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Colonial Valley Conference: Notre Dame, Princeton lead the way

Notre Dame (18-9-0)

Always the favorite in the CVC, ND will spend most of the year trying to prepare for the private state tournament. The Irish bring back two big scorers in senior forwards Dakota Skove (28-32-60) and Connor Todaro (28-23-51) and will also count on sophomore Matt Sellers (15-12-17) up front and senior Ryan Seigel (4-11-15) at the back.

Princeton (14-6-2)

The likely top challenger will be led by seniors Connor McCormick (17-22-39), Jack Andres (21-8-29), and John Reid (12-13-25) and sophomores Brendon McCormick (11-13-24) up front, Eamonn McDonald on defense, and Sawyer Peck in goal.

Robbinsville/Allentown (14-7-2)

Junior John Francis will lead the way offensively, while the addition of freshman Joe Pontrelli adds significant depth for the Ravens. Senior Jimmy Kenna and junior John Martin lead the defense, while a trio of goaltenders all gained experience last year.

Hopewell Valley (11-12-2)

HV will aim for more consistency in 2014-15 after dealing with a rash of injuries last year. Junior goalie Curtis Hart saw important minutes last year and takes over as the starter behind senior defenseman Chase Habig. Junior Gil Daley, senior Aubrey Toland, and sophomore Jack Boyer lead the Bulldog offense for head coach Bob Gialanella.

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It is a crowded pack after the top four, with two co-op changes yielding new teams in West Windsor-Plainsboro North / Ewing and Lawrence / Hightstown. They will compete with West Windsor-Plainsboro South (11-12-1), Steinert (8-12-1), Paul VI (5-10-1), and Nottingham / Hamilton (0-17) for Mercer County Tournament seeding.

 

Jonathan Yardley
Jonathan Yardley has been covering high school ice hockey in New Jersey since 1996. A native of Morristown and a Delbarton alumnus, he graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 2005. A radio and television broadcaster, he has called games for the 2003 NCAA championship Rice baseball team (2002-05), the 2011 Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo (2008-11), and ESPN3 (2012-13), among other teams and outlets. He grew up watching hockey at Mennen Arena and for five seasons (1996-97 to 2000-01) wrote a weekly newsletter and ran the webpage for the MCSSIHL, the Morris County high school league. He now writes for Hockey Night in Boston in addition to website and blog maintenance.
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