(KINGSVILLE, ON) – Over the weekend, the Kingsville Kings junior hockey club jumped into third place in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League’s South Division with a road loss and a home win against the St George Ravens and Tillsonburg Hurricanes, respectively. So far, the 4-2-0 Kings are undefeated at home, but winless when they travel.
On Friday night, the Kings headed over to St George where they suffered a 6-2 defeat to the Ravens. Both of Kingsville’s losses this season have been at the South Dumfries Community Centre. The Ravens jumped out to an early lead with goals by Marko Ondov, Aaron Smith, and Chris Haigh, before Petr Panacek got the Kings on the board almost 16 minutes in.
Ondov scored again late in the period to give St George a 4-1 lead going into the break. Guy Polillo extended the Ravens’ lead midway through the middle frame, but David Vostarek cut the lead to two late in the act. The only goal of the final stanza was by Ondov, with seven minutes to go, as he completed his hat-trick with a big insurance marker for the home team.
St George’s Jackson Swindells landed the win in net, blocking 42 shots while Kings’ goalie Pierce Dubowski took the loss, stopping 34 of 40.
Two days later, Kingsville hosted the Tillsonburg Hurricanes for the first time this season. Despite the Herks improving greatly from last year, and even outshooting the hometown Kings, the home side prevailed by a 6-2 score. A pair of first-period snipes by Filip Kafka got the puck rolling early for the Kings.
In the second act, Tillsonburg’s Griffin Sinden halved the lead, just over six minutes in, but he was answered by Kingsville’s Vostarek and Daniel Krizek, who pushed the home team’s lead to 4-1. Nick Medica scored before the frame ran out to bring the Hurricanes back within two.
Third-period goals by Elvar Olafsson and Matyas Mach hammered the door shut on any chance of a Tillsonburg comeback. Kings’ goalie Zachary Upplegger turned aside 31 chances to collect the win, as Herks goaltending duo of Max Elmgren and Noah Acciaccaferri faced 31 shots in the loss.
The Kings return to action this weekend with a home-and-home doubleheader against the Windsor Aces. On Saturday, the Kings will head to Windsor’s Adie Knox Arena for the Aces home opener at 7:30pm. The following afternoon, Kingsville will play host to Windsor as they meet for a 3pm puck drop at Kingsville Arena.