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VJW Teams Shine at 2012 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament

02Elites_Thanksgiving2012_500.jpgIn what was a showcase of some of the region’s top youth hockey teams, the VJW program rose to the top as three of its squads picked up divisional titles at the 2012 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament.

With eight teams competing in this year’s event which included three days of round-robin and playoff competition, three VJW teams – ’00 Elites, ’01 Elites and ’02 Elites – won their division titles and took home the coveted trophies.

Here is a summary of some of the exciting action and top-notch performances by the VJW squads.


2000 DIVISION

The VJW 00 Elites are undefeated (14-0-0) in New England Hockey League play, so it was no surprise that the team performed well once again at the Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament.

During the first day of play, the Warriors skated past the NJ Devils by a score of 7-2 before exploding for 11 goals en route to a 11-0 decision over the Assabet Valley 00 – Elite. The Warriors met their toughest challenge on Saturday. The team skated to a 1-1 tie against the Seacoast 00 – Elite, but rebounded later that day with a 3-0 blanking of the Bay State Breakers 00.

Come playoff time, the Warriors were prepared. The team first defeated the NY Saints 00 by a score of 7-1 and then closed out the championship with a strong 4-0 win against the Avalanche 00 - Elite on Sunday afternoon.

2001 DIVISION
The VJW 01 Elites were in the midst of a four-game losing streak, but then came the month of November. Since November 3rd, the Warriors have posted eight straight games including five victories as part of the Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament.

On Friday, the Warriors began their title pursuit with a 5-3 win over the Neponset Valley 01s. The team went on to knock off NEHL foe Boch Blazers 01 – Elite by a score of 4-1.

The second day was all about offensive domination. First it was an 11-3 win over the Amherst Knights 01 and then it was a decisive 8-1 victory against the CT Wolfpack 01.

The Warriors defeated the Minuteman Flames 01 (6-4) to set up a showdown with NEHL divisional leaders Wizards 01 – Elite. Although four points ahead of the Warriors in the NEHL 00 American Standings, the home team was up for the challenge as they pulled off the upset win by a score of 2-0 in Haverhill.

2002 DIVISION
The VJW 02 Elites scored 17 goals and held their opponents to just two goals during the first day of competition at the Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament. That early-action play set the tone for what was to come over the next two days.

On Saturday, the Warriors held off the Boch Blazers 02 – Elite by a score of 5-3 and then knocked off the Long Island Gulls 02 – 5-2 – to advance to the semifinals. In the first playoff showdown, the Warriors nipped the Wizards 02 – Elite by a score of 2-1 and then defeated Seacoast 02 – Elite – 4-1 - to win the title.

TOURNAMENT NEWS & NOTES
  • In the 2003 Division, the VJW 03 Elites won five games to advance to the Sunday final where they were edged by a score of 3-2 by the Vipers 03 – Elite.
  • The VJW 99 Elites  advanced to the playoffs as they fell in the semfinals to the Vipers 99 – Elite. 
  • This year’s event featured six divisions (1999 through 2004) that were comprised of 54 teams from across the country.
  • All games contested at the Haverhill Valley Forum were broadcast live by Fast Hockey
  • Congratulations to all teams on a job well done!
INDEX
VJW Junior A Players College League Awards & Announce Future Plans
Colin Mulvey Wins 13th Joe Concannon Award
VJW 00 Elites Win NEHL 00 American Championship Title
Super 8; VJW Reunion!
Season Ends for VJW Junior A Team in EJHL Semifinals
Weekend Sweep Sets Stage for EJHL Semifinals for VJW Junior A Team
VJW 00 Selects & 05 Elites Advance to Finals of HNE Playoffs
It's Here - EJHL Quarterfinals Set for This Weekend in Haverhill
VJW Junior A Team Cruises Into EJHL Quarterfinals... Again!
Just Announced - VJW Midget & Junior Tryouts Set for April
Former VJW Star Loren Barron Leads Top-Ranked Quinnipiac
2013-14 Junior & Midget Schedule
Former VJW Standouts Have Sochi Olympics on Their Minds
Former Player & Coach Marc Griffin to Join the VJW Coaching Staff
VJW Junior A Team Sweeps; Extends Winning Streak to 4 Games
Brendan Leahy & Jake Schechter Earn Player of the Week Honors
VJW Junior A Defenseman Jake Schechter Commits to Northeastern
Dave Sacco Takes On Double (Coaching) Duty for 2013-14 Season
VJW Seeking a Mite Minor (2006) Coach for 2013-14 Season
VJW 02 Selects Win Green Mountain Tournament In Exciting Shoot-Out
Fitzgerald Makes January Mid-Term Rankings for 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Defense & Goaltending Key for Junior A Team Heading into 2013
Mark Your Calendars Today for 2013 VJW Tournaments
VJW 03 Elites Compete in the 2012 Summit Series Challenge Cup
John Jackson & Ryan Fitzgerald Named EJHL Players of the Week
VJW Junior A Team Enjoys Weekend Sweep Over Portland
VJW 00 Selects Find Time to Give Back to Their Community
VJW 02 Selects Defeat Islanders to Win 2012 Turkey Tournament
Sam Kurker Scores Game Winner; Leads BU Over Top-Ranked UNH
VW Junior A Star John Jackson Proves He is Here to Stay
VJW & Long Island Gulls Come Together In a Time of Need
Nov 26, 12
VJW Teams Shine at 2012 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
VJW '04 Selects Look to Bring Cheer to Troops This Holiday Season
Ryan Fitzgerald Scores Four Goals at 2012 World Junior A Challenge
VJW Junior A Team Continues Its EJHL Dominance
Fast Hockey to Live Stream at Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
2012 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament Comes to Haverhill
2012 Warrior Classic Kicks Off on Friday
Ryan Fitzgerald Named to USA Junior Select Team
VJW 05 Elite Player Receives Weekly NEHL Honor
VJW Junior Teams Continue to Win Big in League Play
Ryan Fitzgerald Stars in All-American Prospects Game
VJW Junior A Team Remains Undefeated in EJHL Play
VJW Junior A Team Off to Impressive & Fast Start
Brian Pinho Accepts Hockey Scholarship to Providence College
VJW Junior A Team Featured in USA Junior Hockey Magazine
Fitzgerald & Tringale to compete in All-American Prospects Game
VJW Teams Perform Well at 2012 Warrior National Showcase
Blackwell Shines at 2012 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp