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Bradley nets hat trick to lead Hawks in all-star game

Matt Bradley slips the puck past goaltender Kyle Cheema during the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League game at the George Preston Recreation Centre on Friday night. Bradley scored three goals and had one assist to earn second star honours as Team Blue beat Team White 8-6.  - Gary Ahuja/Langley Times
Matt Bradley slips the puck past goaltender Kyle Cheema during the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League game at the George Preston Recreation Centre on Friday night. Bradley scored three goals and had one assist to earn second star honours as Team Blue beat Team White 8-6.
— image credit: Gary Ahuja/Langley Times

A visit from the last-place Kootenay Ice helped the Valley West Hawks return to the win column.

The Hawks won 8-1 and 6-0 on Saturday and Sunday at the Langley Events Centre in B.C. Major Midget Hockey League action.

Coming into the games, the Hawks lost their previous two league games — and 0-3-1 at the  Mac’s tournament in Calgary before that — but the wins improved the team to 19-10-1 and their 39 points have them in third place of the 11-team league.

Eric Callegari, one of five Valley West players to suit up in the league’s all-star game on Jan. 17 at Langley’s George Preston Recreation Centre, had a pair of assists in the first game and then two goals in the second.

Jesse Lansdell chipped in with three assists in the first game and then another goal and assist in the rematch.

Luke Gingras had a goal and a helper and followed that up with two assists.

A pair of Langley Minor Hockey Association bantam A1 players were also called up to fill in for the Hawks in the first game as both Alec Capstick and Jarret Tsyzka made their MML debuts. Capstick found the scoresheet with an assist.

The team faces a stiff test this weekend as they play a home-and-home series with the Vancouver Northwest Giants, who are tied for top spot. The teams play at the Burnaby Winter Club on Saturday and the Langley Events Centre on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

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