© Geraldine Brophy
Western Kings Jordan Richards, centre, chases after a lose puck with Shayne Dominie, left, and Jordan Mahar of the Central IcePak in pursuit in play Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at the Kinsmen Arena II. The IcePak won 7-4.
CORNER BROOK — One point is better than nothing even though expectations were high for the defending champions.
The Western Kings had to settle for a single point in a two-game series with the Central IcePak as the local squad began its defence of the provincial major midget hockey league crown this past weekend at the Kinsmen Arena II.
The IcePak posted a 7-4 win over the hometown Kings Sunday at the Kinsmen Arena to wrap up a successful road trip on opening weekend of the 2013-14 season.
The IcePak stunned the Kings in the season opener one night earlier, eking out a 6-4 overtime victory with Adam Dawe on a solo effort scoring the winning marker 3:37 into the extra stanza.
Jordan Maher paved the way for the IcePak with a two-goal performance in Sunday’s contest, a game that saw the Kings bounce back from a 3-0 deficit with three quick goals in the third period, but the central squad kept winning a lot of the 50-50 battles and added a couple of goals of their own to sytmie any threat of a comeback.
Jordan Freake, Michael Mason, Graham Oldford, Mitchell Lewis and Jeremy Drover also lit the lamp for the IcePak.
Shannon Moores scored twice from Jordan Richard in a losing cause, while Tommy Ryan and Nathan Ellsworth had strong games for the Kings with one goal apiece.On Saturday night, Adam Dawe and Jordan Maher scored two goals apiece, while Josh Fitzgerald chipped in with a goal from his blueline position to lead the IcePak to victory.
Brady Griffin-Hefford, Tommy Ryan, Jamie Penney, Luke Parsons and Jordan Richards supplied the goals for the Kings.
The Kings will try to regroup in time for a two-game showdown against the Tri-Pen Osprey this weekend at the Clarenville Events Centre.