Big wins for Burnaby boy’s T-Bird team

Burnaby's Luke Lockhart, a forward for the UBC Thunderbirds, checks Princeton Tigers Michael Zajac against the boards in the first period of their game at the Great Northwest Showcase exhibition hockey tournament at Copeland Arena on Saturday. The tournament also featured the SFU Clan and the seven-time NCAA Division 1 champions University of North Dakota.

Luke Lockhart didn’t score in his return to his old skating grounds, but the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association product was smiling anyway after his University of B.C. Thunderbirds defeated two NCAA puck powerhouses at Bill Copeland Arena on the weekend.

On Friday, the T-Birds pulled off a huge upset by edging seven-time NCAA champion, the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3-2 in overtime at the 2014 Great Northwest Showcase tournament put on by Simon Fraser University. The UND squad featured 15 NHL draft picks including Florida Panthers second-rounder Rocco Grimaldi. Then on Saturday, UBC nipped the Princeton Tigers 1-0.

Lockhart has seven goals and nine points in 16 Canada West games in his first season with the Thunderbirds after spending five with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.

In the tourney’s other games, Princeton took out SFU 8-1 Friday while the Sioux snipped SFU 4-3 Saturday.


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