(KINGSVILLE, ON) – With a pair of wins, the Kingsville Kings hockey club has extended their winning streak to 14 games and still lead the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League with a 17-2-0 record. On Saturday, the Kings hit the road to meet the fourth place North York Renegades, quelling their opponents with a 5-4 score; with all five Kingsville tallies coming on the man-advantage.
The Kings started things rolling early with a power play snipe by Filip Kafka. In the second, North York knotted the game at one with a goal from Steven Santos, but he was answered with a power play marker by Kingsville’s Jiri Sup.
Further scoring by Renegades Santos and Connor Ventura gave the home team a brief lead, but Matyas Kasek and Matyas Mach, both also on the power play, gave the Kings the advantage into the second break.
Early in the third act, North York’s Justin Pirie briefly tied the game at four just to have his team fall into penalty trouble again and blow a grand opportunity to possibly steal the game. With under seven minutes to go, Kingsville’s Daniel Krizek notched his team’s fifth extra-man marker; the eventual game-winner.
Nicolas Jouanne picked up the win in net, stopping 22 of 26, while North York’s Evan Purdy turned aside 18 in the loss. The Kings finished the night five for eight on the power play.
The next afternoon, the Kings hosted the Tottenham Steam, who were coming off a loss to the Windsor Aces. The Kings froze out the Steam, deposing them by a 12-2 score. Kasek led the way with a hat-trick for Kingsville, with Kafka and Zachary Dillen netting pairs. Jan Prochazka, Thomas McKinnon, Noah Shultz, Krizek, and Mach each tallied singles.
Zachary Upplegger blocked 26 of 28 chances for the win.
Scoring for Tottenham were Anthony Podder and Viacheslav Chegrintcev, while goalie Justin Prieur was peppered with 46 shots.
The Kings have a rather busy weekend coming up.
On Friday, the locals must again travel to North York for another skirmish with the Renegades, followed by an important Saturday neutral site game against the second place St George Ravens in Tilbury at 7:30pm. Finally, on Sunday, the boys will return home to the Kingsville Arena for a 3pm rendezvous with the Tillsonburg Hurricanes.