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Postcards From Quebec: Feb. 19

The Avalanche Pee-Wee Team plays against an Australian club and takes in a QMJHL game

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Jr. Avalanche faced off against the Australia Ice Crocs on Tuesday morning in the team's second exhibition matchup of its trip to the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament in Quebec City. Continuing their high caliber play, the Jr. Avs defeated the team from Down Under 6-0 at Arena Réjean Lemelin. Goaltenders Derek Wood and Jadon Henry split the game and helped the peewees record their third consecutive shutout.

"Our team had some good passing and definitely kept the puck away from our net," said Jadon, as the Jr. Avalanche outshot the Ice Crocs 29-11. "Our team has just been playing well together. I know Derek had that really nice save at the end of the game."

Among Derek's stops was one on a breakaway with just seven seconds remaining in the match.

A.J. Ulrich (two goals, one assist) and Mario Rodriguez (three assists) both finished the game with three points each, while Colter Urban added two goals of his own. The Jr. Avs scored three short-handed goals against the Ice Crocs.

For the Jr. Avs players, it was exciting for them to have a chance to play a team from the other side of the world.

"You don't get to do this anywhere else," Jadon said. "The opportunity to play teams from other states and countries, it's pretty cool because we will probably never see them again."

Later on in the day, the Jr. Avs headed to the Videotron Centre with their billet families to check out a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game between the Quebec Remparts and Victoriaville Tigres. This was the first time the young players had experienced a major-junior hockey game, giving them a taste of potentially some of their futures.

"I've never been to a Canadian junior hockey game. It was sweet. Some of them will probably make it to the pros, and that's pretty cool. With having Patrick Roy as their coach, there's definitely a chance," Jadon added.

Roy, the Hockey Hall of Famer and former Avalanche goaltender and coach, is the general manager and head coach of the Remparts, which lost a tight game in a shootout, 4-3.

The Junior Avs will play in their second tournament game on Wednesday morning against the St. Albert Saints of Alberta, Canada. The Avalanche looks to continue its strong play in Quebec City as the tournament now moves to single-elimination from here on out.

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