This past weekend, the Elmira Jr. Soaring Eagles split their weekend series at home against the Danbury Colonials.
Danbury 0 @ Elmira 4 – On Friday night, a 32-save shutout by Nick Konkel and Masaki Kawashima’s two-tally night propelled the Jr. Soaring Eagles to a 4-0 shutout of the Colonials on Friday. Sam Miller and Liam Murphy also scored for Elmira, while Shane O’Brien turned aside 32 of 35 in the Danbury cage.
Danbury 5 @ Elmira 2 – On Saturday night, deadlocked at two late in the second period, the Colonials rattled off three unanswered goals in the final 23 minutes to knock off Elmira 5-2 on the road on Saturday. Kyle McEnany led the charge with two tallies on the night, with Brandon Cope, Adam Palomeque and Kolby Donovan lighting the lamp for Danbury as well. Ian Skinner and Nick Byron put the Jr. Soaring Eagles on the board, as Andrew Engel and Daniel McCarthy combined for 54 saves in the loss. Alex Fernandes put on a show in the Colonials’ cage, stopping 35 of 37 and a third-period penalty shot to seal the win.
“We got away from what makes us a great hockey team, in the Saturday night game,” Assistant Coach Henri Langevin was quoted saying. “We stuck to our game plan on Friday and saw tremendous success. In addition, we had strong goaltending from Nick Konkel. But on Saturday night, we let emotions get the best of us throughout the game. We had our chances, with a penalty shot and hitting the cross bar twice even though we didn’t play nearly our best. But give Danbury credit, though, they had a new game plan on Saturday and followed through with it.”
The Jr. Soaring Eagles move to 4-1-0 on the season (while Danbury improves to 2-1-0) and will be on the road next weekend in Raynham, MA, as they will play two against the New England Knights.