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VJW Junior A Team Wins Two Out of Three During Key League Weekend
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John Rogeri Josh Woody

It was a sweet end to the weekend for the VJW Junior A squad. Following a tough weekend series against the league-leading Jersey Hitmen one week ago, the Warriors took an important step towards a post-season berth by winning two out of three games this weekend.

The team knocked off the Bridgewater Bandits on Thursday and then came through with an exciting 5-4 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Revolution on Sunday afternoon in front of a home crowd at the Haverhill Valley Forum.

On Thursday, the Warriors exploded offensively by scoring six goals. Trevor Braun (Windham, ME) scored twice and Steve Edgeworth (Peoria, AZ), John Daniels (Andover, MA) and Andrew Bonazza (Dartmouth, MA) all finished with two assists to lead the way. Max Lorenzen (Leesburg, VA), Justin Scharfe (Webster, NY), Josh Woody (Sunderland, MD), John Rogeri (Katy, TX) and Kevin Holmes (Newburyport, MA) also scored for the Warriors, while Greg Hussey (Medford, MA) stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced for the victory in net.

Two days later, the Warriors faced off against the Bay State Breakers at the Rockland Arena. Despite taking a 1-0 lead in the first period (Woody netted a powerplay tally off assists from Bonazza and Erik Nemec (Metylovice)), the Warriors succumbed to a two-goal second period by the Breakers and were unable to net the equalizer as time expired.

The sting from that one-goal loss was quickly forgotten the following afternoon, however, when Andy Heinze’s Junior A squad came back from a 4-3 deficit to win in overtime against the Philadelphia Revolution. Connor McStravick (Philadelphia, PA) played the role of hero when he netted his ninth goal of the season and second of the game at the 2:39 mark of the first overtime period.

Leading up that exciting finish, Woody (1 goal, 1 assist), Mike Freitag (Westmont, IL) and Brett Mason (Katy, TX) had all found the back of the net to keep the game close. Also coming through with strong offensive performances were Rogeri and Zach Sarig (Wyommissing, PA), who both finished with two assists. Chris Eiserman (West Newbury, MA) picked up his fourth win of the season between the pipes with 31 saves.

Click here to view boxscores for each game, courtesy of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL).

Next up for the Warriors is a home contest against the Junior Bruins on Friday, February 4 at 3:40 p.m. Spectators are welcome to see some of the area's top junior players in action!!

INDEX
VJW Coaches Bring "Unique" Professional Experiences to the Program
Time to Come Home - By Mike Lynch
Little Big Men - By Mike Lynch
Chris Kreider & Team USA Fall In Quarterfinals Against Czech Republic
VJW Players Eager to Hit the Ice Again
Remember, So You Will Never Forget - By Mike Lynch
VJW Star Chris Kreider Named to 2011 U.S. National Team
Success Measured - By Mike Lynch
Ram Tough - By Mike Lynch
VJW All-Star Colin Blackwell Continues to Shine On & Off the Ice
VJW Junior B's Tyler Sifferlin Passes Freshman Test
The VJW Super Six - Eiserman, Blackwell, Irving and Kulevich
17 Former VJW Players Compete in 2011 Super 8 Finals
Former VJW Standout Joe Cucci Leads Merrimack to NCAA Tournament
Rebel With a Cause - By Mike Lynch
VJW '01 Elites Deliver Impressive NEHL Championship Victory
VJW '97 Elites Cap Off Another Impressive Season With an NEHL Title
King of the Hill - By Mike Lynch
VJW '97 Elites Capture 2011 New England Hockey League Title
VJW Junior A Season Comes to An End; Falls in EJHL Quarterfinals
VJW Junior A Team Advances to EJHL Quarterfinals
VJW Junior A Team Skates to Key Playoff Win over Revolution
VJW '99 Selects Raise Money For a Family Cause
VJW Mite Minors Win 2011 NEHL Mite National Title
Save the Date - 2011 VJW Tournament Dates Released
On Top of His World - By Mike Lynch
Former VJW Standout Chris Kreider Named Beanpot MVP
Darcy, Silk Help Team USA Win 2011 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament
VJW Players Recognized by the New England Hockey League
Former VJW Junior A Star Joe Cucci Leads Merrimack to Record Season
VJW Accepting Coaches Applications for 2011-2012 Season
Fire Still "Burns" - By Mike Lynch
Jan 30, 11
VJW Junior A Team Wins Two Out of Three During Key League Weekend
VJW '98 Elites Ice League-Leading Middlesex Braves, 2-1
VJW Mite Major Elites Score 2nd Place Finish at JWK Tournament
VJW Mite Minors Wow the TD Bank Garden Crowd
VJW '96 Elite Players Continue to Lead on High School Stage
Sarig, Braun, Heinze & Nazarian Selected as Junior All Stars
VJW '97 Elites Headline This Weekend's AAA SuperSeries Event
VJW '99 Selects Ring in the New Year at the 2011 Bell Capital Cup
Chris Kreider Named Player of the Game for Team USA
A Beautiful Day - By Mike Lynch
VJW Junior B Ara Nazarian Is the Empire League's Rising Star
VJW Junior A Team Notches Two League Wins Against the Glades
Cameron Darcy Leads U.S. at World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Former VJW Standout Chris Kreider Is A Force for Team USA
VJW Mite Minors Take on "Biggest" Foe of the Season
Just Added... 2011 AAA SuperSeries Schedule Now Available
The Right Stuff - By Mike Lynch
VJW Players Take Time to Give Back During the Holiday Season
Five VJW Junior Bs Make Varsity High School Hockey Teams
Warriors End 2010 On a Winning Note Against the Glades
Chris Kreider Highlights U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster
VJW Junior A Team Blanks Apple Core at 10th Annual Invitational Showcase
VJW Alumni In the News - UMass-Dartmouth's Valley Fivesome
Fitzgerald ('97 Elites) & Sweeney ('01 Elites) Named Players of the Week
Heads Up For Kelsey - By Mike Lynch
VJW Junior A Standout John Jackson Earns EJHL Weekly Honor
Noah Hanifan Named NEHL Player of the Week
VJW '00 Selects Collect Bronze Medals at Can/Am Challenge Cup
Host Teams Perform Well at 2010 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
Teams Prepare for 2010 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
VJW Junior A Team Enjoys Two-Game Win Streak
Anthony Aresco & Jack Cronin Earn NEHL Weekly Honor
No Hazing Zone - by Mike Lynch
VJW Junior A Team Caps Off Another Warrior Classic
VJW U16 IIs Continue Winning and Championship Ways
VJW Teams Perform Well at 2010 Bauer Invitational
EJHL & Independent Teams Prepare for 15th Warrior Classic
Annie Grab Your Stick - By Mike Lynch
Longtime VJW Standout Colin Blackwell Commits to Harvard
'96 Elites Jump Out to an Impressive Start
97 Elites Off to Fast, Unbeaten Start
Longtime VJW Standout Colin Blackwell Commits to Harvard for 2012 Season
Warrior Teams Off to a Fast and Fun Start
Retiring Coaches Honored at Golf Tourney
AAA SuperSeries Comes to Haverhill in 2010
VJW '99 Selects Make a Difference On and Off the Ice