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Western Kings down St. John's Maple Leafs in pair of weekend games on east coast

Western Kings’ Liam Smith breaks in past a St. John’s Maple Leafs defender for a scoring opportunity against Leafs goalie Michael Fisher during provincial major midget hockey league action Saturday night at the Glacier.
Western Kings’ Liam Smith breaks in past a St. John’s Maple Leafs defender for a scoring opportunity against Leafs goalie Michael Fisher during provincial major midget hockey league action Saturday night at the Glacier.

The Dennis GM Western Kings are starting to pull away from the pack in the provincial major midget hockey league.

The undefeated Kings (9-0-0) put more ground between themselves and the second-place St. John’s Maple Leafs (5-3-0) with two big wins against them over the weekend at the Glacier.

On Sunday morning, the Kings jumped out of the gate early with four first-period goals en route to a 6-0 triumph over the Leafs.

Six different Kings found the back of the net — Lucas Robinson, Jonathan Anderson, Drew Langdon, Liam Smith, Brent Eason and Noah Legge.

Robinson opened the scoring at 4:43 of the first, from Jacob Oake and Andrew Antle.

Anderson then made it a 2-0 game with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 7:08.

Langdon joined the party at 12:04 of the opening frame, with Brayden Ryan drawing the lone assist.

Smith capped off the period with a goal at 13:53. Robinson and Brady Genge provided the helpers on the play.

At 7:50 of the second period, the Kings got back on the board thanks a power-play goal from Brent Eason. Brady Parsons and Smith assisted.

Legge scored the sixth and final goal at 10:39, with assists going to Brett Urquhart and Langdon.

Kirklin Young kicked aside 21 shots to record the shutout victory.

Andrew Curtis suffered the defeat, surrendering four goals in the first before Michael Fisher came in for the other two against.

On Saturday night, Smith and Legge did the damage as the Kings survived their toughest test to date and eked out a 2-1 win over the Leafs.

Alex Doody scored with 23 seconds remaining in the game  in the losing cause.

Smith struck at 2:18 of the second, from Antle, while Legge’s goal came at 18:58 of the middle frame. Ryan and Antle picked up the helpers.

Lucas Park was busy in goal, making 41 stops for the win.

Fisher took the loss in a 35-save effort.

The Kings are back on the road for three games next weekend — Friday night in Lewisporte against the Central Ice Pak, then Saturday and Sunday in Bay Roberts versus the TriPen Osprey.

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