(KINGSVILLE, ON) – The Kingsville Kings rung in the new year with a home-and-home sweep of the London Lakers in Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League action this past weekend. With the wins, the Kings have jumped to a one-point lead in the GMHL standings, improving their record to 28-5-0.
Kingsville has been on quite a tear lately, outscoring their opponents 51-5 in the last three games.
On Saturday, the Kings headed up Highway 401 for another battle with London, crushing them by an 11-2 score. Outshooting the Lakers 70-36, the Kings bombarded London goalie Thomas Ethier.
The Kings led 5-1 after the first and 9-2 after the second in a rather clean game which only saw a single penalty per team.
Jakub Hendrych led all scorers with four snipes for the sombrero, and adding three assists. Petr Panacek and Nicholas Lang each added a pair, while Noah Shultz, Zachary Dillen, and captain Blake Naida tallied once apiece.
Eisai Arai and Seth Turnage answered for London.
Nicolas Jouanne improved his record in net to 9-0-0 with 34 saves on the night.
The following afternoon in Kingsville the Kings outshot the Lakers 57-24 en route to a 17-2 thrashing of their territorial rivals. Lang led Kingsville’s scoring with a hat trick of his own and three assists. Azat Tursynkhanov also picked up a hat-trick as Thomas McKinnon, Panacek, and Naida each tallied twice and Ivan Mikhailov, Jeremy Roosli, and Hendrych sniped once.
Arai scored the Lakers’ two goals while Owen Stevenson took the loss in net.
Kings’ goalie Zachary Uppleger turned aside 22 shots to improve his record to 14-3-0, yet was 0-for-3 in the attempted empty net goal department. Keep trying.
The Kings return to the ice Saturday night when they travel to Tilbury for a neutral site game against the second place St George Ravens. Game time is 7:30pm.