(KINGSVILLE, ON) – On the back of a 21-save Hans Meling shutout, the Kingsville Kings improved to 5-3-0 and moved to the front of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League’s South Division this past Sunday. The Kings were relentless in their 9-0 dismantling of the Toronto Predators at Kingsville Arena, showing an improved consistency in their game that has not been as apparent previously this season.
Richard Boruta opened the scoring for the Kings just over four minutes in, followed by a pair of blasts by Jan Sefl. Zachary Dillen ripped a laser past Toronto’s Nico Fekete with six minutes remaining, then Pavel Svoboda found the net just over three minutes later to give Kingsville a 5-0 lead into the break.
In the middle act, Dillen ripped the twine on the power play eight minutes in. Five minutes later, as the game neared the midway mark, the match took a dark turn as Toronto’s Kolton Maguire chased down and attempted to sucker-punch Boruta.
That was not enough to garner the gate for Maguire, who received just four minutes in penalties for his failed Max Domi impression. Dillen made the Predators pay for the miscue by completing his hat-trick on the man-up just a half-minute later.
In the final stanza, Zan Markic extended the lead 24 seconds into the power play and Dillen added one more to complete the shutout win.
Meling’s 21 saves improves his record to 2-2-0 and gave him his first shutout of the season. At the other end, Fekete left the game before the end of the second due to a scary point-blank blast off his helmet which left him lying on the ice. Before his retirement from the game, he turned aside 37 of 44 shots. In relief, Max Weinman stopped 16 of 18 chances in just over a period of play.
The Kings take to the road this weekend with games against the Tottenham Steam (1-3-1) and North York Renegades (3-3-0). Their next home game will be Sunday, October 14 when the Renegades return to Kingsville Arena for a 3pm start.