Hawks lose a pair at home

Valley West drop one-goal games to Cariboo Cougars

Hawks lose a pair

The Cariboo Cougars used a pair of four-goal second periods to sweep a two-game series with the Valley West Hawks last weekend in Langley.

The Prince George-based team edged the Hawks 5-4 and 4-3 at the George Preston Recreation Centre, remaining in first place in the 11-team BC Hockey Major Midget League.

The Hawks dropped to a tie for fifth place with a 2-2-0 (won-loss-tied) record.

Valley West led early on both games. Saturday evening, they took a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes, with goals by Cloverdale’s Jakub Stukel and Darien Craighead of Surrey sandwiched around a Cariboo score.

The two teams traded goals in the first half of the second period, then the Cougars tallied three times in a four-minute span to take a 5-3 lead into the third period.

Stukel’s second of the game got the Hawks to within one, then Cole Plotnikoff of Surrey netted the third goal.

Sunday morning, the Hawks again jumped to an early lead. Parker Wotherspoon of Cloverdale and Surrey’s Spencer Unger had the home team ahead 2-0 after a period of play. The Cougars tied the game before Eric Callegari of Langley put the Hawks up 3-2 with six minutes left in the second period.

The Cougars got goals 27 seconds apart in the final two minutes of play to take the lead, which stood up through a scoreless third period.

The Hawks are in Victoria next weekend for two games with the South Island Royals, a team which is off to a 1-2-1 start.