VIDEO: Palomeque, Fernandes celebrate “Firsts” in junior hockey

The beginning of a new hockey season ushers in an era of personal milestones. First goals. First points. First saves. First wins.

Adam Palomeque helped lift the Danbury Colonials to a 5-4 victory on Sunday, Sept. 15, with his first (and second) career junior hockey goals. Less than a week later, local product Alex Fernandes recorded his first junior win in his first start against the reigning Northeast Division champs, the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles.

“It was pretty awesome,” Palomeque said of his first goal. “I just shot it and somehow it went in…I celebrated so hard.”

Watching along on HockeyTV, the Palomeque family was thrilled for their son. “My dad and mom were going crazy just texting me the whole time on the way back home, it was pretty cool,” Palomeque commented.

For Fernandes, his family’s presence in Elmira to watch his first start came as both a surprise and a calming presence.

“[I was] definitely really nervous,” he laughed. “My family came down for the game, it was a bit of a surprise in warmups, but seeing them gave me the motivation to work hard and the boys played great in front of me.”

The Colonials will play their first home game this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Danbury Arena against the New England Stars.