The Kootenay Ice had a daunting task ahead of them when they faced the BC Major Midget League leading Fraser Valley Thunderbirds on the weekend.
Kootenay earned points in two of their last three games and the Ice’s play has shown improvement recently, but the 18-3-1-0 T-birds proved too much beating the Ice 6-1 and 8-1 in their two-game series at the Matsqui Rec Centre in Abbotsford.
In Saturday’s game, the Thunderbirds jumped out to a 4-0 lead on goals from Graham Sward, John Lee, Dawson Good, and Nolan Wall.
Ice forward Austin McKenzie scored in his second straight game, cutting the lead to 4-1 on an unassisted marker, but third period goals from Brendan Williamson and Good was more than enough for the Thunderbirds.
In Game 2 on Sunday, the Thunderbirds built a 4-0 first period lead on goals from Good, Zackary Funk, Williamson and Harkirat Gill.
Kootenay’s Slade Desharnais goal at 13:38 made it 4-1, but Funk netted his second of the night and Good completed his hat trick with two straight goals to give Fraser Valley a 7-1 lead. Nolan Wall added the lone goal of the third for the 8-1 final.
The Ice record falls to 4-17-1-0. Kootenay is eight points out of a playoff spot and faces off against the seventh place 10-10-1-1 Vancouver North West Hawks this weekend at the Cominco Arena. For the Ice to keep their playoff hopes alive, a four-point weekend is all but a necessity going into the Christmas break.
Kootenay plays the Hawks at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9:45 a.m. on Sunday at the Cominco Arena.