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Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
(All information and photos provided by Michelle Winter, the New York Islanders Manager of Amateur Hockey Development, who is traveling with the teams.)

February 17, 2011

Last night the J. Islanders played what was to be their final game of the Tournament against the Gatineau Olympiques.  The final score was 7-1, with the only Islanders goal coming in the second period from Captain #91 Dante Palecco, who was assisted by #11 Patrick Cozzi.  The opponent took an early 2-0 lead in the first period and then added two goals to the score in the second. There was an additional three in the third. It was a tough loss to swallow.

But this tournament isn’t only about hockey.  Its about the the cross cultural experience, the billeting experience for the kids, staying with host families and building relationships with them. These folks open their homes and welcome the kids and their families as part of their own for the duration of their stay.  It’s about learning the French Canadian culture from the inside out.

I hope when the kids from both these teams look back at this experience, they remember skating on the ice at the Colisee, their billeting experience, the snow park adventure and not if they won or lost any games.

Its been a wild week in Quebec. I hope that I have provided at least a glimpse of what we experienced while here.

Au Bientot – until next year…

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Heartbreaking. That is the only word for it. Today’s Jr. Sound Tigers tournament game at the Colisee against the Forillon Predateurs was heartbreaking. The team lost 4-3 in overtime after one of the most exciting 3rd periods I have ever seen.

The game started off with the Sound Tigers scoring the first goal at 5:09 of the first period.  The goal by # 26 Justin Proteau was unassisted. Almost exactly 4 minutes later, the opposition scored, tying it 1-1, at 9:10 in the first period. The Predateurs went up by one goal at 7:38 in the second period. The Sound Tigers battled back, scoring what was thought to be the tying goal at 12:34 in the second period, only to have the goal called back by a very questionable goalie interference call.

The score remained 2-1 until 14:06 in the 3rd period, when #64 Michael Belliveau scored with assists by #20 Josh Workman and #68 Chris Cafiero, tying the game 2-2. At 14:06, Chris Cafiero scored with assists by #12 Tim Zittel and #24 Sean Levenworth, giving the Tigers the 3-2 lead. 

At 14:56, 4 seconds before the end of the game, the Predateurs scored tying the game 3-3 and sending it in to overtime.

Overtime was a battle. Both teams fought hard, but it was the Predateurs that scored at 3:48 in to the 5 minute overtime period, winning the game.

The Jr. Sound Tigers fought hard. They played hard. They should be very proud of themselves. I loved watching them both on and off the ice. For a team that has played together for such a short time, they built a strong camaraderie, made friendships and worked as a team.  I hope that when they look back at their Quebec experience their memories will be happy ones.

Tonight the Jr. Islanders will play their 2nd round Tournament game on the Colisee ice at 8:30pm. Check back later for the result of that game.

Au revior until later this evening…

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Jr. Islanders played their first tournament game today at the Colisee at 9:00 a.m. and beat the Besses Laurentides Ouest by a score of 5-3, advancing to the next round of the Tournament.

Assistant Captain Michael Perrone scored the first goal of the game 1:52 into the first period and was assisted by #18 Assistant Captain Adam Fox and #91 Captain Dante Palecco.  The second goal of the period was scored by #11 Patrick Cozzi with assists by #98 Rudi Ying and Assistant Captain Michael Perrone at 3:57. The Jr. Islanders had a 2-0 lead. 

The opponent answered back with 2 goals, tying the score heading in to intermission.

At 1:12 into the 2nd, Captain Dante Palecco scored with an assist by #11 Patrick Cozzi, giving the Islanders a 3-2 lead.  Christopher Grando scored another goal at 2:29 with an assist by #21 Sam Sternschein, giving the Islanders a 4-2 lead.  The Basses Laurentides answered with a goal at 7:59 making the score 4-3.  And that is the way the score stayed until 2nd Intermission.

The 3rd period was hard fought and well played.  With one minute left in regulation play, the Laurentides pulled their goalie, leaving an open net, allowing for Palecco to score his 2nd goal of the game.  He was assisted by Fox who got his 2nd assist of the game and Sternschein who also got his 2nd assist.

The Jr. Islanders, like the Jr, Sound Tigers, will now advance to the 2nd round of the Tournament, playing their next game on Wednesday 2/16 at 8:30 p.m. at the Colisee.  The Sound Tigers will play their 2nd Tournament game on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Colisee.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Today the Jr. Islanders and the Jr. Sound Tigers played a mini Winter Classic. It was all in fun. The rink was outside in literally the middle of nowhere. The boards were made of plywood. The “ice clearer” was a tractor with a zamboni plow on it. It was amazing.

