Warriors Skate to Big 7-5 Victory Over the Jersey Hitmen
Trevor Braun leads the Warriors with four goals and six assists in 10 games.
The Valley Jr Warriors Junior A squad split a pair of games this weekend with the Jersey Hitmen and find themselves sitting in second place in the EJHL’s Northern Division with five wins.
“The kids are learning what it’s like to play in the league,” said VJW Junior A Head Coach/General Manager AndyHeinze, who welcomed a crew of talented new players this season. “The main thing for us is to work on remaining consistent and giving the same type of effort game in and game out.”
Effort and heart were definitely on display on Monday when the Warriors exploded offensively en route to a 7-5 win over the Jersey Hitmen at the Haverhill Valley Forum.
Through two periods, the Warriors outscored the Hitmen by a 4-to-0 margin thanks to a pair of goals by TrevorBraun(Windham, ME) and individual scores by Josh Woody(Sunderland, MD) and Mark Meads (Middleton, MA). The Hitmen made a valiant comeback attempt in the third period, but the Warriors held them off to secure the 7-5 victory.
Also scoring for the home team were John Celli(Leominster, MA), Connor McStravick(Philadelphia, PA) and Brett Mason(Rowley, MA).
Mason’s tally - his third of the year - was an empty netter that came
less than a minute left in regulation. He also contributed a game-high
Picking up the victory in net was Fabian Sivnert(Sweden), who has been sharing time between the pipes with another top young talent in Noah Klagg(Bryn Mawr, PA). In this latest win, Sivnert earned the win (his third of the season) thanks to a strong 47-save performance.
Heinze also pointed out the strong effort - once again - from first-year defenseman Conor Riley (Massena, NY), who has been a force on both ends of the ice.
The victory was especially sweet given that the Warriors had fallen by a
score of 4-3 to the Jersey Hitmen one day earlier in a shootout. In
that contest, the Warriors came back from an early 2-0 deficit but were
unable to pull out the win. Meads, Celli and Nicholas Pichette(Massena, NY) were the goal scorers for the VJW Junior As.
“We have been focusing on overall skill and speed and attacking the
offensive zone through the neutral zone,” said Heinze. “We need to
continue to improve.”
The Warriors will next be in action on Saturday when they face off
against the New Hampshire Jr Monarchs at the Tri-Town Ice Arena in
Hookset (NH). Game time is 4:45 p.m.