Kings Game Recaps
2018 – 2019 Season
Kings reach the conference semi-finals!
Komoka Kings played another tough and hard fought game, pushing the Leamington Flyers to the end but were not able to put the puck behind the Flyers net and take a 3-0 loss and lose the semi-final series 4 games to 3.
Kings started strong and had several good rushes and shots on Flyers net in the first 3 minutes before the Flyers first shot. Kings showed their speed and diligent checking to keep the Flyers off of the scoreboard in the first period. The teams ended the period with 12 shots each on net and both goalies being very sharp. Kings were 0-for-2 on the power play in the period and did not take a penalty.
The Flyers picked up their game in the second period and at 13:38 scored the first goal of the game. Kings and Flyers both had one power play opportunity in the second period. Shots were 12-7 in favour of the Flyers.
On an expiring Kings penalty early in the third period, the Flyers netkeeper stopped a break-a-way to keep the shutout intact. At the 2:53 mark of the period Flyers made it a 2-0 lead and tightened their play to limit the Kings chances. Trailing 2-0 the Kings needed to open up the play which allowed the Flyers to take 20 shots on Kings Owen Say in the net. Say played superb, but the Kings were not able to get the puck by the Leamington keeper. Say was pulled for an extra attacker in a Kings last effort to get a goal and had several good chances. However the Flyers were able to take a shot on the empty net and finish the game in a 3-0 shutout.
The Kings earned respect from the large crowd of 1,284 at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex in taking the number one seed to 7 games in the semi-final series. CONGRATULATIONS Komoka Kings for a great effort.
Leamington advances to the conference finals vs. the London Nationals.
In front of a large and boisterous crowd in the stands, the Komoka Kings and Leamington Flyers battled evenly for more than two and a half periods of intense playoff hockey until the Flyers score late in the third to take the sixth game 3-0 on Saturday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre and tie the semi-final series at 3 games each
There was no scoring in the first two period with the Kings out-shooting the Flyers 8-7 in the first and 7-6 in the second period. Kings had several good chances on 2-man rushes but were not able to beat the Flyers goaltender. Kings goaltender Owen Say also had to be sharp to keep the Flyers off of the scoreboard. Each team had a power play opportunity in the first period and the Flyers stopped the Kings on the only power play in the second period.
The game continued in the same back and forth way until 13:15 in the third when the Flyers Rory DiNiro scored the first goal of the game. Flyers added a second goal just 2 minutes later to take a 2-0 lead. Kings pulled out all their punches but could not get one behind the goal line. With the Kings goalie out for an extra attacker the Flyers Rory DiNiro scored his second of the game in an empty net at 19:45 to give the Flyers the win 3-1 and tying the semi-final series at 3 games each.
Kings will be packing the bus on Sunday for the seventh and final game of the Western Conference semi-final series in Leamington. The winner of the game will face the London Nationals in the conference finals.
Thu March 21 at Leamington Lose 4-1
Leamington Flyers came out on top in a must-win game at the Leamington Kinsman Complex on Thursday night defeating the Komoka Kings 4-1, and narrowing the Kings lead to 3 games to 2 in their semi-final series.
Both teams came out with caution in the first 10 minutes of the game with close checking and good defensive playing. Flyers Johnny Ulicny scored at 11:36 of the first period for a Flyers 1-0 lead after one. There were no penalty calls in the period and Flyers outshot the Kings 10-5.
At 4:11 of the second period the Flyers made it a 2-0 game on a screened shot that sailed over the Kings’ goaltender’s shoulder. Kings cut the lead in half at 10:42 of the period when Blake McConnell-Barker scored his 5th of the playoffs and assists to Ryan McAllister and Dario Beljo. The Kings had several good opportunities but the Flyers netminder was sharp and some fortunate bounces. Kings killed off a couple of power play opportunities by the Flyers in the second period which ended with a 2-1 Flyers lead. Flyers again doubled the Kings shots by taking 12 shots on Kings Owen Say in the net.
Johnny Ulicny of the Flyers scored his second of the game at 2:49 of the third period making it a 3-1 Flyers lead and taking out some of the fire by the Kings. Late in the game on a Flyers power play Leamington made it 4-1 and take the fifth game of the series.. Flyers out shop the Kings 17-11 in the third period and 39-22 overall. Kings were 0-for-1 and Flyers 1-for 4 on the power play.. Attendance in the Flyers do-or-die game was 1,143 which included a busload of Kings fans who were energetic and encouraging their Kings.
Honourable mentions for the Kings were Blake McConnell-Barker, Dario Beljo, and Owen Say who was busy in the Kings net.
Kings will be hosting the Flyers on Saturday evening at the Komoka Wellness Centre in the sixth game of the semi-final series with hopes to ending the series at home.
Tue Mar 19 vs Leamington win 5-2
Komoka Kings keep rolling over the favourites, scoring in each period and taking game 4 with a 5-2 win over the Leamington Flyers on Tuesday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre, and taking a 3 to 1 games stranglehold over the top seeded Flyers.
Flyers came out determined to start the game taking the first 8 shots in the first period but Kings netminder Owen Say and solid D and checking kept the puck out. On the Kings first shot at 10:12 Captain Joel Mazzilli started the scoring with his 4th of the playoffs unassisted. The Kings seemed to have taken a 2 goal lead but the goal was called back by a linesman’s call that the net came off of its post. Leamington had 12 shots on net in the period and Komoka 6. Flyers had the only power play in the period.
In the second period Flyers quickly scored to tie the game 1-1. The Kings however were determined this night and they took the lead again at 6:36 on a goal by Sean Aitken, his first of the playoffs and assisted by Dario Beljo and Dillon Ward. Dario Beljo made it a 2 goal game again for the Kings when he scored a power play goal at 12:40, his 2nd of the playoffs and assists to Kurt Watson and Blake McConnell-Barker. Kings had a second goal called back on a hand pass call. Flyers quickly narrowed the lead at 13:24. The second period ended with a 3-2 lead for the Kings. Kings outshot the Flyers 15-7 in the period.
Kings could taste the victory as they started the third period and on another power play Dario Beljo notched his 2nd of the game and 3rd of the playoffs at 3:47 with assists to Dowson Zheng and Spencer Lapointe. Flyers pulled out everything they had but great checking effort by the Kings forwards and clearing by the defense along with several key saves by netminder Say, the Kings held off the Flyers. Kurt Watson scored his second of the playoffs at 19:03 in an empty net giving the Kings a 5-2 victory. Chase Strychaluk and D’Arcy Panziera assisted on the Watson goal. Kings had a 9-7 shots on net advantage in the period and 30-26 overall. Kings were 2 for 3 on the power play and Flyers 0 for 3.
Dario Beljo was named the game’s first star, Dowson Zhen as second star, and Cameron Welch, continuing his strong playoff play, the third star.
Kings take to the road for the fifth game of the series in Leamington on Thursday night.
Sun Mar 17 at Leamington – win 3-2
Kings do a repeat performance in Leamington by scoring 3 unanswered goals after the Flyers take an early 2 goal lead, to take the third game of the series 3-2 and shift home ice advantage to the Komoka team who now lead the series 2 games to 1.
Just like the night before in Komoka, Kings surrender 2 first period goals before the Kings come-back. Flyers scored a short handed goal at 6:02 and a second goal at 11:58. Kings Blake McConnell-Barker notched his 4th of the playoffs at 18:52 on assist by Joel Mazzilli to end the first period with a 2-1 Flyers lead. Leamington outshot the Kings 16-6 in the first period with Kings Owen Say making several key stops.
Kings took control in the second period with a tying goal at 8:53 by Cameron Welch his 3rd of the playoffs, with assists to Luc Arsenault and Joe Capirchio. On a delayed penalty call on the Flyers and the Kings goalie out for an extra attacker, Cameron Welch scored his second of the night and 4th of the playoffs at 10:37 with assists to Joel Mazzilli and Jacob Rochford. Owen Say had to stop several more Leamington scoring changes as the Flyers outshot the Kings 15-12 in the period. Just like the night before, Kings had a 3-2 lead after two periods.
The Flyers, sensing a similar fate as Saturday night, buzzed the Kings zone in the third period only to be stopped by the Kings D and forwards backchecking along with the solid puck stopping by King’s Say. The Kings were also severely tested by late period penalties including at 19:12 when the Flyers pulled their goalie for an extra attacker but the Kings stopped them to take the 3-2 win. Flyers outshopt the Kings 11-6 in the period and 42-24 overall. But the Kings take a 2 games to 1 lead in the semi-final series. Kings were 0-for-1 on the power play and the Flyers 0-for-7.
First star of the game was King’s Cameron Welch with 2 goals. Second star Owen Say for another strong performance . And third Star Blake McConnell-Barker. Honourable mentions to Joel Mazzilli with 2 assists, and the depleted D-core who were 2 men short in the last half of the game and Dario Beljo called on for support..
Kings next game is at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Tuesday night when they host the Flyers for the 4th game of the semi-final series – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Sat Mar 16 vs Leamington – win 3-2
Kings score 3 unanswered goals after the Flyers take an early two goal lead, and take the second game 3-2 to tie the semi-final series at one game each.
Kings came out determined and tested the Leamington netminder several times early in the first period, but the all-star puckstopper held them off. It was the Flyers who started the scoring at 6:46, and again at 10:18 at the end of a Kings penalty to take a 2-0 lead. Ryan McAllister made it 2-1 just 10 seconds later to make it 2-1 for the Flyers. It was McAllister’s 4th of the playoffs and assists to Dario Beljo and Chase Strychaluk. Kings Kurt Watson tied the game at 13:59 with his first of the playoffs, and assists by Joel Mazzilli and Spencer Lapointe. First period ended at 2-2 with the Kings outshooting the Flyers 13-11. Kings goalie Owen Say had to make several late period saves to keep the score tied. Kings had 3 power play opportunities and Flyers one, with neither scoring on the power play but the third Leamington penalty carried over to the second period.
Quick on the draw in starting the second period, the Kings took advantage of the power play and D-man Spencer Lapointe scored his second of the playoffs at 0:12 giving the Kings a 3-2 lead. Assists going to Ryan McAllister and Joel Mazzilli. Kings continued their attack and fired 9 shots on Leamington net, and the Flyers countered with 7 on King’s Say in the second period. The period ended with Flyers having a 2-man advantage but the D and Owen Say kept the Flyers off of the scoreboard.
The third period had some chippiness and offsetting major penalties at 2:04 and roughing calls at 10:27. With the Flyers pressing for the tying goal the KIngs took a penalty at 16:21 but were able to stop the Flyer attacks. Flyers added an extra attacker in the late stages but solid Kings D and puckstopping by Say and the speedy Kings forecheking sealed the win for the King 3-2. Flyers outshot the Kings 9-2 in the third period and 27-24 overall. Kings were 1-for-7 on the power play and the Flyers 0-for-5.
Owen Say was named the game’s first star, second star to Spencer Lapointe, and third star to Flyers Zach Taylor.
Kings travel west on Sunday to face the Flyers for the third game of the series in Leamington, and return home for the 4th game on Tuesday, March 19 at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Thu Mar 14 at Leamington – lose 4-0
Leamington Flyers scored quick then held the Kings with a hot goalie and put it away in the third period to win the first game 4-0.
