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Big wins for Burnaby boy’s T-Bird team
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.