The Jr. Avs were back in action Monday morning, playing in their first of three exhibition games in as many days.
In the company of teams from all across the world, the tournament encourages participants to play as much hockey as possible through exhibition games during the two-week competition. Today, the Jr. Avalanche squared off against a local Quebec team, the Beauport Harfangs, a team resides just 15 minutes outside of downtown Quebec City.
The pee wees fell short 3-0.
"We were off today," said left-winger Christian Carter. "We were not working as hard as we should of."
When asked what it will take for the team to get back on the winning side, Carter added, "Get to sleep early, take better care of ourselves, don't play any more pond hockey and get mentally prepared two hours before the game."
The afternoon was spent exploring La Citadelle de Quebec, an active army fortress in the heart of the city. Originally constructed in 1608, La Citadelle is the official residence of both the Canadian monarch and the Governor General of Canada.
Coach Ken Klee expressed the importance of educational activities as the boys entered the oldest military building in Canada for a unique learning experience.
"I think it was pretty cool because I just did a school project on the founder of Quebec before winter break," Carter said. "I learned even more from our tour."
The boys enjoyed the excursion, especially after they found out Lord Stanley, the namesake of the coveted Stanley Cup, once resided in La Citadelle.
The Jr. Avalanche faces off against a Finnish team tomorrow afternoon, hoping to get back on track.