April 1, 2018
The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds have capped off an incredible season, winning the BC Hockey Major Midget Championship with two straight road wins over the defending league champion Cariboo Cougars.
In game one Friday, the Thunderbirds jumped out to an early 2-0 first period lead and did not look back, adding three in the second, to open a 5-1 lead going in the third.
The T-Birds were led by Matthew Konrad (Abbotsford), who had two goals and an assist to lead Fraser Valley to a 5-2 final. Dawson Pelletier got the win.
In game two Saturday, Fraser Valley’s special teams were the difference as they scored three straight power-play goals in a 4-2 win to claim the series and the Cromie Memorial Trophy.
Justin Plett (Abbotsford) had a pair of goals for the Thunderbirds, including the game-winner. Dylan Stoltz (Abbotsford) sealed the victory on an empty netter with 33 seconds remaining in the game. Dawson Pelletier got the win.
The win for Fraser Valley marks a new champion for the sixth straight year. The Cougars were looking to become back-to-back champions. Here are the previous five MML champions:
- 2017 – Cariboo Cougars
- 2016 – Valley West Hawks
- 2015 – Vancouver North East Chiefs
- 2014 – Okanagan Rockets
- 2013 – Vancouver North West Giants
The Thunderbirds will now face the winner of the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL), at the Pacific Regional Championship, April 6-8, 2018, with all games at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.
The series will get underway this Friday, April 6, at 5:00 PM. Game two will go at 7:00 PM Saturday, and game three if necessary, at 12:00 PM.
The winner of that series will earn a berth in the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship, being held April 23-29, 2018, in Sudbury, Ontario.