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VJW Junior A Team Happy to Be Back Home
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Christian Elsborg Charlie Widmar
Following an eight-game away stretch, the Valley Jr Warriors Junior A squad returned to the friendly confines of Haverhill Valley Forum and have been flying ever since.

The talented squad of junior-level players has won two of the last three games during a stretch that dates back to November 3 when the Warriors defeated EHL Central foe Walpole Express by a score of 3-1.

They followed that key league victory with arguably the biggest victory of the season as part of the 2013 Warrior Classic, which is being hosted – once again – by the Valley Junior Warriors program.

On Friday, the Warriors knocked out the EHL North leading New Hampshire Monarchs. It was only the third Monarchs loss of the season.

“It’s always nice to play on your home rink,” said Andy Heinze, head coach and general manager of the VJW Junior A team. “Our players have been responding well and it’s rewarding for them to see the results on the scoresheet.”

Through Saturday evening, the Warriors are led in scoring by
Charlie Widmar (14 points) and Christian Elsborg (13 points).

Below is a summary of those three key home victories. The Warriors will cap off the 2013 Warrior Classic on Sunday when they face off against the NE Wolves. They will then hit the road beginning with a Friday league matchup against the New Jersey Titans.


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Valley Jr Warriors 3, Walpole Express 1
After falling behind by a score of 1-0 in the first period, the Warriors exploded for three goals in the second period to capture the league win. Elliott Polanchyck finished with two goals, while Rudolfs Kalvitis posted one goal and Hunter Wilhoite and Van Sullivan both finished with two assists. The first tally came at the 17:29 mark of the second stanza with the other two following less than two minutes later in a span of just four seconds. The Warriors outshot the Express by an impressive 51-to-18 margin.

Valley Jr Warriors 3, New Hampshire Monarchs 2
Fueled by a strong start, the Warriors scored three goals in the first two periods and held on for the 3-2 victory. Griffin Dyne – off helpers by Dominic Corsetto and Jordan Deckard – started off the Warrior scoring barrage at the 12:06 mark of the first period. Justin DeWitz netted a powerplay tally two minutes later. Shane Tracy extended the Warriors’ lead to 3-0 at the 16:12 mark of the second period. Although the Monarchs scored once late in the second period and then again just 4:06 into the third period, the Warriors held on thanks in part to a 31-save performance by Matt Penta.

Connecticut Oilers 3 at Valley Jr. Warriors 2
The Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two periods, but Connecticut chipped away and eventually pulled out the overtime victory in Haverhill. Charlie Widmar scored the game's first tally just 32 seconds into the game off assists from Dan Holland and Shane Tracy. Holland extended the lead to 2-0 at the 11:15 mark of the first stanza. Despite a 26-save effort by Matt Penta, the Warriors could not hold off the Oilers who scored just 14 seconds into the overtime period.

INDEX
VJW '97 Elite Standout Netminder Elijah Harris Commits to Brown University
2015 Set to be an Unprecedented Year for American-Born & VJW Players
VJW Alum Chris Kreider Emerges as An NHL Game Changer
Valley Jr. Warriors Put Massachusetts Back on the NHL Map - Part I of III
VJW Alum Noah Hanifin Named to U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team
Looking Forward to 2014 VJW Tournaments
Former Warrior Mike Vecchione Helps Union College Win First National Title
VJW '97 Elites Cap Off Superior Season at USA Hockey National Championship
It's Game Time for VJW U16's at the 2014 USA Hockey National Championship
Former Warriors - Fitzgerald, Silk & Vecchione - Highlight Frozen Four
Three VJW Junior A Players Announce Plans for 2014-15 Season
VJW ’97 Elites Prepare for 2014 USA Hockey U16 Tier I National Championship
Three VJW '00 Elites Participate in Prestigous East Coast Young Guns Showcase
VJW Players Highlight 2014 Super 8 Hockey Championship
Valley Jr Warrior Junior A Team Soars Into Second Round of EHL Playoffs
A Parent's Perspective: Reflections On Another Great Season of Warrior Hockey
Valley Jr Warriors Post Perfect Record on NEHL Championship Sunday
Valley Jr Warrior Teams Win Three NEHL Championship Titles
In Memory of Paul Gilmartin, Sr.
VJW Alums Lead USA Under-17 team to Another International Title
Thanks to VJW Alum Alex Carpenter For Representing Team USA at Sochi
Valley Jr Warriors Named Charter Member of E9 Elite Hockey League
So Much to Look Forward to - VJW Tryout Season Begins This Week
VJW Alums Ryan Fitzgerald & Brendan Silk Celebrate 62nd Beanpot Tournament Win
Former NHL Stars Ken Hodge & Scott Lachance Named VJW Bantam Coaches
VJW Junior A Standout Charlie Widmar Commits to St. Olaf College
Did You Know? 10% of the Beanpot Players Are Valley Jr Warrior Alums!
Former Warrior Ryan Heavey Stands Tall for Babson Beavers
Former VJW Player Jake Kulevich Has Found a Home at Colgate
VJW Accepting Applications From Experienced and Qualified Coaches
NY Islander Goaltending Coach & Former Olympian Visits VJW Practice
VJW Teams Head to Rhode Island for JWK Tournament
VJW '00 Selects Enjoy A Night at Frozen Fenway
Former Warriors Lead Team USA to a Gold Medal at the gold medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challen
Alex Carpenter Named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team Roster
VJW '03 Elites Advance to Semifinals at the North American Frozen Cup
Two Former Valley Jr Warriors Players Continue Impressive Carpenter Legacy
Mark Your Calendars Today for 2014 VJW Tournaments
VJW '97 Elites - Massachusetts State Champions
VJW '00 Selects Take Time to Give Back During the Holiday Season
VJW '01 Elites Impress and Dominate at 2013-2014 Super01 Series Tournament
Valley Jr Warriors Youth Teams Continue NEHL Player of the Week Streak
Charlie Widmar & Shane Tracy Named EHL Mid-Season All Stars
VJW '00 Elites Make National Statement; Now Ranked 12th In the Nation
Another Major Success For the Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
VJW Teams Win Three of Six Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament Titles
Former Warrior Chris Kreider Nets First Career NHL Hat Trick
VJW Teams Prepare For Playoffs at Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
2013 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament Kicks Off in Haverhill
Four Former Warriors Reunite in NCAA Division I Showdown
Ken Hodge & Ryan St. Jean Backstop VJW '00 Elites to a Great Start
VJW Junior A Squad Scores Four Power-Play Goals in League Win
Cam Askew Takes his VJW Talents to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
From the VJW to the NHL: Chris Kreider and Corey Schneider
Logan Bridgewater Named NEHL Player of the Week
VJW '99 Elites Advance to Mass State Championship Finals
Hunter Wilhoite Named Eastern Hockey League Defensive Player of the Week
Former Warrior Ryan Fitzgerald Named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week
VJW U16 Tier I Team Capture 3rd State Championship & Are National Bound... Again
Nov 9, 13
VJW Junior A Team Happy to Be Back Home
Four VJW Players Receive NEHL Player of the Week Honors
VJW '00 Elites Capture 2013 East Coast Classic Prep Cup Tournament Title
VJW '97 Elites Dominate and Win 2013 Midget Fall Classic
Jack Toohey Named the New England Hockey League Player of the Week
Fitzgerald, Hanifin & White Suit Up for U.S. National Under-17 Team
VJW Junior A Team Falls to Northern Cyclones in Week 2
Brendan Parent of the VJW '99s Named NEHL Player of the Week
VJW '03 Elites Advance to Finals of 2013 AAA Rochester Invitational
A new season. A new league. A new team. A new opportunity for the VJW Junior A Team
VJW Play Featured in NEHL Weekly Roundups (9/8)
VJW Teams Perform Well During Week 1 of NEHL Qualifying Jamboree
EHL Partners with EDUCATEAthletes for Full Suite of Educational Services
VJW 04 Selects Advance to Finals of Rinks at Exeter Tournament