VJW Junior A Team Wins Two Out of Three During Key League Weekend
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!!

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