hicks, Justin De Vos and Tyson Talhan who combined for goals on back to back shifts early in the third period that finally swung momentum in the Hawks favour. Christian Bosa would add one late that would seal the deal as Valley West won by a score of 4-3 on Saturday.

Sunday was very much more of the same off the hop for the Hawks, as they would trade chances with the Rockets all game before finally settling with a 3-3 tie with the home squad. Bosa and Trevor Ayre would combine as the goal scorers for Valley West, while captain Matt Barberis would play nearly 30 minutes for the second game in a row in shut-down duty on Okanagan's top line as well as anchoring the first powerplay unit.

Head coach Jessie Leung was very proud of the sacrifice and determination his players showed this weekend. "I don't think there's a single player that wasn't treated by our trainer or sporting an ice pack at some point this weekend," said Leung.

"These are the most satisfying 3 points we've earned this season."

The Hawks are looking to continue their momentum this weekend against the Vancouver North East Chiefs in a home and home series. The Chiefs currently sit tied with the Hawks in fifth place (which Valley West holds the tie-breaker for). Game one is slated for Saturday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre with a 3:30 puck drop, while Sunday's contest will start at 11:45 A.M. at Planet Ice in Coquitlam

As always, if you can't make it out to the game you can catch the live webcast at Playfullscreen.com

NOTES:

-Michael Smith ('98 defenceman, Semiahmoo Midget A1) played in his 3rd and 4th games of the season for the Hawks. He's the brother of Hawks alumni Paul Smith, who played with Valley West last season.

-Daniel Watson ('98 forward) suited up in his first two games of the season for the Hawks, filling the spot vacated by departing captain Luke Gingras

7 Nov 2014

Hawks look to regain stride vs. reigning BCMML champs

The Hawks look to get back into the win column this weekend as they head to the Kelowna to take on the Okanagan Rockets.

They’re winless in four after being swept by the North West Giants two weeks ago, as well as coming out of last weekend with a loss and a tie to the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

Head coach Jessie Leung says this is a big test for his team and something the team looks forward to on an annual basis.

“The Rockets are always circled on the calendar at the start of the season, they’ve been a really good team for the last few years. This is where our team will be tested and we're excited for it to see where we're at and hopefully turn the page on this losing streak.”

Daniel Watson, the newest member of the Hawks as of Monday, will make his debut. The ’98 born forward was a late release from the Abbotsford Pilots where he drew into six games.

The Rockets meanwhile sit third in the standings at 9-3 while only allowing 29 goals, second only to the Giants. Okanagan split a weekend series with the Greater Vancouver Canadians and hope to keep pace with the Cougars and the Giants at the top of the standings.

Game one is set for Saturday at the Capitol News Centre(CNC) at 3:00 P.M., while game two will take place back at the CNC at 10:0 A.M.

Other News and Notes:

-Jeffrey Stewart(upper body) and Ben Evanish(undisclosed) will be out of the line-up. Stewart leads the Hawks with 10 goals.

-Michael Smith will check into the line-up after making his BCMML debut last weekend.

-Spencer Berry(lower body) is still out with a lower body injury.

 

4 Nov 2014

Hawks pleased to announce arrival of Watson

The Valley West Hawks are pleased to announce the signing of Semiahmoo Minor Hockey product Daniel Watson to the active roster for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. 

Watson was a late cut from the junior ranks and comes to Valley West after playing last season with Saskatchewan's Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, SK.

Head coach Jessie Leung is happy to see Watson join the Hawks' ranks after the departure of former captain Luke Gingras.

"We're excited to add Daniel to our group of forwards. We hope that he'll fit into our top-six and give our offense another dimension moving forward."

Watson will wear #21 for the Hawks, and make his debut this weekend as the Hawks take on the Rockets in Kelowna. 

4 Nov 2014

ValleyWestHawks_Logo.jpgHawks struggles continue in weekend series vs. Thunderbirds 

After dropping two games to the North West Giants, the Hawks were poised to get back in the win column vs. the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds; but the T-birds had other ideas. 

Saturday’s game in Abbotsford saw the Hawks and T-birds skate to a 3-3 draw. 

After a scoreless first period the Hawks came out strong in the second with a power play marker from James Malm. Shortly after, Tyson Talhan scored on the penalty kill, his second goal of the season to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. The T-birds would respond a minute later with captain Nic Ponak's power-play goal to cut the lead in half going into the third period. 

The Hawks would regain their two goal lead in the third on a power-play marker from Daniel Chifan, his second of the campaign. It looked as if the Hawks were on their way to victory however the T-birds had other ideas. 