The snow was falling lightly and it was like the first Winter Classic in Buffalo. We all kept saying "you cannot make this up!"

No one kept score officially. The Jr. Islanders won, but I don’t have who scored what.  And between periods, the players grabbed shovels and help clear the ice. It was amazing!

After this game, the North Shore Winter Club, another team that is participating in the tournament, came for their game and their opponent canceled.  So the Sound Tigers played one period against them and the Islanders played one as well (the games are only 2 periods long for some reason). So each team got a little more hockey in!

Tomorrow: The Islanders will have an outdoor practice in preparation of their Tournament game at the Clisee on Monday 2/14 at 9:00 a.m.  The Jr. Sound Tigers will play an exhibition game at 9 a.m. at Galerie des la Capitale and then are holding a parent/player/billet pick up game tomorrow at the same outdoor surface that we played at today.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Junior Sound Tigers played their first tournament game on the Colisee Ice and shut out their opponents, the Drummondville Voltiguers, 3-0. The Sound Tigers first goal was scored at 5:52 in the second period by Timmy Zittel from Babylon, NY and he was assisted by Justin Proteau from Wolcott, CT. The other two Sound Tigers goals were scored in the third period. The first coming from Justin Protean with assists by Harry Gahagan of Glen Cove and Tyler English of Fairfeild, CT at 7:43. The second goal of the 3rd period was scored by Kirsten Nergaard of Stamford, CT and she was assisted by Chris Cafiero of Guilford, CT at 8:52.

By winning today’s Tournament game, the Jr Sound Tigers will advance to the next round and will play on the Colisee ice at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16th.

The Junior Islanders played their first exhibition game of the tournament today at Galerie des la Capitale against a very tough Detroit Honeybaked team, losing 9-5. The Isles held a 2-0 lead throughout most of the 1st period. Goals for the Junior Islanders were scored in the first period at 7:05 by David Stingi of Lloyd Harbor, NY. He was assisted by David Waterman of New York City and Aaron Weller of Lido Beach, NY. The second goal of the period was scored by Joe Gramegna of Massapequa at 10:05. He was assisted by Sam Sternschein of Syosset.

Gramegna scored again in the second period at 14:10 and was assisted by Liam Donnelly of Yorktown Heights, NY and Stingi. Sternschein scored unassisted in the 3rd period at 12:05.

Tonight the players from both teams went back to start their “billeting” experience with their host families. When asked if he was nervous or excited about staying with another family, Austin Aitro of the Junior Sound Tigers replied, “I am so excited. It is going to be one the best things I have ever done.”

The billets open their homes and families to these players for the duration of the Tournament – often forming life long friendships and bonds.

Tommorrow: The Junior Islanders and the Junior Sound Tigers will square off in a mini “Winter Classic” as they play each other in a game on ice outdoors in Boischatel, Quebec at 9:30 a.m. Following this game, the players, their families and their billet families will spend the afternoon and evening together enjoying the sights and sounds of the Quebec Winter Carnivale.

Au revior for now – but check back tomorrow for more pictures and updates.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The Jr. Islanders and Jr. Sound Tigers will be spending the next 10 days traveling around America’s hat, as the 11 and 12-year-old athletes (1998 birth year) are in Quebec City to compete in the 2011 Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament. One of the premier hockey tournaments in the world for youth hockey athletes, this event has given hundreds of thousands of Pee Wee aged athletes the chance to compete in an international event with their peers for the past 51 years.

The members of the Jr. Islanders and Jr. Sound Tigers began their trip to Quebec City, Canada on Wednesday, February 9 and they will remain north of the boarder for 10 days, spending most of their time with their billet families. This blog will share brief updates about the team’s games and photos from other escapades throughout the city.

Check back frequently for updates.

Day One:
The Jr. Sound Tigers (C Division) played an exhibition game at the Galerie des la Capitale against the Jr. Carolina Hurricanes (B Division) on Thursday, February 10. Justin Proteau, from Wolcott, Conn., scored the Jr. Sound Tigers only goal of their exhibition match and was assisted by Linda Essery and Tyler English (from Fairfield, Conn.).

Day Two:

In their first game of the tournament (a 3 p.m. matchup), the Jr. Sound Tigers faced off against the Drummondville Voltigeurs at Colisee du Pepsi. The Jr. Islanders played an ehibitition game versus the Detroit Honeybaked in an 11 a.m. matchup at the Colisee du Pepsi.

Tonight, both teams will have dinner with their billets (or host families) before going to the billets homes. This is considered one of the most special facets of this tournament as the players will be immersed in the French Canadian culture as they stay with those families for the duration of the tournament.

Come by later today for more fun and facts from the land of Oui Bonjour…
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