Cope, Colonials clobber Kings, 7-1

STOCKHOLM, NJ– A four-point night from the red-hot Brandon Cope helped the Danbury Colonials club the division rival Skylands Kings with a 7-1 final score.

Cope led the way with a hat trick and assist, one of six players with a multi-point performance. He now has 14 points in his first 10 games of the season, including an active eight-game point streak. Five of the Colonials’ seven goals were scored on the man advantage.

Kevin Remson opened the offensive onslaught with a powerplay goal off a netmouth scramble eight minutes into the game. Though the Kings would notch a short-handed goal later in the first, Remson would answer on the same penalty thanks to a rebounded Maverik Skeans shot. As the goal was scored, a delayed penalty was called on Skylands, giving Danbury yet another opportunity. This time, Kolby Donovan capitalized for his fifth of the season.

Misha Mshar would score the fourth powerplay goal of the contest, followed by a Brandon Cope natural hat trick. Cope needed less than 12 minutes of game time to record his three goals.

Kyle McEnany, Connor Lefkof and Dylan Webber combined for seven assists on the evening.

“The boys executed well today,” Cope said after the game. “My linemates put me in a spot to succeed, which is really all I can ask for.”

“We were really proud of the guys for showing up out of the game after a condensed week of practice,” assistant coach Brian Allen nodded. “[Kevin Cunningham] and I were glad to see some powerplay goals go in after some other good chances earlier in the year that yielded no success.”

The black-and-orange brigade have reason to be confident heading into their matchup tomorrow. This was the first time in four games that they were not trailing heading into the second period. Their powerplay was the most effective it’s been all season by a long shot. In two games against the Skylands Kings, they’ve scored 12 goals.

“This is going to be the start of a good run for us,” said Kyle McEnany, who boasted three assists of his own on the night.

Sitting at 5-5-0, the Colonials will look to get over the .500 hump tomorrow afternoon at 12 p.m. against these same Kings.