Wins Put Kings Back In 2nd

(KINGSVILLE, ON) – After a come-from-behind close call against the London Lakers on Saturday night, the Kingsville Kings avenged a previous loss to the Windsor Aces with an exciting 4-1 road win on Sunday in front of a large, pro-Kings crowd in Windsor.

With the two wins, the Kings improved to 30-6-0, taking back second place in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League. They sit nine points back of the league-leading St George Ravens, but have two games in hand after Kingsville’s largely inactive January.

On Sunday, it was the Aces who took first blood when James Brooks tallied just over two minutes in. The Kings answered swiftly with a laser from David Vostarek three minutes later. Eight minutes in, Kingsville’s Zachary Dillen took the lead with a power-play marker and his team never looked back. Another goal on the man-up was scored by Jakub Hendrych to give the Kings a commanding 3-1 lead into the intermission.

After a scoreless middle frame, Hendrych’s third-period unassisted marker was the final nail in the coffin to give Kingsville the 4-1 win. Goalie Adam Zeman made his Kings debut, stopping 24 shots to get his first win of the season. He’s spent most of the year in the Federal Hockey League backstopping the North Shore Knights.

Windsor’s Ilya Kachko faced 47 shots in the loss.

The night before, the Kings were in London and were up against a shockingly challenging Lakers squad; a team that they had drummed 17-2 only three weeks before. This time around, the Kings had numerous scratches, including captain Blake Naida and snipers Petr Panacek and Hendrych, among others.

After a slow start, London’s always dangerous Eisai Arai opened scoring 12:48 into the game. He was followed by Kingsville’s Nicholas Lang who knotted the game going into the break. In the dying seconds of the middle stanza, Arai put the Lakers up 2-1.

London’s goalie, Tynan Theobald proved to be a tough nut to crack for the Kings, stopping all 16 shots in the second and continuing his stingy play into the third. Despite this, with just over four minutes remaining, Vostarek blasted the tying goal for Kingsville, drawing the game into overtime.

Three and a half minutes into extra time, Dillen scored the winner for the Kings with an unassisted marker. Kings goalie Nicolas Jouanne turned aside 30 shots in the 3-2 overtime win, improving his record to 10-1-0. At the other end, Theobald faced 46 shots in picking up the regulation tie.

The Kings will next be in action on February 2 as they travel to Port Colborne for a rendezvous with the third place Niagara Whalers (28-8-1). Their next local action will be a neutral site game on February 10 against the Whalers at 7:30pm at the Tilbury Arena.


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