By Mike Shalin January 13, 2005
The Junior Team returned from their holiday break by dividing a pair of home games against the two top teams in the EJHL.
Dan Rossman (Boxford, Ma.) had two power-play goals and an assist and DJ Del Buono (Westborough, Ma.) stopped 19 of 20 shots to lead VJW to a 6-1 win over the New Hampshire Monarchs, the No. 2 team in the league. ?A great start to the second half against one of the top teams in the league,? said Warrior coach/general manager Andy Heinze. ?We held them to only 20 shots with a good effort from the forwards, defensemen and goaltender in our own end.
?Offensively, we executed well on the power play and went to the net hard in all situations, which helped our scoring. We also kept our composure when the game got a bit one-sided and chippy.?
Playing the next morning against the No. 1 Jr. Bruins, the Warriors fell behind by a pair early, played fairly well the rest of the way but wound up on the short end of a 6-2 score.
The 1-1 start to the second half left Heinze?s team (18-11-2-1) in third place in both the Northern Division and the overall EJHL standings. The Warriors visit the Harbor Wolves at BU Friday night and host the New Jersey Hitmen Sunday at the Valley Forum (11:50 a.m.).
Against the Monarchs, Ben Loss (Wilmette, Illinois.) opened the scoring, on the power play, before Mark Roebothan (St. John?s, Newfoundland), David Strathman (Tempe, Az.), Rossman, Ken Brandt (Plymouth, Mi., also on the power play), Rossman again and Ryan Leary (Marblehead, Ma.) also filled the net.
Sunday, Roebothan had both VJW goals, with Rossman assisting on both and Joe Cucci (Bloomingdale, Illinois) notched an assist.
"Although we got off to a slow start, giving up two goals in the first 4:25, we played pretty well overall in the first period despite being down, 2-1,? said Heinze. ?We got ourselves into some penalty trouble in the second period, which hurt us, and the Bruins were able to gain momentum and score twice to end the second up, 4-1. I felt we had been starting to take control before taking the penalties and I think that was the difference in the game."