Flyers scored on their first rush to take a 1-0 lead at the 0:24 mark. After several more rushes on the Kings end where Kings Owen Say had to be sharp to stop any further scoring, the Kings started to turn it around and controlled the play for the last 10 minutes of the period but couldn’t beat the Flyers netminder. Leamington led 1-0 after 1, with 10 shots each on net. Flyers took the only penalty in the period.
The Kings continued to control in the early part of the second period but missed chances and strong play by the Flyers netminder held the Kings off of the scoreboard. Flyers had to kill off several penalties as the Kings pressed but were unable to score. However the Flyers made the most of their chances and scored at 13:43 and again at 16:55 to end second period with a 3-0 lead. Kings had 12 shots on Flyers net while Flyers took 9 on Kings netminder Owen Say.
The third period continued the same with the Kings missing some good chances but unable to hit the net or get stopped by Flyers netminder. Flyers scored late in the period for a 4-0 lead and dampening any Komoka chances for a comeback.
Kings had 34 shots on the Flyers net while the Flyers had 35 on King’s Owen Say. Kings played disciplined hockey taken only one penalty, an unavoidable run-in with the Flyers keeper behind the net, while the Flyers provided 6 power play opportunities for the Kings but were able to kill them all.
Game 2 is at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday, March 16 when the Kings will endeavour to tie the series.
Thu Mar 7 at Chatham – 6-1 win
Komoka Kings take a decisive 6-1 victory over the Maroons at the Chatham Memorial Arena in the 5th game of the first-round series and take the series 4 games to 1.
Maroons were inspired early and peppered the Kings net for the first 5 minutes until the Kings started to take control. Chase Strychaluk scored his first of the playoffs at 10:27 on assists from Dario Beljo and Griffin St. Onge, First period ended 1-0 for the Kings and the Kings had a 17-16 shot advantage.
At 4:24 of the second period Maroons scored to tie the game.1-1. D-man Dowson Zheng scored his second of the playoffs at 8:00 unassisted. At 9:38, just 6 seconds after the Maroons took a penalty, Bryce Lewis scored his first of the playoffs with assists to Jacob Rochford and Dowson Zheng.. Former Maroon and Blenheim native Cameron Welch scored at 17:16 assisted by Luc Arsenault and Dillon Ward, to give the Kings a commanding 4-1 lead at the end of the second period. Kings outshot the Maroons 12-8 and started to control the game.
Penalties continued to haunt the Maroons as Ryan McAllister scored a Kings power play goal at 10:26 of the third, his 3rd of the playoffs, and assisted by Joel Mazzilli and Spencer Lapointe for a 5-1 Kings lead. On another Kings power play at 11:18 Dowson Zheng scored a second unassisted in the game and third of the playoffs. With a 6-1 lead the Kings finished the game on tight forechecking and defensive clearing of the Maroons attacks and Owen Say continued his steller play to stop the Maroons from narrowing the lead, and a 6-1 Kings victory. Shots were 12-9 in the Kings favour and 41-33 overall.
Maroons took 10 penalties and yielded 3 Kings power play goals. The Kings killed the only penalty taken by the team, a bench minor for too many men on the ice.
Game stars were Dowson Zheng as first star, Owen Say as second star and Cameron Welch as third star.
Kings advance to the semi-finals facing the Leamington Flyers in a best out of seven series. This is the first time since 2005-2006 season that the franchise has advanced to the semi-finals.
Tue Mar 5 vs Chatham – 6-3 win
Komoka Kings take a 3-games-to-1 series lead by defeating the Chatham Maroons 6-3 in a tough and hard fought game on Tuesday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
The game started with tight forechecking and good defensive play until d-man Jacob Howard scored his second of the playoffs at 14:02 with assists going to Jacob Rochford and Joel Mazzilli. Another d-man made it 2-0 for the Kings at 17:26 when Spencer Lapointe scored his first of the playoffs with assists to Joe Capirchio and Nathan Small. Maroons scored late in the period to end the first with a 2-1 lead by the Kings. Shots were 10-8 in favour of the Maroons.
Maroons tied the game 2-2 early in the second period on a power play goal. King’s Dario Beljo scored his first of the playoffs at 16:08 to give the Kings the lead again 3-2 with assists to Griffin St. Onge and Nathan Small. Kings had a 11-6 shot advantage in the second period.
Kings continued to control the game and Cameron Welch made it 4-2 at 5:59 of the third period, his first of the playoffs, with assists to Joe Capirchio and Nathan Small. It was Nathan’s 3rd assist in the game. Chatham tightened the game by scoring at 14:23 to make it 4-3. Just over a minute later Jacob Rochford scored his second of the playoffs assisted by Joel Mazzilli and Blake McConnell-Barker for a 5-3 Kings lead. In the last two minutes Maroons pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and were pressuring in the Kings end when Captain Joel Mazzilli showed great hustle to beat the Maroon defenseman and made it a 6-3 game by putting it in the empty net, with assists to Blake McConnell-Barker and Jacob Rochford. A rash of late penalties by the Maroons allowed the Kings to end the game without further scoring and a 6-3 win. Shots were 11-9 in the Kings favour and overall 30-25 for the Kings.
Kings went 0-for-6 on the power play and Maroons 1-for-4. Maroons took 10 penalty calls for 36 minutes, with the Kings taking 4 penalties for 8 minutes.
Jacob Rochford was named the games first star with a goal and 2 assists. Nathan Small the second star with 3 assists, and Cameron Welch 3rd star. Joel Mazzilli had 1 goal and 2 assists,
Kings will head west to face the Maroons on Thursday night at the Chatham Memorial Arena for the 5th game of the series. Kings could close out the series with a win. A 6th game, if necessary would be at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday night, March 9th.
Sun Mar 3 at Chatham – 6-4 win
Kings take a big lead early, Maroons score 4 in the 3rd period, Kings hang on to win 6-4 and take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the series.
Maroons started strong and putting early pressure in the Kings end however the Kings were first to score at 2:07 with Ryan McAllister putting one in the net, his second of the playoffs and assisted by Dario Beljo and D’Arcy Panziera. Jacob Rochford scored at 17:59 to give the Kings a 2-0 lead, his first of the playoffs and assists from Luc Arsenault and Spencer Lapointe. Maroons outshoot the Kings 11-8.
Kings score quickly in the second period with Blake McConnell-Barker netting his second of the series at 3:48 forcing the Maroons to change goalies, and again late in the period on the power play with his second of the game and 3rd of the playoffs at 17:59. Joel Mazzilli and Jacob Rochford assisted on Blake’s first and Ryan McAllister and Spencer Lapointe on Joel’s second goal. Kings take a 4-0 lead in a period filled with 12 penalty calls, 5 on the Kings and 7 on the Maroons. Shots on net were even at 15 each.
Maroons started the 3rd period in an all-out effort and made it 4-1 at 1:14 in. Joel Mazzilli got that back for a 4 goal Kings lead at 5:16 scoring his second of the playoffs unassisted. However the Maroons were not done and started a scoring string notching markers at 11:15, a power play goal at 17:04, and a third goal at 17:45 to make it 5-4 for the Kings. Maroons pulled their goalie for an extra attacker on a Komoka penalty but the Kings defended well and Luc Arsenault closed the scoring at 18:26 into an empty net on assists from Cameron Welch and Joe Capirchio to make it a 6-4 win for the Kings and take a 2-1 series lead. Maroons had a 15-2 advantage on shots in the period and 41-25 overall.
Kings were 1-for-8 on the power play and had 36 minutes on 10 penalty calls. Maroons were 1-for-6 on the power play and had 40 minutes on 12 penalty calls.
Blake McConnell-Barker earned the Kings first star honours, with D’Arcy Panziera second star, and Owen Say third star in a strong performance facing an energized Chatham squad. Ryan McAllister, Joel Mazzilli and Luc Arsenault each had 2 points on a goal and assist by each of them.
Kings will take their 2-1 series lead to the Komoka Wellness Centre on Tuesday evening when they host the Maroons for the 4th game of the series – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Sat Mar 2 vs Chatham – 7-4 loss
Kings come out aggressive and take a quick 1-0 lead but end up with a disappointing 7-4 loss against the Chatham Maroons in the second game of the 7-game first round playoff series.
Kings again come out strong and controlled the puck in the Chatham end and took an early lead on a goal by Joe Capirchio, his first of the playoffs and assisted by Cameron Welch and Luc Arsenault. Kings continued their strong play but were not able to add to their lead on some great saves by the Chatham netminder. Late in the period Maroons scored 2 goals in a span of 57 seconds to end the first period with a 2-1 lead. Komoka had a 14-11 advantage in shots on net.
At 2:28 of the second period Kings D-man Dowson Zheng scored his first of the series to tie the game. Assists going to Chase Strychaluk and Dario Beljo. Maroons countered with 2 quick goals at 9:30 and 10:31 of the period to take a 4-2 lead, Joel Mazzilli got one back for the Kings on a power play goal at 11:07, his first of the playoffs with assist going to Dario Beljo and D’Arcy Panziera. Maroons scored a power play goal of their own at 17:15 and Kings Blake McConnell-Barker scored his first of the series at 17:59 on assists to Joel Mazzilli and Jacob Rochford. Three goals each in the second period and a 5-4 lead by the Maroons. Shots were 11-9 in favour of the Maroons. Shots were 11-9 in favour of the Maroons.
Both sides played well in the third period and Kings had several chances to tie the game but were not able to get it in the net. At 14:50 with the Kings applying good pressure on the Maroons, the Maroons got a gift with a slow roller going into the Kings net to make it a 2-goal game. Kings pulled goaltender Nathan Young in the last 2 minutes and had some good chances but the extra attacker was nullified by a questionable Kings penalty call and the Maroons scored the final goal to take the win 7-4. Kings had 8 shots on net and the Maroons 5 in the period for an overall 31-27 advantage by the Kings. Maroons tie the series at 1 game each.
Chase Strychaluk was the game’s first star, with second star going to D’Arcy Panziera and third star to Captain Joel Mazzilli.
Third game of the series will be on Sunday night in Chatham with the fourth in Komoka at the Wellness Centre on Tuesday night, March 5th.
Thu Feb 28 at Chatham – 2-1 win and 1-0 playoff series lead
Kings come out flying in a tough, and sometimes physical game, to take a 1-0 first round playoff series lead in a 2-1 victory over the Chatham Maroons at the Chatham Memorial Area on Thursday night.
The Kings came out to play with speed and aggressiveness, having several early chances but the Chatham netminder was able to keep the puck out of the net. In a quick turn-a-round the Maroons were first to score at 7:42 of the first period. Komoka had several good chances on a Chatham penalty late in the period but the Kings were not able to take advantage. Kings out shot the Maroons 11-10 in the period but down 1-0 on the scoreboard.
Early in the second Maroons took another penalty and Ryan McAllister finished off a power play rush by D’Arcy Panziera with Dario Beljo also getting an assist. It was McAllister’s 1st of the playoffs and 12th of the season, his fourth as a King since joining the club in January. The game continued on back and forth with great chances by both teams as well as solid defense and goal tending. Maroons out-shot the Kings 14-13 in the period and ending the period at 1-1.
