(KINGSVILLE, ON) – The Kingsville Kings came out smart and fast against the Niagara-On-The-Lake Patriots (7-6-1) this past Sunday with an 8-4 win in honour of Tom Schinkelshoek Night.
The Kings improved their record to 11-3-0 in Greater Ontario Junior A Hockey League action and are tied for the top spot in the South Division with the St. George Ravens.
Matyas Mach opened the scoring for the Kings just under nine minutes in, followed by a power play marker from Noah Schultz just minutes later.
Bret Barry scored with six and a half minutes remaining to chase Patriots’ starter Casim Shaikh from the crease in favour of Iskander Shamsiyev.
Shamsiyev was given a rude welcome as Kingsville’s Zachary Dillen beat him soon after on the man advantage to extend their lead to 4-0.
A late goal was scored by NOTL when Trentin Dixon blasted a puck off the end boards, bouncing off Kings’ goalie Hans Meling and into the cage.
In the middle act, the Patriots were able to cut the lead to two with a goal from Bailey Sowrey on the advantage midway through the frame.
Mach and Aleksi Haapakoski responded soon after to push the lead back to four goals, but a late goal from Frolov Mikhail made the score 6-3 into the break.
In the final stanza, Mikhail scored again for NOTL, but tallies from Bryce Tracey and Jan Novak polished off the visitors from the Golden Horseshoe.
Meling stopped 21 of 25 chances in net to improve his season record to 5-2-0, while Shamsiyev took the loss for the Pats, allowing five goals in just under 47 minutes of play.
The Kings outshot their foes 37-25 and celebrated their 11th win of the season with an extended salute to the Schinkelshoek family and their fans after the game.
Tom Schinkelshoek was a long time volunteer and supporter of local hockey. He was with the Kings organization for three seasons as team president and was instrumental behind the scenes in their run to the 2016 GMHL finals. He had previously worked with the Chatham Maroons, Tilbury Hawks, and Kingsville Comets hockey clubs.
The first place Kings will next be in action this Friday and Saturday as they head to Port Colborne for a match against the Niagara Whalers and then the Tottenham Steam respectively.
On Sunday, the Kings will host their territorial rivals, the Windsor Aces, at 3 p.m. at the Kingsville Arena as they honour the retirement of longtime trainer Jack Tizzard.