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Valley Jr Warrior Junior A Team Soars Into Second Round of EHL Playoffs

141387_small.jpgThe Valley Jr Warriors Junior A team has been the talk of the junior hockey world this past week.

Less than one week ago, Andy Heinze’s squad delivered the biggest upset in Eastern Hockey League (EHL) history by knocking off the third-seeded Connecticut Oilers in the first round of EHL Playoffs.

The Warriors entered the playoffs as the 14th seed, but the talented squad saved their best for playoff time and made a statement to the rest of the league by winning the best-of-three game series against the Oilers. It marks the fourth straight year that the Warriors have advanced to at least the second round of the playoffs.

As a result of the team’s first-round victory, the Valley Jr Warriors will now take on the top-seeded New Hampshire Monarchs beginning on Friday. Here is a complete schedule of the quarterfinal series.

Friday, March 7 @ 7:10 PM
Site: Tri-Town Ice Arena (Hooksett, NH)

Saturday, March 8 7:15 PM
Site: Haverhill Valley Forum (Haverhill, MA)

Sunday, March 9 @ 4:10 PM
Site: Tri-Town Ice Arena (Hooksett, NH)

Valley Jr Warriors players and fans are encouraged to come out and support the Warriors as they look to take down the top seed and continue their run through the EHL playoffs!

Connecticut Oilers 3, Valley Jr Warriors 1
Friday, February 28

The Warriors traveled to Connecticut to face off against the Oilers last Friday. The Oilers jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead less than a minute into th game. The Warriors tied it up – thanks to a Shane Tracy tally at the :08 mark of the second period – but the host team went on to post two unanswered goals to jump out to a 1-0 series lead.

Valley Jr Warriors 4, Connecticut Oilers 3
Saturday, March 1

The Warriors returned to the friendly confines of the Haverhill Valley Forum the following evening and made an early statement that they would be a team to be reckoned with down the stretch. Emil Blomquist scored back-to-back tallies in a four-minute span to give the Warriors an early 2-0 lead following the first period of play. Connecticut responded with three unanswered goals, but the Warriors responded. Charlie Widmar netted his 9th tally of the season at the 7:20 mark of that period. Troy Sutherland – with an assist to Widmar – lit the lamp just five minutes later to give the Warriors a 4-3 advantage and extend the series to a third and decisive game.

Valley Jr Warriors 5, Connecticut Oilers 2
Sunday, March 2

In the third and final game of the series, it appeared that the Oilers would cash in on the home-rink advantage as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the second period. However, the Warriors would respond and battled their way into the second round of playoffs.

Jordan Deckard and Mikkel Joehnk both scored in the second period to equal the game at 2-2 heading into the third period. The game remained deadlocked until  Joehnk netted his second goal of the game at the 17:15 mark of the third period to give the Warriors its first lead in the contest. With the Oilers pressing and their goalie pulled, the Warriors stayed strong and capped off the dramatic comeback with two empty-net tallies by Brendan Heinze and Kris Holmes

The performance not only drew praise from fans and spectators, but it also earned the team top league headlines!

 

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
Mar 6, 14
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
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
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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