Down two goals with less than six minutes to play, Marshall Skapski would score on the man advantage to draw within one, and just over a minute later the T-birds tied the game on a tally from Jamie Housch.

Head Coach Jessie Leung was disappointed with the fate of the Hawks.

“I think we deserved better but ultimately we lost the special teams battle and a few break downs led to the tie game. We played an exceptional first period and did everything but score, so there are a lot of positives to take out of it.”

Sunday’s game saw a fragile Hawks team fall to the T-birds 4-2.

The T-birds scored the lone goal in the first on a PP marker from Brett Clayton with 20 seconds left in the period.

Christian Bosa would tie the game midway through the second on a shorthanded breakaway goal, his sixth goal of the year.

Mackenzie Wight would restore the one-goal lead for the T-birds, but the Hawks came right back with a James Malm power-play goal sending the teams into the second intermission tied at two.

In the third the T-birds came out being the hungrier team and scored two goals from Marshall Skapski and Nolan Ferguson. This would ultimately be too big of a hole for the Hawks to dig out of making them winless in four straight.

A disappointed Leung said the Hawks have to find their identity.

“We saw spurts of a good effort from this team but it wasn’t sustained. We are still trying to redefine who we are with the loss of Gingras. We need to find our way and I still have lots of belief in this group. Every team has hit rock bottom at some point and were going through that right now. We’ll be a better team from this in the long run.”

The Hawks will try and find their way this weekend when they head to Kelowna to play the Rockets. This will be the first time the Hawks have been back in the Okanagan since losing a heart breaking series to the eventual BCMML champion Rockets last year.

Other News & Notes:

-James Malm has 16 points in 8 games.

-Trevor Ayre is currently 4th in league scoring with 24 points.

-Matt Barberis leads all BCMML defenseman with 22 points.

31 Oct 2014

Hawks get set for weekend series vs. Fraser Valley Thunderbirds  

The Hawks look to get back on track this weekend against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds after dropping two to the undefeated North West Giants.

The Hawks currently sit fourth in the league at 6-4, while the T-birds are in eighth at 4-4-2.

Matt Barberis will don the “C” for the Hawks as former captain Luke Gingras was called up by the Saskatoon Blades for the remainder of the season.

Head Coach Jessie Leung said he saw some good things from his team last weekend but said it was evident the team is young and unexperienced and lots of work needs to be done.

The T-birds meanwhile are coming off a bye weekend. They will look to jump on the Hawks quickly being well rested.

With Gingras gone and defenceman Spencer Barry still out, the Hawks will have a couple of affiliate players in the lineup.

Michael Smith, a ’98 born from Semiahmoo’s Midget A-1 team will draw into the lineup. Smith is the brother of Hawks alumni Paul Smith, who was a member of last year’s team. The other call up will be fourteen year old Michael Farren from Semiahmoo’s Bantam A-1 team.

Other News & Notes:

-The top three scorers in the league are from the Hawks (Ayre, Barberis, Gingras).

-The T-birds leading scorers are forward Davin Padgham and defenceman Nic Ponak with 10 points each.

-The T-birds are 3rd in the league with goals against (30).

-Game 1: Saturday 9:45 at the Abbottsford Centre.

-Game 2: Sunday 4:30 at the Langley Events Centre.

 

30 Oct 2014

Hawks lose Gingras to WHL for remainder of season; give Barberis "C"

IMG_7571.jpgThe Valley West Hawks are pleased to announce that captain Luke Gingras has been recalled to the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League for the remainder of the BC Major Midget League season.

Head coach Jessie Leung is very excited to have moved another player on to the next level of hockey, but is remiss to say that Gingras' absence won't be missed.

"We're very excited for the opportunity that Luke has earned," said Leung. "It certainly leaves a hole in our lineup that will need to be filled and it will be up to our team to rise up and meet the challenge of increased roles and responsibility."
 
Gingras was initially sent down from Saskatoon out of training camp to start the season with the Hawks, where he quickly set himself apart as a major contributor on the squad. By the end of his tenure in the BC Major Midget League this season, he had established himself as one of the league's top players, scoring 20 points through 8 games.
 
"Luke handled the initial setback of not making the Blades out of camp the way the right way. He  came back with a full comittment to his team to be the best he could be and help his teammates do the same."
 
