Matt Barberis (right) returned to the Valley West Hawks this past weekend

Hawks handle Blazers twice

Major Midget team sweeps series in Richmond during Showcase Weekend

The Valley West Hawks dominated one of the league’s weaker teams last weekend, posting their first two victories of the season to get back to .500.

The Hawks stopped the Thompson Blazers 5-1 and 6-0 in Richmond, two games which were part of the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League Showcase Weekend. Valley West is now at 2-2-0 (won-lost-tied) and in sixth-place in the 11-team league.

“It was a week later than I had hoped, but it was good to notch our first wins of the season,” said Hawks head coach Jessie Leung. “I credit our team for sticking to our game plan and committing to the team game in both victories. We got contributions from our entire lineup both offensively and defensively. Lots of pressure and pace.”

Luke Gingras of Langley paced the Hawks Saturday, scoring twice and assisting on another. Jeffrey Stewart of Surrey also netted a pair of goals, while Logan Webber tallied once. White Rock defenceman Matt Barberis, who has returned to the team from the training camp of the Vancouver Giants, assisted on three goals.

Sunday morning, Surrey forward Trevor Ayre scored once and assisted on three other goals. Barberis, Gingras, Stewart, Ben Evanish of White Rock and Christian Bosa of Langley also notched a goal teach. Barberis added another two helpers for a six-point weekend.

Of the 11 goals scored over the weekend, four came with the man advantage, a positive sign. While not allowing the Blazers to score on the powerplay, Leung feels the Hawks need to improve while playing a man short.

“Our powerplay was lethal this weekend, which is a good sign after opening weekend,” he said. “We’ll continue to put some work into our penalty kill. We have the basic framework set up, but need a lot of repetition to really round it into form.”

Although the Hawks were designated as the home team for the weekend series with the Blazers, Valley West has still to play on home ice. That won’t happen until Saturday, Oct. 11 when they host the Vancouver Canadians at 3:30 p.m. in the Langley Events Centre.

It’s the first of two games that weekend against the Canadians, with the second back at the Richmond Oval on Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.

The Hawks are idle next weekend, having drawn the bye.

“Having our bye week only three weeks into the season isn’t ideal,” said Leung. “We’ll have two games in hand on most teams throughout the front half of the season so it will feel like we’re playing catchup until the hit the midway point.

“(But) it gives us an opportunity to fine-tune some systems and tactics.”

Just Posted

Cloverdale Toastmasters celebrate 25 years of learning and laughter

Cloverdale club is a high achieving, yet laid-back Toastmasters group

White Rock restaurant serving up support for youth mental health

June 25 fundraiser at Uli’s organized in honour of the late Anthony Bourdain

Surrey RCMP searching for missing 15-year-old Aboriginal girl

Police say Megan Hindmarch was last seen in the 12400-block of 97B Street at 8 p.m. on June 18

McCallum’s canal pitch took Surrey councillors by surprise

City government has more important issues pressing than building a canal, councillors say

Crime Stoppers urges Lower Mainland residents to check these 9 safety items every night

Home security tips demonstrated at Cloverdale house on Wednesday

Scorpion gives birth after hitching ride in B.C. woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

Commercial fishers in B.C. now required to wear life-jackets on deck: WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC reports 24 work-related deaths in the commercial fishing industry between 2007 and 2018

Beekeeping Rossland boy finds human kindness sweet as honey

Family overwhelmed by kind offerings of strangers

B.C. files second legal challenge against Alberta over turn-off-taps law

B.C. government filed a second lawsuit against Alberta on June 14

Tax credits, penalizing big polluters, key to Conservative climate plan

Canada’s commitment is to cut emissions to 70 per cent of what they were in 2005 before 2030

North Delta happenings: week of June 20

Events and community listings for North Delta

PHOTOS: Langley-Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa is gone

The Conservative Member of Parliament and long-time community advocate died in hospice this morning

Victoria double murder trial: Blood splatter analyst found no shoe prints on scene

RCMP analyst testifies to smears, fingermarks, ‘swipe and wipe’ patterns around apartment

Most Read