The Jr. Avalanche faced off against the Atlanta Fire in the team's second tournament game on Friday night. With their tournament livelihood on the line, the Jr. Avs picked up a big 2-1 win and advanced to the semifinal round of the "AA" division.
Goaltender Liam Lane played outstanding once again, stopping all but one deflected shot.
"We started off strong again, and we kept it going throughout the whole game," said defenseman Reid Conn, who put the Jr. Avs up early with a top-shelf snipe from the top of the circle. "We were all just playing hard. We were energized and ready from the puck drop."
After the Fire tied it up on the power play, Holden Spence answered with the game-winning goal, tallying his third marker in three games. Linemate David Klee assisted on both of the Jr. Avs goals.
That is now two games in a row in which the peewees have scored in the first minutes of the contest, making it a common theme for what it takes to come out on top.
"It definitely matters," Conn said of scoring early. "It just gets us in the right mindset to keep going and keep playing hard."
The Jr. Avalanche will look to keep the streak going as it faces off against the Drummondville Voltigeurs at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. Stick taps to the Jr. Avs for making it to the final four of their division in the 58th annual Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament!