The Junior Islanders are in Quebec, taking part in the historic PeeWee Tournament that has seen current NHL players like Josh Bailey compete. Islanders Manager of Hockey Development, Michelle Winter, has been checking in with the team to update fans on how well they're doing. Winter has been traveling with the team and making sure that all of the arrangements are made for them to have the best opportunity to succeed in Quebec.
The team played two exhibition games today, winning the first 4-0 against the Acadia Bathurst Titans. Nolan Aibel, #9 had a goal and an assist as did Troy Conzo - #15. Selbern Narby scored his first goal of the tournament after receiving a pass from #26 John Basil. The shutout was recorded by goalie John Burgdoerfer for the 4-0 win against Acadia Bathurst.
The team did not fair as well for the second game – being shut out 7-0 by the Colorado Thunder. DAY 4 The Jr. Islanders played a hard fought game against the Seacoast Spartans from New Hampshire. Though the game ended in a 5-2 loss, #15 Troy Conzo scored to add to his eight goals for the tournament and racked up another assist in the loss. Jacob Kantor also scored to give him three in the tournament.
Tommorrow, 2/18 at 1 p.m., the team will play its second tournament game on the Colisee ice against Slovakia. A win advances the team to the next round of the tournament. DAY 3:
The Junior Islanders played tonight on the Colisee Ice against a top seeded Montreal Junior Team. This game counted toward the tournament standings and the Jr. Islanders shut out the Montreal Junior Team by the score of 3-0. Goalie Mike De Phillips earned the shutout in front of a large crowd. Goals were as follows:
1st Period: Goal by #9 Nolan Aibel assisted by #55 Keith O’Brien 2nd Period: Goal by #19 Jacob Kantor – assisted by #15 Troy Conzo 3rd Period: Goal by #19 Jacob Kantor – unassisted
The team plays two exhibition games on Tuesday, Feb. 16 against Acadia Bathurst and the Colorado Thunderbirds and then on Wednesday against Seacoast Spartans before their next tournament game at the Colisee du Pepsi against Slovakia on Thursday at 1 p.m.
Today the Jr. Islanders played their second exhibition game against Eclaiereur de Richelieu – a team from the Quebec area – and were beaten 4-3.
Scoring was as follows:
1st period: Jr. Islanders – Goal by #9 Nolan Aibel/Assisted by #17 Travis Quigley and # 11 Dustin Rinaldo – at 9:43 Eclaiereur – Goal by # Jonathan Vachon at 6:05
2nd period: Jr. Islanders – Goal by #15 Troy Conzo assisted by #19 Ryan Rosenberg at 7:30 Eclaiereur – Goal by #41 Antoine Des Lauriers at 9:25 Eclaiereur- Goal by #6 Michael Bonneau at 6:44
Jr. Islanders: - Goal by #17 Travis Quigley assisted by #11 Dustin Rinaldo and #9 Nolan Aibel –at 5:30 Eclaiereur:- Goal by #9 Antoine Poitras at 4:33
The rink was at Galeries de la Capitale – a local shopping mall! Surrounding the ice rink was a roller coaster, IMAX theatre and a small ferris wheel. This is such a cool place for an ice rink! The team and their families went to the Snow Park for the afternoon where they went snow tubing and snow rafting.
The next game is the team’s first “tournament” game at the Pepsi Colisee against Montreal Junior at 6 p.m.
Today February 13, the players experienced ice fishing. With heated shacks and a pizza lunch – it turned in to a bit of a competition between the two shacks to see who could catch the most fish.
After the game tomorrow, the players and their parents will get to experience the Snow Park, one of the highlights of being here in Quebec. DAY 1:
All of the Jr Islanders players arrived in Quebec City on Thursday evening. The first game was played at the Val- Belair rink against the Jr. Kings – from Los Angeles in an exhibition game and won 5-4.
Scoring was as follows:
1st period Jr. ISLANDERS Goal by #15 Troy Conzo at 6:06 – assisted by #10 Taylor Traenkle Jr. ISLANDERS Goal by #12 Joe Becker at 1:51 – assisted by #15 Troy Conzo Jr. ISLANDERS Goal by #9 Nolan Aibel at 1:29 – assisted by #11 Dustin Rinaldo and #17 Travis Quigley LA Jr. KINGS Goal by #26 Vincent DeMey at 8:52 – assisted by #13 Junyan Mar
2nd period Jr. ISLANDERS – Goal by #15 Troy Conzo at 9:08 assisted by #9 Nolan Aibel LA Jr. KINGS – Goal by # 9 Jake Fleshner at 8:52 LA Jr. KINGS – Goal by #26 Vincent DeMey at 10:22 LA Jr. KINGS – Goal by #26 Vincent De Mey at 2:39 LA Jr. KINGS – Goal by #26 Vincent De May at 0:57
3rd Period Jr. ISLANDERS GOAL - # 11 Dustin Rinaldo –at 4:37 – assisted by #15 Troy Conzo and #17 Travis Quigely
The team will play one more exhibition game on Sunday 2/14 against Éclaireur de Richelieu at the Galeries de la Capitale Rink before playing their first tournament game against the Jr Montreal Canadians at the Colisee de Pepsi on Monday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.
On Friday, the players embarked on one of the most unique aspects of this tournament. Each player – paired with another player – stay with host families for the length of the tournament. It allows the players to really live the cross-cultural experience. These families open their home to two players for the length of the tournament, transporting, feeding, housing and taking care of all of the players’ needs. The bond between the players and the families is one that lasts for many years.