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VJW Teams Post Impressive 5-1 Record Against Team Comcast
To be the best you have to play the best.

Just weeks after three Valley Jr Warriors teams – ’97 Elites, ’98 Elites and ’99 Elites – came through with championship performances at the 2009 Warrior National Showcase, they took to the ice once again to test their skills against one of the best programs in the country, Team Comcast.

Over the course of a two-day period, the Warriors posted five wins and just one loss against the Pennsauken (NJ)-based powerhouse that sent three of its teams to USA Hockey Nationals last spring.

Here is a summary of the scrimmages that were held at the Haverhill Valley Forum.

VJW ’97 Elites
In the first of two games, the Warriors exploded for five goals in the first period en route to an 8-0 blanking of a Team Comcast team that is coached by former NHL All-Star Keith Primeau.

In that contest, Garrett Pietz scored two goals and one assist while Eric MacAdams added one goal and two assists. Also figuring into the scoring barrage were Zach Mirageas (1-1-2), Ryan McDonough (1-2-3), Brent Hill (1-0-1), Cam Askew (1-0-1) and Denis Bouzon (1-0-1).

The very next day it was much of the same as the Warriors posted an identical score of 8-0. Eric MacAdams was the game’s top point getter (2-1-3) while six other players – Cam Askew, Casey Fitzgerald, Noah Hanifin, Zach Mirageas, Ryan McDonough and Brent Hill – scored one goal apiece.

VJW ’98 Elites
Despite falling behind by a score of 2-0 in the first period, the Warriors outscored Team Comcast by a 5-to-3 margin to pull out the 5-3 victory. Jonathan Folsom was a key factor in the game as he scored a goal in both the second and third periods. Jack Cusack, Drew Cioffi and Justin Collins also scored to help keep a well-balanced and explosive Team Comcast squad at bay.

In the second game of the series, Jonathan Folsom exploded for four goals to lead his team to a 6-3 victory. The team found itself trailing once again – this time by a score of 1-0 after one period – but managed to dig itself out of a hole by scoring four goals in the second period to take a 4-3 lead that it would not relinquish. William Falter and Justin Collins scored in that key second period before Folsom capped off the win by scoring two of his goals in the third and final period.

VJW ’99 Elites
It was a tale of two games for the Warriors and Team Comcast. In the first contest, Team Comcast got the best of the Warriors by building a two-goal lead in the first period and holding on for a 3-1 victory. Michael Reilly was the lone scorer for the Warriors, while Team Comcast received scoring contributions from Frank Vitucci, Carson Briere and Kyle Silverman.

The second game was all about the host program as the Warriors displayed their offensive firepower by netting seven goals to shut out Team Comcast by a dominating score of 7-0. In what was a true team effort, six different players – Mike Sarnacchiaro (1-2-3), Cam Schmidt (2-0-2), Jack Keane (1-1-2), Craig Needham (1-2-3), Mike Reilly (1-0-1) and Paul Edson (1-0-1) – notched goals for the Warriors.

The ’99 Team Comcast team was led by head coach Darian Hatcher, the former NHL All-Star who played for several teams including the Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers.

Although the games from this past weekend do not factor into the regular-season record for each team, the experiences will no doubt make all three VJW teams stronger as they prepare for the official start of the season.

Then, in just two months, more than 50 teams from across North America will trek to Haverhill to take part in the 2009 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament. In addition to local powerhouses, the 2009 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament has received commitments from top national programs including the Cleveland Lumberjacks, New Jersey Jr Devils, Wilkes-Barre Junior Pens, Connecticut Lazers, Casco Bay, Florida Everblades, Long Island Gulls, Maine Freeze, North Jersey Avalanche and York Simcoe Express (Canada), to name just a few.



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
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
Sep 16, 09
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