Minor midget Kings victorious in NAPHL opener

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Thunder Bay Kings Hockey BLAINE, Minn. – The Thunder Bay minor midget Kings picked up three points apiece from Michael Stubbs and Travis Hensrud to help them skate to a 4-1 victory over the California Titans Thursday in their 2017-18 North American Prospects Hockey League opener  at the Schwan Super Rinks in Blaine, Minn.

Stubbs put the under-16 Kings in front midway through the first period with the lone tally of the session.

California tied it six and a half minutes into the middle session on a Samuel Stickley effort, only to see Hensrud strike for Thunder Bay with the eventual game-winner two and a half minutes later.

Acton in the final frame saw Stubbs add some insurance with his second of the day with 3:13 remaining in regulation before Dawson Lampi iced it with an empty netter in the late going to round out the scoring.

The Kings outshot California 33-19 in the contest with Eric Vanska picking up the win while Ronan Mobley suffered the loss in net for the Titans.

The minor midgets return to NAPHL play Friday morning at 8 a.m. as they take on the Connecticut Elite.

As for the major midget Kings their first under-18 division match-up goes tonight at 9 p.m. vs. the Minnesota Magicians.

All NAPHL games are streamed online at HockeyTV.com.