The Greater Metro Hockey League London Lakers hit the ice for their second game of the 2017 – 2018 season against the Kingsville Kings at the Kingsville Arena Complex on September 10th after coming off a 12 – 3 loss to the Bradford Bulls in London 24 hours earlier in regular season action.
With a unassisted goal seven minutes into the game, Kingsville David Vostarek sinks the first of the contest behind Laker Owen Stevenson to give the Kings a 1 – 0 lead. At 11:36 of the opening period, Elvar Olafsson fires the visitors second of the game with Petr Panacek and Blake Naida adding the helpers on Kings second of the game. With the Kings on a power play, Jiri Sup fires Kingsville second unassisted goal of the game to bring lead to 3 – 0 at 7:12 of the middle stanza. 29 seconds later, Olafsson notches his second of the game with the Kings fourth of the contest with Panacek and Thomas Mckinnon registering the contributors on Olafsson’s goal. Nicholas King sends a pass to Kingsville Filip Kafka to add to the lead at 8:31 of the period to increase the score to 5 – 0. Jan Prochazka and Panacek add the assists on the Kings sixth of the game when Naida finds the back of the Lakers net.
Austin Wilkie sinks London’s first of the contest when Eisai Arai adds the contributor on Laker’s goal 14 seconds into the final period. Giving the Kings a six goal lead was Noah Schultz of Kingsville at 2:03 of the period with Jiri Sup registering the helper on Schultz’s goal. Nick Tavolieri scores the next Kingsville marker at 3:54 of third with Daniel Krizek adding the assists. Chris Spicer finds Laker Eisai Arai for London’s second goal of the game at 4:52 to bring the game to 8 – 2. Panachek, Lang, Naida and Azat Tursynkhanov added more goal a each for the Kings in Saturday’s match – up. Laker goaltender Owen Stevenson turned away 40 of 52 shots in London’s 12 – 2 loss.
Laker coach Jeff Zehr told the Junior Hockey Network that “we played our opening weekend with half our team and only two rookie first year junior goalies dressing for us. We are very proud of our boys for battling like they did and never giving up.”
“This weekend we will have or should have more bodies as some guys should be back from camps and travelling in from their hometowns” said Zehr.
The Lakers will be back in action on September 16th when the Northumberland Stars come into London for a 8:00 p.m puck drop at the London Sports Park.