(KINGSVILLE, ON) – The season is still early, but it is already starting to look like there will be a three-way race this season for South Division supremacy in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League.
The Kingsville Kings (10-3-0), St. George Ravens (9-3-0), and Tillsonburg Hurricanes (8-1-0) are all putting up big numbers and are currently 1-2-3 in the South as the league passes the quarter-point of the season.
On Sunday, the Kings hosted the Ravens and beat them by a 4-1 score, a far cry from the 11-2 knockout loss they suffered at the hands of St. George a month ago.
Anthony Mota scored the lone goal of the first period for the Ravens to give them an early edge, but the Kings found their footing and fought back.
An unassisted marker from Aleksi Happakoski early in the middle act drew the game even and a late power play tally by Filip Kafka gave Kingsville the lead. Helpers went to Richard Boruta and Matyas Mach.
In the third, the Kings added some insurance when just after the midway point Haapakoski tapped in another goal on the advantage from Zachary Dillen and Zan Markic.
Kingsville slammed home the final nail in the coffin with 10 seconds to go with a blast from Bryce Tracey from Pavel Svoboda.
Ondrej Klimek improved to 5-0-0 between the pipes this season with the win for the Kings, throwing aside 19 of 20 chances.
Elio-Emmanuel Noce took the loss for the Ravens, making 31 stops.
The Kings return home on Sunday as they welcome the NOTL Patriots (5-5-1) to the Kingsville Arena for a rematch of their only previous meeting in which the Patriots won 6-3.
The Kings will honour the contributions of the late, great Tom Schinkelshoek during the opening ceremonies of the game.