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New Jersey Top 10: Wall makes poll debut

New Jersey Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Don Bosco Prep11801
2Delbarton21251
3Randolph31403
4Morristown Beard61231
5Gloucester Catholic5951
6Summit41520
7Christian Brothers81161
8St. John Vianney71322
9WallNR1512
10Chatham101240

1-Don Bosco Prep (18-0-1): The Ironmen Express continued to roll up the ice and remained locked in the top spot when they extended their winning streak to 16-straight with an impressive 3-1 decision over Gordon Conference foe St. Augustine Prep on Jan. 26. Aside from its scoring prowess, the defensively-stout Ramsey school has not allowed more than one goal in seven games – the last time in a 3-2 victory over Princeton Day on Dec. 30.

2-Delbarton (12-5-1): The Green Wave suffered losses to No. 8 Christian Brothers (5-3) and Brunswick of Connecticut (3-0) before being edged by top-ranked Don Bosco, 2-1, last week. The defeat to CBA halted the Green Wave’s eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1). Delbarton, which responded with a 2-1 decision over Lawrenceville on Jan. 24 and still holds its No. 2 ranking, gets a chance to avenge its loss to CBA when the two play again on Jan. 30.

3-Randolph (13-0-3):  The Rams are another club that continues to flourish with its customary defensive play and timely scoring. The perennial Morris County power extended its unbeaten streak against No. 10 Chatham with a 3-0 win on Jan. 25. It marked the eighth consecutive triumph for Randolph since playing to a 1-1 draw with Seton Hall Prep on Dec. 27.

4-Morristown-Beard (12-3-1): Thomas Matthews and Connor Tartaglione each scored in the first period and that was enough as Morristown-Beard downed Morris Knolls, 4-1, on Jan. 26. The triumph extended the Crimson’s winning streak to four games; and the club boasts an 11-1 record in its last 12 games – the lone defeat coming against top-ranked Don Bosco Prep on Jan. 10. The Crimson play Portledge of New York on Jan. 29.

5-Gloucester Catholic (9-5-1):  After a 4-2 loss to then-ninth ranked Seton Hall Prep, the Rams avenged that setback two days later with a 3-2 decision over the Pirates, before earning another impressive one-goal verdict over South Jersey rival St. Augustine Prep on Jan. 24. Play St. Peter’s Prep on Jan. 26. Rams are 5-1-2 in last 8 heading into St. Peter’s game.

6-Summit (15-2-0): The Hilltoppers were seeking their seventh overall Union County Tournament championship but were jolted by Westfield, 3-2, on Jan. 20. It stopped Summit’s three-game winning streak and marked its only loss since a 2-1 defeat against third-ranked Randolph on Jan. 5. Summit answered that with a decisive 7-0 win over Morristown. After facing Madison on Jan. 28, the Hilltoppers get a rematch with Westfield on Jan. 31.

7-Christian Brothers Academy (10-6-1):   The Colts made a big statement last week with their impressive 5-3 decision over No. 2 Delbarton on Jan. 17. CBA followed that with wins over St. Peter’s Prep (5-1) and finished the week by handing ninth-ranked Wall its first loss of the season. The Colts will carry their four-game winning streak onto the ice when they play Red Bank Catholic on Jan. 29 followed the next day with a rematch against Delbarton.

8-St. John Vianney (13-2-2): The Lancers trailed 4-1 and mounted a valiant comeback but saw their seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) stopped when they were jolted by Montclair Kimberley Academy, 6-5, on Jan. 22. St. John responded with a 5-1 decision over Notre Dame before blanking Jackson Memorial 6-0 on Jan. 26. The Lancers play St. Rose on Jan. 30 before they skate against No. 2 Delbarton on Feb. 1.

9-Wall (15-1-2): The Crimson Knights saw their unbeaten streak stopped on Jan. 26 in a 3-1 loss to No. 7 CBA, but skate into the Top 10 this week at No. 9. Zach Tarantino’s first period goal had staked Wall to a 1-0 lead and Logan Beattie finished with 29 saves against CBA. Tarantino, a senior forward, leads the club with 65 points on 28 goals and 37 assists. Up next for Wall are Manalapan (Jan. 30) and Middletown North (Jan. 31).

10-Chatham (12-3-0): The Cougars had their six-game winning streak halted when they skated against Mennen Division rival and third-ranked Randolph on Jan. 26 and dropped a 3-0 decision. It marked the second loss this winter to the Rams, who had previously downed Chatham, 2-1, on Dec. 21. Chatham is back on the ice against Mennen foe Morris Knolls on Jan. 30.

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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