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Valley Jr Warrior Teams Dominate at Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament

The script could not have been written any more perfect for the Valley Jr Warriors.

As host of arguably the most popular November tournament in the Northeast, the Warrior teams dominated at the 2014 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament held this weekend.

Five divisions – ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04 and ’05 – were featured and VJW teams advanced to the playoffs in all five divisions and three teams captured divisional titles.

Finishing atop their division and claiming championship titles were the VJW ’01 Elites, ’02 Elites and ’04 Elites. The VJW ’03 Elites finished as runner up, while the VJW ’05 Elites advanced to the semifinals.

Here is a rundown on the tremendous performance by the VJW teams!

VJW ’01 Elites def. Wizards 01, 6-3
After dropping its first game of the tournament to the Bock Blazers by a score of 4-2, the Warriors were simply unstoppable from that point forward. Through its next five games, the VJW ’01 Elites outscored its opponents by a 28-to-6 margin. The impressive string of play included two shutout performances against the DS Riverhawks and Troy Albany.

The Warriors capped of its championship run with a strong 6-3 win over the Wizards – 01 in Haverhill. It was an especially sweet win as the Wizards currently stand atop the ’01 Division Elite 9 standings and were on a seven-game league win streak… that was until the Warriors upended them en route to what is the team’s third straight Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament title.

2014 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament Results
Warriors 01 – Elite 2, Boch Blazers 01 – Elite 4
Valley Forge 01 2, Warriors 01 – Elite 4
DS Riverhawks 01 0, Warriors 01 – Elite 11
Troy Albany 01 0, Warriors 01 – Elite 3
Warriors 01 – Elite 6, Boch Blazers 01 – Elite 1 (semifinals)
Warriors 01 – Elite 6, Wizards 01 – Elite 3 (finals)

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VJW ’02 Elites def. Seacoast 02 – Elite, 6-1
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t was as if it was simply meant to be. From start to finish, the VJW ’02 Elites were outstanding as they rolled to a perfect 6-0 record and won all of its games by at least three goals. Through six games, the Warriors outscored its opponents by a 40-to-10 margin.

After cruising into the playoffs, the Warriors blanked the RI Saints 02 by a score of 9-0 and then registered a strong 6-1 win over Seacoast 02 in the finals.

2014 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament Results
LI Gulls 02 0, Warriors 02 – Elite 3
DS Riverhawks 02 2, Warriors 02 – Elite 10
So Shore Kings 02 3, Warriors 02 – Elite 9
Top Gun 02 4, Warriors 02 – Elite 7
Warriors 02 – Elite 5, RI Saints 02 – Elite 0 (semifinals)
Warriors 02 – Elite 6, Seacoast 02 – Elite 1 (finals)

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VJW ’04 Elites def. Patriots 04 - Elite, 4-3
The road to its second straight Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament is one that will not soon be forgotten.

After posting a 4-0 record during the round-robin part of the event, the Warriors earned themselves a semifinal showdown against Elite 9 foe Boston Advantage 04 – Elite. A repeat title did not look promising as time was winding down as the Warriors trailed by a score of 3-1 with five minutes left in regulation. Defying the odds, the VJW ’04 Elites stormed back to tie the score and force extra time. They prevailed by a score of 4-3 to earn a spot in the championship game.

More heroics were needed on Sunday. Following three periods of play and one overtime session, the Warriors were deadlocked by a score of 3-3 with the Patriots 04 – Elites. The Warriors finally prevailed in a shootout for its second – and very sweet – Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament title. 

2014 Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament Results
GB Vipers 04 1, Warriors 04 – Elite 4
Warriors 04 – Elite 7, Boston Advantage 04 – Elite 3
Warriors 04 – Elite 4, Minuteman Flames 04 3
CT Wolfpack 04 Elite 3, Warriors 04 – Elite 5
Warriors 04 – Elite 4, Boston Advantage 04 – Elite 3 (semifinals)
Warriors 04 – Elite 4, Patriots 04 – Elite 3 (finals)

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Although they did not capture divisional titles, the VJW ’03 Elites and VJW ’05 Elites ensured that the Warriors were represented in the playoffs in all five divisions.

The VJW ’03 Elites earned the top seed in the 03 Blue Division after registering a flawless 4-0 record during the round robin. The Warriors advanced to the finals after a 4-2 win against the GB Vipers 03, but they came up just short in the final game verses the Wizards 03 – Elite.

