(TORONTO, ON) – The Kingsville Kings (10-3-0) are still leading the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League’s South Division with a pair of big road wins against the Tottenham Steam and Toronto Predators this weekend. Celebrating Thanksgiving in style, the Kings roasted the Predators on Sunday with a 5-1 triumph.
Kingsville opened the game with three unanswered first period goals, setting the tone of the game early with blasts from Zan Markic on the power play, Noah Shultz, and Jan Novak. In the middle frame, Toronto’s Maxim Nechaev broke the goose egg with just over five minutes remaining. He was answered under a minute later by Kingsville’s Pavel Svoboda with an unassisted marker to take a 4-1 spread into the break.
Novak scored the lone goal of the final stanza to confirm the win for the Kings.
Hans Meling improved his season record to 3-2-0 with 32 saves on 33 chances while backup Marek Pavlas stopped five of five in six minutes of relief play. Max Weinman took the loss for the Predators, allowing four on 30 shots in 38 minutes of play, while backup Radu Alexe-Padina allowed a goal on 23 attempts.
The night before, the Kings were up in Tottenham to renew hostilities with their old foes, the Steam.
The Kings struck early with a snipe from Brett Berry to get the ball rolling. Ten minutes later Liam Bell answered for the Steam, but was bookended by Zachary Dillen and a power play marker for Matyas Mach for the Kings. After a scoreless middle act, Dillen blasted another goal in the third to give the Kings the 4-1 win.
Ondrej Klimek improved his record to 3-0-0 with a 35-save performance for Kingsville, while Cameron Cavalho was solid at the other end, turning aside 51 chances in the loss.
On October 14 the Kings faced down the North York Renegades 6-4 as Aleksi Haapakoski potted a hat-trick for the home side. Dexter Gourlay notched three points in the game, while Markic helped out with three assists.
Klimek remained undefeated, improving to 4-0 and a .926 save percentage.
The Kings will play the Northumberland Stars on October 19 hen will return to the Castle to play St George two nights later.