DANBURY, CT– With plenty of eyes on their battle on home ice during the NAPHL showcase at Danbury Arena, the Danbury Colonials beat down the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles 6-1 in a key divisional showdown.
Kevin Remson opened the scoring two minutes into the contest, netting his seventh on the season and extending his goal-scoring streak to three games. Elmira responded with less than five minutes remaining in the period to send the game into the first intermission knotted at one.
Rapid-fire scoring would put the game quickly out of reach, as Kyle McEnany buried a powerplay goal for Danbury, followed a minute later by Brandon Cope adding his own tally from McEnany and Kolby Donovan. Defenseman Ryan Wojciechowski potted one four minutes later to give the black-and-orange brigade a 4-1 lead heading into the third.
Nate Mastrony and Kyle McEnany would find the back of the net in the third period. Shane O’Brien stopped 22 shots in the win.
Danbury now sits just one point out of first place in the Northeast Division behind Elmira, with the Jr. Soaring Eagles holding a game in hand.
“We were very happy with our effort,” assistant coach Brian Allen said. “Shane made some saves that could have turned the tides of the game. We hope to carry this momentum.”
Teams have been filtering in and out of Danbury Arena all weekend for the NAPHL Showcase. The NAHL also hosted a matchup between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and Maine Nordiques at Danbury Arena not long after the conclusion of the Colonials game.
This was a statement win for the Colonials, who have not had many home games thus far this season. But with something to prove as a new team trying to impress prospective players in the NAPHL and the Tier 2 NAHL players and staff waiting in the wings, they took full advantage of the spotlight.
The team will be on the road tomorrow afternoon as they take on the Long Beach Sharks at 12:15pm.