Chilliwack’s Jackson Mainse (left) looks to make a pass during a weekend B.C. Major Midget Hockey League between his Fraser Valley Thunderbirds and the Thompson Blazers. TRENT ROLFE PHOTO

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds top Thompson Blazers to start 2018

The B.C. Major Midget Hockey League team won both games in a weekend road trip to Kelowna.

Playing their first league games since Christmas, the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds swept a pair of road games in Kelowna last weekend.

The T-Birds met the Thompson Blazers in B.C. Major Midget Hockey League action.

Chilliwack’s Travis Halladay picked up an assist in Friday’s 5-3 win.

Abbotsford’s Justin Plett scored twice in the final frame as his team erased a 3-2 deficit. Jake Mulder (Abbotsford), Matthew Konrad (Abbotsford) and Carter Anderson (Langley) also scored for the Thunderbirds while Harkarit Gill (Surrey) tallied three assists.

Halladay added two more points in the Saturday rematch, scoring once and adding a helper in a 5-4 win at the Capital News Centre.

Chilliwack’s Ethan Bowen recorded two assists, returning to the lineup after playing for the junior A Chiefs Friday night.

Plett scored two more goals with Konrad and Dylan Stoltz (Abbotsford) also lighting the lamp.

The T-Birds improved to 18-6-1-1. They have a firm hold on third place in the 11 team standings, with an eight point cushion over the fourth place Okanagan Rockets (13-9-3-1).

Fraser Valley trails the second place Cariboo Cougars (19-5-2-0) by two points and the front-running Valley West Hawks (21-3-2-0) by six.

They are in Nanaimo this weekend for two games against the North Island Silvertips, who occupy ninth place with a record of 8-16-2-0.