Thunderbirds offence in full flight

Fraser Valley major midget hockey team pumps in 15 goals in pair of victories over South Island Royals

Thunderbirds offence in full flight

The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds offence was in full flight over the weekend, pumping in 15 goals in a pair of victories.

The major midget hockey team was not a very good host, dispatching the visiting South Island Royals 6-2 and 9-2. Both games were played at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre.

The wins improved the Thunderbirds to 6-4-1-1 and they sit tied for fourth place in the BC Major Midget League.

The teams traded goals in the first period of the first game and were tied at two late in the second before Justin Plett put the home team ahead 3-2 before intermission.

Dylan Debruyn, Plett and Blake Bonnar added third-period markers to round out the scoring.

Nowel Maarhuis had the first two Fraser Valley goals, part of a three-point night. Both his goals were set up by Brodi Stuart.

Boston Bilous earned the victory in goal.

The second game was also tied at one after 20 minutes but Fraser Valley erupted for four goals in both the second and third periods as they scored a season-high nine goals.

Plett paced the attack with a hat trick with Stuart and Jonathan Rees potted a pair apiece. Matthew Dyck and Graham Carter had the other goals and Jake Mulder, Bonnar and Debruyn each had three helpers. Harkirat Gill chipped in with a pair of assists.

Goaltender Chad Cromar not only earned the win, but also picked up an assist.

The Thunderbirds are back at the ARC for two more games, hosting the Thompson Blazers on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 9:45 a.m.