The Warriors hit the ice for practice for the first time Monday morning as they look to improve on a 2020-21 season where Valley went 10-26-2 overall and were defeated in the first round of the postseason by the Walpole Express. Valley will open their regular season at Paul T. Gilmartin Memorial Arena with a home game against the Maine Eclipse on Friday, September 17 at 11:30 AM. With two weeks until the opener, here are some of the notable storylines as the Warriors look to win their division for the first time since 2016-17.
The Return of a Goaltending Duo
Despite an ever-changing roster, general manager and head coach Ryan McGrath was able to retain a pair of goaltenders in Noah Dorsey and Tucker Hanson. Dorsey comes into the new season as the more EHL-experienced of the two as the St. John’s Prep alum posted a .895 save percentage over 16 games in 2020-21. Hanson made his EHL debut last season following nine games with the Warriors’ EHLP squad. The Boxboro native was outstanding at Masconomet Regional High School two years prior, recording a 1.66 goals-against average alongside a .916 save percentage as team captain.
Pitarys and Holding Headline the EHLP Group
Another pair of returnees that look to make some waves this upcoming year is the forward duo of Nick Pitarys and Michael Holding. Pitarys recorded a pair of goals and six assists in 33 games for Valley last year, putting him in a tie for third on the EHLP team in scoring. The Londonderry, New Hampshire native also played a very disciplined game, taking just eight penalty minutes over the course of the season. Meanwhile, Holding put his three years of experience playing at Brockport High School in New York to good use in his first season with the Warriors organization. The 19-year-old potted four goals to go along with three assists in 34 games last year.
Moreschi Moves on to College
With all the familiar faces coming back to Haverhill, there will be one big loss on the Warriors’ bench this fall. Former Valley assistant coach Matthew Moreschi has been hired by Trine University of Division III college hockey. Moreschi, who also played two seasons with the Warriors, joins a Thunder program that went 3-10-1 in 2020-21.