The third period continued with the same fast pace and back and forth with chances by both teams only to be stopped by solid goal tending on both sides. In a rush led by Griffin St. Onge and feed by Chase Struchaluk, Jacob fired a hard shot behind the Chatham net-minder at 15:14 to make it a 2-1 lead for the Kings. It was Jacob’s 1st of the play-offs and second of the season. Maroons put on great pressure and pulled their goalie with 2 minutes to go but the Kings defense and forechecking along with continued solid play by Nathan Young in net the Kings held off the Maroons and take the game 2-1. Maroons had 15 shots on Young in the period and Kings fired 12 at the Chatham net with an overall 39-36 edge by the Maroons.
First star of the game was awarded to Kings Jacob Howard, with second star to Ryan McAllister and third star to Nathan Young.
Second game of the series will be at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday, March 2nd – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Sat Feb 23 vs Leamington 6-2 loss
In the final 2018-2019 regular season game Kings take a 6-2 loss at the hands of the Leamington Flyers.
Kings came out strong in starting the game out-shooting the Flyers 7-1 in the first 7 minutes and had many chances but the Flyers kept the puck out of the net. Flyers put it in to another gear and opened the scoring at 10:02 and added a second at 18:28 to end the first period with a 2-0 lead. Total shots on net in the period were 13-8 in favour of the Kings.
In the second period Flyers continued to pressure the Kings and in a span of 2 minutes and 42 seconds flyers scored 3 goals to take a 5-1 lead. Needing a quick change Kings changed goalies and that inspired the team as Dillon Ward scored his 7th of the season at 15:18 with assists from Spencer Lapointe and D’Arcy Panziera, and D.man Griffin St. Onge scored his 2nd of the season just 21 seconds later, with assists to Joel Mazzilli and Blake McConnell-Barker. Flyers weren’t through yet as they scored at 16:02 to end the second period with a 6-2 lead. Leamington out-shot the Kings 7-11 in the period.
There was no scoring in the third period as the Flyers put it in a defensive mode and stopped the Kings on several good opportunities. Likewise Kings D. was put to the test by Flyer breakouts but good back-checking by the Kings crew stopped any further scoring. The period ended with an even 8 shots on net by both teams. Flyers take the game 6-2 and the win gives them first place in the division standings finishing with 71 points, 2 points ahead of the second place London Nationals. Kings finish in 6th position with 49 points on 20 wins, 23 losses, 2 OT losses and 3 OT ties in their 48 game season.
There were only 3 penalties called in the game with 2 being offsetting, and the Kings having one power play opportunity and going 0-for-1. No power play opportunity for the Flyers.
D.man Griffith St. Onge was the Kings game star. It was an all in the family affair as Griffith’s mom was the winner of the Bo Horvat Vancouver Canucks autographed jersey draw,
Kings next game is the playoff opener vs. the Chatham Maroons on Thursday evening in Chatham, and then returning home for the second game at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday night – 7:15 pm puck drop.
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Blake McConnell-Barker setting the pace with 4 goals, Kings reverse the past weekend’s outcome by taking a 8-5 win over the Vipers in a shoot-out type of game at the LaSalle Volmer Centre on Wednesday night,
Blake McConnell-Barker opened the scoring with his 13th of the season at 5:40 on a hard fought effort with the assists by Joel Mazzilli and Jacob Rochford. LaSalle Vipers get that back at 7:23 to tie the game at 1-1. However Luc Arsenault gave the Kings the lead again at 11:05 on assists by D’Arcy Panziera and Joe Capirchio to end the first period 2-1 in the Kings favour. Kings out-shot the Vipers 13-7.
The second period started the fireworks with the Kings taking a 3-1 lead at 2:22 on a goal by captain Joel Mazzilli’s 30th of the season with assist by Blake McConnell-Barker. Just 15 seconds later the Vipers make it 3-2, and 3-3 just a mere 37 later again for 3 scores in 52 seconds. Kings took the lead again at 5:33 when Dowson Zheng scored his first of the season on assists by Luc Arsenault and Cameron Welch. The scoring continued with Blake McConnell-Barker scoring his second of the game and 14th of the season at 8:30 assisted by Jacob Rochford and Joel Mazzilli. Chase Strychaluk scored his 9th of the season at 12:20 to make it 6-3 for the Kings, with assists to Ryan McAllister and Dario Beljo. Vipers closed the second period scoring at 17:50 on the power play to end the period at 6-4 in favour of the Kings. Shots were 18-7 in favour of the Vipers,
Early in the third period Blake McConnell-Barker got his hat-trick with a goal at 2:25 to give the Kings a 7-4 lead with assist going to Jacob Rochford. Vipers weren’t giving up easy as they scored at 8:18. Kings constant forechecking and solid defense along with some great saves by goaltender Owen Say, the Kings held of the Vipers and finished the scoring on Blake McConnell-Barker’s 4th of the game and a 5 point night. Assists going to D’Arcy Panziera and Jacob Rochford. It was Jacob’s 4th assist of the game. Kings take home a 8-5 win over the Vipers. Shots on net in the period were 12-11 in favour of the Vipers who also had a 37-31 overall advantage but the Kings were sharper with their shots and excellent puck stopping by Say.
Kings were 0-for-2 on the power play and the Vipers 1-for-6.
With his 4 goals and an assist Blake McConnell-Barker was the game’s first star. Jacob Rochford with his 4 assists the second star. And D-man Dowson Zheng strong on defense and also getting his first goal of the season as third star. Other notable mentions were Joel Mazzilli with a goal and 2 assists and D’Arcy Panziera with 2 assists and strong defensive play, and overall great play and effort by the whole team.
Kings take the 6-game season series over the Vipers at 3 wins, 2 losses, and 1 DOT tie. Kings outscored the Vipers 27-23 in their season’s matches.
Kings return home on Saturday night to face the Leamington Flyers in the Kings final regular season game. Leamington Flyers are leading the Western Conference standings with a one point advantage over the London Nationals so it will be an important game.
KINGS CLINCH 6TH PLACE
With their 6-3 win on Family Day vs. Strathroy Rockets the Komoka Kings have clinched 6th place in the Western Conference of the GOJHL. The Kings will face the Chatham Maroons in the 1st round of the playoffs (scheduled to be announced soon).
The Kings in their 2nd year in Komoka have surpassed their point total from last year with 2 games still remaining. Last year the Kings had 12 wins 4 ties and 3 overtime losses (OTL) for 31 points and 7 place compared to 19 wins 2 ties and 3 OTL for 43 points and 6th place in the 2018-2019 season.
The players, coaching and management staff have worked hard all season to ensure the teams continues to improve each year.
The players were so thrilled to play in-front of the big crowd today and we want to thank all our fans for their support and look forward to their continued support in the playoffs.
Mon Feb 18 vs Strathroy 6-3 win
Kings currently in 6th spot battle with St. Thomas Stars in the GOJHL Western Conference standings, after scoring 2 goals in each period and defeating the Strathroy Rockets 6-3 in the Family Day matinee at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Monday afternoon..
In the battle of Middlesex and 6th spot at stake the Kings started strong with hard working Joe Capirchio opening the scoring at 4:58 of the first period. It was Joe’s 5th of the season and assisted by Luc Arsenault and Cameron Welch. Rockets weren’t giving up easy as they came right back at 9:40 to tie the game. Kings Cameron Welch scored a go-ahead goal at 16:36, his 8th of the season and assisted by Griffin St. Onge and Luc Arsenault. Kings controlled much of the period and out-shot the Rockets 11-6 in taking a 2-1 lead after one period..
Kings continued their strong play in the second period and Ryan McAllister notched his 12th of the year at 5:39 assisted by Jacob Rochford and Elgin-Middlesex Chief APM Christian Kyrou, it was Christian’s first point in Junior B hockey. Again Rockets didn’t give up and scored just 11 seconds later to make it 3-2 game. Midway in the second period D-man Carson Pearce scored from the point, his first as a King, and assists from Chase Strychaluk and Christian Kyrou who had a 2-point night in his first GOJHL game. Kings end the second period with a 4-2 lead and out-shooting the Rockets 13-6 in the period.
Strathroy Rockets again came back early in the third period to close the margin at 4-3 on Brendan Mairs second of the game. Both goalies made excellent saves and in a 90 second stretch Rockets goalie stopped 3 perfect Kings setups to keep the game close. Kings D-man Griffin St. Onge scored late in the period to control the game in favour of the Kings. It was Griffith’s first of the season, with assists to Dario Beljo and Joel Mazzilli. Two Kings D-men score their first of the season. Jacob Rochford scored his 16th of the season at 17:33 to finally put the game away for the Kings. Blake McConnell-Barker and Joel Mazzilli assisted on the final goal. Shots were even at 11-11 in the period with the Kings having an overall 35-33 shot advantage.
Kings were 0-for-3 on the power play, the same as the Rockets 0-for-3. Kings take the 6-game regular season series with 4 wins and 2 losses, and outscoring the Rockets 26-16.
First star of the game was Kings Jacob Rochford with a goal and assist, second star going to Dario Beljo, and third star honours to Carson Pearce. Honourable mention to Cameron Welch and Griffith St. Onge for their goal and assist, and Christian Kyrou with 2 assists in his first game. An overall great effort displayed by all the Kings in front off the Tim Horton’s sponsored Family Day crowd.
Kings travel to LaSalle on Wednesday to face the Vipers and return home to face the tough Leamington Flyers in the last regular season game on Saturday, February 23rd at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Sat Feb 16 vs LaSalle 8-3 loss
Kings blow an opportunity to narrow the points gap for 5th place in an 8-3 loss to the LaSalle Vipers on Saturday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
Kings Dillon Ward opened the scoring at 7:59 on a nice setup by D’Arcy Panziera and Bryce Lewis. It was Ward’s 6th as a King and 9th of the season. Vipers quickly made it a 1-1 game scoring at 9:32 and a second goal at 12:19 for a 2-1 LaSalle lead. Kings tied the game at 14:08 when Ryan McAllister netted a power play goal from Jacob Rochford and Joel Mazzilli. It was Ryan’s 3rd as a King and 10th of the season. Before the period ended LaSalle added a power play goal to take a 4-2 lead after the first period. In an exciting and high scoring period LaSalle out-shot the Kings 14-11.
A Kings goal tender change didn’t defer the Vipers from their scoring ways as LaSalle scored at 4:07 of the second period and again at 11:27 for a 6-2 lead before Jacob Rochford scored at 19:16, his 15th, and assists to Kurt Watson and Blake McConnell-Barker. Vipers had a 15-8 advantage in shots on net in the period, and a 6-3 lead.
Vipers continued their scoring with 2 markers in the third to take a 8-3 win and a solid lead for 5th position in the Western Conference with the Kings in sixth, 7 points behind. Vipers out-shot the Kings 15-8 in the period for an overall 42-28 shot advantage. Kings were 1-for-1 on the power play and the Vipers the same 1-for-1.
Kings top star in the game was Jacob Rochford with a goal and assist, with second going to Blake McConnell-Barker. Dillon Ward and Bryce Lewis got honourable mention along with Ryan McAllister who has 16 points in 13 games with the Kings. Dario Beljo was again called to re-enforce the D-core with very admirable effort.
The Kings at 41 points in 45 games have a 4 point advantage over the Strathroy Rockets with each having 3 games left in the regular season, and 5 points ahead of St. Thomas Star who have one game in hand.
Kings face the Rockets in a Monday matinee at the Komoka Wellness Centre that will go a long way in determining the final standings.
