Royal rebound as Thunderbirds split

The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds and South Island Royals played twice last weekend, with each major midget team getting a win.

The Fraser Valley Thunderbirds split a pair of games with the South Island Royals last weekend.

The teams met Saturday at Abbotsford’s ARC building, with the visitors taking a 6-3 decision.

Chilliwack’s Hayden Guilderson hit the scoresheet, picking up a first period goal.

After watching game one from the bench, Chilliwack’s Josh Matzek was between the pipes for the Sunday rematch at Prospera Centre.

Matzek played well, backstopping his team to a 4-2 win.

Guilderson sniped the game winning goal, at the five-minute mark of period three.

Abbotsford’s Austin Wellsby had the hat-trick.

Guilderson and fellow Chilliwackian Dryden Downing now have identical 20-4-3-7 stat lines.

Their team is 8-10-2, good for sixth place in the 11 team circuit.

The top four make the playoffs and the T-Birds are one point behind the fourth place Greater Vancouver Canadians.

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