Weekend Sweep Sets Stage for EJHL Semifinals for VJW Junior A Team
Untitled Documenttringale_400.jpgThe 2013 Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) semifinals are now set and the Valley Jr Warriors Junior A team is set to face off against the Middlesex Islanders. The three-game semifinal series will take place this weekend in Tyngsboro as the Warriors look to take another key step towards an EJHL Championship title.

The Warriors secured their spot in the semifinals after a weekend quarterfinal sweep of the South Shore Kings in Haverhill. Here is the schedule of play for this weekend.

Saturday, March 9 @ 3:50 p.m.
Valley Junior Warriors at Islanders Hockey Club
Site: Lighthouse; Tyngsboro, MA

Sunday, March 10 @ 11:00 a.m.
Valley Junior Warriors at Islanders Hockey Club
Site: Lighthouse; Tyngsboro, MA

Sunday, March 10 @ TBD (if necessary)
Valley Junior Warriors at Islanders Hockey Club
Site: Lighthouse; Tyngsboro, MA

On Saturday evening at the Haverhill Valley Forum, the Warriors pelted the South Shore Kings netminder with 41 shots and scored just 16 seconds into the game with Devin Tringale - off an assist from John Needham - netted the game's first goal of the game. Perry Holcolmbe extended the Warriors' lead to 2-0 at the 13:19 mark. A scoreless second period was followed by a high-scoring third period where the South Shore Kings scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead. With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, the Warriors stormed back. John Needham - with assists from Tringale and John Jackson - scored the game-tying goal at the 15:44 mark and then Needham netted the game winner at the 18:55 mark to seal the one-goal victory.

The following afternoon, the teams remained deadlocked through the first period but third-year standout VJW player John Jackson broke the tie by scoring a powerplay goal at the 4:31 mark of the second periods, John Needham and Tringale assisted on that tally. Less than one minute later, Nick Pichette followed with his 14th goal of the season. The South Shore Kings tied the score at 2-2 midway through the third period, but Ryan Fitzgerald secured the Warriors' spot in the semifinals with his first goal of the weekend at the 14:55 mark of the third period. The Warriors completed the weekend sweep with that 3-2 victory.

Netminder Brendan Leahy has played all four playoff games thus far and is off to a 4-0 start. This past weekend against the Kings, Leahy posted 49 saves.

This year marked the third straight season that the Warriors have advanced to the EJHL Quarterfinals.



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