DANBURY, CT– The Danbury Colonials have a flair for the dramatic. Trailing 1-0 heading into the final six minutes of regulation, the black-and-orange brigade struck twice in rapid succession to steal their third consecutive victory.
Though New England would control the pace of play in a scoreless first period, Danbury would generate a flurry of offensive chances in the second, mustering 15 shots on goal in the middle frame. Despite their pressure, the Knights would capitalize on a 2-on-1, as Nolan Murphy buried his 32nd goal of the season with just six seconds to go in the period.
The Colonials would finally break through on the powerplay, as Kyle McEnany drew the attention of two penalty killers before dishing the puck to defender Connor Lefkof. Lefkof’s slapshot was redirected by Kolby Donovan for the tying goal.
With less than three minutes remaining, forward Nate Mastrony pounced on a loose puck along the boards in the attacking zone. Quick passing along the blueline eventually resulted in Lefkof rifling a slapshot home, giving the Colonials the lead.
Danbury goaltender Alex Fernandes would stop 32 shots to seal the victory, his third of the season and first since October 20th.
“The team really played great today,” said Fernandes. “Everyone rallied after that late second period goal and got the job done. Really good effort from everyone and I think it showed with the result.”
“I was happy with the way we bounced back in the third,” commented assistant coach Brian Allen. “Alex played great and made the big stops we needed from him.”
The Colonials and Knights will face-off again tomorrow afternoon at 1:30pm at Danbury Arena.