ELMIRA, NY– The Danbury Colonials split their twin bill with the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles, taking the second game of the back-to-back to the tune of a 5-2 score.
Goals were traded in the first period as Kyle McEnany converted a turnover into the game’s first tally. Elmira tied the game shortly after. The Colonials re-took the lead courtesy of a Brandon Cope backhander. Though the Soaring Eagles would knot the score once more in the second period, McEnany’s second goal of the game would give the Colonials a lead they would not relinquish the remainder of the night.
“It was a really good team effort,” said McEnany following the victory. “We have a lot of young guys on the team and I think this win just gave us a lot of confidence going forward.”
McEnany was all over the ice, generating turnovers and converting on second opportunities throughout the night. His second goal of the evening came off a rebound from a Wesley Westendorf shot.
Connecticut native Alex Fernandes proved to be the x-factor in net for the Colonials. The former BBD Icecat turned aside 35 of 37 shots on goal for his first win of his junior career in a performance head coach Kevin Cunningham called “terrific.”
“I’m super happy…I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” said Fernandes. “They all played great in front of me and they helped take the pressure off me at the right points.”
“Everyone in the locker room was thrilled for Alex,” assistant coach Brian Allen commented. “His outstanding play tonight was key to the victory.”
Fernandes’ stellar outing earned him the first star of the game. Teammates Brandon Cope (goal, assist) and Connor Lefkof (two assists) were the second and third stars respectively. Adam Palomeque and Kolby Donovan also found the back of the net.
The win brings the Colonials’ record to 2-1. Danbury can take the long trek home with the pride of handing a perennial division powerhouse their first loss of the season.
“It was good to see the boys battle back and stick to the plan this evening,” Allen said. “They persevered through some adversity and demonstrated that they learned some lessons from last night’s outing.”
The Colonials will host their home opener at Danbury Arena this Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the New England Stars.
Article by Casey Bryant