Blue Jackets PeeWee Squad at the Quebec International Tournament
Update No. 4 - Feb. 18, 2006
The Columbus Blue Jackets Quebec Pee Wee Team is a special team of 12-and 13-year-olds that the Blue Jackets help send to the Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament. This annual tournament, in Quebec City, Canada, is the largest and most prestigious youth hockey tournament in the world lasting 10 days throughout the month of February. The tournament regularly attracts over 200,000 fans and 2,300 players from 16 different countries.
Update No. 1 - Feb. 13
Update No. 2 - Feb. 15
Update No. 3 - Feb. 16
The Blue Jackets Quebec Pee Wee team moved into the Semifinal round with wins on Friday and Saturday. The Blue JAckets advanced into the Quarterfinal Round with a 5-0 win over Baie de Charleurs on Friday. The Jackets played a spirited game with a full contribution by each member of the team running into a goaltender that would refuse to secomb early in the game. Sean Kuraly broke the logjam in the second period with assists by Kent Sherrer and Austin Cousino. The Jackets the continued to roll with four more goals by Connor Murphy, Kent Sherrer, Jude Warner and Gunnar Dircks with a beautiful unassisted rush. Sean Kuraly added three assists. The Jackets out shot their opponents 30-5.
The Blue Jackets advanced to the Semifinals with a convincing 9 to 1 win over Matapetia on Saturday morning. The Jackets out shot their opponents 27-10, with Wes Faulkenberry and Eddy Arcy splitting the goaltending duties. Sean Kuraly scored twice and assisted twice, Kent Sherrer scored twice with an assist as did Austin Cousino and Jude Warner. Colin Laviola added one goal to the win and Brian O'Connor had two assists in the game. Single goals were added by Connor Murphy and Sean Straker. Strong defensive performances by Gunnar Dirks, Luke Veitch and St John Leck kept the play towards the Matepetia goal. The Jackets face off at 6 pm this evening for an opportunity to enter the finals on Sunday at 6 pm.