VJW Junior Teams Continue to Win Big in League Play
 Brendan Leahy Luke Miller
Thirteen games into the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) season, the Valley Jr Warriors continue to stand atop the Northern Division with a record of 10 wins and 3 losses.

In addition to leading their own division, the Warriors are also one of just three teams to have posted 20 points. Helping their cause was a weekend split with the New Hampshire Monarchs.

On Saturday, the Warriors – despite scoring efforts by Ryan Fitzgerald (North Reading, MA) and Nick Pichette (Messena, NY) and a 28-save performance by Marcus Born (Kumia, Sweden) – fell by a score of 4-2 to the Monarchs. In that contest, the Monarchs scored three unanswered power-play goals in the third period to secure the win.

The Warriors stormed back the following day, however, and picked up the team’s first shootout win of the young season. Before the exciting finale, the VJW Junior As kept pace with the Monarchs thanks to tallies by Devin Tringale (Medford, MA), Perry Holcombe (Cummings, GA) and Joe Lappin (Geneva, IL). In the shootout, John Jackson (Bixby, OK) scored on his team’s second attempt, while Brendan Leahy (Reading, MA) turned away all three Monarch attempts to pick up his sixth win of the season.

Leahy, last week’s EJHL Defensive Player of the Week honorable mention section, currently stands second in the league with six wins, fourth with 258 saves and second with one shutout.

Meanwhile in Empire Hockey League action, the VJW Junior B team was capturing its fourth win of the season on Saturday in similar fashion – a shootout.

Thanks in part to a five-goal second period, the Warriors found themselves tied with division-leading South Shore at the end of regulation. In the all-important shootout, Matthew Culot (2 goals) and Luke Miller (2 goals, 1 assist) found the back of the net, while Matthew Saraceno stood tall in net for the Warriors by saving three of the four South Shore attempts.

The VJW Junior B squad – has now won two of its last three games. Fans have a unique opportunity on Saturday, October 27th to see both the VJW Junior A and Junior B teams in action on their home ice in Haverhill.

Both beginning at 8:20 p.m., the Junior A squad will face off against the Bay State Breakers in the North Rink, while the Junior B team will take on the Islanders.
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