The Junior Avalanche played in the second round of the 2019 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament on Wednesday against the St. Albert Saints of Alberta, Canada. Both teams won their opening-round games of the tournament heading into the early morning matchup.
The Saints defeated the Jr. Avs 3-2 in a shootout following an intense five-minute, 3-on-3 overtime with several scoring chances at both ends of the ice.
"I think both teams played great. They just ended up winning the shootout in the end," said defenseman Daniel Andreen. "We just couldn't get the puck in the net, and they had a really good power play."
Special teams were a big factor in the game, as the teams recorded five penalties each. Forwards Colter Urban and Zac Palik found the back of the net on the power play for Colorado, while the Saints scored their first goal with the man advantage as well. Colter assisted on Zac's second-period goal.
"Overtime was fun, there's a lot more ice out there. We definitely had our chances to win the game, we just couldn't put the puck in," Daniel added.
The Jr. Avs outshot the Saints 21 to 11 overall, but St. Albert went on to win the shootout 3-1. Avalanche winger A.J. Ulrich scored the team's lone shootout goal on a snapshot that beat the Saints goalie top shelf, blocker side.
Due to the bracket format, the Jr. Avalanche has officially been eliminated in tournament play.
Following the game, the peewees headed to a local Tim Hortons for breakfast, a team favorite pit stop for some Timbits. The players then changed into their sledding gear and headed to the toboggan hill in Old Quebec.
"That was so much fun, the sleds went really fast, and we got to race against each other," Daniel said. "Quebec is a cool city to hang out in even though it's really cold here."
The Jr. Avalanche will have a day off away from the rink on Thursday before playing two final exhibition games on Friday versus the Arizona Jr. Bobcats and Saturday against Central States Chesterfield of St. Louis, Missouri.