(KINGSVILLE, ON) – Jan Pechek was named first star after stonewalling the defending champion Tottenham Steam 6-1 at Kingsville Arena last night. The win allowed the Kingsville Kings to pull even at 2-2 in the best-of-seven GMHL Finals.
Blake Naida opened the scoring late in the 1st period and the Kings built on the lead as Dan Leach added a second goal before the 2-minute mark of the 2nd. Tottenham got a glimmer of hope as Matt Fischer cut the lead in half at 6:28, but it was all Kingsville after that.
Zack Zulkanycz and Ivan Hodulov scored less than 2 minutes apart to close out a penalty filled middle stanza. Tottenham was assessed 12 infractions in the 20 minutes, including a 10-minute misconduct to Dzmitry Daniliuk and ejections of Austin Fischer and Nathan Johnson. Even a Steam coach got into it resulting in Dmitri Beliaev being awarded a major penalty.
Steam goalkeeper Denny Dubblestyne was replaced between the posts after giving up 4 goals on 31 shots. To his credit he played well in the face of constant pressure from the Kings while his teammates folded and descended into chaos.
Mathias Gardiman and Hudulov put the game out of reach for Tottenham in the 3rd with goals before the frame was 5 minutes old. Pechek was replaced in goal by Wes Werner half way through the third after Steam players took a run at him. The resulting dust-up saw the disqualification of another Tottenham player when Michael Bergman was sent packing.
Kingsville can take control of the series with a win in Game 5 tonight at 8:00 pm in Kingsville.
– with files from Devan Mighton.