Despite the team's loss, Leung could not be happier for the young centre. 
"We're very proud to have been able to work with Luke and help him achieve his goal of making the Saskatoon Blades. Luke is another example along with Matt Bradley of a player who came back to the BCMML for a second year and earned their place in the WHL shortly thereafter."IMG_7577.jpg

With the departure of Gingras, the Hawks are pleased to announce that Matt Barberis will be stepping up in his place as the new captain of the Valley West Hawks. It was an easy decision for Leung to offer the captaincy to Barberis.

"Matt is a proven winner and leader. I have complete confidence and trust in Matt as our captain. I'm excited to see him take control of this team and lead the way"

Barberis, a second-year player with the Hawks, currently leads all BC Major Midget League defencemen in scoring with 21 points through 8 games, which is also good for second in the scoring race behind teammate Trevor Ayre (who has 23 points in 10 games).

From all of us here with the Valley West Hawks organization, we wish the best of luck to Gingras as he begins what we hope to be a very long and prosperous WHL career.

 

27 Oct 2014

Hawks come out empty handed vs. Giants  

The Hawks had a tough weekend against the Vancouver North West Giants, with the Giants coming out of the weekend with two wins despite a great effort by the Hawks. 

On Saturday’s game which was a parade to the penalty box (20 penalties called) the Hawks and Giants both came out looking like two of the top teams in the league.  

The Giants opened the scoring at 12:39 of the first on a goal from Ryan Pouliot, however the Hawks answered the bell quickly when Logan Webber scored 30 seconds later on a great effort from Trevor Ayre to set up the play.  

The Hawks took the lead mid way through the frame on a goal from Christian Bosa, however the Giants responded when Keegan Jones scored with a 1:22 left in the period.  

The second period is when the Hawks found themselves in trouble. The Giants took advantage of special teams with two power play markers from Callahan Brebner and Carter Stephenson and also a short-handed goal from Ryland Chernomaz with a 1:39 to play. James Malm had the lone goal for the Hawks in the period to keep them in the game.  

Down two goals going into the third, the Hawks came out and rallied with two goals in the first 5 minutes. The first marker came on the PP on a nifty passing play that saw Bosa score his second of the game, then Malm set up Jeffrey Stewart from behind the net to tie the game at 5-5.  

Mateo Coltellaro would score with 2:59 left in the third to give the Giants the lead. It looked as if the Hawks had tied it up merely 20 seconds later when a Cole MacEwen slap shot was deflected by Bosa completing the hat trick, however the ref waived the goal off and sent Bosa to the box for a slash.  

It was a tough loss for the Hawks but Jessie Leung feels the second period was the difference. 

“I think we did too much watching and took too much of the second period off and that was a killer for us. We new this was going to be a special teams battle and they score two power play goals and a shorty in the second and that’s tough.  

Matt Barberis says the team needs to focus on their game to be successful.  

“We need to focus on our game and not the refs. Our leaders need to be ready and lead this team.”  

Sundays matchup at the Burnaby Winter Club saw the Giants win 5-2.  

The second period was once again a struggle for the Hawks. The Giants scored three tallies from Justin Wilson, Wilson Northey and Ryland Chernomaz. The Hawks had one marker from Matt Barberis.  

Down 4-1 going into the third period there would be no comeback for the Hawks this time.  

Justin De Vos would score late in the period to cut the lead to two, but it was too little too late. The Giants would add one more on route to the 5-2 victory and the weekend sweep of the Hawks.  

Jessie Leung credits the Giants for a real strong game.  

“Credit the Giants, they played a full 60 minute hockey game and didn’t give up many chances. They did a good job of clogging up the ice and containing our speed.”  

Leung also believes the loss of their captain played a role on the weekend.  

“We really missed Gingras leadership this weekend, and we definitely saw the difference between an older experienced team and a younger team with potential. Having saying that, we need to have other guys step up and find a way to win.  

The Hawks will take on the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds this coming weekend with game one on Saturday at the Abbotsford Centre at 9:45 and game two on Sunday at the Langley Events Centre at 4:30pm.

21 Oct 2014

Hawks sweep weekend series vs. Ice, extend win streak to six

The Hawks headed to the Kootenays last Friday looking to climb ever higher in the BCMML standings. By Sunday, they had done just that.

And boy, was it a statement. The Hawks outscored Kootenay 18-7 over two games.

