Fraser Valley Thunderbirds took on the North Island Silvertips in semifinal action, en route to winning a berth in the finals by defeating Cariboo Cougars. File photo courtesy Matt Brook

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds to play Kelowna for league championship

Team of mostly Langley hockey players takes on Okanagan Rockets in B.C. Minor Midget League finals

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds hockey team is off to Kelowna to play the Okanagan Rockets in the B.C. Minor Midget League finals.

Mostly Langley players, the team won the right to make the trip by beating the Cariboo Cougars in a hard-fought series over the weekend that saw the second-seeded Thunderbirds prevail over the third-seeded Cougars, with two of the games decided in overtime.

Head coach Travis Oddy anticipated a hard fight based on the two previous encounters with the Cariboo team this season, and the rival players did not disappoint.

Game one on Friday (March 8) went to the Cougars, but they had to work for it, claiming a 5-4 victory in overtime.

Game two went into double overtime before the Thunderbirds took their 3-2 win.

“Literally, one goal can end our season [in that situation],” Oddy said.

“Luckily, we were the ones to score that goal.”

By game three, Thunderbird players could sense victory was near, the coach said.

“There was a different energy in the room,” Oddy said.

“Our guys felt like they were in control.

They were indeed, winning 4-1.

Oddy believes the series against number one seeded Okanagan Rockets is going to be a close one, but the Kelowna players can be beaten.

Thunderbirds have already proven it this season, he said.

“We’ve met them (Kelowna) once before in a three game series and we took the series. Both games that we won were one-goal games.

“Basically, what we’re expecting is a tight series and games. It could be a goal either way [that make a difference].”

READ MORE: Fraser Valley Thunderbirds take silver at Acura Winter Classic

All the championship games will be played in Kelowna, the top seed in the league.

On Saturday (March 16th), game one goes at the Rutland East arena at 1 p.m., game two is Sunday (March 17th) at Rutland, 3:15 p.m. and, if needed, game three will be Monday (March 18th) at the Capital News Centre at 1:15 p.m.

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