Fri Feb 15 at St Thomas 1-0 loss DOT
Kings lose a tough one in St. Thomas on Friday night in a DOT 1-0 win by the Stars.
Kings come home with a valuable point after battling the St. Thomas Stars for nearly 5 periods. After 4 scoreless periods Stars score in an empty net at 3:48 of the second OT period to take 2 points. Kings were out-shot 47-27 overall and were 0-for-2 on the power play with the Stars 0-for-3. Both Nathan Young for the Kings and Anthony Hurtubise for the Stars were superb in their net in keeping the game scoreless, and Hurtubise scored the only goal.
With the single point Kings have 41 points and in 6th place in the Western Conference, 5 points behind 5th place LaSalle Vipers at 46 points with each having 4 games to play, including a home-and-home series between the teams. Strathroy Rockets are 3 points behind the Kings in 7th place and play the Kings in Komoka in a Family Day matinee on Monday February 19th at 1:15 pm. St Thomas Stars have also secured a playoff position trailing the Rockets by one point and 5 points behind the Kings.
Kings return to the Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday night to square off against the LaSalle Vipers in an all-important game – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Sat Feb 9 vs London – 3-1 loss
Slow start puts the Kings in a hole and lose 3-1 to the London Nationals on Saturday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre,.
In a period where the Kings were out-shot 14-4 and gave up a power play goal the London Nationals took an early 1-0 lead. Owen Say was solid in the Kings net to keep it a 1-0 game for the visitors.
Kings reversed the play in the second period taking 14 shots on the Nats net and Say facing 9 London shots. But the Kings fell behind 2-0 on a Nationals goal at 9:59 despite Say’s stellar play in the Komoka net.
Komoka Kings carried over their improved play in the third and Cameron Welch scored his 6th, a nifty goal at 0:37 to cut the Nationals lead to 2-1. Assists to Dowson Zheng and Joe Capirchio. Kings had several more excellent scoring chances but were unable to get the puck in the net. Kings got called on some untimely penalties late in the game that stalled the offensive chances in the Nationals zone and a goal at 17:08 by the Nationals made it a 3-1 game. Shots in the period were 13-7 in favour of the Kings with an overall 32-31 advantage by the Nationals.
Komoka were 0-for-5 on the power play and Nationals 1-for-5.
Cameron Welch earned the game’s number 1 star and Owen say the second star. With Spencer Lapointe out of the lineup Dario Beljo was called-on to move back on D.
Kings next game is in St. Thomas on Friday night to face the Stars, and return home to meet the LaSalle Vipers on Saturday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre. LaSalle earned a point in a DOT overtime loss to the Strathroy Rockets on Saturday to take a 4 point lead over the Kings for 5th spot in the conference standings, with the teams still having 2 games to play against each other.
Thu Feb 7 at Chatham – DOT tie
Kings come home with a point after challenging the Maroons to a 4-4 DOT tie in Chatham on Thursday night.
In a fast back and forth start of the game Chatham opened the scoring at 4:37 on a shot from the face-off. Kings had several chances in the Maroons end and at 14:11 of the first Kurt Watson scored on the power play for his 22nd of the season on a nice pass from Chase Strychaluk and the second assist by Blake McConnell-Barker, Just 9 seconds later Kings stunned the Maroons on a Kings break away and goal by Blake McConnell-Barker, his 12th, and assists from D’Arcy Panziera and Jacob Rochford. Kings led 2-1 after the first period with a 12-11 edge in shots on net.
Chatham tied the game at 8:14 of the second period on a bad Kings bounce resulting in a Maroons break-away to score and a 2-2 tie. Tough breaks continued for the Kings as Maroons scored from behind the Kings net at 12:16 to take the lead 3-2. Chatham had a 18-6 advantage on shots on net in the period.
Early in the third period Chatham scored their fourth goal on a screened shot from the blue line, but the Kings didn’t give up. Chatham took 2 penalties giving the Kings a two-man advantage and at 5:26 Dario Beljo scored his 8th of the season assisted by Joel Mazzilli and Ryan McAllister to make it 4-3 for Chatham. Kings had several good rushes and chances and at 17:58 after putting a lot of pressure in the Chatham zone Dario Beljo scored his second of the game and 9th of the season to tie the game 4-4, assists by Joell Mazzilli and Ryan McAllister. Kings continued to pressure the Chatham goalie but were not able to add to their score and end regulation in a 4-4 tie. Kings out-shot the Maroons 14-5 in the period.
The 4-on-4 first OT was a back and forth with first a Chatham breakaway and hitting the crossbar, and the Kings returning the other way and hitting the goal post to keep it 4-4. Darcy Panziera led a quick rush but the Chatham goalie made a great save, and Owen Say had to do the same at the other end to end the 1st OT still tied.
The second overtime had some great 3-on-3 play with good scoring chances and great defensive play by both teams. Both Ryan McAllister and Joel Mazzilli had great efforts only to be stopped by the Maroons keeper. Maroons had a last second chance but a great save by Kings Say ended the game in a 4-4 DOT tie, and earning a valuable point for the Kings.
Kings were 2-for-6 on the power play and Maroons 0-for-2.
Kings offense was led by Dario Beljo with 2 goals, Blake McConnell-Barker with a goal and assist and Joel Mazzilli and Ryan McAllister with 2 assists each. Darcy Panziera played very solid defense and led several good rushes for scoring chances. APM Nathan Small also played very effective in the Kings D-zone and point coverage.
Kings maintain their sixth position in the conference standings and still in reach of overtaking LaSalle Vipers for fifth spot.
Kings will face the London Nationals on Saturday Night at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Komoka Kings take a quick 3 goal lead but a Chatham comeback gives the Maroons a 6-4 win on Saturday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
Kings came out flying early in the game and at 5:21 D-man Spencer Lapointe scored short-handed, his first of the season, with assists from Bryce Lewis and Dowson Zheng to take a 1-0 lead. A mere 68 seconds later Blake McConnell-Barker scored his 11th of the season with helpers by Jacob Rochford and Kurt Watson. And 18 seconds later Joel Mazzilli notched his 29th for a quick 3-0 Komoka lead, assisted by Chase Strychaluk and Ryan McAllister. After the quick 3 Kings goals Maroons goalie Tiago Rocha was pulled for backup Tristan Lewis. In addition to the strong offense in the period the D and goalkeeping put a stop on the Chatham offense. Kings out shot the Maroons 8-6 in the period.
In the second period the Maroons started their comeback and began to control the game. A short handed goal by the Maroons at 4:13 cut the Kings lead to 3-1. Another Maroon goal at 5:46 made it a 3-2 game and at 8:56 Maroons scored on the power play to tie the game 3-3. With just 1.8 seconds to go in the period Maroons put one in the net to take a 4-3 lead and demoralizing the Kings. Kings had a 12-11 advantage in shots in the period.
The Kings got their speed back in the third and at 5:41 Kurt Watson finished off a good rush to tie the game with assist going to Joel Mazzilli and Ryan McAllister. However the Maroons weren’t done yet and put one in the net at 11:20 to again take the lead, 5-4 Maroons. Kings had several good chances and pulled Young for an extra attacker but couldn’t get it into the Maroons net. Maroons finished the scoring with an empty net marker at 19:55 to win 6-4. Maroons had a 8-7 shot advantage in the period with the Kings an overall 27-25 edge. Chatham’s Dane Johnstone scored a hat trick for the Maroons.
Kings went 0-for-7 on the power play and Chatham 1-for-2.
Spencer Lapointe with his first of the season was the game’s first star with Joel Mazzilli the second star. Honourable mention to Kurt Watson with a goal and assist and Ryan McAllister with 2 assists.
Kings travel to Chatham on Thursday for a return match with the Maroons, and return home for a Saturday night match against the London National at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Thu Jan 31 at Leamington 4-3 loss
Komoka Kings take another hard fought but tough loss in Leamington in a 4-3 game for the Flyers.
The Kings were revved up to start the game but one miscue and the Flyers took a 1-0 lead just 1:56 in the game. However Kings continued strong play and on a nifty rush and finish Joel Mazzilli scored his 28th of the season at 9:27 to tie the game, with helpers from Dario Beljo and Ryan McAllister . Kings didn’t stop their hard work and just 9 seconds later, before the announcer could even announce the previous goal, Joe Capirchio notched his 4th with assists from Jacob Howard and Cameron Welch. Kings had several more chances but the Leamington keeper played a solid game and a bit of luck to stop any further scoring. Shots on net in the first period were 12-11 in favour of the Kings and a 2-1 Kings lead.
The second period was dominated by the Flyers who had several 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 rushes and scored 3 unanswered goals in the period, including one short-handed. Flyers had a 11-6 shots on goal advantage in the period and a 4-2 lead.
In the third Kings upped their efforts and dominated much of the play and pressing in the Flyers end but the Flyers netminder and a lucky-clover on his shoulder stopped some great efforts. At 13:40 Kurt Watson lead his patented great rush down the right side, and with assists from line-mates Jacob Rochford and Luc Arsenault he finished the play to score his 20th of the season making it a 4-3 in favour of the Flyers. Kings continued to press with some great efforts in the Flyers zone but unfortunate bounces and good overall Leamington defense and goal-keeping kept the Kings off of the scoreboard and give the Flyers their 5th win of the season over the Kings. Kings outshot the Flyers 13-4 in the period and 31-26 overall.
Kings had 4 power play chances and were 0-for-4, with the flyers 0-for-2. An overall good effort by the team with 3 different goalscorers and 6 players receiving assists.
Kings continue their busy week of 5 games in 8 days facing the tough Chatham Maroons on Saturday evening at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Tue Jan 29 vs Leamington 2-1 loss
1 2 DOT
In a very cold night outside and hot hockey inside the Komoka Wellness Centre the Kings lose a heart-breaker game 2-1 in double OT against the visiting Leamington Flyers.
Kings and Flyers were scoreless for the first two periods with Kings out-shooting the Flyers 10-4 in the first and the Flyers a 15-6 advantage in the second period. Several chances on both sides but tight defense work and great goal-tending kept both teams off of the scoresheet.
Midway in the third APM callup Nathan Small led a strong rush down the right side and finished the play scoring his first as a King, with assists by Jacob Howard and Luc Arsenault. Flyers come back to tie the game with 4 minutes left in the period.
There was no scoring in the first 5-min 4-on-4 OT with Kings having 3 shots on Flyers net and 2 shots by the Flyers on Kings Nathan Young. In the OT periods Young stopped several Leamington chances including a 2-man breakaway and the Kings also had several chances but the puck and did not bounce in the Kings favour. At 2:25 in the second OT with 3-on-3 play, in a goal-mouth scramble that the Kings faithful thought should have been a stopped play, the Flyers chipped in a goal to win the game 2-1.
Kings were 0-for-3 on the power play and Flyers 0-for-2.
The game’s first star was awarded to Kings Nathan Young for his excellent play in the Kings net, second star to #22 Cameron Welch and third star to APM Nathan Small.
Komoka Kings are 2 points behind the LaSalle Vipers for 5th place in the conference with both teams having 9 games remaining in the 2018-2019 regular season.
Kings were missing two key players; #23 Chase Strychaluk and #7 Carson Pearce.
