ELMIRA, NY– Danbury once more found themselves stymied by a frustratingly stingy defense, as the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles shut out the Colonials 2-0 in a divisional showdown last night.
The game was a back-and-forth affair, each team trading sustained zone pressure and offensive opportunities. Elmira leapt out to a first period lead, converting an offensive-zone turnover into an easy scoring chance for Thomas Liebold.
Though the black-and-orange brigade would rifle 19 shots on goal in the second period, they came up empty-handed, as Soaring Eagles goaltender Nick Konkel stood on his head. Konkel would finish with 42 saves for the clean sheet, his second of the season.
“Their goaltender really took over,” head coach Kevin Cunningham praised after the game. “He made a number of outstanding stops.
Liam Murphy would tack on an empty netter with less than a minute to go in regulation time to seal the victory for Elmira.
Colonials netminder Shane O’Brien made 32 stops in the loss.
“Tonight was a great display of fast and intense hockey,” Cunningham explained. “I give them credit for forcing our defense to make a mistake. I thought we played well enough to win most nights, but it wasn’t enough tonight.”
Danbury will finally get another chance to play in front of their home crowd next weekend, as the Colonials host the New England Stars Friday night. They head back out on the road the following day.