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'97 Blue Jackets at US Nationals

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

USA Nationals Game 1 Round Robin – Valley Jr. Warriors at Amherst, NY April 8, 2010 -
The '97 Blue Jackets started the three-game round robin pool of the USA National Championships with a heart breaking 3-2 loss to the Valley Jr. Warriors. The Warriors, who feature players from Danvers, Salem, Middleton and Peabody, as well as the Merrimack Valley and Boston areas, came into the tournament sporting a 65-4-2 record and a top-10 national ranking. They dominated the Jackets early, but timely saves by Andrew Pettenski kept the Jackets close, down only 1-0 at the end of the first period. Another quick goal by the Warriors at the beginning of the second period was the kick start the Jackets needed and they carried the play for the remainder of the period, getting goals from Roslovic (Meyer) and Lee (Green-Church) to tie the game. The third was scoreless until the Warriors broke through at 2:39 mark, on a screened snap shot from the top of the left circle. The Jackets pulled their goalie and swarmed the Warriors net, but came up empty. The next game is against the Westchester Express at 1:45 p.m.

USA Nationals Game 2 Round Robin – Westchester Express at Amherst, NY April 9, 2010 -
The Jackets took on the Westchester Express (54-12-4), winners of the New York District. Not much to say here as the Express got out to an early lead and never looked back. Only bright spot was an unassisted shorthanded goal by Marshal King with eight minutes left to go in the third period. The Jackets battled, but the Express were just too much in an impressive show of power hockey. The final score was 7-1. Next up for the Jackets are the Alaska All-Stars and it's not over yet – a strong performance in this game, along with a little help from their friends could find the jackets advancing to the Elite Eight. Game time is 3:45 p.m.

USA Nationals Game 3 Round Robin – Alaska All-Stars at Amherst, NY April 10, 2010 -
The Jackets entered today's game with the Alaska All-Stars needing to outscore their opponents by nine goals to advance to the National Quarterfinals. As expected that didn't happen, but what did happen was a true testament to the team, the coaches, and the organization. The Jackets swarmed the All-Stars goalie in the first period, but Alaska took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal. A scoreless second, despite many Jackets scoring opportunities, put them in an impossible situation regarding advancing in the tournament. Nevertheless, the Jackets came out on fire in the third and Cam Sangster finally broke the drought with an unassisted goal at 7:44 left in the third. Alaska scored with 2:40 left in the period and the Jackets pulled their goalie. At 1:21 Kole Sherwood scored the tying goal on an assist from Jack Roslovic. The Jackets almost won the game outright in the third, but the game went to a five minute overtime session, which ended with no score despite a handful of Jackets chances. Onto a five-man shootout to see if the Jackets could be the first Columbus team to win a game at Nationals. Both Sangster and Zach Tyson scored and Andrew Petenski stopped all four Alaska attempts. The Jackets left Nationals and their season the right way - with a hard fought victory.

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