Saturday turned out to be an odd day for the squad. As both teams were set to take the ice for a 9:45 am start, they were told that the game had to be postponed due to an administrative error; the refs had been slotted for a 5 pm start. After a thirty minute delay the game was changed to 3:30 pm at the Nelson Civic Rink.

nelson civic arena.jpgNow this arena is what you would call “throwback” with dimensions of 180x80 ft. The Hawks didn’t let this bump in the road hinder their play. (Picture of arena on right)

Trevor Ayre led the way with two goals and an assist, and Jakob Walter (a 2014 Kootenay Ice second round pick) impressed by picking up the shutout as the Hawks downed the Ice 7-0.  Head Coach Jessie Leung was pleased with his team’s response despite the game time change.

“"I was very impressed with our team's mental resiliency. We've talked all season about being 'Hockey Tough' (referring to the book by Saul Miller) and only worrying about things we can control and I think we did that on Saturday."

The Hawks also had tallies from Gingras, Stewart, Barberis and Hicks in the victory.

Sunday’s game had no shortage of goals with the Hawks defeating the Ice 11-7.

James Malm and Jeffrey Stewart powered the Hawks to victory, each recording hat tricks.  Matt Barberis put on his best Sidney Crosby impersonation by having not one, not two, but five assists in the game. Despite scoring eleven goals on the Ice, Leung gives the home team credit for battling hard.

“We started out with two quick goals but then I felt like we took our foot off the gas pedal, but give credit to the Ice who never quit and they made us pay for our complacent play.”

Leung was also impressed with how the veterans on the team led the way for the Hawks on the road trip.

“Credit to our leaders for pulling us through our rocky play and finding a way to win. The stats line will tell you that our big guns weren't willing to settle for a tie or a loss. “

The Hawks now 6-2-0 will get set for a huge weekend against the undefeated Vancouver North West Giants who are coming off a bye week.

 

Other News & Notes:

  • Jakob Walter: 2 wins including shutout.
  • 1st goals: Hicks and Chifan tallied their first goals of their BCMML careers.
  • Potent powerplay: 9 powerplay goals over the 2 games.
  • The Hockey Shop “Junkyard Player of the Game” Awards:
  • Saturday: Jakob Walter
  • Sunday: Matt Barberis

 

13 October 2014

Hawks take two in milestone-filled weekend

It was a weekend of firsts in Week 6 of the BC Major Midget League for Valley West. James Malm, playing in his first regular season BCMML game potted his first goal in the league, while Erik Bocale also added his first as a Hawk in the BCMML on Saturday. Captain Luke Gingras would add two goals and an assist of his own, with Trevor Ayre and Logan Webber rounding out the scoring for the Hawks as they beat the third place Greater Vancouver Canadians 6-3 on Saturday.

Head coach Jessie Leung couldn't have hoped to a better start to Malm's career. "We were very happy with Malm's play this weekend," said Leung. "He stepped in and was a difference maker in his first game in over a month. We expect him to be a huge contributor to our offense this season"

But in the end it was Ayre stealing the spotlight on the weekend with a monster performance on Sunday. Picking up right where he left off on Saturday, Ayre notched a goal and three assists in Sunday's 4-3 win against the Canadians at the Richmond Oval. Malm, Gingras and Bradley Stonnell would add their own singles as Valley West put forth a gutsy effort, according to Leung. "Very proud of the determination of our team to come through with a win on Sunday," said Leung. "It was a grind from beginning to end but credit to our leadership group for pulling us through"

The Hawks now look forward to a road trip into the Kootenays where they'll take on the Ice in a pair of games. While Leung is happy with his teams effort and performance this past weekend, he feels there is definitely room for improvement on both their forecheck and their faceoffs.

Valley West will play Saturday at 9:45 a.m. at the Nelson and District Community centre, with Sunday's game set for a 9:15 a.m. puck drop at the same arena. Fans that can't make the trip up into the Rockies can catch both of those games on PlayFullScreen.

8 October 2014

Hawks looking to improve to over .500

score_logo.jpgThe Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget League haven't started the season the way they wanted to. After being one of the top teams in the league last year, the Hawks are 2-2 and sit eighth in the standings. The team looks to regain its' stride coming off of a bye week in a weekend series vs. the Greater Vancouver Canadians. Head Coach Jessie Leung is optimistic about the Hawks chances.

"We have to make sure the boys stay mentally engaged, we're underdogs coming into this weekend against GVC but I think if the boys come prepared and play Hawks hockey we'll be alright," .

The Hawks will get a boost this weekend as rookie James Malm is expected to make his debut coming off a concussion. Malm, a Langley native, will add skill to the Hawks line-up and should help the power play along side Matt Barberis. Barberis returned to the Hawks last weekend after a stint with the Surrey Eagles. The 20th overall pick by the Vancouver Giants in 2013  tallied six points in two games dominating on the blue line. Leung believes the addition of these two players is a major help to the squad.

"Malm is an x factor for us and with Barberis back to quarterback our power play, he's a year older, more mature, more talented for us, so I think with those two players it's a one goal differential on the PP for us,".

You can catch the games live online at www.playfullscreen.com. Or you can head down to the Langley Events Centre for a 3:30 p.m. puck drop on Saturday, or the Richmond Oval on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Come out and cheer on your Valley West Hawks!

 

22 September 2014

Hawks fall to 0-2 on opening weekend

cariboo_cougars_logo.jpgDespite productive weekends from Luke Gingras and Jeffrey Stewart, the Hawks dropped both of their opening weekend tilts against the Cariboo Cougars.

Game one at Kinsman #1 saw the Hawks take a 4-2 lead into the third period, but the Cougars had other things in mind for this game. Cariboo would score five unanswered goals in the third and final frame before reaching a final score of 7-4 for the home side.

In Game Two of 2014 for the Hawks, it saw the visitors put forth a gritty effort in coming from behind to tie the score at 2-2 halfway through the game. Unfortunately for Valley West, Cougars forward Steven Jandric would add another tallly before the second frame would finish, giving the home side a 3-2 victory.

Jandric would finish with four goals and an assist for Cariboo on the weekend, while Stewart and Gingras would both finish with a goal and two assists for the Hawks through both games.

 "Not the result we wanted but we learned a lot about our team from it," said head coach Jessie Leung. "I was impressed with how our team pulled together once Berry went down with Injury. The easiest thing would have been to fold the tents but the push back was incredible."

When asked what the Hawks will look to improve upon for next weekends match-up against the Thompson Blazers at the BC Major Midget League Showcase, he said special teams were a focal point for the team

"We'll be putting a lot of work on our special teams this week," said Leung. "We made some good on the fly adjustments but will be looking for more bite from our PP"

NEWS AND NOTES: Defencemen Spencer Berry went down in Game 2 of the Hawks season opening weekend in Prince George and will be out for next weekend's showcase. On the other side of the injured reserve, fifteen year-old forward James Malm (concussion) hopes to return to the lineup in time to face the Blazers next weekend.

15 September 2014

Gingras receives captaincy for 2014-2015 season

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        The Valley West Hawks are pleased to announce that returning 1998-born forward Luke Gingras has been named team captain for the 2014-2015 season. 

Gingras was a late release from the Saskatoon Blades, where he played in three pre-season games with the team, notching one assist in his time there. 
 
 In 36 games with the Hawks last year, Gingras finished with 14 goals and 9 assists for 23 points, adding in 64 PIM to round out his stat line.
 
 Gingras was also a member of Team BC's U-16 squad that finished in second place at the 2013 Western Canada Challenge Cup.

 

 

27 August 2014

Hawks Commit to Bosa

The Valley West Hawks are pleased to announce their latest commitment to forward Christian Bosa.

Bosa spent the 2013-2014 with Yale Hockey Academy's Elite 15 program, totalling 8 points (4G, 4A) in 15 games.

Bosa joins Jeffrey Stewart, James Malm, Spencer Berry and Jakob Walter as newcomers the Hawks have committed to for the 2014-2015 campaign.

24 August 2014

Hawks Week in Review; Pre-Season Wraps Up, Roster Cuts Made


score_logo.jpgThe Hawks came in to this past week looking to improve upon their 1-3 record to start this pre-season. It looked as though they might just do that, with
an invigorated forward group putting on a show in game action from Tuesday night against the North East Chiefs. Unfortunately for the Hawks, a bad bounce with fifteen seconds to play in the third frame set up Matt Davis for a breakaway that shattered the dead-lock. Final score: Chiefs 3 - Hawks 2

Despite the tough loss to the Chiefs on Tuesday, the boys marched in to the ARC in Abbotsford on a mission. Stellar play from the tandem of Jacob Walter and Nicholas Tallarico earned the pair a split shutout. Bradley Stonnell added a pair of goals from the blue line, while Jeffrey Stewart, Tyson Talhan and Ben Evanish each potted singles in a 5-0 victory for the Hawks over the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds

In their final game of the pre-season, Valley West had a chance at redemption as they faced off against the North East Chiefs again. That chance at redemption got small in a hurry, however, as the Chiefs hopped out to an early 4-0 lead before finishing the first period up 4-1. The Hawks came close after Kiret Dosange slotted one to make it a one goal game at 4-3, but that was as close as they came before the Chiefs came away with a 7-4 victory.

