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Three VJW Teams Bask in NEHL Championship Victories
The Valley Jr Warriors are basking in a championship-filled weekend as three of its teams captured New England Hockey League (NEHL) titles. Playoffs for the NEHL, one of the premier AAA Leagues in New England, were held on Sunday at the Haverhill Valley Forum and the host Warriors put on a show for the hometown crowd.

Capturing the top spot for the Warriors were the ’95 Elites (shown above celebrating after the Sunday victory), ’96 Selects and ’99 Elites. All three squads enjoyed a tremendous season in NEHL play and came through in the end by capturing the ultimate title prize.-long effort!!

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Here is a summary of how those three teams found their way to the top of the podium.

The Road to the Championship – Bantam West

Valley Jr Warriors ’95 Elites 6, Cyclones ‘95s 3
Valley Jr Warriors ’95 Elites 8, Glades ‘95s 2
Valley Jr Warriors ’95 Elites 5, Seacoast ‘95s 1 (semifinal)
Valley Jr Warriors ’95 Elites 4, Cyclones ‘95s 2 (final)

The Valley Jr Warriors ’95 Elites were the last ones off the ice on Sunday, but the celebration continued on for quite some time after the team came back from an early 2-0 deficit in the championship game to post a 4-2 win.

Earlier in the weekend, the Warriors flexed their offensive muscles by cruising past the Cyclones ‘95s, Glades ‘95s and Seacoast ‘95s to earn a spot in the finals. In that three-game stretch, the Warriors outscored their opponents by a 19-6 margin.

On Sunday afternoon, the Warriors faced their biggest challenge after the Cyclones took an early 2-0 lead in the first period. Shane Eiserman put the Warriors on the board at the 5:35 mark of the first period off an assist from Trip Franzese. Then, with just three seconds left in the second period, the Warriors tied the contest thanks to a tally by Craig Wallace. He was assisted by Justin Pimentel. The third period was all about the gold and blue as Tyler Duval and Craig Wallace scored and the Warriors defense held strong to secure the 4-2 victory.

It was as close to a perfect season as one could hope for as the Warriors posted an untouchable 28-0-1 record in the Bantam West division. The team scored 185 goals and allowed just 44 during that 29-game stretch.

The Road to the Championship – Peewee Central
Valley Jr Warriors ’96 Selects 3, Albany Jr River Rats 1
Valley Jr Warriors ’96 Selects 6, Falcons 97s 2
Valley Jr Warriors ’96 Selects 6, Red Rangers 97 1 (semifinal)
Valley Jr Warriors ’96 Selects 5, Seacoast Spartans 4 (final)

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The VJW ’96 Selects finished off the 2008-09 season with a 16-7-2 record in the Peewee Central divison. When it came playoff time, the Warriors saved their best for last as they skated to a dominating 4-0 round-robin record en route to the championship title. The team knocked off the Albany Jr River Rats ‘97s, Falcons ‘97s and then the Red Rangers ‘97s in the semifinals. Those key victories set the stage for the championship matchup against the Seacoast Spartans.

In that game, Kyle Brindamour and Ean Mendeszoon scored in a 14-second stretch in the third period to help the Warriors hang on to a 5-4 victory in the Haverhill South rink. The Warriors took an early 2-0 lead after Travis Wile and Mendeszoon found the back of the net. The Spartans went on to score two goals, off the sticks of Zander Allen and Dean Pratt, within 30 seconds of each other. The Warriors took a one-goal lead when Ryan Duval scored the lone goal of the second period. As it turned out the goals by Brindamour and Mendeszoon at the 13:13 and 11:12 marks, respectively, proved to be enough to fend off a two-goal period by the Spartans.

The Road to the Championship – Squirt Central
Valley Jr Warriors ’99 Elites 2, Mill City ‘98s 2
Valley Jr Warriors ’99 Elites 5, Seacoast Spartans ‘98s 4
Valley Jr Warriors ’99 Elites 6, Red Rangers 3
Valley Jr Warriors ’99 Elites 4, Seacoast ;98s 3 (final)

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In the Squirt Central division, the Valley Jr Warriors ’99 Elites came through in dramatic fashion with an exciting 4-3 win over the Seacoast Spartans. Heading into that afternoon contest, the Warriors had posted a 2-0-1 record with victories over the Seacoast Spartans, Red Rangers and a tie against Mill City.

In that championship game, the Warriors scored twice in the first and twice in the second period and held on for a 4-3 win over the Seacoast Spartans. Matt Quercia and Henry Resnicek scored in the first period, while Ben Mirageas and Eric Pedro notched goals in the second stanza. The Spartans tied the game at 2-2 after the first period after Ty Turgeon and Owen Elliot found their way past Warriors netminder Sean Mahan. The Spartans made things very interesting down the stretch when Austin Chasse collected a pass from Owen Elliot to bring his team within one goal. The Warriors would clamp down offensively to hold off the Spartans attack and pull out the championship victory!

The final win was a fitting finish to a dominating season which saw the Warriors post a division-best 15-2-3 record and score 98 goals in 20 league games.

