Tuesday, the Junior Islanders celebrated Valentine’s Day with the Los Angeles Junior Kings in their second tournament game since arriving in Quebec last week. The all-American matchup turned into an exciting afternoon matinee on Colisee ice with the teams evenly matched and playing a tight-checking game.
After scoring early in the game, the Jr. Isles stayed off the scoreboard the rest of the way and kept the massive crowd in suspense for the remainder of the contest. That Isles snipe came at 5:26 of the first period off a beautiful shot by Anthony Demeo. Thomas Finck and defenseman Julian Coleman set Demeo up. Thanks to solid defense and stellar goaltending, the Jr. Islanders made Demeo’s first goal of the tournament stand up as the game-winner.
Goalie Justin Moi recorded the shutout and was dazzling in net, almost reminiscent of Evgeni Nabokov
’s shutout performance in Philadelphia a few weeks back. Moi stopped all 18 shots the Kings fired his way. In front of more than 3,000 energetic fans, the Junior Islanders battled all the way through to persevere in this hard-fought contest.
|Junior Islanders Chris Garbe lets a wrist shot go against San Jose's Junior Sharks. |
After the game, the players, with their families and billet families, dined together in the Bistro at the Colisee. Then, they headed off to enjoy a Quebec Major Junior game between the Quebec Remparts and Baie-Comeau Drakkar. For those unfamiliar with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, it’s as close to professional hockey in Canada as one can get. These games draw crazed, sold-out crowds on a nightly basis and create atmospheres similar to European soccer matches.
Wednesday, the Jr. Isles face Detroit Compuware in their third exhibition game of the trip at Arena 2 Glaces in Val Belair, Quebec. After the game, they’ll enjoy more of the Quebec culture when they head to the Snow Park to tube, sled and slide in the winter wonderland. This gives them one more chance to let off some steam and for the coaches to let the boys be boys.
Thursday calls for an off-day after six consecutive days hitting the ice. The coaches plan for the team to rest all day, as they face the winner of the Detroit Red Wings-Chomutov (Czech) game on Friday. Originally slated for today, the Detroit-Chomutov game was moved to tomorrow at 3:45pm. Once again, the Jr. Islanders must win Friday in order to keep advancing in the tournament. A victory Friday would send the Jr. Isles to the quarterfinals on Saturday as they continue to try and make Long Island history. This is the first time in four years that the Junior Islanders have advanced this far in to the Tournament.Don't forget to check out the photo gallery of the Junior Islanders games and off-ice trips during the 53rd Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament.