The Valley Jr Warriors put an exclamation mark on what will be the final season of the New England Hockey League (NEHL).
Jr Warrior teams took part in the 2014 New NEHL Championships and captured three divisional titles.
The Warriors posted a 3-0 record during the 2014 NEHL Championships thanks to exciting victories by the ’00 Elites, ’02 Selects and ’03 Elites.
In addition to the three NEHL titles, three teams ('04 Selects, '01 Elites and '05 Selects) advanced to quarterfinals and four others ('99 Selects, '02 Elites, '05 Elites and '06 Elites) played their way into the semifinals.
Including both regular season and playoffs, the Warriors have now won an astounding 32 NEHL titles in just 10 years.
Beginning with the 2014-15 season, all Valley Jr Warrior teams will compete in the newly-formed Elite 9 Hockey League and Boston Hockey League.
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Here is a summary of each championship victory.
VJW '00 Elites 5, Wizards '00 Elites 3
Playing in its home rink, the VJW ’00 Elites claimed its third straight NEHL title with a strong 5-3 win over the Wizards ’00 Elites. The Warriors entered the playoffs as the first seed and did not disappoint. The team advanced to the finals following a decisive 6-2 win over the Jr. Rangers 00 – Elites in the semifinals.
It marks a continuation of dominance for this Warrior squad which has now won three consecutive NEHL titles dating back to the 2011-12 season.
This past season, the VJW 00 Elites posted a 24-3-3 regular-season record and scored 145 goals while allowing just 64 goals. The team ended the season as the No. 21 team in the nation, according to www.myhockeyrankings.com.
VJW '02 Selects 4, Jr. Rangers '02 Selects 2
It was a fitting way to end the season. The VJW ’02 Selects were simply outstanding in league play dating back to September and proved that they were indeed the best team in the ’02 National North Division. The Warriors finished the regular season with a division-best 23-4-3 record.
Come championship time, the Warriors were prepared for the challenge. The ’02 Selects first defeated the fourth-seeded Patriots 02 – Elites by a score of 3-1 in the semifinals. The team went on to knock off the Jr. Rangers 02 – S, 4-2, in the championship finale.
"Both games, like so many of them throughout the season, were well earned," said Ray Robinson, head coach of the VJW '02 Selects. "It sounds cliche' but it was a total team effort."
Indeed, the Warriors not only earned themselves the lowest goals against average on the season (2.1), but the team also scored 120 goals!
"There are so many things in life to be thankful for... family, friends, health, home, but there are precious few moments like seeing your child and his teammates storming the ice following an incredible hard fought championship victory," said Robinson, who also pointed out the hard work of Assistant Coaches Adams, Pike, Bridgewater, Perry and Burdick. "Sticks and knees flying high, gear everywhere, parents and players hugging, the entire rink is erupting with energy... wow!"
VJW '03 Elites 6, Wizards '03 Elites 3
The Warriors entered the NEHL Championships with a dominating 26-2-2 record. The Warriors were not about to let an opportunity to slip by as they posted two more playoff wins to capture both the regular season and playoff titles.
The Warriors first fought off a Glades 03 – Elite team in the semifinals. The squad then defeated the Wizards – 03 Elites by a score of 6-3 in the championship final.
In its last 26 games, the Warriors posted an undefeated 25-0-1 record. Including all tournament games, the squad finished with an incredible 47-7-2 record for the 2013-14 season. It is no surprise that the team ended the season as the No. 24 team in the nation, according to www.myhockeyrankings.com.
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