SUPERIOR, Colo. – It was a win and loss for the Thunder Bay Kings Friday evening in North American Prospects Hockey League play in Colorado as the major midget side edged the Colorado Springs Tigers 4-3 while the minors were doubled up 4-2 by HC Dallas in Superior, Colo.
Action in the under-18 division saw Colorado Springs open the scoring before Logan Mihalcin connected for Thunder Bay three minutes later.
It was all Kings in the second stanza as they took a 3-1 lead on markers by Joel Willan and Baldino Aiello.
The Tigers pulled to within one 9:06 into the third, but Fletcher Anderson’s sixth NAPHL effort, with 3:38 to go, proved to be the game-winner.
Colorado Springs did get one back, but that’s as close as they would get as the Kings held on for the victory.
Seth McKay made 22 stops to pick up the win for Thunder Bay.
The major midgets are back at it Saturday at 5:45 p.m. as they take on the Madison Capitols.
As for the under-16 Kings, they saw Dallas strike three times in the final frame to pull out the decision.
After falling behind after one period, Cooper Witherspoon notched the lone effort in the middle frame to tie it.
Dallas regained the lead 22 seconds into the third, only to see Owen Belisle knot the affair for a second time for Thunder Bay.
However their opponents got the winner midway through the stanza and then iced it with two seconds to go to secure the win for the side from Texas.
Shots on goal favoured the Kings 41-40 with Jordan Smith suffering the defeat.
The minor midgets return to game action Saturday with a 5:15 p.m. encounter with the Arizona Bobcats, who defeated the squad 2-1 earlier on Friday.