Quebec Pee Wee Blue Jackets: Final Update
Quebec Blue Jackets exit the tournament via a 3-2 overtime loss to England on Friday in the third round of play. The Jackets overall record was 4-5 in International play.
The Blue Jackets overcame a sluggish start and a frustrating 'no goal' call to take the lead in the second period of play off of a beautiful top shelf goal from Brock Rumbaugh.
The Jackets entered the 15 minute third period ahead 1-0 but the lead would not last. England came back to place a shot off the top crossbar. After a lengthy conference, the officials awarded a goal to England, tying the game at 1-1. Mid-way through the third period, Christopher Bergamesca rushed up ice, took a deflection off the boards at the red line and forced his way through the defensemen to score and put the Jackets up 2-1. England quickly regrouped and shot the puck low past Connor Willette to tie the game 2-2 with just over 3 minutes to play. With 2:10 left in the game, England was called for too many men on the ice. The Jackets responded quickly to get the puck in the offensive zone but the Jackets power play units had difficulty keeping the puck in the zone, forcing the game into a 4-on-4, five minute overtime. After two minutes of back and forth play, the Jackets took a penalty, forcing a faceoff in the Jackets defensive zone. The English center-man won the face-off and the weak side winger took a pass to place the puck in the top corner of the net to win. England then went on to win the semifinal game against the Boston Jr. Bruins and ultimately lost to the Colorado Avalanche in the divisional final.
While it was a tough loss for the boys from Columbus, the 10-day experience will be one that will last a lifetime for the kids – late night pond hockey games at the local rinks, lifetime friendships, first hand exposure to French language, the massive snow park, the billet dinner, the ice hotel, Colisee' hot dogs, poutine, the Pee Wee tournament theme song, playing at the Colisee, pin trading, Quebec pizza, excursions to old Quebec City and the Legends game cheering on Coach Cassles, Mario and Mark.
The true indication of success from this type experience can be summed up perhaps many ways, here is one relevant to what this tournament means to the Columbus… the players travel together to arrive in Quebec strangers to their billet families, some perhaps a bit scared, timid and unsure of what to expect, only to leave a mere 10 days later feeling loved… to tears and hugs as they say goodbye to their new 'second' family in Quebec City, with memories of a lifetime that extend well beyond the hockey. The Quebec tournament is about the kids, maturing yet still innocent 12-year-old boys as they stand on the doorstep of their formative teenage years.
It is about the experience, it is about the life lessons, it is about friendships, it is about learning the importance of 'team' and hard work, it is about self-reliance and a sense of freedom while still under a watchful eye. This is what is important. This is the Tournoi International De Hockey Pee Wee De Quebec!
Updates from other games earlier in the week
On Tuesday the Jackets defeated the team from Germany 4-0. Cam Beck recorded the shutout. First period scoring came from Kyle Marcinick, with the assist from Chase Rose. Christopher Bergamesca added a second goal in the first period, with the assist coming from Jeremy Judis. Second period scoring came from Brock Rumbaugh, with assists coming from Cole Mitchell and Kyle Marcinick. The third period action saw one more goal for the Jackets as defenseman Sam Carlin rushed the puck through the offensive zone to net the Jackets fourth goal off of assists from Brock Rumbaugh and Kyle Marcinick.
On Thursday, the Blue Jackets again recorded a win by battling hard to defeat Austria 3-2 in an overtime shoot-out win. First period scoring came from Christopher Bergamesca off of assists from Kyle Marcinick and Brock Rumbaugh. Third period scoring came from Brock Rumbaugh with Kyle Marcinick recording the assist. In the shoot out, the Jackets netted 2 goals while the Austrian shooters were only able to get one goal past Jackets net minder Cam Beck. Blue Jackets shoot out goals came from Christopher Bergamesca and Collin Rack.