VJW '97 Elites Post 3-2 Win Over Columbus at USA Hockey Nationals
The Valley Jr Warriors ’97 Elites scored once in each period and held off a two-period attack by the Columbus Blue Jackets to pull out a 3-2 victory in its first game at USA Hockey Nationals which are being held this week in Williamsville, New York.

The Warriors will next face off against the country’s top team – Compuware – on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. All games are being broadcast live on Fast Hockey, so spectators near and far and take in all of the exciting action at the Tier 1 12-and-under national championship.

Each team in the championship will play three games this week. The top four teams from each of the two divisions will advance to the quarterfinals which begin on Saturday.

VJW '97 Elites Quick Links

On Wednesday, the Warriors struggled to find their rhythm offensively but the players battled hard to pull out a gritty 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets.

“We dominated the game, but we just couldn’t score,” said Steve MacAdams, VJW assistant coach. “We were in their zone 75 percent of the game and then had some breakdowns and they scored. Overall, we had a good first period, a so-so second period and a really good third period. Hopefully we will get better.”

Despite their struggles on the offensive end – a rarity for this team which posted an incredible 29-0 league record and a 252 goal differential this past season – the Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to even-strength tallies by Noah Hanifan and Garrett Pietz. The Blue Jackets stormed back in the second period by netting two goals in a two-minute span to even the contest heading into the third and final period.

“We didn’t have the legs that we usually have in terms of speed,” said MacAdams. “We didn’t have any power plays and we had to kill off four penalties, but they came out after they made ice in the second period and we took it to them. Like I told the players after the game, a win is a win no matter how it feels during the game.”

That game winning-tally came at the 2:39 mark of the third period when Casey Fitzgerald collected a feed at the point from Zach Mirageas to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead that they would not relinquish.

“They had a really good goalie who made a bunch of saves,” said MacAdams. “All three goals were hard-working goals. Nothing came easy in terms of offense, but we told the kids that we are going to win by working hard, working in the corners and putting bodies in front of the net. “

The Warriors will have to raise the level of their game today when they face off against mighty Compuware, a team that had won every tournament it has played this past season. Included in that impressive list were championship titles at the Bauer International Invitational and Silver Sticks. In the team’s first contest, the Detroit-based powerhouse dominated the Alaska All-Stars by a score of 9-1.

“They are number one in the country and they have not lost a tournament this year,” said MacAdams about his team’s next opponent. “They have some big kids like we do and some really skilled players. It will be a battle for us. We have seen all of these teams over the course of the year and the kids know what to expect, so there will be no surprises.”

“Our kids have come to play. We can play with anybody, but these are still 12 and 13 year olds so you never know what to expect. I can tell you that they will be ready for it and they will be pumped.”

09-10 Winter Season
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
Apr 8, 10
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