The Colorado Avalanche Pee-Wee team had a long day ahead of them on Thursday with activities planned before an 8:30 p.m. game at Videotron Center.
Players got to spend more time with their billet families in the morning before meeting up at Galeries de la Capitale, a local mall that actually hosted exhibition games for the tournament in years past. At the mall, players were given free time to walk around and check out the different kinds of shops. With such a late game on Thursday night, it was good for the team to move around during the day.
After another homework session and some pregame rest, it was time to head to Videotron Center for their third-round matchup against the Halifax Mooseheads of Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Jr. Avs got off to a great start scoring the first goal of the game on a wrist shot from forward Brayden Hall. Dimarco Benallo and Chip Olsen assisted on the play. From there, it was all Mooseheads. Halifax scored two quick goals in the second period to take the lead and added another three third period goals, defeating the Jr. Avalanche 5-1.
With the single-elimination structure of the tournament after every team's first game, the Jr. Avs were eliminated. This year's pee wees have plenty to be proud of though as a Jr. Avalanche team at the Quebec International Pee-Wee Tournament has not played in three games at Videotron Center in six years.
The Jr. Avs finished up with a 2-1 record in tournament play and 2-1-1 mark in exhibition matchups for an accumulative record of 4-2-1 against the best 12U AA teams across the world. Stick taps to the Jr. Avs players for representing the Avalanche so well on the biggest youth hockey stage there is.
Forward #11 Mathias Silaban
Dear Avs Fans,
This morning I had cereal for breakfast. Before we went to the mall, we took a detour to our billet parents military base where we saw the different trucks and weapons they use in the army. The building was much smaller than I expected it to be, but I was told that was because the army is smaller than in the United States. After that, we headed to the mall where we met up with the rest of my teammates. The mall was very fun because I got to hang out with my friends and walk around talking the whole time. At the mall, I bought a blue North Face hoodie that is very comfortable.
After the mall, we went back to our parent's hotel to do some homework and relax before our big third game. At the hotel I was with two of my teammates since my parents left Quebec already. It was kind of boring at the hotel because I had to do homework, but I am not behind in schoolwork anymore. The game we played was against the Halifax Mooseheads, a team from Canada. Their team was good, but we could have beat them. The Mooseheads were more mentally ready and seemed to have more determination especially when we were losing, they wanted to finish the game. Something we didn't do well was getting shots on net. We lost and are out of the tournament, which stinks, but none of the teams in the previous years have played three games at the Videotron Center, so we are proud of ourselves. This trip has been great, and I could not thank the Avs enough. It has been a once in a lifetime experience and I will remember it for a very long time. I also want to thank my billet family for housing me and bringing me to all of the events because it has been amazing. Go Avs!