(KINGSVILLE, ON) – The Kingsville Kings (14-6-0) have lost three of their last four games in Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League South Division action, including three straight losses at home.
In October, the Kings seemed to be flying high, pushing their way to first place with a 4-1 win over the St. George Ravens (16-3-0). On Sunday, the Ravens avenged the loss, shellacking the Kings with an 11-3 put-down.
Kingsville, who outshot the Ravens 34-33, currently sit in second place in the South behind St. George and have yet to meet a strong Tillsonburg Hurricanes team (13-6-0) that are nipping at their heels in the divisional race.
On Sunday, Hans Meling started in net for the Kings and finished with an uncharacteristic short night. Playing only 20 minutes, he allowed four goals on 12 shots.
The Ravens led 4-1 after the first with goals from Mathew Soules, Liam Hurley, Anthony Mota, and Nick Breault. Only Zan Markic responded for the Kings on an assist from Pavel Svoboda.
Ondrej Klimek jumped in net for the Kings and despite stemming the tide in the early minutes of the frame, the Ravens soon capitalized and continued the onslaught.
St. George seemed to score at will, as Mota completed his hat-trick with a pair, Hurley tallied another, and Richard Heindl added to the rally.
Joonas Siermala scored on the power play for Kingsville from Matyas Mach and Bryce Tracey.
Klimek was not paid the mercy of a goalie change and was further attacked in the third.
Kellen Gedies tallied twice for St. George and Joshua Gill added one more, while Jan Sefl scored for Kingsville, assisted by Tracey.
Meling took the statistical loss in net, moving his record to 7-3-0, while Klimek allowed seven on 21 shots in relief.
Elio-Emmanuel Noce picked up the win for the Ravens, turning aside 31 of 34 chances.
The Kings take to the road Saturday night against the fourth-place North York Renegades (12-6-0), then return home Sunday for a match at the Kingsville Arena at 3 p.m. against the Tottenham Steam (7-11-3).