Kings Reign In Season Opener

Kingsville's Filip Kafka battles for the loose puck in front of the net against the London defense at Kingsville Arena on 9 September 2018.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Kingsville’s Filip Kafka battles for the loose puck in front of the net against the London defense at Kingsville Arena on 9 September 2018.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

(KINGSVILLE, ON) – On Sunday, the Kingsville Kings junior hockey club opened the season with an emphatic win over the London Lakers at Kingsville Arena. The Kings throttled the Lakers with a 14-2 statement win to kick off their fourth Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League season.

Kingsville’s Brett Berry opened the scoring just over seven minutes in to collect his team’s first tally of the new year. Just past the halfway mark of the opening stanza, Jan Novak ripped a power-play marker and Noah Shultz piled on to make the score 3-0 for the Kings.

London’s Yuuki Saitoh scored with four minutes left, but was answered by a Matyas Mach buzzer-beater to give Kingsville a three-goal lead into the break.

Naoki Onodera started in goal for the Lakers but was pulled in favour of Jordan Blumberg mid-way through the 1st period.

Kingsville's Zachary Dillen cuts to the inside against London's Isaiah Bellegarde for a breakaway goal at Kingsville Arena on 9 September 2018.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Kingsville’s Zachary Dillen cuts to the inside against London’s Isaiah Bellegarde for a breakaway goal at Kingsville Arena on 9 September 2018.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

The Kings kept up the pressure in the second, peppering the fresh tenders.

A minute in, Mach scored again, this time on the man-up.  He was followed with a succession of goals from teammates Pavel Svoboda, Ondrej Benda, Jan Sefl, and Berry before London’s Sean Caruso scored in the last minute to make the score 9-2 into the second intermission.

In the final act, Novak, Svoboda, and Shultz tallied again, while Filip Kafka and Zachary Dillen ripped their first markers of the year as the Kings took the game by 12.

Richard Boruta, another newcomer to the Kings organization, put up an impressive seven assists in the victory.

Norwegian goalie Hans Martin Meling picked up his first GMHL win between the pipes, turning aside 18 of 20 chances.

Kingsville goalie Hans Martin Meling slides cross-crease against the London Lakers at Kingsville Arena on 9 September 2018.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Kingsville goalie Hans Martin Meling slides cross-crease against the London Lakers at Kingsville Arena on 9 September 2018.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Blumberg lasted 30 minutes in the Lakers’ cage, stopping 27 of 35. Third goalie Owen Stevenson finished off the final 10 minutes, allowing two goals on 10 shots.

The Kings take to the road this Friday to renew hostilities with the GMHL’s 2017-18 South Division champions, the St George Ravens, at 7:30pm at the South Dumfries Community Centre. Their next home game is this Sunday at 3pm when they host the Tottenham Steam at Kingsville Arena.

Kingsville's Bret Berry gets the shot off on London's Jordan Blumberg while defenceman Maxim Ferrance knocks him to the ice at Kingsville Arena on 9 September 2018.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Kingsville’s Bret Berry gets the shot off on London’s Jordan Blumberg while defenceman Maxim Ferrance knocks him to the ice at Kingsville Arena on 9 September 2018.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

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Devan is a former star with the Windsor Clippers and now an aspiring writer and photographer. His work has appeared here at The Square as well as in the Lakeshore News,, Tecumseh Shoreline, and Southshore News. Devan lives with his family in Essex County. Email Devan Mighton

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