(KINGSVILLE, ON) – On the back of a 12-game winning streak, the Kingsville Kings hockey club has surged into the lead of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League’s South Division. On Sunday, the Kings accomplished this feat with a 6-0 shellacking of the Windsor Aces at Kingsville Arena.
In what amounted to be a considerably clean game in comparison to previous meetings between the two clubs, Kingsville came out swinging.
With first period goals from Elvar Olafsson, Petr Panacek, and Nicholas Lang, the Kings built an early lead and suppressed the Aces offense with stingy defense and a persistent attack on Windsor goalie Alex Jones.
In the second period, Jakub Hendrych extended the Kingsville lead to 4-0. Two late goals by the Filip Kafka and Lang hammered down the win for the home team.
Kings goalie Zachary Upplegger scored his first shutout of the season with 17 stops, while Jones had an excellent game as well, turning aside 51 chances under constant duress.
Two nights earlier, the Kings travelled east to Colborne for a battle with the Northumberland Stars. In a nail-biter of a battle, Kingsville came from behind late in the game to force overtime and eventually pick up the 6-5 win.
The Stars put on the pressure early with goals by Evan Wasylyk and Tyler Brackin. A late goal by Panacek cut the lead to 2-1, before going into the break. The Kings knotted the game at 2 only a minute into the second, with a power-play marker by Panacek, but Wasylyk and Brackin each struck again to rebuild the two-goal lead.
The final stanza was a rough house affair as both teams paraded back and forth from the box. Kingsville’s Thomas McKinnon brought his team within one just before the eight-minute mark of the third, but Brackin completed his hat-trick less than a minute later. Not falling into despair, the Kings struck back and struck back hard.
At the halfway point of the third, Lang cut the lead to one before captain Blake Naida knotted the game at 5, with just minutes to go. Four-and-a-half minutes into the extra frame Kingsville’s Matyas Mach blasted home a power play snipe to pick up the W for the road warriors.
Kingsville’s Nicolas Jouanne and Northumberland’s Ilshat Zaripov each faced 40 shots in the game, with Jouanne making one extra save for the edge.
The Kings are next in action this Saturday as they hit the road for a rendezvous with the North York Renegades. The next day the Kings play host to the Tottenham Steam at Kingsville Arena. The puck drops at 3pm.