Colonials’ comeback effort falls short in Showcase matchup with Stars

ATTLEBORO, MA– Though the Danbury Colonials managed to cut an early deficit down to a 3-2 game midway through the second period, the final score sang a sad old song as they found themselves once more trounced by the New England Stars, 7-2.

Game Two of the East Showcase began with Colonials netminder Alex Fernandes fending off a flurry of shots. The Stars would score twice in 18 seconds, the second time in as many days Danbury allowed a goal in consecutive shifts. Fernandes finished with 10 saves on 12 shots in the frame.

Brandon Cope netted a powerplay goal to start the second period, his ninth point in eight games. New England would score again minutes later, but Danbury found an answer in just 19 seconds in the form of a 2-on-1 rush sprung by Wesley Westendorf. Kolby Donovan fed a streaking Misha Mshar to bring the Colonials back within striking distance. The assist gives Donovan a three-game point streak.

Unfortunately, that’s as close as the black-and-orange would get, as New England pulled away for a lopsided total at the end of regulation.

“We had a few disappointing segments in this evening’s game that made our task harder than it needed to be against a very good hockey team,” head coach Kevin Cunningham noted. “I was pleased with the resilience to come back and score two well-designed goals, but the hole we dug for ourselves put us behind the eight ball.”

The Colonials will conclude their three-day Massachusetts escapade tomorrow at 3 p.m. against the Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques. The Nordiques are a perfect 8-0-0 on the year, one of only two teams in the NA3HL without a blemish on their record yet.