Quebec City, Quebec (Feb. 21, 2010) - Tournament Games 4&5 - The Jackets advanced to the winner's bracket semifinal today with an 8-2 win over the hometown Quebec-Ouest Ambassadeurs. Labeled in the local papers as "the third period team," the Jackets never trailed in the game and again exploded in the third period of a game, in front of 9,000 fans. The defense was again superb in front of Grant Powell and the club got goals from Kole Sherwood (Jack Roslovic), Karsten Green-Church (Kole Sherwood, Jack Roslovic), Dillon Miller, Karsten Green-Church (Jack Roslovic, Nick Schantz), Kole Sherwood (Jack Roslovic, Cam Walker), Jack Roslovic (Marshal King), Marshal King (Dillon Miller), and Kole Sherwood (Cam Walker).
That evening, the Jackets took on the Hershey Jr. Bears, an all-star team from PA and last year's tournament champion. Kole Sherwood (Jack Roslovic) opened the scoring in the first period and the Jackets and Bears battled to a 1-1 tie going into the third period, again playing great defense in front of Andrew Pettenski. Both teams had excellent scoring chances, but the Jackets couldn't buy a goal, while Hershey netted two and an empty netter to move on to the finals by beating the Jackets 4-1 (note: Hershey won the championship 2-1 against Lewiston ME).
An unbelievable 10-day experience, both on and off the ice and for both the players and their families, ended with a heartbreaking loss, but the team finished like winners, saluting their fans in the Quebec Colisee. The boys had a wonderful run in the tournament, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of their Quebec billet families, their Columbus families, and the support of central Ohio. Special thanks to Yvon and Benoit, our Quebec Team Captains, and Coaches Darcy Cahill and Todd Ehrie, who have built the Jackets into a team that carried the Jacket Flag with pride and represented it on and off the ice with the dignity of champions. All in all, the Jackets went 7-2 on the trip, outscoring their opponents 37-16 and posting four shutouts.
Au revoir et merci beaucoup Quebec!