THE FABULOUS T-BIRDS
FRASER VALLEY MINOR MIDGET TEAM CLINCHES PLAYOFF BERTH
Thunderbirds were all over North Island Silvertips in game one of a three game series.
K. BOURDON—FV THUNDERBIRDS HOCKEY CLUB—MATT BROOKS PHOTO, FRANK CRANE MEMORIAL ARENA, NANAIMO
he Fraser Valley Thunderbirds were on their last
road trip of the regular season this past weekend. The weekend’s results insured
booking of the T-Birds’ spot for the upcoming playoffs in the BC Hockey Minor
Midget League beginning March 1st.
The T-Birds were in Nanaimo, Feb 16-18 to play the North Island Silvertips in a 3-game series. This was the first time that both teams had met during the 30-game regular season.
Saturday - First Period
Saturday’s game at Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena was a slow start for the Thunderbirds. Both teams had the previous weekend off and the T-Birds spent most of the first period passing the puck and struggling to find the back of the net. Abbotsford forward Kyle Wickman finally found the back of the net 15 minutes into the first period and Langley forward Zachary Urquhart scored unassisted 30 seconds before the end of the period.
Wickman scored in the second period with Mission Abram Wiebe getting an assist on his goal and Langley defensemen Kyle Graham scored an unassisted goal 4 minutes before the end of the third period giving the T-birds a 4-1 win. Mission goalie Jozef Kuchaslo was in net for the win.
Sunday Game - First Period
Sunday’s game was also a slow start for the T-birds with Abbotsford Kyle Siteman in net. The speed of the game was fast paced but neither team scored in the first period.
The Silvertips made a rebound from Saturday’s loss and scored 3 goals in the second period.
The third period saw Zack Urquhart score seconds into the start of the period with Chilliwack defensemen Lucas Bourdon getting the assist. Urquhart scored 2 minutes later with an unassisted goal. Chilliwack forward Clay Kurtz scored the T-bird's 3rd and last goal with Urquhart and Bourdon getting an assist. With the game now tied, both teams played the regulation 5 minutes of 3 on 3 but neither team was able to pot one.
Monday’s game was a 2-1 loss for the T-birds with the only goal scored by Clay Kurtz in the first period. The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds currently continue to hold down first place. The second place Okanagan Rockets are still hot on the T-birds jersey tails and have 3 more games to play before the end of the season.
BC Hockey Minor Midget quarter finals start March 1st. Playoff team matchups with times and locations have not been set, but once posted will be found on the Fraser Valley Thunderbird website and to follow all the action download the phone app at midget.hisports.app