Kings take a drive west down the 401 to Leamington to face the Flyers for a Thursday night return match and again try to break the jinx against the Flyers – two DOT ties and 8 losses in the past 2 seasons. Chatham Maroons will be visiting to meet the Kings at The Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday, February 2nd – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Sun Jan 27 at Strathroy 5-1 win
Komoka Kings fall behind early; come back to score 5 straight goals to take a 5-1 win over the Rockets in Strathroy on Sunday night. The third straight win and 6 wins in the last 8 games by the team.
Strathroy Rockets started strong hoping to close the gap with the Kings for 6th place in the standings and opened the scoring at 4:51. Rockets took 16 shots on Kings netminder Nathan Young in the first period and kept the Kings off of the scoreboard to end the period with a 1-0 lead. Kings had 12 shots on the Rockets net.
Kings tied the game at 16:51 of the second period when Dario Beljo scored his 7th of the season with assists from Ryan McAllister and Jacob Howard, the only goal in the period. Shots in the second even at 12-12 by each team.
In the third Komoka started with a power play goal at 4:38 when Joel Mazzilli scored his 27th on assists by Dario Beljo and Ryan McAllister. 47 seconds later Joe Capirchio scored his 3rd of the season to make it a 3-1 game for the Kings, with assists going to Luc Arsenault and Cameron Welch. Kings kept on coming, scoring less than 2 minutes later for a 4-1 lead when Jacob Rochford scored his 14th, assists going to Blake McConnell-Barker and Kurt Watson. Kings scored their final tally at 17:09 when Dillon Ward scored his 8th of the season assisted by Bryce Lewis and Noah Mazzilli to make it a 5-1 victory for the Kings. The period was not as lop-sided as the scoring as the Rockets fired 17 shots on Kings Nathan Young, and had an overall 45-36 shot advantage in the game with Young stopping 44 of the 45.
Dario Beljo led the Kings scoring with a goal and assist, and Ryan McAllister two assists.
Kings were 1 for 5 on the power play with Strathroy at 0 for 5.
Kings are now solid in 6th position at 38 points with a 5 point advantage over the Rockets, and 18 wins, 18 losses, 1 OT loss and 1 OT tie in 38 games. Kings have scored 130 goals and allowed 131.
Kings continue with their busy week with a make-up game on Tuesday against Leamington at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:45 pm puck drop, then travel to Leamington to face the Flyers on Thursday, and return home on Saturday, February 2nd to face the Chatham Maroons.
Sat Jan 26 vs St Thomas 3-2 win
Komoka Kings edge the St Thomas Stars 3-2 in a hard and tough fought game on Saturday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
Both teams came out to play with each team challenging the opposing net. The Stars opened the scoring at 7:46 of the first period. Kings came right back to tie it at 8:33 on Luc Arsenault’s 5th of the season, assisted by Spencer Lapointe and Cameron Welch. The Kings continued their strong play but were unable to put another puck behind the Stars goal line. The first period ended at 1-1 with Komoka having a 16-8 advantage in shots on net.
In the second period Bryce Lewis scored his 4th of the season at 3:01 assisted by Blake McConnell-Barker and Dario Beljo. It was Bryce’s first goal as a King since coming over in a trade with the London Nationals. Stars scored at 12:52 to tie the game at 2-2. Komoka had 11 shots in the period and the Stars took 10 on the Kings net but no further scoring to end the second period at 2-2.
At 1:03 of the 3rd period Kurt Watson was fed by Blake McConnell-Barker and Jacob Rochford to score his 19th of the season giving the Kings a 3-2 lead. Both teams had strong offensive rushes in the period and solid defense kept either teams from any further scoring. The Stars pulled their goalie in the last minute and controlled the puck in the Kings end but tight forechecking and great defensive effort by the Kings held the Stars from getting any dangerous shots and giving Kings Owen Say the victory in a 3-2 Kings win. Shots were 7-7 in the 3rd period for an overall 34-25 advantage by the Kings.
Komoka went 0 for 5 chances on the power play, and the Stars were 0 for 3.
Kurt Watson was selected the game’s 1st star, Bryce Lewis 2nd star, and Spencer Lapointe 3rd star, with honourable mention to Blake McConnell-Barker who had 2 assists.
With the win Kings go to 17 wins, 18 losses, 1 OT loss and 1 OT tie for 36 points in 37 games and a 3 point margin over the Strathroy Rockets for 6th place in the division. Kings are 3 points behind the 5th place LaSalle Vipers with one game in hand.
The evening was Gateway Community Church and Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Night feathering skills demonstrations by the Chiefs’ Atom players, and the Gateway Community Church 2nd Annual Food Drive brought in a large assortment of canned and non-perishable food items for the community food bank. A win, win, win cooperation in the community.
Sat Jan 19 vs Leamington
Fri Jan 18 vs St. Marys 8-4 win
Komoka Kings win a wild affair in St Mary’s taking home a 8-4 victory over the Lincolns on Friday night.
St Mary’s started strong taking a 1-0 lead at 6:31 of the first period. Midway in the period Kings found their game and scored 3 straight goals – Joe Capirchio at 10:53 with his 2nd of the season assisted by Luc Arsenault and Dowson Zheng, at 12:08 Noah Mazzilli scored his first of the season with assists from Ryan McAllister and Spencer Lapointe, and Jacob Rochford score his 13th at 16:36 assisted by Ryan McAllister and Carson Pearce to give the Kings a 3-1 lead after 1 period. Lincolns outshot the Kings 12-5.
In the second period Lincolns outshot the Kings 10-4 and scored the only goal at 15:27 but the Kings end the period with a 3-2 lead.
Lincolns started a comeback in the third quickly scoring short handed at 0:24 to make it 3-3. Kings finally got in to high gear scoring at 2:54 when Cameron Welch scored his 5th of the seasons assisted by Bryce Lewis and Jacob Rochford, Joel Mazzilli added his 25th at 6:31 with assists from Ryan McAllister and Chase Strychaluk for a 5-3 lead. Lincolns made it a one goal game at 8:14 until the Kings scored 3 more – Dillon Ward with his 7th at 15:21 assists from Luc Arsenault and Joe Capirchio, Cameron Welch at 17:58 with his 2nd of the game and 6th of the season with assists to Luc Arsenault and Dario Beljo, and Ryan McAllister netted his 2nd as a King and 9th of the season in an empty net at 19:38 assisted by Jacob Howard and Dario Beljo. Shots in the period were 9-8 in favour of the Lincolns and 31-17 overall but Kings come home with a 8-4 win.
A strong overall team effort by the team with 7 different Kings’ scorers led by Cameron Welch with 2 goals, Ryan McAllister 1 goal and 3 assists and Luc Arsenault 3 assists.
Kings return home for a Saturday night game against the Leamington Flyers at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Kings fight a good battle in the first meeting after the 3 player trade between the teams, but take a 5-3 loss to the London Nationals on Wednesday night at the Western Fair Sports Complex.
After a scoreless first period in which the London Nationals outshot the Kings 13-6 the Nationals opened the scoring at 4:02 of the second period. Kings come right back at 4:55 when Cameron Welch scored his 2nd as a King, his 3rd of the season, assisted by Joe Capirchio. Nationals notched a second goal at 7:52 when former King Wes Dobbin scored his first as a Nat at 10:12 for a 3-1 London lead after two periods. Nationals outshot the Kings 14-9 in the period.
In the third period Captain Joel Mazzilli scored his 23rd at 6:15 with assist from Ryan McAllister and Chase Strychaluk to cut the London lead at 3-2. Kings tie the game at 12:25 when former National Ryan McAllister scored his first as a King, his 8th of the season, assisted by Jacob Rochford and Dario Beljo. The Nationals quickly took the lead again at 13:33 and an empty net goal at 19:10 made it a 5-3 win for London. Shots in the third period were 12-11 in favour of the Kings and 38-27 overall for the Nationals.
Ryan McAllister led the Kings scoring with a goal and assist.
Kings travel to St. Marys on Friday night to meet the Lincolns and then return home on Saturday to take on the Leamington Flyers at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Komoka Kings, coming off of a 6-3 win two days ago in Sarnia, make it a double header win by defeating the Sarnia Legionnaires 2-1 at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday night.
Kings came out strong and continuing from their play on Thursday to control the game in the early stages but were unable to get one past Legionnaires goalie Nolan DeKoning until a Sarnia penalty put the Kings on the power play and Chase Strychaluk scored his 8th of the season at 13:56 with assists from Spencer Lapointe and Joel Mazzilli. The game continued back and forth with the Legionnaires beginning to put pressure on the Kings but could not get one by Nathan Young in the Kings net. First period ended with a 14-12 edge on shots by the Kings and a 1-0 lead.
In the second period Legionnaires had several good chances but could not get one by the Kings strong defense until a Komoka penalty when the Legionnaires scored on the power play at 5:37 to tie the game. On another Komoka penalty midway in the second captain Joel Mazzilli scored short handed for a 2-1 Komoka lead – Mazzilli’s 23rd of the season with assist from Ryan McAllister and Kurt Watson. Period 2 ended 2-1 in favour of the Kings and a 9-8 shot advantage in the period by the Legionnaires.
Sarnia again started strong in the third period and had several good chances on a Kings interference penalty at 3:13 when the Kings penalty killing and strong defensive play stopped the Legionnaires attacks. Sarnia kept continuous pressure in the Kings end and taking 9 good shots on the Kings net while holding the Kings to no shots on the Legionnaires’ goalie in the period. Late in the game Kings had a couple of own-end clearing shots but were not able to hit the empty Sarnia net and taking a 2-1 victory.
Behind a strong defense Kings netminder Nathan Young stopped 29 of 30 Sarnia shots and earning his second Saturday night first star of the game honours. Ryan McAllister earned 2nd star and honourable mention to Joel Mazzilli with 2 points adding to his 5 points on Thursday, and Jacob Howard who played a solid game in limiting the Legionnaires to a single goal.
With the win the Kings move in to sole sixth position in the conference standings taking a 1 point margin over the 7th place Strathroy Rockets.
The game was designated as a Special Abilities Night with the Kings and Paralympic Gold Medalist Mark Ideson in attendance and to sign autographs, as well as the Golden Opportunities Assistance Dogs organization with their personal assistance dogs.
Kings next game is on Wednesday when they meet the first place London Nationals at the Western Fair Sports Centre, then on to St. Mary’s on Friday to take on the Lincolns, and home on Saturday against the Leamington Flyers at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Newcomers contribute to Kings 6-3 win in Sarnia on Thursday evening.
With 3 new players added to the roster the Komoka Kings outplayed the Sarnia Legionnaires to come home with a well earned victory. After a good back and forth effort by both teams Sarnia opened the scoring at 6:45 of the first period. Then Kings captain Joel Mazzilli scored at 11:30 with his 20th of the season, assisted by Blake McConnell-Barker and Jacob Rochford. Kings took a 2-1 lead at 15:19 with Mazzilli’s second of the game and 21st of the season with assists by Griffin St. Onge and Chase Strychaluk. Sarnia got that one back at 18:12 but the Kings took the lead again on a marker by Chase Strychaluk, his 7th, assisted by D’Arcy Panziera and Joell Mazzilli. Kings had a 3-2 lead after one with shots on net 14-13 in favour of the Legionnaires.
In the second period Kings put constant pressure in the Sarnia end but the Legionnaires scored the only goal of the period at 2:21. Late in the period the Kings took 3 penalties giving the Legionnaires a couple of opportunities of 5 on 3 play but strong forechecking and great defensive play and goal tending kept it at 3-3 after two periods. Kings out shot the Legionnaires 12-6 in the period.
