(WINDSOR, ON) – Facing a short Kingsville bench with 8 scratches, the Windsor Aces took advantage by skating to a 6-1 win over the division-leading Kings Saturday night at Adie Knox Arena. The win, Windsor’s 7th of the season, is the first in their Essex County rivalry with the Kings.
Thomas Virban got the Aces going a little over 5 minutes into the contest and Patrick Cuffaro’s power play marker made it 2-0 before the half way point of the 1st period. Windsor opened and closed the scoring in the middle frame as Alec Segers and Cale Allen sandwiched a goal from Kingsville’s Marek Malinsky.
Two more goals by Windsor in the 3rd period, this time from Mark Gangnon and Kristers Bormanis, closed the door on any Kingsville comeback.
Bormanis has made his mark during his time in Windsor. The Jelgava, Latvia, native’s tally was his 10th in 6 games, and accompanies 6 assists, in his third GMHL home in three seasons.
Ilya Kachko made his 8th started for the Aces and faced 48 shots for his third win on the year. The rookie has faced as many shots in the 8 games as previous starter Alex Jones had in 12 appearances. The Belarusian net minder is sporting a .919 save percentage and 3.68 goals against average. Head coach Joe Byrne now needs some help from the front office to settle the play in the defensive zone.
The Aces embark on a run of three games in three nights before the Christmas break. They’ll begin by playing away this Friday in a tilt with the Toronto Predators. That will be followed up with a Saturday match up in London with the Lakers. The two clubs will then travel along Highway 401 for a rematch Sunday evening at Adie Knox Arena.
The win against the top-ranked Kings helped Windsor to maintain their 1-point margin over the 10th place Preds. It also edged the Aces to within 2-points of Tottenham who occupies the 8th position in the South Division.