The Valley Jr Warriors Junior A team made it six in a row with two huge victories this past weekend over Capital District in New York.
Outscoring its opponent by an 18-to-4 margin in two games, the Warriors is the hottest team in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) as they have won six straight league games and are five points out of second place in the Northern Division.
On Saturday, the Warriors got off to a perfect start by scoring five unanswered goals in the first period en route to an 8-2 decision. John Celli (Leominster, MA), TrevorBraun(Windham, ME) and Devin Smith(Grafton, MA) all scored twice and defenseman Conor Riley(Massena, NY) finished with a game-high five assists.
The following day, Capital District jumped out to a 1-0 lead after three
minutes, but the VJW Junior A's responded by peppering Capital District
with 40 shots and scoring two goals in the first period and four in the
second and third periods to capture the 10-2 victory.
Smith was all over
the scoresheet once again by netting a hat trick to cap off a 6-point
weekend. Celli and Braun scored twice, while Phil Dinner and Richard
Harris both contributed with a goal and an assist. Riley was a force
once again along the blueline as the first-year standout finished with
two assists in that game. He currently leads the Warriors with 19
assists in 28 games.
Picking up his 13th victory of the season was Fabian Sivnert(Hollviken,
Sweden), who split the weekend between the pipes with Noah Klagg(Bryn
Mawr, PA) - who won the previous night. Sivnert has established himself
as one of the league’s top goaltenders. He currently stands second in
the league - in three categories - with 13 victories, a 2.32 goals
against average and a .929 save percentage. In 19 games, Sivnert has
made 535 saves and has logged more than 1,060 minutes between the pipes.
Dating back to mid-November, the Warriors have won eight of their last
10 games. They will now enjoy the holiday season as they are off until
Wednesday, January 11th when they will take on the Northern Division
leading Junior Bruins.