Congratulations go out to all three Warriors teams on an impressive season!
INDEX
VJW U 16s Capture 2008 Massachusetts State Title
Valley Jr Warriors U-16s Capture Labor Day Title
Three VJW Teams Bask in NEHL Championship Victories
VJW '96 Selects Skate to Victory at Summer Cool-Off Tournament
Mar 16, 09
Three VJW Teams Bask in NEHL Championship Victories
Valley Jr Warriors '99 Elites Capture WNS Title
Valley Jr Warriors '99 Selects Shine at WNS
King of What? - By Mike Lynch
Triumph and Courage - By Mike Lynch
Like Father Like Daughter; Alex Carpenter Is Carving Out Her Own Legacy
The Year to Remember Continues for Former VJW Player Chris Kreider
Valley Jr Warriors '96 Elites Shine at WNS
Keeping #5 Alive - By Mike Lynch
Tournament Action Returns to Haverhill in 2010
Magical Season Comes to an End for VJW '97 Elites at USA Hockey Nationals
A Class Act - By Mike Lynch
VJW U 16 II Team Skates to State Championship Win
VJW '97 Elites Loss Sets Stage for Third Day Showdown at Nationals
VJW '97 Elites Post 3-2 Win Over Columbus at USA Hockey Nationals
VJW '97 Elites Arrive in New York; Prepare to Take On Nation's Best
Former VJW Junior A Player Colin Mulvey Captures NCAA National Title
VJW '97 Elites Prepare for USA Hockey Nationals
Chris Kreider - Former VJW Standout - Leads BC to NCAA Tournament
Nothing is Impossible - By Mike Lynch
Valley Jr Warriors Excel at Labor Day Face-Off Invitational
Former VJW Junior A Star Cucci Shines in Hockey East Battle
Valley Jr Warriors '97 Elites Capture WNS Title
VJW Mite Selects Bask in NEHL Championship Glory
VJW '97 Elites Punch Ticket to USA Hockey Nationals in April
VJW '99 Selects Celebrate Mass State Select League Championship
VJW '98 Elites Capture New England Hockey League Title
Former VJW Junior A Standout Nets Year-End League Honors
Non Sibi - By Mike Lynch
What Can You Do For Brown? - By Mike Lynch
VJW Squirt Major Selects Make a Difference Both On and Off the Ice
VJW Squirt Major Selects Take Time to Help Others In Need
Valley Jr Warriors Coach Bob Sweeney Joins Beanpot Hall
Tewksbury Tough - By Mike Lynch
VJW Teams Battle For Titles at the 2010 JWK Holiday Tournament
VJW '98 Elites Jonathan Folsom Featured in Local Newspaper
Standing Tall - By Mike Lynch
VJW '98 Selects Capture Boston Jr Terriers Tournament Title
Taking the Pledge in 2010 - By Mike Lynch
Valley Jr Warriors '98 Elites Take On Bell Capital Cup Challenge
Former VJW Standout Chris Kreider & Team USA Are World Champions
Former VJW Star Kreider Named to the 2010 U.S. National Junior Team
VJW '97 Elites Take Their Game to Canada
Holiday Shopping List - By Mike Lynch
Haverhill Valley Forum Enjoys Its Fourth Year of Operation In Style
Eastern Junior Hockey League Featured in Recent USA Hockey Magazine
Walking Tall - By Mike Lynch
Former VJW Players Shine On Collegiate Scene
Call to Glory - By Mike Lynch
14th Annual Warrior Classic Comes to a Close
VJW Teams Battle at Mass State Championship Playdowns
Riki Retelle Earns EJHL Defensive Player of the Week Honors
VJW Teams Set For Mass Hockey Tier I & Tier II State Championship Playdowns
Valley Jr Warriors Junior As Enjoy Weekend Sweep Over CD Selects
Welcome Home - 4 VJW Teams Return After Strong Showing in Chicago
Courage - By Mike Lynch
VJW Teams Poised to Face the Best of the Best
VJW Junior A Team Making Big Strides
VJW U-16 IIs Continue Winning and Championship Ways
The Golden Tornado - By Mike Lynch
VJW '95 Elites - Picking Up Where They Left Off
Steve MacAdams Brings Experience & Success to VJW
USA Hockey Announces H1N1 Recommendations
No Early Season Jitters for the VJW '98 Elites
Great Expectations - From Mike Lynch
VJW Mite Minors Off to a Fast (and Fun!) Start
VJW '99 Selects Make a Difference On and Off the Ice
VJW U-16 Midget Standout Brian Ward Heads to Dartmouth College
VJW Teams Post Impressive 5-1 Record Against Team Comcast
VJW '96 Selects Skate to Victory at Summer Cool-Off Tournament
Tom Terrific - Mike Lynch Reflects on Tom Brady
Valley Jr Warriors '98 Elites Capture WNS Title
VJW - Junior A Season Preview
A Happy New Year From Mike Lynch
VJW's JJ Layton Heads to Little League World Series
VJW Players Shine at 2009 USA Hockey Player Development Camp
Chris Kreider Selected No. 19 in 2009 NHL Entry Draft
VJW Tournaments Make a Return to Haverhill in 2009
VJW Junior A Team Welcomes Two Key Players for 2009-10 Season