The third period continued with back and forth action, tight forechecking, good opportunities and great goal tending on both ends until 9:33 when newcomer Ryan McAllister scored his first as a King, assisted by Joel Mazzilli and Jacob Rochford, for a 4-3 Kings lead. Kurt Watson scored for the Kings at 15:59, his 18th, with assists from Blake McConnell-Barker and D’Arcy Panziera to make it 5-3 Kings. Joel Mazzilli capped a 3 goal evening with his 22nd at 19:46 in an empty net, assisted by Joe Capirchio and another newcomer Carson Pearce, to give the Kings a 6-3 win. Kings out shot the Legionnaires 17-14 in the period and 42-34 overall,
Mazzilli’s hat trick and 2 assists for the evening puts him in 10th place in GOJHL goals and 6th place in points, and earning the games first star.
Kings have a repeat performance scheduled as the Legionnaires come to Komoka on Saturday evening at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Komoka Kings went down in defeat 5-2 to the Chatham Maroons on Sunday, January 6 at the Chatham Memorial Arena.
Chatham Maroons scored 2 goals in the first period, 2 more in the second, and another at 3:44 in the third period short-handed to make it 5-0 in favour of the Maroons before Cameron Krupa scored for the Kings at 9:16 of the third and another at 19:43 to make it a 5-2 game for the Maroons. For APM #7 Cameron Krupa these were his first two goals as a Komoka King. The first assisted by Darcy Panziera and Dario Beljo, and the second a power play goal assisted by Spencer Lapointe and Dario Beljo. Maroons out shot the Kings 46 to 35.
Kings player of the game was rookie Cameron Krupa and honourable mention to D’arcy Panziera and Dario Beljo.
Kings next game is on Thursday Jan 10th in Sarnia and a return engagement with the Legionnaires in Komoka on Saturday, January 12.
Kings rule the ice in a 4-0 shut out win over the St Mary’s Lincolns on Saturday night, January 5th at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
Prior to the game there was a moment of silence observed in memory of Wayne Brown who passed away earlier this week. Wayne was the team photographer for the organization when they were in Lambton Shores.
F #19 Kurt Watson started the Kings scoring, his 17th of the season, at 2:42 of the first period with assists from Wes Dobbin and Joel Mazzilli. With action going both ways until late in the period Kings F #23 Chase Strychaluk made it a 2-0 game with his 6th, and assists going to Wes Dobbin and Joel Mazzilli to end the first period 2-0 for the Kings. Shots on net 10-9 in favour of the Kings.
Kings continued strong and scored early in the second on Joel Mazzilli’s 20th of the season, with assists by Wes Dobbin and Spencer Lapointe making it a 3-0 game. Kings had a 11-4 advantage in shots in the period playing a strong defense led my Dowson Zheng.and strong forechecking by the forwards.
The Lincolns put out a strong effort in the third period but again good forechecking and strong defense and goalkeeping kept the Lincolns off of the scoresheet. Joe Capirchio netted his first of the season at 16:08 assisted by Luc Arsenault and Cameron Welch. Kings held a 11-7 edge in shots on net in the 3rd period but netminder Nathan Young faced some tough shots to preserve the shut out and a 4-0 victory for the Kings.
G Nathan Young was named the first star of the game, with D Dowson Zheng as second star and Joe Capirchio as the game’s third star.
Kings travel to Chatham on Sunday night to face the Maroons, then to Sarnia on Thursday for a game against the Legionnaires before returning home on Saturday to again face the Legionnaires at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
Komoka Kings have 3 players in the annual GOJHL Future Stars game on Thursday, December 27 in Waterloo.
F #10 Dario Beljo and F #23 Chase Strychaluk on the same Team Morneau facing G #31 Say Owen Say on the opposing Team Pietrangelo.
After Team Pietrangelo took a 2-0 lead in the first period, Komoka’s Chase Strychaluk scored to make it 2-1.
In period 3 Komoka’s Owen Say came in the game for Team Pietrangelo and shut out Team Morneau on 11 shots. Team Pietrangelo scored 2 late goals for a 4-1 win.
And Kings F #12 Joel Mazzilli is on Team Crowder in the Top Prospects game. As he has done so often for the Kings, Joel scored at 00:15 of the first period to give his team a 1-0 lead. It was a solo effort and first shot of the game. Mazzilli continued his stellar play with assists on Team Crowder’s 3rd and 4th goals in the second period. Both teams scored 2 goals in the 3rd for a 6-3 win by Team Crowder with Kings Joel Mazzilli leading his team with a goal and 3 points.
Well done by our Kings on being selected to the teams.
Komoka Kings will be well represented at the 2018 GOJHL Future Stars and Top Prospects games in Waterloo on Thursday, December 27 at the Waterloo Recreation Memorial Complex.
The Future Stars game is for 16-year old players selected from the league’s 26 teams. Kings playing on Team Moreau will be F #23 Chase Strychaluk who is from Oakville and in his 23 games with the Kings has 5 goals and 18 assists for 23 points, including 2 PP goals and 4 PPA. He is the Kings 2nd top point-getter and 4th in league rookies. Chase is a 12th round pick by the London Knights in the 2018 OHL priority draft. Also on Team Moreau will be Kings F #10 Dario Beljo who is from Sudbury. Dario is tied for 3rd in Kings points and 7th in league rookies with 6 goals and 16 assists for 22 points, including 2 PP goals. He is also a London Knights draft pick having been selected in the 10th round of the 2018 priority draft. In the opposing Team Pietrangelo will be Kings netminder #31 Owen Say. Owen has played in 20 of the Kings 25 games for a total of 1,063.23 minutes making 473 saves and has an 8-11 win/loss record with 2 shutouts. Owen is an 8th round pick by the London Knights in the 2017 OHL priority draft
The Top Prospects game is for 17 and 18 year old players also selected from the league’s 26 teams. Team Crowder will include Kings captain and leading goal scorer F #12 Joel Mazzilli. Joel is from Lambeth in his second season with the Kings and has 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points in 25 games, 3 game winning goals. Joel is a 2016 OHL priority draft pick by the Niagara Ice Dogs who selected him in the 7th round. Last year Joel earned the league’s top rookie award as well as top rookie scorer and on the All-Rookie team. Joining Joel on Team Crowder will be Kings D #2 Liam Whittaker, who is from Holland Landing. Liam joined the Kings early in the season acquired from the Strathroy Rockets and in 19 games has 7 goals and 9 assists for 16 points, including 3 PP goals and 5 PPA. Liam is a 2017 5th round priority draft pick by the OHL London Knights where he saw game action earlier in the season.
We wish all the boys for a great game and to show who they are and what they can do. GO Kings GO!!!
Sat Dec 22 vs Sarnia 4-3 OT loss
Komoka Kings earn a point but take a tough loss against the Sarnia Legionnaires 4-3 in OT on Saturday night.
Both teams came ready to play in a tight contest until Wes Dobbin scored his 5th of the season at 16:48 of the first period, with helpers from Joel Mazzilli and Dario Beljo. Shots on net were 7-6 in favour of the Kings and the period ended 1-0.
In the second period Kurt Watson made it a 2-0 game with a solo effort scoring his 16th of the season at 2:09. Legionnaires scored late in the period to make it 2-1 in favour of the Kings after two. Kings outshot the visitors 13-8.
In the third period Legionnaires continued their comeback with markers at 7:04 and 8:36 for a 3-2 lead. Sarnia held the lead until 18:30 when Joel Mazzilli scored his 19th of the season on a power play and extra attacker, with assists from Chase Strychaluk and D’Arcy Panziera. Game tied 3-3 in regulation. Legionnaires had a 11-6 shot advantage in the 3rd period,
Kings took a penalty at the 20:00 mark of the third that carried over in to the OT period. Playing 4 on 3 the Legionnaires scored at 1:24 to take the 2 points, and a tough loss by the Kings who go 3 games without a win at the Christmas break just after a 3 game win streak.
Game 1st star went to Kings captain Joel Mazzilli.
Kings next league game will be on Saturday, January 5th at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Five Kings are selected to play in the GOJHL Future Stars and Top Prospects game in Waterloo on December 27 in Waterloo. Kings F #10 Dario Beljo, F #23 Chase Strychaluk and G #31 Owen Say in the Future Stars game, and captain F #12 Joell Mazzilli in the Top Prospects game with D #2 Liam Whittaker also picked for the Top Prospects game but his participation is doubtful due to a leg injury suffered at the December 19th game in LaSalle.
Fri Dec 21 at St Marys 4-1 loss
Komoka Kings take a loss against the Lincolns in St Marys on Friday night 4-1.
In the second of a 3 games stretch the Kings started slow while the Lincolns peppered 11 shots on the Kings net and goalie Owen Say in the 1st period. At 5:04 of the period Lincolns put one behind Say. Kings were outshot 11-4 in the period and down 1-0 in the game.
Kings came on stronger in the 2nd and lots of action in both ends, with Lincolns outshooting the Kings 13-11 but strong goaltending on both sides kept it a 1-0 game in favour of the Lincolns.
The close game continued until 9:57 of the 3rd when Lincolns scored to make it 2-0. With the Kings having a man in the penalty box Joel Mazzilli notched his 18th, a short handed goal, at 13:21 to make it a 2-1 game, with assist going to Wes Dobbin. Still with the man in the box on a multi-penalty call the Lincolns scored power play goals at 13:55 and 16:18 to make it a 4-1 loss for the Kings.
Kings had 22 shots on Lincolns net while Kings Say faced 31 shots.
Kings return home for the final game of 2018 on Saturday to face the Sarnia Legionnaires at the Komoka Wellness Centre – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Wed Dec 19 at LaSalle – 6-3 loss
Komoka Kings take a tough loss in LaSalle on Wednesday night, December 19th losing 6-3 to the Vipers.
The game started with the Vipers having several good rushes and chances in the Kings zone but with good forechecking and strong effort by a shortened D core and stellar netminding of Kings goalie Nathan Young the period ended scoreless.
Started from a Kings penalty at 3:14 of the second period, in a stretch of 2 minutes and 19 seconds LaSalle took a 3-0 lead. However after a timely time-out call by Komoka coach Ron Horvat the Kings stormed back at 12:37 of the period when Wes Dobbin’s 4th of the season made it 3-1 in favour of the Vipers, with assists by Joel Mazzilli and Luc Arsenault. The Kinds made it a one goal game when less than 2 minutes later Jacob Rochford scoredhis 10th on the power play, assists by Chase Strychaluk and Cameron Ward. Vipers got one back at 17:07 but the Kings quickly cut it back to a one goal game 4-3 when Kurt Watson notched his 15th at 18:28, assists by Liam Whittaker and Jacob Rochford.
The Kings put up a strong effort in the third period with several close calls on both nets until 18:59 after a dubious penalty call on the Kings and LaSalle made it a 5-3 game on the power play. LaSalle added an empty net goal at 19:27 to finish the game 6-3 in a Vipers win.
Kings fired 24 shots on the Vipers net and Kings’ Nathan Young faced 35 Vipers shots.
Dario Beljo played a strong game helping out a short-handed D core.
Kings travel to St Marys Friday night for the second of 3 this week and returning to the Komoka Wellness Centre to face the Sarnia Legionnaires on Saturday night – 7:15 puck drop.
Sat Dec 15 vs Chatham 4-1 loss
Komoka Kings extend their current win streak to 3 as they defeat the Chatham Maroons 4-1 at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday night.
The Kings again started strong peppering seven shots on the Chatham net before the Maroons had one on Kings’ Say. The Chatham netminder stood his ground as the Kings continued to press hard and at 10:17 of the first period Blake McConnell-Barker put one in the Chatham net, his 9th of the season and assisted by Dowson Zheng and Jacob Rochford. After the Kings first goal dozen and dozens of stuffed toys flooded the ice as it was the Komoka Kings second annual teddy bear toss night in support of Ronald McDonald House and the London Children’s Centre (145 in total). Maroons soon found new life and put pressure on the Komoka defense but couldn’t put anything behind the strong netminding of Kings goalie Owen Say.
The teams continued their back and forth play in the second period until Jacob Howard scored his second of the season at 12:32, assisted by Chase Strychaluk and Dario Beljo who have both been selected to play in the GOJHL’s Future Stars game in Waterloo on December 27th. Just a minute later Blake McConnell-Barker scored his second of the game and 10th of the season at 13.34 with assists from Kurt Watson and Jacob Rochford. Say and Komoka D held strong against the Maroons and the period ended 3-0 in favour of the Kings.
Chatham was looking for another one of their 3rd period comebacks but the Kings held until 13:21 when the Maroons put one in the Kings net to cut the lead to 3-1. Maroons had a 12-7 edge in shots in the third period and pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker but were not able to get any closer in the score. Kurt Watson scored his 14th of the season in an empty net at 18:48, assisted by Blake McConnell-Barker and Jacob Rochford to seal the game at 4-1 for the Kings.
Owen Say was selected the game’s first star for his solid goaltending, Blake McConnell-Barker with his 2 goals and an assist as second star, and Kurt Watson third star with a goal and assist. Honourable mention to Jacob Rochford with 3 helpers in the game.
Kings travel to LaSalle on Wednesday, then to St. Marys on Friday before returning home on Saturday, December 22nd for the final game of 2018 against the Sarnia Legionnaires.
Fri Dec 14 in St Thomas 6-1 win
Kings move within 3 points of the St Thomas Stars in the conference standings and have 2 games in hand in the Kings 6-1 win in St Thomas on Friday night.
Newcomer Dillon Ward led the Kings with his first 3 goals as a King. The Kings started strong with several early shots and at 5:13 of the first period Luc Arsenault scored his 4th of the season with assists by Joe Capirchio and Cameron Welch to take a 1-0 lead. Komoka took a 2-0 lead at 7:34 when Dillon Ward scored his first as a King assisted by Joel Mazzilli and Wes Dobbin. The Stars came back with a goal at 13:42 to end the first period 2-1 for the Kings.
Dillon Ward scored his second at 10:40 of the second period with assists from Wes Dobbin and Joel Mazzilli to end the second period at 3-1 for the Kings.
At 6:02 of the third Dillon Ward scored his hat trick goal for a 4-1 Komoka lead, assisted by Wes Dobbin and Joel Mazzilli. At 10:39 Joel Mazzilli scored on the power play, his 17th of the season and assisted by Blake McConnell-Barker and Wes Dobbin. Jacob Rochford finished the scoring at 11:39 with assists from Cameron Welch and Kurt Watson for a 6-1 Komoka Kings victory.
Kings outshot the Stars in each period and 36-18 overall including 11-1 in favour of the Kings in the third period.
Dillon Ward with his 3 goals was the games 1st star, Joel Mazzilli with 1 goal and 3 assists the 2nd star, and Wes Dobbin with 4 assists the 3rd star.
Sat Dec 8 vs London 4-3 DOT win
Komoka Kings win in 2OT defeating the first place London Nationals 4-3 Saturday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
A good pre-game meal and persuasive speech by the team’s volunteer coordinator inspired the Kings against their nearby City rivals. London scored late in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. At 0:34 of the second Kurt Watson finished off a rush by the Kings to tie the game, his 13th of the season, assisted by Jacob Rochford and Blake McConnell-Barker. The Nationals quickly got that one back at 1:47 to take the lead 2-1. Midway in the second period Wes Dobbin notched his 3rd of the season on the power play with assists by D’Arcy Panziera and Liam Whittaker to again tie the game at 2-2. The Kings continued to press the Nationals and at 16:03 took a 3-2 lead on a tally by Dario Beljo, his 6th, assisted by Chase Strychaluk and Alex Cunningham.
The third period saw the National keep the pressure on the Kings with several key stops by Kings netminder Owen Say. The National tied the game 3-3 with a goal at 16:36.
The Nationals continued to keep the puck in the Komoka end for much of the first OT period but steller puck stopping by Kings Say kept the score at 3-3. National took a double minor penalty 1:42 of the 2OT and on the power play D’Arcy Panziera scored his 2nd of the season at 3:25 for a Komoka Kings 4-3 win, assisted by Chase Strychaluk and Dario Beljo [Note: corrected on goal scorer].
Kings fired 24 shots on the Nationals net while Say faced 30 shots in the Kings net.
Kings Chase Strychaluk was the game’s 1st star, Liam Whittaker on his strong defensive play was 2nd star, and Joe Capirchio continued his strong checking and puck handling to earn the 3rd star of the game.
This was the 2nd OT win by the Komoka Kings vs. the London Nationals this season and the 3rd overall in the two neighbouring teams’ rivalry.
Kings Defeat League Leading Nationals in Double Overtime
By Dave Ferguson
Komoka Kings continue to build to find the magic amongst the team that can keep them on a winning pace to get them into the playoffs. Even though playoffs aren’t until March the Kings hockey club realize that there are two seasons, which are regular season and playoffs.
The club recently acquired Dillon Ward from the Stratford Warriors. “Dillon is a local player from London who has Jr. B experience and will be an asset to our club moving forward,” says Roop Chanderdat President and GM.
Dillon’s addition made a huge difference in the game on Saturday December 8th, bringing his gritty and face paced style to the club as they took on the league leading London Nationals.
“We’ve always had a rivalry against the Nationals as they play right in our own backyard in the London and area. The boys always seem to up their game when playing against a team which has big numbers in the win column,” says Head Coach Ron Horvat.
The game was one of the most exciting games in the ‘King’s Court’ in Komoka taking on the Nationals. It has been said for many years in hockey circles that teams which have a winning record sometimes are inclined to become complacent and perhaps even a bit cocky with many wins under their belt. Which is why the Kings turn their game up a notch when facing the Nationals, especially on their home ice.
This was certainly a nail biter with the Nats getting on the scoreboard first, but it didn’t take long for the Kings to get their mojo going on the ice and nearing the end of the third period with minutes to go were leading 3-2. The excitement from all in attendance could be felt during this fast-paced game, which became tied with a couple minutes remaining on the clock to force the game into overtime.
It took two overtime periods to decide if there was to be a victor in this duel and with the clocking winding down in the second overtime period. Nationals Max Vinogradov was serving time in the box for 2 minutes for boarding and cross checking plus a 10-minute misconduct. Usually in double overtime penalties go uncalled and let the teams play, however when infractions are blatantly obvious the officials have no choice to call it as they see it. The Nationals were not happy with the penalty call so late in the game, especially overtime. Kings took advantage of the Nats being a man short and peppered the net with shots with the eventual winner crossing the red line off the stick of D’Arcy Panziera.
This is the second time this season the Kings have defeated the Nationals and in both games it took overtime to nail the win.
The second annual Stuffed Toy Toss is at the next Komoka Kings home game on December 15th at 7:15PM when they face the Chatham Maroons. Come out and contribute so children at Christmas can have a toy under the tree.
Komoka Kings come back from a two goal deficit for a 2OT 2-2 tie with the LaSalle Vipers at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday night, December 1st.
Vipers scored at 13:51 of the first period out shooting the Kings 12-7 in the period. The Vipers continued to challenge the Kings and at 4:26 of the second scored to take a 2-0 lead despite a very strong effort by Kings netminder Nathan Young. Midway in the game the Kings started to turn things around and at 18:56 of the period Joel Mazzilli scored his 16th of the season on a power play, assisted by Blake McConnell-Barker and Kurt Watson. Kings out shot the Vipers 8-11 in the second period. The Kings continued to press in the third period but the Vipers kept up a strong challenge until Kurt Watson took the puck along the right boards on a power play, and dumping it in front of the LaSalle net where Wes Dobbin put it behind the Vipers goalie to tie the game at 17:31, his 2nd in two games since rejoining the Kings. Game tied 2-2 after regulation time.
In the first overtime period LaSalle came on strong but Nathan Young and the Kings D-men put up a good defense to stop the Vipers on several chances. A Kings penalty at the end of the first OT carried into the 2nd OT and again good checking and solid goaltending by the Kings stopped the Vipers. Late in the 2nd OT Vipers took a penalty and the Kings had several good chances but time ran out – 2-2 2OT tie.
Kings goalie Nathan Young faced 35 Vipers shots while the Kings took 26 shots on the Vipers net.
Kings game stars were Nathan Young, Liam Whittaker, Wes Dobbin, with honourable mention to Kurt Watson and Joel Mazzilli.
Vipers remain 3 points up on the Kings in the Western Division standings.
Kings next game will be at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday, December 8 when they will face the London Nationals – 7:15 pm puck drop.
Thu Nov 29 in Leamington 6-4 loss
Kings suffer a tough loss on Thursday in Leamington – 6-4 with the final tally being in an empty net at 19.59. After a fast and furious no-goals first period where the Fyers outshot the Kings 12-2, the Kings took the lead early in the 2nd. At 0:23 Joel Mazzilli with his 15th of the season with assist from re-signed linemate Wes Dobbin and Liam Whittaker. Flyers got that one back at 4:15 on a power play, and took the lead at 5:39. At 15:26 Wes Dobbin reversed the role and scored in his first game back with the Kings assisted by Joel Mazzilli and Liam Whittaker to tie the game. Leamington scored at 17:38 to make it a 3-2 game for Leamington after 2 periods. Kings outshot the flyers 12- in the second period. Again at 0:23 in the 3rd Cameron Welch scored his 2nd of the season for the Kings assisted by Luc Arsenault and Joe Capirchio to tie again the game. At 4:10 Ben Maidment scored his first as a King with assists by Luc Arsenault and Cameron Welch to give the kings a 4-3 lead. Flyers came back with a tally at 6:11 to ties and at 16:01 to take a 5-4 lead. An empty net goal at 19:59 sealed a 6-4 loss for the Kings.
Kings netminder Owen Say faced 29 shots and the Kings fired 23 at the Flyers net.
A great effort by all the Kings but an undeserving outcome. Cameron Welch with goal and assist was the first star for the Kings.
Sat Nov 24 vs St Mary’s Lincolns 4-2 win
Komoka Kings come back with 4 straight goals after spotting the St Marys Lincolns an early 2 goal lead to win 4-2 on Saturday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
St Marys scored at 4:10 and 10:50 of the first period in a fast paced start by both teams. Midway in the second Jacob Rochford scored his 8th of the season on a power play assisted by Blake McConnell-Barker and Joel Mazzilli to put the Kings on the board. At 15:23 Kings Blake McConnell-Barker notched his 8th of the season on a power play assisted by Joel Mazzilli and D’Arcy Panziera to tie the score at 2-2. Late in the period on another St Mary’s penalty Joel Mazzilli scored his 14th of the season to give the Kings a 3-2 lead, assisted by Chase Strychaluk and Liam Whittaker. Komoka out shot the Lincolns 17-9 in the second period.
