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New Jersey Top 10: No changes in this week’s rankings

New Jersey Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Don Bosco Prep11301
2Delbarton21020
3Randolph31103
4Summit41210
5Gloucester Catholic5640
6Morristown-Beard6931
7St. John Vianney71012
8St. Augustine Prep8641
9Seton Hall Prep9753
10Chatham10930

There was no movement in this week’s HNIB News New Jersey Top 10 poll. It’s the same ten in the same order as last week’s poll.

1-Don Bosco Prep (13-0-1):  Coach Greg Toskos’ club pushed its winning streak to 14 games after it skated past No. 6 Morristown-Beard, 6-1, on Jan. 10. The Ironmen are still unbeaten this season with a lone scoreless tie coming against ninth-ranked Seton Hall Prep on Nov. 29. Top-seeded Don Bosco will skate next against Ramsey in the quarterfinal round of the Bergen County Tournament today as it begins its quest for a seventh-straight championship.

2-Delbarton (10-2-0): The Green Wave extended their winning streak to five games with a 2-0 victory over Northern Highlands on Jan. 11. Michael Balzarotti and James Falavene had the goals and Max Banoun stopped all 16 shots in the triumph. The Green Wave face a key home-and-home series with Gordon Conference American Division rival and eighth-ranked St. Augustine on Jan. 12 and 16.

3-Randolph (11-0-3): The Rams kept their own unbeaten streak intact with a tight defensive display in consecutive 2-1 victories last week over No. 4 and then-unbeaten Summit and Madison on Jan. 9. Scott Kimiecik stopped 46 of 48 shots in the two decisions while Max Gaudioso and Will Zimmer netted the game-winning goal in each victory. Randolph will venture next into Essex County to face-off against Livingston today at Codey Arena.

4-Summit (12-1-0) : After seeing its 11-game winning streak stopped with a hard-fought, 2-1, loss against third-ranked Randolph on Jan. 5, Summit responded with a well-earned 3-1 victory over a solid Montclair (9-2-2) squad on Jan. 9. Tom Pryymak, Greg Spitznagel and Aidan Wiseman have combined for 30 goals for the Hilltoppers. Top-seeded Summit will begin defense of its Union County Tournament title when it skates against the winner of 4-Gov. Livingston and 5-Cranford on Jan. 17.

5-Gloucester Catholic (6-4):  The Rams saw their two-game  winning streak halted when they suffered a 7-2 loss to second-ranked  Delbarton on Jan. 8. Alec Meyers and Connor Milliken netted the goals in that contest for Gloucester Catholic, which put 43 shots on the Delbarton goal. Gloucester Catholic now squares off next against its South Jersey rival and No. 8 St. Augustine on Jan. 15.

6-Morristown-Beard (9-3-1):  The Crimson saw their eight-game winning streak stopped on Jan. 10, but it came against the top team in New Jersey in Don Bosco Prep in a 6-1 defeat. Senior goalie Anthony Del Tufo sparkled as he made 34 saves in the effort. Morristown-Beard, which had suffered its last loss back on Dec. 8 against Hun (5-2), has key Mennen Division games coming up against Morristown today and No. 3 Randolph (Jan. 16).

7-St. John Vianney (10-1-2) :  John Gelatt finished with two goals and registered his 100th career point when the Lancers  skated to a 3-3 tie against St. Joseph of Montvale in Jan. 9. The junior forward has 41 points thus far on 19 goals and 22 assists. The Lancers boast a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) since a 3-1 loss to Middletown North on Dec. 17. During that stretch Vianney has outscored opponents by a 29-10 margin.

8-St. Augustine Prep (6-4-1):   Kyle Knight delivered five goals as the Hermits earned key Gordon Conference victories over St. Peter’s Prep and Bishop Eustace this week. The South Jersey school also pushed its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1) since a 6-2 loss to No. 6 Morristown-Beard on Dec. 18. The Hermits have some tough ice ahead over the next week with two games against No. 2 Delbarton (Jan. 12 & 16) and fifth-ranked Gloucester Catholic (Jan. 15).

9-Seton Hall Prep (7-5-3):  Coach Mike Atkinson’s club put together a 4-0-1 log during its past five contests before it ended on Jan. 11 when it was edged, 4-3, by the Hun School. Thomas Colucci finished with two goals and an assist in the loss for the Pirates, which received inspired play from John Profaci. The junior goalie posted a 1.80 GAA in the five-game span. The Pirates will play host to Point Pleasant Boro on Jan. 13 before taking on Pope John on Jan. 17.

10-Chatham (9-3-0): Zachary Pendergrast boasts a 1.38 goals-against through first 11 games. The junior halted all 19 shots when Chatham blanked Morris Knolls, 3-0, on Jan. 6. David Andreychuk scored his 13th and 14th goals to key a 6-3 victory over Mendham on Jan. 10.  The Cougars will be busy again with battles against Kinnelon today followed by Middletown South Jan. 15.

Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno covered college and high school ice hockey for The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger from 1988-2012. A 1984 graduate of Seton Hall University, he played collegiate hockey for The Hall in the Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference. He also served as an intern in the New Jersey Devils public relations department during the 1983-84 season. Bruno later coached the Seton Hall University ice hockey team (1985-1987) and has covered the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils training camps as well as the ECAC ice hockey championships in Lake Placid, NY, for the Ledger. Bruno, who has been a contributing hockey writer to New Jersey Monthly Magazine, has covered hockey for Sideline Chatter for the past three seasons.
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