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VJW '97 Elites Cap Off Another Impressive Season With an NEHL Title

97Elites_NEHL_500.jpgOver the past two seasons, the VJW ’97 Elites have put together a tremendous record of play and have established themselves as one of the top teams in the nation. During that time span, the Warriors have posted  116 wins, 18 losses and three ties. Last fall, the team finished the season ranked No. 11 in the nation after capturing the Massachusetts State Championship title and finishing third at USA Hockey Nationals.

The young squad continued where it left off this past season and was simply dominating in New England Hockey League (NEHL) play. They finished with a division-leading 25-4-1 record and are ranked No. 10 in the nation according to www.myhockeyrankings.com.

In the NEHL playoffs, the top-seeded Warriors defeated the Albany River Rats by a score of 4-2 in the semifinals before skating to a 5-2 victory over the Seacoast Spartans in the championship game. It was an especially sweet victory for the Warriors since they fell twice this past season to the Spartans... a team that was ranked in the top 10 nationally for the better part of the season.

Here is a summary of the team’s 2011 playoff run.

’97 American Division Semifinals

VJW ’97 Elites 4, Albany River Rats 2
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n what was a back-and-forth affair, the Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Noah Hanifan connected on a slapshot from the top of the circle, and then Jake McKenelley – off an assist from Cam Askew – added his team’s second goal of the contest.

Although the River Rats scored twice in the second period, the Warriors responded by finding the back of the net two more times with tallies coming from Brent Hill (off assists from Garrett Pietz and George Sennott) and Noah Hanifin (assisted by Cam Askew).

A scoreless third period saw the Warriors kill off a series of penalties and hold off the River Rats for the 4-2 win.

’97 American Division Finals

VJW ’97 Elites 5, Seacoast Spartans 2
One the fastest and most physical games of the season, both the Warriors and Spartans fought hard to the very end. Warrior netminder Nick Holt held off a tenacious Spartan offense during the first period to keep the game scoreless heading into the second period.

In the second period, the Warriors struck first when Zach Mirageas collected a pass from Eric MacAdams and beat the Spartan’s goalie high to the glove side with a slapshot from the top circle at the 10:34 mark. Eric MacAdams – off an assist from Noah Hanifin – converted a rebound in front of the net for his team’s second goal of the game.

The Spartans stormed back and tied the score at 2-2 with just four minutes left in regulation, but the Warriors came through once again and erupted for three unanswered goals during the final three minutes to secure the championship title. Scoring for the Warriors during that critical stretch were Casey Fitzgerald (on a great individual effort), Cam Askew (who collected a pass from Eric MacAdams at the blue line and made a great fake to beat the goaltender) and an empty netter by Garrett Pietz, who outskated 2 defenders to the puck for the final goal.

Congratulations to the entire VJW ’97 Elite team on another spectacular season!

  • Cameron Askew 
  • Denis Bouzon  
  • Michael Disciullo  
  • Casey Fitzgerald  
  • David Giunta  
  • Austin Goldstein  
  • Noah Hanifin  
  • Brent Hill  
  • Nicholas Holt  
  • Ryan Lacriox  
  • John Layton  
  • Eric MacAdams  
  • Clifford Markell  
  • Ryan McDonough  
  • Jake McKenelley  
  • Brian McLaughlin  
  • Zachary Mirageas  
  • Garrett Pietz  
  • George Sennott  
  • Kevin Silk 
  • Head Coach Steve MacAdams
  • Assistant Coach Bill Pappas
  • Assistant Coach Glen Seabury
  • Assistant Coach Tom Fitzgerald

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
Mar 14, 11
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
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