(KINGSVILLE, ON) – It’s a new season at Kingsville Arena and the Kingsville Kings, of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League, are looking to continue their string of consistently strong hockey that they have maintained since their inception in 2015.
The Kings opened their season at home on September 10 against the London Lakers with a dominant 12-2 victory. Scoring for the Kings were captain Blake Naida and Elvar Olafsson with a pair each, while David Vostarek, Jiri Sup, Nick Tavolieri, Azat Tursynkhanov, Noah Schultz, Filip Kafka, Petr Panacek, and Nicholas Lang each blasted singles.
Kings goalie Nicolas Jouanne turned aside 26 attempts for his first win of the season.
London replied with goals from Austin Wilkie and Eisai Arai while Owen Stevenson faced 52 shots in the loss.
On September 15, the Kings travelled to St George to renew hostilities with the Ravens. Despite outshooting the birds 51-35, the Kings were quelled by an 8-2 score.
Ravens goalie Jackson Swindells, who won the Ontario Junior C Schmalz Cup championship with the Ayr Centennials last season, stonewalled Kingsville with an outstanding display between the pipes. Daniel Krizek and Lang landed markers for the Kings while Sheldon Nunes and Adam Kawalec scored twice and Aaron Smith, Chris Gaigh, Brayden Lane, and Lucas Pozzobon tallied once for St George.
Windsor native Pierce Dubowski took the loss in net stopping 27 shots.
The next evening, the Kings took to the ice in Tilbury for their first neutral site game of the season against the Toronto Predators. The Kings gave the locals plenty to talk about, skating their way to a 9-1 thrashing of the Predators. Lang, Panacek, and Olafsson each sniped a pair, while Sup, Vostarek, and Styrmir Maack tallied once.
Kingsville goalie Zachary Upplegger made 16 saves in the win.
Kyle Peters scored Toronto’s lone goal and his goalie, Sebastian Morrison, faced 66 shots in the loss.
On Sunday afternoon, the Kings played host to their newest territorial rivals, the Windsor Aces, picking up an 8-5 win. Kingsville grabbed an early lead, pushed up the score in the middle frame, and defensively rode out the storm in the third to take the victory.
Zachary Dillen hammered in a hat-trick for the Kings, while Jan Prochazka, Olaffson, Kafka, Panacek, and Krizek added singles. Jouanne picked up his second win of the young season by turning aside 26 shots.
For the Aces, Mark Gangnon tallied twice and Zak Parlette and Cale Allen once each in the loss. In net for Windsor, Raymond Smith stopped 21 of 29 chances in two periods of play, while Dmytro Zakharchenko blocked all seven Kingsville attempts in the third.
The Kings will next be in action on Friday as they head east to St George for a rematch with the Ravens. Their next home game will be Sunday, September 24, when the Tillsonburg Hurricanes will be at the Kingsville Arena for a 3pm showdown.