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New Jersey HS Hockey – The First In-Season Top 10: Not Much Change After Limited Regular-Season Action

New Jersey Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Christian Brothers Academy1200
2Don Bosco Prep2100
3Morristown-Beard4100
4Delbarton5100
5Gloucester Catholic6100
6Bergen Catholic3010
7Seton Hall Prep7000
8St. Augustine Prep10100
9Lakeland9101
10RamseyNR500

1-Christian Brothers Academy (2-0-0)  – Senior defenseman Colin Grable remains a steady force on the blue line and chipped in with a goal and two assists in the Colts’ opening pair of decisions over St. Peter’s Prep and Manasquan. Junior All-Stater John Donohoe and classmate Joseph Cartigiano combined for a .956 save-percentage in the wins. CBA has crucial back-to-back Gordon Conference games beginning with No. 9 St. Augustine on Jan. 26 followed by fifth-ranked Gloucester Catholic the following day.

2-Don Bosco Prep (1-0-0) – The Ironmen rolled to a 10-0 win over St. Peter’s Prep in their lone game thus far, but have had four contests postponed due to Covid-19 protocols. Forwards Connor Sedlak and Ryan Fine combined for five goals in the opening triumph. Don Bosco seeks its second victory when it plays host to top-ranked CBA in a showdown this Sunday (Jan. 31).

3-Morristown-Beard (1-0-0) – The Crimson opened their winter campaign with a convincing 5-1 win over Mennen Division foe Morristown last week. Seth Kaplan hit for two goals while Hollis Humphries scored and collected a pair of assists. At the other end, Luke McManus halted 20 shots. There’s no break this week as Mo-Beard skates against Princeton Day (Jan. 26), seventh-ranked Seton Hall Prep (Jan. 28) and Morris Knolls (Feb. 1).

4-Delbarton (1-0-0) – A 3-0 win over Chatham, in which the offense fired 61 shots on the opposing goal, is how the Green Wave entered this season. Trip Penny had two goals, Ray Berezniak added a pair of assists and Brett Cleaves stopped all 12 shots for Delbarton. Delbarton hits the road to faceoff against St. Peter’s Prep on Jan. 26 before traveling to play Princeton Day on Jan. 26. A battle with No 5 Gloucester Catholic also looms on Feb. 1.

5-Gloucester Catholic (1-0-0) – Ryder Wicken, Ryan Bunting and Casey Johnson all hit net and Zach McErlain turned aside 38 of 40 shots to send the Rams to a 3-2 victory over then-No. 3 Bergen Catholic last week. The South Jersey school will be tested again in their next ice slot (Jan. 27) when it heads north to play No. 1 CBA. Following that is fourth-ranked Delbarton at home on Feb. 1.

6-Bergen Catholic (0-1-0)  – Antonio Arcaroli and Aram Minnetian both scored to fuel a 40-shot barrage but the Crusaders fell just short in a 3-2 setback against then-No. 6 Gloucester Catholic last week. Ryan Henry was impressive in goal in stopping 32 shots. The Bergen County power will try to rebound when it skates against ninth-ranked St. Augustine Prep at home on Jan. 27.

7-Seton Hall Prep (0-0) – The Pirates have had four games postponed thus far due to Covid-19 protocols. So coach Mike Atkinson’s club will open against third-ranked Morristown-Beard on Jan. 28 before taking a trip south to Richland and faceoff against No. 9 St. Augustine the following day. Then comes another road battle against Princeton Day (Feb. 1). Senior forwards Ryan Rodrigues and Brendan Waivada and juniors Aidan D’Urso and Patrick Zincone propel Seton Hall’s offense.

8-St. Augustine Prep (1-0-0) – The Hermits opened with a 6-0 win over South Jersey rival Bishop Eustace, but the squad has an important three-game Gordon Conference slate this week. Top-ranked CBA (Jan. 26), No. 6 Bergen Catholic (Jan. 27) and seventh-ranked Seton Hall Prep (Jan. 29) are all on the docket this week. Seniors Matt Lynch (G), Alex Scimeca (LW) and Colin Ogborn (D) will play key roles for St. Augustine.

9-Lakeland (1-0-1) 10 The Lancers opened with an impressive and balanced offensive effort, skating to a 5-1 win over West Milford. Joey Cole, Joey Szanto, Scott Martin, Brian Cole and Joey Wogisch all scored for Lakeland.  The squad then skated to a 2-2 tie with Ridgewood as Joey Cole and Joey Wogisch each scored. Next up comes a Jan. 29 battle against Indian Hills.

10-Ramsey (5-0-0) – The Rams stormed out – and into the rankings this week – with five straight wins, out-scoring their opponents 35-3 in the process. Senior Justin Bello led the way with 12 goals and five assists while classmates Jake Barone and Ryan Schwarz combined for 11 additional goals. Up next are Ramapo on Jan. 29 followed by Indian Hills on Jan. 31.

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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