(KINGSVILLE, ON) – A night after an undermanned loss to the Windsor Aces, the Kingsville Kings put the boots to the Tillsonburg Hurricanes in Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League action, Sunday afternoon at Kingsville Arena.
With eight scratches from the lineup, including captain Blake Naida and veteran D-man David Vostarek, the Kings pulled out an 8-4 win despite an early lead and third-period pressure from the Herks.
Tillsonburg got things rolling early with a goal six minutes in by Maxsim Korobeinikov. He was followed eight minutes later with a snipe by teammate Noah Demelo. The Kings halved the lead with four minutes to go in the frame with a laser from Jakub Hendrych.
Kingsville then came to life in the second.
Four minutes in, Petr Panacek drew the game even at 2-2 with a power-play marker. Soon after, he tallied again to give his team their first lead of the game. With just under three minutes left in the act, Nicholas Lang bent the mesh to pad his team’s lead.
In the final stanza, the Herks refused to lay down. An unassisted power-play marker from Luke Fraser pulled the score back within one. Just before the five-minute mark, Daniel Krizek nabbed a man-up goal of his own to push the Kings’ lead back to two. A minute later, Tillsonburg’s Alexandre Vigor shortened the lead again, but Elvar Olafsson answered for the Kings soon after.
That is when the game got chippy. In the final 11 minutes of play, the Hurricanes collected three bench minors, while the Kings were assessed 18 minutes in penalties, including two majors. Despite this, a pair of timely shorthanded tallies by Panacek and Filip Kafka pushed the game out of reach.
Kings’ goalie Nicolas Jouanne improved his season record to 8-0-0 with 20 saves, while his team (25-5-0) hold a narrow lead in the GMHL South standings over the Niagara Whalers and St George Ravens, both teams with games in hand.
Noah Acciaccaferri took the loss for Tillsonburg, stopping 47 shots.
On Tuesday, the Kings also participated in the GMHL’s annual prospects showcase in Port Colborne. Kingsville picked up a win and a loss on the day, playing the top two teams from the North Division. In the early game, the Kings put down the Temiscaming Titans by a 4-3 score. Panacek, Lang, Jiri Sup, and Zachary Dillen scored for Kingsville, while Jouanne made 18 stops for the win.
Later that afternoon, the Kings were felled by the Almaquin Spartans by a 5-3 final. Kafka, Panacek, and Dillen tallied, while Upplegger stopped 29 of 34 attempts on net.
The Kings are on the road until the new year, with their last game of 2017 in Tillsonburg on December 22. Their next home game will not be until Sunday, January 7 at 3pm, as they host the London Lakers at Kingsville Arena.