VJW '99 Selects Lead the Winning Charge During MLK Weekend
While many enjoyed the long weekend at home, a handful of VJW teams took to the road to compete in competitive tournaments held here in New England.
Leading the charge were the VJW ’99 Selects (shown right) which captured the top prize at the 2012 MLK Classic in Hudson, New Hampshire.
Across the border in Rhode Island, four teams - the VJW '02 Elites, VJW '03 Elites, VJW '03 Selects and Mite Minors - all took part in the John W. Kennedy Memorial Hockey Tournament. In that event, the ’03 Elites finished as runner ups, while the '03 Selects and ’02 Elites advanced to the semifinals. “It was a great weekend and our teams competed well against some tough competition,” said Fred Devereaux,
the VJW director of player development. “The experience will no doubt
better prepare these teams for the rest of the league season.”
The VJW ’99 Selects, which have been battling a tough PeeWee Major
Division in the Hockey Northeast, came through with its biggest victory
of the season on Monday at the Cyclones Arena. In that game, the
Warriors defeated the Maine Freeze in overtime by a score of 3-2 to
capture the 99 division.
Leading up to that impressive championship win, the team also defeated
the NE Predators, Boston Vipers and Dual State Huskies to post a 4-0
Meanwhile at the John W. Kennedy Memorial Hockey Tournament which
featured more than 100 teams from across New England, the VJW ’03 Elites
and ’02 Elites advanced to the finals of their respective divisions to
finish second. Both teams finished with a record of 4-2.
The VJW '03 Selects continued their strong play by advancing to the semifinals. The squad finished in second place in the AAA East Division with a 2-2-1 record before losing to the Boston Penguins by a score of 8-3 on Monday.In that game, the Warriors fell behind early by one goal but they battled back to take a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately that lead did not hold up as the Penguins tied up the game 3-3 at the end of the second period and then scored five more in the third period.
"Our team battled all weekend and held their own against great competition," said Joe O'Grady, head coach of the VJW '03 Selects. "In the end they just ran out of steam and could not hold on, but the whole experience will go a long way towards building their confidence and play into the Hockey Northeast playoff season."
Congratulations to all five teams!