By Fred Groves
(KINGSVILLE, ON) – Special teams and aggressive fore-checking in the first period powered the Kingsville Kings to a huge 9-1 win over the visiting Northumberland Stars Sunday afternoon. Kingsville, which celebrated the home opener in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League, were nipped 6-5 in overtime by host London Lakers the night before.
Against the Stars, the Kings held a slim 2-1 lead after the first period and it was still a one-goal difference with 4:30 left in the middle frame. That’s when the hosts exploded for four unanswered goals in 1:36, taking a commanding 6-1 lead into the second break.
The four quick goals began with a shorthanded effort by Marvin Simmons, followed quickly by tallies from David Vostarek, Matyas Kazek with his first of two, and Marek Gharibyar. Also finding the back of the net for the winners were Matt Culot, Blake Nadia, and Brendan Cheslock.
Getting the nod between the pipes in his debut for the Kings was Justin Lalonde, who turned away 21 saves including a huge breakaway stop in the first period.
Sunday afternoon saw the Kings hoist their Southern Division banner and fans were able to bid on game worn jerseys with the proceeds going to Community Living.