By Ian Shalapata
(KINGSVILLE, ON) – In a penalty-filled match, the Kingsville Kings played their first ever playoff game. The Kings survived both the penalty box and the score sheet as they skated away to a 10-0 win over the North York Renegades.
The Kings took a 2-0 lead into the dressing rooms after the 1st period on goals by Zack Zulkanycz and Ludwig Niederbach. Kingsville then doubled their lead after Dan Leach and Ivan Hodulov scored in the middle frame.
All Hell broke loose in the 3rd when Niederbach and Zulkanycz both scored before the period was a minute old. Defensemen Callum Hofford and Kyle Boerner made the score 8-0 before Zulkanycz completed his hat trick. Mathias Gardiman then topped off the scoring with 2 1/2 minutes left to play.
Wes Werner turned away 29 shots to earn the shutout and the victory for Kingsville. Alex Lepore started in goal for North York but shared the duties when he gave up 7 goals on 52 shots in 45 minutes. Marc Villeneuve then appeared in relief, facing 13 shots and surrendering 3 goals.
With Game 1 under their belt, the Kings will travel to Canlan Ice Sports in North York to attempt to build on their series lead. Game 2 gets under way on Saturday at 7:45pm with the tams returning to Kingsville the following night for Game 3, with the puck dropping at 7:00pm.
If necessary, games 4 and 5 will be scheduled.