Wednesday, the Junior Islanders played the Providence Capitals – a different opponent than originally scheduled. These sort of scheduling changes happen all the time at the Quebec tournament and aren't a big deal. The coaches aren't scouting the team's next opponent, so whoever steps on the ice plays the game as if nothing has changed. Most of the time, the players don't even realize as they're not too often looking ahead in the schedule to see future opponents.
Despite that change in opponent, the Jr. Isles racked up another victory. This time they finished the exhibition game more handily, with a 6-1 win over the Providence Capitals. Here is the rundown of the scoring:
Chris Garbe had a huge day, leading the team in scoring with four points (2g/2a), while Anthony Demeo also netted a pair of goals (2g/1a) for the Jr. Islanders. Johnny Barbieri (2a) and Scott Osani (1a) both pitched in to set up Michael Muschitiello’s goal against Providence and the defense came to play some offense again. Defenseman Austin Acosta scored a goal and fellow blueliners Julian Coleman and Victor Nikiforov each recorded assists.
Goalies Anthony Auerliano and Justin Moi split time between the pipes so each could stay fresh for the big game on Friday against the winner of the Detroit Red Wings-Chomoutov (Czech) game. That puck drops nice and early - 8am at the Colisee Pepsi.
After the game, the players, families and even the coaches visited the Snow Park to tube, sled, slide and let loose. It was perfect weather for a visit to a winter wonderland. It finally warmed up in Quebec and reached about 35 degrees Fahrenheit. That's a near record heat for winter time up here. Wednesday evening will be an early night for the players before they enjoy a day of rest Thursday.