Warriors Impress During First Day in Chicago
JrWarriors2.jpg’93 Elites Score 18 Goals in 2 Games for 2-0 Record

The puck has dropped for the four Valley Junior Warrior teams that have made their way to the Windy City this weekend to compete in the Chicago Mission Invitational Tournament. Taking part in this prestigious event, which bring together more than 4,400 players and 224 teams from across the United States and Canada, are the ‘92s,’93, ’94 and ’95 Elites.

Following the first day of play, the ’93 Elites are turning heads as they scored 18 goals in two games and head into Saturday’s game with an impressive 2-0 record. The ‘94s and ‘95s split their two games, while the ‘92s dropped two contests. Here are summaries from Friday’s action.

92_BMJF_445px.jpg The ‘92s had a tough first day as the team fell in both of its contests. It the first outing of the tournament, the Warriors met a tough New Jersey Icehouse Avalanche team that posted five goals on the day for a 5-0 victory. Three of those Avalanche tallies came in the second period.

Although the result was the same, the ’92 Elites battled to a 3-2 loss against the Waterloo Wolves later that day. After falling behind 3-0, the Warriors – led by two power-play goals by Kyle Larson – made a comeback but it was unfortunately too little, too late.

Game Links:
New Jersey Icehouse Avalanche 5, Warriors (92) 0 http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-boxscore.html?gameid=392191
Waterloo Wolves 3, Valley Junior Warriors (92) http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-boxscore.html?gameid=392362

93_BMNE_445px.jpg The ’93 Elites jumped out to a tremendous start with two convincing wins on Friday. In its first game out, the team exploded offensively with a 9-2 drumming of the Sun County Panthers. In that contest, seven different Valley Junior Warrior players scored as the team posted three goals in each period. Jake Kulevich and Colin Blackwell spearheaded the win with two goals apiece, while Paul Russell collected a game-high three assists. Also notching goals for the Warriors were Nick Renzi, Alex Gacek, Connor Helfrich, Josh Gallagher and Dan McDougal.

 It was much of the same that evening as the team – led by two-goal games from Renzi and Russell – had no problem disposing of the New Jersey Rockets, 8-2. Spreading the offense around nicely, Helfrich, John Daniels, McDougal and Gacek also scored for the Warriors. Chris Eiserman picked up his second victory of the day between the pipes.

Game Links:
Junior Valley Warriors (93) 9, Sun County Panthers http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-boxscore.html?gameid=392364
Junior Valley Warriors (93) 8, New Jersey Rockets 2 http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-boxscore.html?gameid=392185

94_PMJS_445px.jpg Following the first day of play, the ’94 Elites find themselves with a 1-1 record. In its first outing of the tournament, the team was fueled by a four-goal second period en route to a 5-3 victory against the Green Bay Gamblers (WI). Alex Carpenter was an offensive juggernaut with three goals, all of them coming in that second period.

 In that game, the Warriors found themselves trailing 2-0 after the first period, but it didn’t take long for them to storm back as Carpenter notched his first tally of the game just 21 seconds into that second stanza off a pass from Sam Kurker. Casey Shea added the team’s second goal 1:26 later with an unassisted tally. Carpenter then collected a feed from Danny Crowther less than a minute later to put the Warriors ahead for the first time in the game. Although Green Bay countered with its third goal of the game, Carpenter – off another feed from Crowther – responded his third goal at the 11:07 mark. Shea added the insurance goal just over two minutes into the third period to seal the victory.

In the team’s second game against a strong Detroit Compuware squad, the team managed only one goal – a Carpenter tally off assists from Peter Nugent and Crowther – in a 4-1 loss.

Game Links:
Valley Junior Warriors (94) 5, Green Bay http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-boxscore.html?gameid=392108
Detroit Compuware 4, Valley Junior Warriors (94) 1 http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-boxscore.html?gameid=392366

95_PMNS_445px.jpg The ’95 Elites – much like the ‘94s – split their games on Friday. In the day’s first game the team struggled to break past the LA Hockey Club as they fell by a score of 6-0. The West Coast squad blew the game wide open in the second period as they posted four goals in a span of 8:13.

 The ‘95s rebounded well during the afternoon hours, however, as they exploded offensively with a 5-3 victory over the Long Island Royals. Eddie Ellis was the player on fire with three goals, one in each of the three periods. The Warriors entered the first intermission with a 2-1 lead after Ellis and A.J. Johnson both scored. Johnson’s tally came on the power play. The second period is where they shined as Ellis – off a feed from David Belluche – and Shane Eiserman scored to give the Warriors a 4-1 lead. The team from Long Island battled back in the third with two unanswered goals, but an Ellis empty netter sealed the all-important victory. Matthew Marchman and Nick Phair split time in net, collecting 11 and seven saves, respectively, in that contest.

Game Links:
LA Hockey Club 6, Valley Junior Warriors (95) http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-boxscore.html?gameid=392367
Valley Junior Warriors (95) 5, Long Island Royals http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-boxscore.html?gameid=392142

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