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Valley West Hawks explode past Kootenay Ice

Coach Simon Wheeldon and the Ice dropped two against the Valley West Hawks.

The  Nelson Daily Sports

Quick-starting Valley West Hawks used some early offence to take a pair of B.C. Major Midget Hockey League games from the Kootenay Ice during weekend action in the Fraser Valley.

The fifth-place Hawks scored three times in each of the two games to stop the Ice 5-3 Saturday at the South Surrey Arena and 6-2 Sunday in Langley at the George Preston Rec Centre.

Kevan Kilistoff, Kyle Burroughs and Trevor Cox scored first period goals to stake the Hawks to an early 3-0 lead.

Nelson’s Joren Johnson gave Kootenay some brief life with a goal midway through the second frame. But Kilistoff and Ram Brar scored before the period ended to put the game away.

Castlegar’s Jesse Knowler had the other goal for Kootenay.

Saturday, Kootenay, winless in 12 games, opened the scoring when Carsen Willans of Nelson potted a marker 26 seconds into the game.

However, the lead was short lived as Valley West tied the game 24 seconds later before adding two more goals to conclude the period with a 3-1 lead.

Knowler and Luke Bertolucci of Trail scored in the second period as Kootenay cut the margin to 4-3. But the Hawks’ Neil James scored the only marker of the third period to give the home side the win.

Kootenay, 2-13-3, returns home this weekend for a pair of games against the third-place Greater Vancouver Canadians.

Game time Saturday at the NDCC Arena is 5:45 p.m. Sunday the teams drop the puck at 10:30 a.m.

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