O’Brien, Colonials rebound with strong Sunday victory

OYSTER BAY, NY– After a frustrating home-and-home with the New England Stars which saw Danbury outscored 13-5, the Colonials bounced back on Sunday with a commanding 8-1 win over the Long Beach Sharks.

Danbury’s home opener was spoiled Friday night, and though they were tied heading into the third period against the Stars on Saturday, four unanswered goals in the final frame doomed the Colonials to another defeat.

Liam Conway and Nate Mastrony netted their first junior goals in the loss, which helped lighten the mood in the locker room.

“I’m very excited to get the first one behind me,” Mastrony said. “Took me a couple games but hopefully there will be more to come to help the team win some more games.”

The orange-and-white brigade managed to escape the weekend with a .500 overall record, however, as a Herculean effort from the Colonials’ offense propelled them to a Sunday blowout. At 3-3-0, they are now second in the Northeast Division behind the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles.

Zach Withington potted five goals in the contest, adding an assist for a six-point night. Dylan Webber, Brandon Cope and Kolby Donovan also found the back of the net. Maverik Skeans notched three assists, giving him six points in the three-game weekend.

Goaltender Shane O’Brien let only one puck slip by him as he cruised to his second win of the season. It was a terrific bounce-back performance for the 20-year-old, who took advantage of the opportunity to put his 7-3 loss Friday night behind him.

“Today was a great example of the potential I believe this team has,” said head coach Kevin Cunningham. “The guys did a very strong job of staying on task for pretty much the entire game. We did what we do well, got some stout goaltending, and made the game hard for our opponent.”

“It was good finishing off the weekend on a high note,” Skeans said of his offensive eruption. “We were able to persevere after a tough start to the weekend and I’m glad we were able to add some positive energy for the guys.”

The Danbury Colonials will be back in action against the Northeast Generals in the New England Sports Village on Sunday, October 6th at 7:15 p.m. They will play three consecutive days as part of a New England showcase tournament.