(KINGSVILLE, ON) – The Kingsville Kings (15-7-0) started their weekend with an impressive road win against the North York Renegades (12-8-0) but were upset Sunday at home by the Tottenham Steam (8-12-3) in Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League action.
The Kings are in a bit of a home-ice slump, having lost their last four at the Kingsville Arena. They currently sit tied for second place in the South Division with the Tillsonburg Hurricanes (15-6-0). Their latest loss, 3-2 to the Steam despite out-shooting them 46-16, is their first loss of the season to happen against a team that is currently sitting with a losing record.
The Kings were down 3-0 before they knew what hit them.
Luis Mendoza scored twice for the Steam, both times in opening minutes of the first two periods, while Matthew Fornari added another midway through the first.
The Kings finally cracked the scoresheet in the final minute of the middle stanza with a snipe from Jan Sefl, assisted by Bryce Tracey and Matyas Mach.
In the third, Filip Kafka scored unassisted for Kingsville to bring the game within a goal, but his team could not complete the comeback.
Ondrej Klimek’s season record fell to 6-3-0 as he stopped 13 of 16 shots, while Tottenham’s Cameron Carvalho made 44 saves for the upset win and was named the game’s first star.
The night before, the Kings were in North York and brought home a convincing 7-4 win in a very chippy affair.
The opening period saw a flurry of activity. Zan Markic scored a minute in, from Dexter Gourlay and Sefl, to take an early lead. North York’s Brendan Mackenzie tallied four minutes later but was answered by Aleksi Haapakoski not long after, from Tracey.
Kingsville continued the onslaught with a snipe from Gourlay from Pavel Svoboda and laser from Brett Berry on a pass from Ondrej Benda.
The Renegades tallied a late power play marker to bring the score to 4-2 going into the break.
A minute into the middle act, Cameron Gleason brought North York back within a goal with another tally on the one-up. Afterwards, the game grew progressively more chippy.
Near the midway point, Tracey blasted an unassisted marker, followed by a power play snipe, from Zan Markic and Noah Schultz, to blow the game wide open.
Three minutes into the third, Kafka made the score 7-3 from Tracey and Mach.
Just under six minutes in, North York’s Adrian Bertie was assessed a game misconduct and removed from the game.
With under five minutes to play, Michael Askov tallied for the home team, but it was not enough for the Renegades to mount a comeback.
Late in the game, a ruckus broke out causing the ejections of Kingsville’s Tracey and Berry and William Summers-Thompson and Brendan Mackenzie for the Renegades.
Hans Meling was stellar in net, turning aside 41 shots for the win and improving his record to 8-3-0, while North York’s Joseph Pearce stopped 23 shots for the home team.
The Kings are next in action this Saturday as they head out to Adie Knox Arena for a 7:30 p.m. road game against the Windsor Aces (13-7-0). The Kings lost their only meeting with the Aces this year by a 5-2 score earlier this month.