The third period was a tight back and forth with the Lincolns having some good chances at Kings netminder Nathan Young who faced 21 shots overall. Unable to pull their goalie late in the period due to Kings tight fore-checking the Lincolns gave up a late goal at 19:44 on a tally by Cameron Welch, his first as a King, with assists from Luc Arsenault and D’Arcy Panziera – 4-2 Kings victory!.
Luc Arsenault played a strong 2-way game earning the 1st star of the game, Joel Mazzilli with 1 goal and 2 assists was 2nd star, and Blake McConnell-Barker with a goal and assist the 3rd star. Honourable mentions to D’Arcy Panziera.
Sat Nov 17 in Komoka vs Leamington Flyers 0-3 loss
Komoka Kings fail to score in a 0-3 shut out by the Leamington Flyers on Saturday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
Leamington opened the scoring at 11:47 of the first period and 2 more in the third for the 3-0 win. Kings goalie Owen Say faced 26 Flyers shots in earning the 2nd star of the game. Kings peppered Flyers netminder Zach Borgiel with several quality shots stopping them all in earning his 3rd star selection. Flyers Josh King was named the game’s first star.
Sat Nov 10 in Komoka vs St Thomas Stars 1-4 loss
Komoka Kings fall to the St Thomas Stars 1-4 on Saturday night at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
St Thomas scored 2 goals in the first period and a power play goal early in the 2nd to take a 3-0 lead. Kings get one back at 11:56 with Kurt Watson continuing his scoring ways with his 12th of the season, with assists from Spencer Lapointe and Jacob Rochford to make it a 3-1 hockey game for St Thomas at the end of the second period. Stars added another power play goal at 12:23 of the 3rd to finish with a 4-1 win by the Stars. Kings pressed hard late in the game to try narrowing the St Thomas lead but were unable to put one by the St Thomas keeper.
Stars were 2 for 3 on the power play and Kings 0 for 3. Kings netminders Owen Say and Nathan Young faced 21 St Thomas shots and Kings took 27 shots on St Thomas.
Cal Horvat of the Stars was named the 1st star of the game and King’s Kurt Watson 2nd star.
Thu Nov 8 in Sarnia 5-4 DOT win
Komoka Kings bring home a big win Thursday night taking a 5-4 DOT game from the Legionnaires at the Sarnia Arena.
Led by Kurt Watson’s 3 goal night, and goals by Dario Beljo and Joel Mazzilli the Kings had a great overall team effort pinning Sarnia in their end for extended periods. Despite the 9 goals, both goalies made many spectacular saves in the nail-biter game.
Kurt Watson started the scoring at 5:34 of the first period with assists from D’Arcy Panziera and Dario Beljo. Sarnia tied it at 13:20 on a power play goal. In the second, Sarnia scored at 1:55 and a power play goal at 8:59 before Kings Dario Beljo notched his 5th of the season with assists from Jacob Rochford and Blake McConnell-Barker to end the period 2-3 in favour of the Legionnaires.
In the third Komoka’s Kurt Watson scored his second to tie the game 3-3 at 16:33. The Legionnaires came right back just 30 seconds later to take the lead again at 3-4. With Kings Owen Say pulled for the extra attacker Joel Mazzilli scored his 13th of the season at 18:29 with assists from Chase Strychaluk and Jacob Rochford to take the game in to overtime.
Kings took an early penalty in the 4 on 4 overtime period with goaltender Say stopping 5 Legionnaire shots to kill off the power play. Then Sarnia took a late penalty with too many men on the ice in the OT period that carried forward to the 2OT. 32 seconds into 2OT Kurt Watson netted his 3th of the night and 11th of the season for his hat trick and game winning OT goal, assisted by Joel Mazzilli and Liam Whittaker.
Kings go home with a well earned victory.
Komoka Kings take a 3-4 loss against the London Nationals on Wednesday night after taking an early 3-1 lead in the first period.
Jacob Rochford scored his 7th of the season at 5:42 of the 1st period with assists by Chase Strychaluk and Joel Mazzilli. At 9:59 Joel Mazzilli notched his 12th of the season, with assists by Chase Strychaluk and Jacob Rochford, to give the Kings a 2-0 lead. The Nationals got one back at 10:22 but Liam Whittaker took a nice pass from Dario Beljo and Blake McConnell-Barker and put it by the far post at 14:34, his 7th of the season, to give the Kings a 3-1 lead after one period. In the second period the Nationals got a power play goal at 16:39 of the 2nd period to end the period with a 3-2 lead for the Kings. London got the tying goal at 4:18 and another at 12:38 for a 3-4 lead. The Kings pinned the Nationals in their end after pulling Nathan Young from the crease but couldn’t capitalize for the equalizer.
Nathan Young faced 34 Nationals shots and the Kings fired 21 shots at the Nationals goalies Zachary Springer, and former King Jukka Schotter who shut-out the Kings in his 45 minutes in the Nationals net.
Sat Nov 3 in Komoka vs Sarnia Legionnaires 2-4 loss
Komoka Kings put up a good challenge but a couple of late Sarnia goals led to a 2-4 defeat to the Legionnaires on Saturday November 3 at the Komoka Wellness Centre. After a scoreless first period Sarnia opened the score at 12:02 of the second period. Sarnia made it 2-0 with a goal at 0:46 of the third period. However the Kings made a comeback with a power play goal at 5:51 of the third scored by Jacob Rochford assisted by Joel Mazzilli and D’Arcy Panziera. Kings tied the game at 11:12 on a goal by captain Joel Mazzilli assisted by Jacob Rochford and Chase Strychaluk. That was as close as the Kings could muster when former King Isaac McLean scored at 14:36 and an empty net marker by the Legionnaires at 19:31 to make it a 4-2 game for the Sarnia Legionnaires. Kings took 25 shots on the Sarnia net while Owen Say faced 28 Legionnaire shots.
First star of the game was Kings’ Jacob Rochford, second star Sarnia’s Isaac McLean, and third star Kings’ Joel Mazzilli.
Sun Oct 28 in Strathroy 2-3 loss
Sat Oct 27 in Komoka vs St Thomas Stars 2-6 loss
During the annual Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Day at the Komoka Wellness Centre on Saturday October 27th the Chiefs made a special presentation to Ron Horvat. In making the presentation Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs President Karen daSilva proudly stated:
Alliance hockey created a special 25th Anniversary gold pin to recognize and honour individuals from Alliance Member Associations who contributed to the promotion, coordination and maintenance of Alliance hockey consistently over the last 25 years.
The Elgin Middlesex Chiefs nominated Ron Horvat, and thank him for his outstanding years of contribution to Minor Hockey!
Congratulations Ron, and thank you for all you do!
The Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs are a class organization bringing AAA Minor Hockey to the area, and the Komoka Kings are proud to associate with the EMC organization in the development and source of great junior hockey talent. And the Komoka Kings have taken it a step further by having Ron as the head coach of the Kings for the 2018-2019 GOJHL season.
Komoka Kings and Head Coach Ron Horvat finished Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Day by hosting the St Thomas Stars in their GOJHL game.
Sat Oct 21 in Chatham 3-4 loss
Chatham Maroons beat the Komoka Kings 4-3 Sunday night at Memorial Arena.
Chatham leapfrogs the Kings in the GOJHL Western Conference standings, moving into third place with 16 points. Komoka stands pat in fourth with 14 points.
Kurt Watson continued his scoring ways, putting Komoka on the scoreboard first with a goal scored at 1:35 left in the opening period.
The Maroons came back in the second period with three goals. In the third period, the Kings came within one on a power play goal from Liam Whittaker, but the Maroons got that goal back with a power play goal of their own. Kings goalie Owen Say was pulled from the net for the extra attacker and Komoka came within one when Joel Mazzilli scored with 1:20 left in the game.
Liam Whittaker 1 goal and 1 assist, and Chase Strychaluk with 2 assists were the Kings leading scorers.
Kings Owen Say faced 28 shots.
Sat Oct 20 in Komoka vs LaSalle Vipers 7-0 win
Kings take a 7-0 shutout win over the visiting LaSalle Vipers on Saturday Oct. 20th at the Komoka Wellness Centre
And over $20,000 raised for the Diane Graham Memorial Fund for Breast Cancer Screening at St. Joseph’s Hospital
Owen Say stopping all 34 shots for his second shut out of the season earning Star 1, Dario Beljo 1 goal and 2 assists as Star 2, and Joel Mazzilli with 1 goal and 3 assists as Star 3. Kurt Watson added 2 markers, with Luc Arsenault, Jacob Rochford and Liam Whittaker each adding a goal for the 7-0 win.
Komoka Kings now in a 3rd place tie with the Chatham Maroons at 14 points in the GOJHL Western Conference. The teams face each other on Sunday night at the Chatham Memorial Arena
The Komoka Kings are extremely proud of the very successful Second Annual Help Fight Breast Cancer Night and the big winner is the Dianne Graham Memorial Fund for Breast Cancer Screening at St. Josephs Hospital and all the women that it supports.
A huge thank you to all the fans, sponsors, organizers and supporters!
Sat Oct 13 vs Chatham Maroons 0-4 loss
Fri Oct 12 in St Marys 4-2 win
Sat Oct 6 in Komoka vs London Nationals 4-3 DOT win
Komoka Kings making some noise! Saturday, October 5 the previously undefeated London Nationals paid a return visit to face the Kings at the Komoka Wellness Centre. Well, no more undefeated team in the GOJHL Western Division as the Kings took down the Nationals 4-3 in OT. An exciting and hard fought game with a quick goal by the Kings only to see the Nationals storm back. However the combination of experienced and new talent of the Kings persevered.
Sophomore Kurt Watson scored 0:44 in the game with assist by newcomers Luc Arsenault and Chase Strychaluk. D’Arcy Panziera another returnee scored in the second after Nationals took a 3-1 lead assisted by Blake-McConnell-Barker and Joel Mazzilla. Rookie Jacob Howard scored in the 3rd to tie the game with assists by London Knights priority draft pick Chase Strychaluk, and Luc Arsenault. Early in the OT period Kings Joel Mazielli who was last year’s GOJHL top goal scorer notched his 5th of the season with assist from rookie Griffin St. Onge – a 4-3 victory for the Kings!
Kings top scorers early in the season is well spread out with returnees and newcomers – Joel Mazzilli and Chase Strychaluk with 5 goals each, Kurt Watson and Jacob Rochford with 4 markers, and Dario Beljo and Blake McConnell-Barker with 3.
The player additions for 2018-2019 and new coaching staff led by veteran Ron Horvat as head Coach are making the Komoka Kings a team to be reckoned with and provides great entertainment for the fans.
Fri Oct 5 in St Thomas 2-5 loss
Sun Sep 30 in Strathroy 4-7 loss
Sat Sep 29 in Komoka vs. St Marys Lincolns 7-2 win
Thu Sep 20 in Leamington 3-8 loss
Tue Sep 18 in Komoka vs. Strathroy Rockets 4-3 win
Fri Sep 14 in Komoka vs. Strathroy Rockets 4-0 win