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Hawks make Mill Bay rec hockey history with first championship
History was made in the Mill Bay Rec Hockey League this season.
"It's the first time a Hawks' team has won the championship in 20 years,'' said league president Al Johnson.
The Hawks accomplished the feat in the recently-completed final playoff series at Kerry Park Arena, winning the best-of-five over the Chiefs 3-2.
The Chiefs won the first game 4-1, but the Hawks came back to take games two and three by scores of 7-2 and 6-3, respectively. That set the stage for a great finish to the series.
In game four, the teams were tied 1-1 at the midway mark. Hawks went up 2-1 with nine minutes left, but the Chiefs tied it a minute later and the game went into overtime.
The Chiefs won it 3-2 at 1:31 of overtime and tied the series.
The deciding game was "the same kind of thing,'' said Johnson.
The teams were tied again 1-1 at the midway point. The Hawks twice took the lead but the game went into the last two minutes deadlocked 3-3.
The Hawks came through with a big goal with 1:31 remaining and it stood up as the historic winner in a 4-3 game.
A high-powered scoring duo did most of the scoring for the Chiefs in the final series, with Brendan Schievink tallying seven goals and two assists and Jim Gordon compiling a goal and seven assists.
"Where the Hawks beat them out, they scored by committee,'' said Johnson.
Blair Wallace (five goals, two assists), A.J. Dzhevelekyan (four goals, three assists) and Tanner Wiersma (three goals, four assists) led the way with seven points apiece. Matt Wiley chipped in with a goal and two assists.
The Hawks also finished first in league play and won the best-of-five semifinal over the fourth-place Bandits 3-0. The second-place Chiefs won their semifinal in four games over the third-place Bruins.
Meanwhile, Johnson said he would welcome applications from any new teams in the region that might want to join the Mill Bay league. He can be contacted at 250-999-5463 or 250-743-9902.