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The Vancouver Nighthawks ended their first season with a 3-7 record in 2013. Throughout that first year, the Nighthawks flashed talent, losing five of their games by only a single goal or two. In 2014, the team won the Western Conference Final and punched their ticket to the MLU Championship game. The most significant factor to the Nighthawks’ turnaround in 2014 was the emergence of Brendan Wong. A rookie in 2014, Wong took the league by storm, setting the records for most points in a season (63) and most goals in a season (48). At the end of the year, Wong had claimed the MLU Scoring Title, as well as Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards for the Western Conference.
Wong’s impressive offensive skillset was made clear early on in the Nighthawks season as he put forth a dominant performance against the reigning Western Conference Champions, the San Francisco Dogfish in Week 2. After tallying five goals, two assists and a block in the season opener the week before, Wong leveled the Dogfish for seven goals, three assists and a block, leading his team to their first win of the season and the franchise’s first victory against San Francisco. (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME)