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14th Annual Warrior Classic Comes to a Close
WCLogo2.jpgIt was an exciting, action-packed weekend as the Valley Jr Warriors Junior A team played host to the 2009 Warrior Classic. The annual showcase which is enjoying its 14th year featured some of the top Junior A team from across North America.

A total of 10 Eastern Junior Hockey League teams competed in this year’s event which was held over a three-day period at the Haverhill Valley Forum. This year’s field included the host Valley Jr Warriors, Springfield Jr Pics, South Shore Kings, New England Jr Huskies, New Hampshire Monarchs, New York Apple Core, CD Selects, Bridgewater Bandits, Philadelphia Revolution and the Syracuse Stars.

Leading the way with a perfect 3-0-0 record on the weekend was the Northern Division leading Monarchs which defeated the Huskies, Springfield Pics and South Shore. The Valley Jr Warriors continued their stellar play as of late as they skated to a 1-0-2 record which included two key ties against the Philadelphia Revolution.

The Warriors began the Warrior Classic with a strong 2-1 victory against the Syracuse Stars. In that game, Anton Bernard netted the first tally of the game just 40 seconds in off of helpers from Chris Cowles and Sam Smith. The Stars evened the contest eight minutes later when Mike Zalewski found the back of the net. The teams remained deadlocked until Mark Jackson scored the game winner with assists going to Tom Kader and Ryan Quirk.

In the Warriors next contest, they battled goal-for-goal with Philadelphia and managed to secure a 2-2 tie. Scoring for the home team in that game were Dave Chiaradonna (a shorthanded tally at the 6:57 mark of the first period) and John Jackson. The following day, the same teams met up and while both teams found the back of the net more frequently the end result was the same.

The Revolution jumped out to a seemingly commanding 5-2 lead, but the Warriors did not give up as they outscored Philadelphia by a 4-1 margin from that point on to force an overtime period. Notching goals for the Warriors on Sunday were Jay Nicholls, Derek McCoy, Chris Cowles, Regan MacLean, Anton Bernard and Sam Smith. This week’s EJHL Defensive Player of the Week – Riki Retelle – assisted on Smith’s game-tying goal which came at the 16:08 mark of the second stanza.

Capturing the Independent Division title was the squad from National Sports Academy (see photos below). Playing with a jump in their step and a desire for redemption, the Lake Placid-based team broke out to a 3-0 lead after the first period and never looked back en route to a 5-3 victory over Stanstead College. Making the win that much sweeter was the fact that NSA had suffered a stinging 5-2 defeat to Stanstead College the night before.

This time around, National Sports Academy came out firing by scoring three unanswered goals in the first period. Netting tallies in that period were Taylor Wielert, Tim Colvin and Vincent Cafone. Stanstead College made a strong comeback bid in the second period as Matthew Robertson scored twice and Marc-Olivier Sauriol netted a solo tally but NSA had an answer. Hiio Herne and Colvin both scored in the final period to ice the 5-3 victory.

Leading up to that championship game, Stanstead College had been the only Independent team to be unbeaten as the Canadian squad had bested Ontario Hockey Academy (5-1) on Friday and then the Atlanta Jr Knights (3-2) and National SportsAcademy (5-2) on Saturday.

Competing in this year’s Independent Division were the Dynamiques (Quebec, CAN), Ontario Hockey Academy (Ontario, CAN), Stanstead College (Quebec, CAN), National Sports Academy (Lake Placid, NY), Atlanta Jr Knights (Atlanta, GA) and Bridgton Academy (ME). 


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2009 Warrior Classic Champions - National Sports Academy

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2009 Warrior Classic Finalists - Stanstead College

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
Nov 15, 09
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