(KINGSVILLE, ON) – It was their former goalie who sunk the Kingsville Kings’ ship on Sunday afternoon in Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League action at Kingsville Arena. After an opening ceremony honouring longtime Kings’ trainer Jack Tizzard, the South Division leading Kings looked to dispatch their territorial rivals, the Windsor Aces.
Despite outshooting the Aces 46-26, the Kings struggled to crack Aces goalie, and last year’s Kings starter, Zachary Uppleger. He shined by stopping 44 shots in a 5-2 win, after which he was named the game’s first star.
The Kings opened the scoring early, cracking the twine behind Uppleger only 43 seconds in with a blast from Zachary Dillen. Windsor responded with a pair of tallies mid-period to take the lead into the break. Scoring for the Aces were Bryce Yetman and Luke Mahon.
Kingsville knotted the game up at 2 with a snipe from Richard Boruta just after the halfway point of the game, setting up a third stanza showdown.
Despite outshooting Windsor in the final act by a 16-8 margin, goals from Alec Segers, Coy Prevost, and Jake Pickersgill spoiled the night for the hometown Kings. Uppleger, who has received most of the workload for the Aces this season, improved his record to 8-3-0, while Kingsville’s goalie, Ondrej Klimek, surrendered his first loss of the year, falling to 6-1-0 on a 21-save effort.
The Kings dropped to 13-4-0, but still hold a share of the division lead with the St George Ravens, despite the latter having a game at hand. The Aces sit at 10-4-0, good enough for fourth in the South.
The Kings are next in action with a home-and-home series against the NOTL Patriots (8-8-0). After a road game on Friday, Kingsville will host the Patriots for a Remembrance Day classic on Sunday at Kingsville Arena for a 3pm start.
The Aces will be back at home on Saturday for a 7:30pm start against the Ravens (13-3-0) at Windsor’s Adie Knox Arena.