The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds major midget league hockey team spent the end of 2018 in Calgary after being invited to the prestigious Mac’s AAA Midget World Invitational Hockey Tournament.
The event ran from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 in the Alberta city, with 25 of the midget-aged teams from Canada, the United States and Europe battling it out.
As the top team in the British Columbia Major Midget League, the Thunderbirds earned a berth into the tournament.
Fraser Valley was grouped in round-robin play with the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs, Beardy’s Blackhawks (Duck Lake, Sask.), the Calgary Northstars and the Notre Dame Hounds (Wilcox, Sask.).
The Thunderbirds opened with a 4-2 win over the Northstars on Dec. 26. Goal scorers for the club were Gerrit Lindhout, Brendan Williamson, Hark Gill and Jacob Wright.
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Day two saw Fraser Valley fall 1-0 to the Blackhawks. The Thunderbirds then fell 5-4 to the Optimist Chiefs on Dec. 28 and 4-0 to the Hounds on Dec. 29 to finish 1-3 in round robin play. They failed to qualify for the playoffs with that record.
Playoff action begins today (Dec. 31), with the champion crowned at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Jan. 1.
Results from those games were not available at press time.
The Thunderbirds return to BCMML action on Jan. 12 and 13, when the Okanagan Rockets come to the Abbotsford Centre. Games open at 6 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. respectively.
Fraser Valley sits atop the BCMML standings with a record of 19-3-1-1.
It has been a great start for both Thunderbirds midget programs, as the minor midget club is also in first place with a record of 13-4-1.
The minor midget team returns to action on Jan. 18, when they travel to North Vancouver to take on the Vancouver North West Hawks. For more on both teams, visit fvthunderbirds.com.