VJW Junior A Team Continues Its EJHL Dominance
 John Jackson
While the Haverhill Valley Forum will be taken over by some of the country’s top youth teams this week, the VJW Junior A squad is still basking in a spectacular display during the 2012 Warrior Classic which was held earlier this month.

Featuring top Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) and Independent teams and attended by scores of collegiate and NHL scouts, the Warrior Classic proved to be a perfect place for the Warriors to show off their talent.

During the three-day event, the VJW Junior A team posted three wins against the Rochester Stars, Philadelphia Revolution and Connecticut Oilers. They then followed that stellar performance up by winning the team’s fourth straight victory – against the Springfield Jr Pics – on November 17th to improve to 14-6-0 in the Northern Division.

“It was nice to put together a string of victories at our own tournament,” said Andy Heinze, the three-time and reigning EJHL Coach of the Year. “It is a great way to head into the Thanksgiving holiday."

Here is a look back on this impressive streak of games which draws the Warriors within two points of the division-leading Junior Bruins in the EJHL's Northern Division standings.

November 9, 2012
Valley 2, Rochester 1

John Needham scored at the 23:35 mark of the first period to give the Warriors an early 1-0 advantage. Rochester evened the contest in the second stanza, but the Warriors responded when Gus Harms netted a power-play goal which proved to be the game winner. Marcus Born turned away 17 out of 18 shots to earn the victory between the pipes.

November 10, 2012
Valley 2, Philadelphia 0

John Jackson played the role of hero as he scored two goals to lead his team to a 2-0 win over Philadelphia. In what was a show of offensive dominance, the Warriors outshot their opponent by a 39-to-13 margin. Brendan Leahy turned away all 13 shots he faced for the win.

November 11, 2012
Valley 4, Connecticut 0

Perry Holcombe, Nick Pichette (1-1-2), Joe Lappin and Devin Tringale (1-1-2) all scored en route to a 4-0 blanking of Connecticut on the final day of the Warrior Classic. Marcus  Born was solid once again as he collected 19 saves and his second win in three days.

November 17, 2012
Valley 3, Springfield 0

Less than one week later, the Warriors returned to the ice and enjoyed the same result as they skated to a 3-1 win over the Springfield Jr Pics. Perry Holcombe scored in the first period, Ryan Badger netted his first goal in a Warriors jersey in the second stanza and Devin Tringale iced the game with an empty netter at the 18:53 mark of the third period. Tringale (1-1-2) and John Jackson (0-2-2) were the game’s multiple scorers, while Brendan Leahy picked up his 12th win of the season.

The Warriors will enjoy a well-deserved break this week to celebrate Thanksgiving before hosting the Islanders Hockey Club on Saturday, November 29th at the Haverhill Valley Forum.
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