The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds have capped off an incredible season, winning the BC Hockey Major Midget League (MML) Championship by defeating the defending league champion Cariboo Cougars two (2) games to none in the final in Prince George, BC.
In game one (1) of the Championship series, the Thunderbirds jumped out to an early 2-0 first period lead and did not look back. They were led by Matthew Konrad (Abbotsford), who had two (2) goals and an assist to help Fraser Valley to a 5-2 win in the series opener.
In game two (2), Fraser Valley’s special teams were the difference as they scored three (3) power-play goals in a 4-2 win to claim the series win and the Cromie Memorial Trophy. Justin Plett (Abbotsford) had a pair of goals for the Thunderbirds, including the game-winner, before Dylan Stoltz (Abbotsford) would seal the victory with an empty-net goal with 33 seconds remaining in the game.
The win for Fraser Valley marks a new champion for the sixth straight year as the Cougars were looking to become back-to-back champions. Here are the previous five (5) 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 at home. Arena location and times will be announced at a later date. 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.