Kings Win Big On The Weekend

(KINGSVILLE, ON) – With a home-and-home set this weekend, in Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League action, the Kingsville Kings (3-1-0) added to their totals with a pair of big wins.

On the heels of a 11-2 loss last week to the defending South Division champion St George Dukes, the Kings thrashed the Tottenham Steam 8-1 at home on Sunday and the Oshawa Riverkings 11-2 on Monday evening.

On Sunday, Kingsville’s Zachary Dillen picked up the lone goal of a chippy opening period.

The middle act was still heated, but the Kings sniped four unanswered goals anyway to blow the game wide open with tallies from Filip Kafka, Jan Sefl, Matyas Mach, and Ondrej Benda.

In the third, Pavel Svoboda, Aleksi Haapakoski, and Dexter Gourlay each chipped in markers, while Tottenham’s Osman Cholak netted a goal with just over three minutes to go to break the goose egg.

Marek Pavlas picked up his first win of the season for the Kings, turning aside 21 of 22 shots.

For the Steam, Preston Bobbish took the loss, allowing five on 29 chances in two periods.  Logan Hess took to the net in the third, stopping 13 of 16.

The next night, the Kings traveled to Oshawa for their first meeting of the season with the Riverkings. Oshawa stuck with Kingsville through the first, down only 3-2 at the buzzer.

Sefl, Gourlay, and Dillen each sniped for the road team, while Justin Gillis and Ryan Dreossi responded for the Riverkings.

In the second stanza, the Kings laid down the hammer, jumping to a 7-2 lead.  Kafka led the way with a pair of short-handed tallies, with singles going to Dillen and Bret Berry.

In the third, the Kings kept slamming away on the Riverkings, adding four more goals.

Kafka and Dillen each nailed one more for hat-tricks, Sefl added another, and Haapakoski scored as well.

Kingsville’s Ondrej Klimek picked up his first win of the season in net, stopping 26 of 28, while Matt Friend and Justin Benudiz split the game for the home team, seeing 59 shots.

The Kings’ next home game will be this Sunday as they host the North York Renegades at 3pm at Kingsville Arena.

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