What a day for the Junior Islanders. After arriving Thursday night, the Jr. Isles played their first exhibition game Friday, dominating the San Jose Sharks 11-0. The game kicked off the trip on a high note for the team as nine different players made their way onto the scoresheet.
- Johnny Barbieri lead the scoring by racking up four goals and two assists. - Captain Chris Garbe also enjoyed a six-point night with two goals and four assists. - Anthony Demeo scored a pair of goals and added two assists to his tally. - Scott Osani picked up four points (1g/3a) - Rocco DiCostanzo scored a goal and an assist. - Daniel Kramer netted a goal. - Thomas Finck contributed two assists. - Tyce Thompson, Julian Coleman and Austin Acosta each earned an assist.
Goaltenders Justin Moi and Anthony Auerlian split time to share the shutout .
Despite winning 11-0, the team went straight to work afterwards. Head Coach Benoit Hogue and Assistant Coaches Bernie Cassell and Tony Colombo led the team through a vigorous 90-minute practice, culminating in a coaches vs. players game. The players may have won earlier in the day, but at the end of practice, the coaches tasted victory.
Friday evening, the players and their families met their host families. One of the most unique things and greatest opportunities about the Quebec Pee Wee Tournament is that the players stay, in pairs, with host or “billet” families from Quebec for the duration of the tournament. The roommates and their families shared a meal the billets and had an opportunity to speak with each other and get to know one another before the players stayed the first night in their billets' homes.
Saturday – the Junior Islanders will play their first tournament game at the Colisee Pepsi at 2:50 p.m. against the Slovakia K B Stars. The winner will play again at the Colisee on Tuesday. The losing team will continue on to the loser's bracket and attempt to “play back in” to the tournament.