In the ’05 Division, the VJW ’05 Elites earned a spot in the semifinals and a showdown with the Patriots 05 – Elite. In what was a hard-fought game, the Patriots scored with one second left in the first period and held on to that advantage and until they sealed the victory with an empty-net tally with less than two minutes remaining in that semifinal tilt.

A total of seven VJW teams competed in this year’s Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament and combined for an impressive 25 wins over a three-day period.

CLICK HERE for complete tournament results.

INDEX
Warrior Alum Brian Pinho Returns to National Stage in Frozen Four!
Brian Pinho Returns to the National Stage in Frozen Four!
VJW Junior A Team Clinches 2014-15 EHL Playoff Spot
VJW Juniors Sweep in Vermont; Will Platt Stands Third in Team Scoring
First Edition of Warrior News Hits VJW's Rink Network
'01 Domination - Nick Cafarelli & Matt Walsh Named Players of the Week
Valley Jr Warriors Represent Well - Again - at the Annual Beanpot Tournament
Former VJW Junior A Star Ryan Fitzgerald Named Eagle of the Week
From Mite to Air Force Academy - Zach Mirageas Announces Collegiate Plans
VJW Alums Featured in 2015 NHL Draft Central Scouting Service Midterm Rankings
VJW '01 Selects Capture Bronze at 2015 Quebec Cup
VJW '02 Selects Win Big at the 2015 Kennedy Memorial Tournament
Six Valley Jr Warrior Teams Advance to Playoffs at the Kennedy Memorial Tournament
Ryan Fitzgerald & Mike Vecchione Nominated for the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award
Come One, Come 10 VJW Teams to the Kennedy Memorial Tournament
VJW Junior A Spotlight on Defenseman Ben Lau
McKennelley & Neary Collect League Player of the Week Honors
Vecchione Named to Frozen Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team
Team USA & Noah Hanifin Off to Fast Start at World Junior Championship
VJW Junior A Team Caps Off 2014 With Two Big League Wins
Noah Hanifin Nets Shorty & Steals Show For 2015 U.S. National Junior Team
VJW Junior A Team HIts Road for Key Three-Game Series
Three Former VJW Stars Shine For Saint Anselm Hawks
Valley Jr Warriors Now Accepting 2015-16 Coaching Applications
Eight Years & Counting - VJW '00 Selects Support Those in Need
VJW Alum Alex Carpenter Named Hockey East Player of the Month
From the VJW to Harvard - a Success Story for Alum Devin Tringale
VJW Junior A Team Returns From Break With Big Win Over the New Jersey Titans
Ryan O’Halloran of the VJW '02 Elites Named E9 Player of the Week
VJW '04 Selects Finish Second at the 2014 Turkey Tournament
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Valley Jr Warrior Teams Dominate at Warrior Thanksgiving Tournament
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Two VJW Players Named Elite 9 Hockey League Players of the Week
Mike Vecchione Named ECAC Hockey Player of the Month
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VJW U-18 Squad Advances to Playoffs of 2014 Beantown Fall Classic
Doubling Up: Mike Vecchione Named ECAC Player of the Week
Hunter Wilhoite Named EHL Defensive Player of the Week
VJW Junior A Team Sweeps Weekend to Move Up EHL Standings
Mike Vecchione Named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week
VJW '00 Selects Step Out in Support of a Friend & a Great Cause
VJW Junior A Team Takes Two Out of Three at the EHL Columbus Day Showcase
VJW Program Takes Center Stage On Eastern Hockey League Web Site
Former VJW Players Highlight Top-Ranked Division I Collegiate Rosters
VJW Junior A Team Prepares for the EHL's Columbus Day Showcase
VJW Midget Teams Set for Tier 1 Showcase in Westborough
VJW Youth Teams Off to Strong Elite 9 & Boston Hockey League Start
VJW Junior A Team Scores Big Home Victory Over Boston Junior Rangers
Eric MacAdams Made National Heads Turn at USA Hockey Player Development Camp
Noah Hanifin Draws USA Hockey Headlines & Makes Boston College History
Four VJW Standouts Highlight 2014 All-American Prospects Roster
Brogen Photography Comes to the Valley Junior Warriors
EHL Spring Showcase Comes to the Haverhill Valley Forum in 2015
VJW Junior A Team Readies For the Start of the 2014-15 Season
VJW '03 Elites Win Divisional Title at 2014 Warrior National Showcase
2014 Warrior National Showcase Comes to a Close
Alex Carpenter Named to 2014 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team
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Ready to Go… Showcase Schedule Posted
Valley Jr Warrior Summer Camp Sets The Stage for the 2014-15 Season
VJW Alum Chris Kreider Signs Two-Year Deal With New York Rangers