Thunderbirds forced to settle for pair of ties

Weekend nets just two of four points despite leads in both games for Fraser Valley major midget hockey team

Holding leads continue to be a problem for the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

The major midget hockey team was up 4-1 on Saturday after one period against the Vancouver North East Giants, but managed just a single point in the 5-5 draw.

And in the rematch the next morning, the Thunderbirds were up 3-2 heading into the third period but let another point slip away as the Giants scored late for the 3-3 final score.

The B.C. Major Midget Hockey League teams were playing a home-and-home series with Saturday’s contest at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre in Coquitlam and the rematch at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre.

Langley’s Jonathan Stein and Abbotsford’s Jake Mulder  led the way in game one with a goal and an assist apiece while Zac McKee (Abbotsford), Andrew Sorenson (Abbotsford) and Jamie Housh (Mission) had one goal each.

Matthew Dyck (Langley) set up one goal.

Mackenzie Wight (Chilliwack) scored twice in the second game while Jonathan Rees (Langley) had a goal and a helper. Rees also had an assist to finish the weekend with three points.

Aldergrove’s Baxter Anderson had one assist and another Aldergrove product, Jordan Naylor, got the call in goal.

Fraser Valley sits at 1-2-3 through the early part of the season.

The Thunderbirds host the first-place Vancouver North West Giants at the ARC on Saturday before completing the rematch at the North Shore Winter Club on Sunday.

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