The Abbotsford Peewee A2 Hawks won first place in the Las Vegas Invitational earlier this month. (Submitted)

The Abbotsford Peewee A2 Hawks won first place in the Las Vegas Invitational earlier this month. (Submitted)

Abbotsford Peewee Hawks win big in Las Vegas

Minor hockey team outlasts five opponents to win Las Vegas Invitational

The Abbotsford Peewee A2 Hawks beat the odds and left Sin City as winners at the 2020 Las Vegas Invitational earlier this month.

The tournament ran from Jan. 17 to 20, and the Hawks competed in the 12U A division against five other teams from North America.

The Hawks opened with a 6-1 win over the San Francisco Sabercats on Jan. 17, and then destroyed the New Mexico Warriors 13-0 on Jan. 18. Abbotsford then beat the Vegas Junior Golden Knights 6-1 on Jan. 19 to finish the round robin at a perfect 3-0.

The club advanced to the playoff round and blanked the Sabercats 7-0 in the semifinal also on Jan. 19. That win moved the Hawks to the final where they downed the Golden Knights again 6-1 on Jan. 20.

Team representatives wanted to thank the community of Abbotsford and specifically The Real Canadian Superstore for allowing the team to fundraiser at the store before the trip. The team also wanted to thank head coach Steven Ahuja for his hard work leading the team.

The roster consists of players Mason Beaulieu, Jay Buchanan, Seth Castronuovo, Ryder Cruickshanks, Zackary David, Evan Demers, Nathaniel Esmail, Shane Fillinger, Prabal Hayer, Jeremy Kraft, Joshua Martin, Sam May, Grayson Neufeldt, Charlie Paul, Jayveer Sra, Jaxon Tarnowski and Grayden Van Der Zweep.