Kings Clinch Home Ice For Finals

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(KINGSVILLE, ON) – Prior to a meaningless tilt in Tottenham last night, the Steam lost Monday evening to the Almaguin Spartans, which propelled the Kingsville Kings into the No. 1 seed in finals for the GMHL’s Russell Cup. It is little wonder the Kings dropped the 6-5 overtime away decision to the Steam yesterday, after sitting out 11 regulars.

Kingsville trailed for much of the game, playing from behind 1-0 after the 1st period and 3-2 after 40 minutes. However, the Kings fought back by out scoring the Steam in the final frame on a goal by Callum Hofford at 18:41.

The overtime-forcing tally was Hofford’s third notch of the match and earned him the second star of the game. Tottenham’s Dzmitry Daniliuk won it for the home side as he scored with less than 30 seconds remaining in the 1st OT period.

Holden Melgoza got the start in goal for Kingsville, making 42 saves in the loss.

By clinching top spot in the finals, the Kings have earned home ice advantage and will start Game 1 at Kingsville Arena on Friday. Their opponent will be the winner of a 1-game playoff between the Steam and Spartans the proceeding evening.

The game time for Friday’s opening match will be announced.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata