Today was back to business for the team and everything picked up a notch at the rink. There was no sleeping in as they hit the ice at 10 a.m. sharp for a tough practice.
After getting their wind beneath in the morning and grabbing some grub for energy, the Junior Islanders stepped onto the ice at 2:50 p.m. in the Galerie de la Capitale for their second exhibition game of the trip. This one came against Detroit Victory Honda.
Even though the competition is getting tougher with each game in the international tourney, the Jr. Isles continued their winning ways, picking up a 5-1 victory.
Forward Thomas Finck scored a mere three minutes into the first period on a beautiful, unassisted goal. He then added an assist, along with Anthony Demeo, on Captain Chris Garbe’s snipe. Michael Muschitiello, Johnny Barbieri and Scott Osani also registered goals in the contest, giving five different players room to make their marks. Rocco DiCostanzo notched two assists on the day, while Daniel Kramer also picked up an assist.
This tournament has been going on for more than five decades and continues to grow every year. The lights on the 11- and 12-year old kids are so bright that it's easy to forget they're just that - kids. After Monday's game though, the families and friends were easily reminded of that. The players headed to the indoor amusement park that is located in the same mall as the rink.
The two dozen boys rode a roller coaster, a ferris wheel, bumper cars and even climbed a rock wall. It was the perfect way to blow off steam and get away from the rink a little bit. Even pee wees need to clear their heads from hockey once in a while - especially when they're playing in big games on a regular basis.
That's why when the players head back to their billets' homes, there are strict instructions - no pond hockey, snow mobiling or any other outdoor activities tonight - the coaches ordered rest above all else.
Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. the Junior Islanders face the Los Angeles Jr. Kings in their second game of the tournament. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Detroit Red Wings-Chomutov (Czech) match-up later in the day. The loser of this game is eliminated from Tournament competition.Don't forget to check out the Junior Islanders Photo Gallery from their trip to Quebec.