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New Jersey Hockey: Pre-Season Top 10 – Defending Non-Public Champ Don Bosco Prep Starts Out Where It Left Off

New Jersey Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Don Bosco Prep2710
2Delbarton1974
3Christian Brothers Academy1871
4Summit2061
5Bergen Catholic11142
6Randolph2152
7St. Augustine Prep9132
8Gloucester Catholic10131
9Seton Hall Prep1493
10Morris Knolls1493

The 2019-2020 New Jersey high school hockey season gets underway this Friday, November 29th. Defending Non-Public State Champion Don Bosco Prep starts the new year ranked #1 in the HNIB News New Jersey Pre-Season Top 10. Public C state champion Summit begins the year at #4, and Public A state champion Morris Knolls is at #10.

1- Don Bosco Prep (27-1-0) The Ironmen remain as the leader of the ice pack to open the 62nd season of league play in New Jersey as they come off their first state championship (NJSIAA Non-Public). Led by seniors Will Fortescue, Hunter McGee and Robbie Greenleaf, Don Bosco looks to extend its winning streak to 24 games when it opens its campaign against ninth-ranked Seton Hall Prep on Nov. 29.

2- Delbarton (19-6-4) The Green Wave saw their hopes for a fourth straight NJSIAA Non-Public crown thwarted after a 3-1 setback against top-ranked Don Bosco in the 2019 final. Delbarton will rely on another strong group that features seniors Ben Conrod, Brendan Clarke (Brown University commit) and juniors J.R. Caganssola and Mark Durakjy. Sturdy Brett Cleaves returns in goal.

3- Christian Brothers Academy (18-7-1) Andy Gojdycz takes over the Colts after 11 years in command at Hunterdon Central, Montgomery and Hightstown. The former CBA standout has experience up front with senior forwards Giovanni Crepaldi, Kyle Contessa and C.J. Cummings. Juniors Colin Grable and Lucas Salas are back to anchor the blue line in front of senior goalie Nicolas Emilio.

4- Summit (20-6-1) Longtime assistant Ian Bell takes over for veteran coach Keith Nixon, who fashioned a 350-231-48 record. The Hilltoppers won their second straight NJSIAA Public C title and eighth Union County Cup crown and expect to be just as good this winter with a talented bunch returning. Seniors Tom Pryymak, Jake Puskar, Spencer Myers and Greg Spitznagel combined for 69 goals and are back along with standout senior goalie Nikita Pryymak for another run.

5- Bergen Catholic (11-14-2) Coach Thomas Keough directed the Crusaders to a 6-1-1 finish in his initial season in 2019. Even better results are expected this season with a talented lineup featuring goalie Brendan McCaskey, defensemen Jake Antonucci and forwards Nick Stoebling, Nick Chiurazzi and Devon Kelly.

6- Randolph (21-5-2) The Rams return much of a roster intent on reversing disappointing losses in both the Mennen Cup and NJSIAA Public B championship contests last winter. Veteran coach Rich McLaughlin (437-185-64) enters his 27th year looking for another solid year from Nick Gallo, James Mattson, Kyle Barbera, Mike Sofia and standout goalitender Gavin Einfeldt (1.27 GAA).

7- St. Augustine Prep (9-13-2) Opponents should expect nothing less than an all-out effort whenever coach Tim Fingerhut’s Hermits hit the ice. Leading scorer Alex Scimeca returns as well as forwards Harrison Dumas and Connor Callahan and experienced defensemen Colin Ogborn and George Genzel. Junior Matt Lynch is expected to get the nod to start in goal. The Hermits have a challenging opening with their first three games on the road against No. 3 CBA, St. Peter’s Prep and No. 1 Don Bosco in a span of five days.

8- Gloucester Catholic (10-13-1) High-scoring Dom Garozzo (31 goals in 2018-2019) has graduated but coach Tom Bunting is impressed with his club’s current depth on the bench. Forwards Matt Frett and Dylan Koski will assume even more scoring responsibility for the Rams this season, who look to retain their Gordon Conference National Division title.

9- Seton Hall Prep (14-9-3) The emphasis will be on speed and size for fifth-year coach Mike Atkinson, who has directed the Pirates’ resurgence that included their most wins last winter since 2009. Seton Hall, which makes the jump into the Gordon Conference American this season, returns Jake Schunke in goal (2.83 GAA) along with defensemen Oliver Grinken and Harrison Rocheville. Ryan Rodrigues, Alex Kuhtik and Patrick Zincone should shoulder much of the scoring load.

10- Morris Knolls (14-9-3) The Golden Eagles open the season fresh off winning the 2019 NJSIAA Public A state championship – and appear to have a strong core of that club back. James Betz, Jake Diloretto, Gehrig Eckoff and Dylan Idland all return to bolster the offense. The blue line should be strong as Derek Coleman, Timmy Kepler, Jason Moskowitz and Gavin Walsh all return.

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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