LONG BEACH, NY– A ferocious come-from-behind effort fell just short Sunday afternoon, as the Danbury Colonials came up empty against the Long Beach Sharks to the tune of a 5-4 score.
Though Nate Mastrony found the back of the net to tie the score at 1 with 33 seconds remaining in the first period, Will Space would barely beat the buzzer with a goal as time expired to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead after the first period.
Space would score twice in the second period earning a hat trick. Colonials netminder Michael Nardi was replaced following the Sharks’ fifth goal of the contest.
In the third period, Cole Madzey and Kolby Donovan potted goals in the first six minutes to put the Colonials within striking distance. With relentless pressure on Sharks goaltender Timothy Brillaud, the Colonials cut the deficit to just one when Dylan Webber tallied his seventh of the season on the powerplay with 2:04 to play.
Time would eventually run out on Danbury’s comeback before finding the equalizer, leaving the Colonials frustrated though not entirely discouraged.
The Colonials will take on the New England Stars Friday evening before returning home to take on the L/A Nordiques Sunday night.