(KINGSVILLE, ON) – For the first time since the middle of last season, the Kingsville Kings hockey club were without the presence of Phoenix-native Marvin Simmons. Finishing their three-game stretch with a 1-1-1 record, the hometown crew were still in shock over the loss of the energetic forward.
“Definitely going to miss his presence on and off the ice,” said coach Michael Guzzo. “[I] hate to see it happen to players on any team. Marv will be out the rest of the season due to his injury. It’s a big loss for us.”
The Kings sniper broke his leg in an on-ice incident during a practice. The loss of a character player like Simmons could not have come at a more unfortunate time in their early schedule. The Kings had a busy weekend.
Saturday, Kingsville was on the road to challenge the North York Renegades. Chase Stanford and Dan Leach were stars of the game as the Kings prevailed 4-2, receiving goals from Leach, Tyler Garcia, Jaromir Vlcek, and Adam Kusior with the winner. Kingsville threw 50 shots at Simone Pilon while Stanford kicked out 41 of 43 which came his way.
The next afternoon, the Kings hosted the Toronto Attack for the first time this season.
Again the Kings were led by their goaltender as Justin Lalonde was named the 1st star of the game, though the Attack edged out a 6-5 victory.
Garcia netted a pair for Kingsville while Andrew Baxter, Blake Naida, and Leach contributed singles, in the losing effort. The eventual winner for Toronto came on the power play with less than 2 minutes to play.
Tuesday, the Kings will travel to play the Oshawa Riverkings followed by a Thursday trip to visit the Tillsonburg Mavericks.
– with files from Ian Shalapata.