The Columbus Blue Jackets Quebec Pee Wee Team is a special team of 12-and 13-year-olds that the Blue Jackets help send to the Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament. This annual tournament, in Quebec City, Canada, is the largest and most prestigious youth hockey tournament in the world lasting 10 days throughout the month of February. The tournament regularly attracts over 200,000 fans and 2,300 players from 16 different countries.
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The Blue Jackets Quebec Pee Wee team lost a heartbreaker to Montmagney in the Semifinals on Saturday night at the Colisee. The Jackets out shot their opponent 35-14, but ran into a hot goaltender. Montmangney played a spirited game and opened the scoring in the second period. The Jackets came out and tied the score in the first minute of the third period on a goal by Sean Kuraly with assists by Kent Scherer and Austin Cousino. Montmagney scored in the 6th minute to go ahead 2-1, but the Jackets replied 30 seconds later with a tally by Brian O'Connor with assists by Scherrer and Kuraly. Montmagney again reganed the lead midway through the third period on a great shot and managed to hold off a barrage of Blue Jackets shots for the rest of the game. The final goal was scored in the empty net. Montmagney will meet the champion of the losers bracket, a team the Jackets beat 9-0 in their opening game of the tournament.
The boys turned in an excellent effort with a 3-1-0 record in tournament play and a 6-2-2 record overall (including exhibition games). The team represented itself well and would like to thank the Columbus Blue Jackets and the entire Columbus community for their support.