Stanford Solid In Goal Against St George

By Fred Groves

(KINGSVILLE, ON) – Andrew Baxter scored with 14 ticks left on the clock as the Kingsville Kings nipped the visiting St George Ravens 3-2 Sunday afternoon.

The win, ninth in a row for the Kings, increased their Greater Metro Junior ‘A’ Hockey League record to 11-2-0-1.

It was a defensive gem.

Kings’ netminder Chase Stanford turned away 31 shots and was named the first star. Picking up his fifth win in goal, Stanford’s biggest save came on a breakaway in the opening frame.

This was a 2-1 game for most of the afternoon and the Ravens, who handed Kingsville just one of their two loses on the season, tied it up 2-2 with 33 seconds left in regulation.

That is when Baxter went down and scored the winner, unassisted.

St George had one cross the line at the buzzer, which was waved off and brought a barrage of protest from the Ravens.

Kingsville received strong defensive efforts from captain Zach McDonough, who was relentless on special teams, and centre Blake Naida, who continues to make the opposition keep their heads up at all times.

Tyler Garcia and Dan Leach also scored for the Kings, who will travel to Lincoln on Friday and then host the London Lakers next Sunday.

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