Also of note, after Tuesday's game there was a slight roster cut down made, shaving the numbers down to 34 players total (12 D, 18 F, 4 G). This number includes players Valley West has already committed to but are attending junior camps at this time.

18 August 2014

Hawks Fall to 1-3 in Pre-Season

It was a tough start to the Hawks' pre-season schedule this weekend as they only managed to find 1 win in 4 games. 

In Thursday's game, Luke Gingras put up a monster performance as he netted a hat-trick for the Hawks, but the rest of the team just couldn't keep up as the Greater Vancouver Canadians held on for a 5-3 victory.

Friday night's game was much closer, as the Hawks took on the North West Giants in their first head-to-head matchup this year. It took until early in the third period for either team's defence to crack, but it was Jason Village putting his Giants squad up 1-0. That was all the G-men needed to take it home; final score 1-0 Giants.

The second game in two nights against the Giants saw the return of Luke Gingras to the pre-season lineup. Gingras picked up where he left off on Thursday, netting another hat-trick while first year stand-out James Malm added a pair to carry the Hawks to their first pre-season victory of the year, 5-3 over the Giants.

The euphoria wouldn't last, unfortunately as Sunday brought about another marker in the loss column for the Hawks. Despite a solid effort up and down the lineup, GVC took their second pre-season game in a row against the Hawks 2-1 on the strength of two powerplay markers, with the game-winning goal being scored on a 5-on-3 powerplay.

Despite their record so-far, the Hawks look to build some momentum leading up to the 2014-2015 BC Major Midget League season. The next pre-season game has the Hawks facing off against the North East Chiefs this Tuesday, August 19 at the Langley Sportsplex. Puck drop is set for 8:00 p.m.

10 August 2014

Evaluation Camp Wraps Up; Roster cut down to 41

Gerth_Savage_2014_CC_Champs.jpgThe first weekend is in the books for Hawk hopefuls as training camp officially wrapped up this Sunday afternoon. After a weekend of exciting, up-tempo hockey, Team Red emerged victorious  in the chase for the annual Captain's Cup. The potent Red squad was led by returning players Luke Gingras, Matt Barberis and Spencer Gerth as they edged Team Yellow via head-to-head tiebreaker (Team Red beat Yellow 4-3 in Game 1 on Friday). Notable invitees this weekend include first year player James Malm who played alongside second year player Davis Koch forming a dazzling offensive duo.

As evaluation camp comes to a close, however, so does the hope for playing in the BCMML for some of the invitees to this years try-outs. In preparation for the beginning of Valley West's exhibition season this week, the Hawks have cut their numbers from 72 down to 41. As per BC Major Midget League policy, they have also committed to their first round of players for the upcoming season:

 Forwards

Trevor Ayre - 1998
Spencer Gerth - 1998
Luke Gingras - 1998
Davis Koch - 1998
James Malm -1999
Jeffrey Stewart  -1998
Ty Westgard - 1998

Defencemen

Matt Barberis - 1998
Jamieson Ree - 1997
Shakheel Ebrahim - 1997
Spencer Berry - 1998

Goalies

Jakob Walter -1999

Every player on the commitment list so far is a returning Hawk from 2013-2014, with the exceptions being Jeffrey Stewart, James Malm, Spencer Berry and Jakob Walter (Berry, however, was a critical AP for the Hawks during an injury-plagued season on defence). Also of note is that all players on the above list are eligible to make the jump to junior hockey (except for James Malm and Jakob Walter), meaning not all players on this list may be returning to the Hawks this season. Best of luck to all those who came out this weekend and congratulations to the players moving forward with the Hawks to the start of exhibition!


26 July 2014

Evaluation Camp Registration Deadline July 31st

The Valley West Hawks would like to remind everyone that the Evaluation Camp Registration deadline is only 5 days away. Register online before July 31st for a chance to join the Hawks as we strive for the Telus Cup National Championship. The Hawks also announce our evaluation camp schedule.


Register Now
2014 Evaluation Camp Schedule

24 July 2014
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Zone Boundary Change Rescinded

The BC Major Midget League announced earlier today that the resolution to change the Major Midget Zone Bounaries made on May 8th has been rescinded for the 2014/2015 season. This means Langley Minor Hockey once again falls within the catchment area of the Valley West Hawks.

The Hawks would like to wish North Delta Minor Hockey Association all the best and look forward to once again working with Langley Minor Hockey.

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


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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.

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

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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


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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