Kings Snap Minor Skid
(KINGSVILLE, ON) – After a rough road trip this past week, the Kingsville Kings returned to the comforts of home on Sunday to lay waste to the North York Renegades (2-2-0) in Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League action. The Kings (4-3-0), who went into Sunday’s game on a two-game skid, were able to avenge a Wednesday night 6-4 loss to the Renegades with a convincing 9-2 dismantling at Kingsville Arena.
Fresh off a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the expansion Niagara-on-the-Lake Nationals, the Kings gave no quarter against their North York foes. Eight minutes into the game, Kingsville’s Bret Berry opened the scoring, followed by Dexter Gourlay, who cracked the twine only a minute later.
Zachary Dillen extended the lead to 3-0 with just over four minutes remaining.
In the middle act, Jan Novak ripped a shot into the visitors net near the halfway mark followed by a power-play snipe by Dillen, about five minutes later. North York’s Cameron Gleason popped the goose egg with three and a half minutes left, but was replied to by Kingsville’s Zan Markic to take a 6-1 lead into the break.
In the final stanza, Connor O’Shea tallied just over four minutes in to bring back a little excitement for the road team. Jan Sefl added some insurance for the Kings with under five minutes remaining, but on the next play, things got a little crazy.
With 4:36 on the clock, Dillen landed a hit-from-behind on a Renegades player between the benches and found himself in the middle of a melee which involved everyone on the ice but the goalies. Kingsville’s Noah Shultz and North York’s Christian Bascio were both ejected for fighting as the two teams racked up 18 penalty minutes in the scuffle.
The game finished with a some wild, end-to-end, 3-on-3 theatrics leading to another goal from Sefl and a tally for Pavel Svoboda.
Kingsville goalie Ondrej Klimek improved his record to 2-0-0 with 18 saves on 20 chances while Jakub Biernat received the hook after forty minutes in net for the Renegades, stopping 24 of 30. Back-up Nicklaus Robinson turned aside 12 in relief.
The Kings will next be in action this Sunday as they host the Toronto Predators (1-1-0) at 3pm at Kingsville Arena.