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New Jersey HS Hockey – The Latest Top 10: Bergen Catholic Jumps Up To #2

New Jersey Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Christian Brothers Academy1601
2Bergen Catholic6410
3Don Bosco Prep2211
4Gloucester Catholic5210
5Delbarton4100
6Seton Hall Prep7003
7Morristown-Beard3111
8St. Augustine Prep8131
9Lakeland9501
10Morris Knolls/HillsNR211

1-Christian Brothers Academy (6-0-1) – The Colts staged an impressive two-goal third period rally last week on goals by Zachary Wagnon and Colin Grable in forging a 3-3 tie against second-ranked Don Bosco Prep. The Lincroft squad followed with consecutive 5-1 verdicts over Pope John and Middletown North. Next puck drop is Feb. 8 against fifth-ranked Gordon Conference foe Delbarton.

2-Bergen Catholic (4-1-0) –  Ryan Henry finished with 41 saves and Aram Minnetian struck for a pair of goals as the then sixth-ranked Crusaders forged a 4-2 victory over previously second-ranked Don Bosco Prep on Feb. 5. Minnetian delivered a hat trick for the Crusaders two days later in a 3-1 win over Ridge. Bergen Catholic, winner of four straight, is slated to skate next against the Hun School on Feb. 15.

3-Don Bosco Prep (2-1-1) – The Ironmen, who built a two-goal lead before settling for a 3-3 draw with top-ranked Christian Brothers, fired 43 shots on goal but suffered a 4-2 setback against then sixth-ranked Bergen Catholic on Feb. 5. Forwards Ryan Fine and Connor Sedlak have combined for 11 of the team’s 23 goals. Up next is a road trip south to play eighth-ranked St. Augustine on Feb. 9.

4-Gloucester Catholic (2-1-0) – Gloucester Catholic prevailed over South Jersey rival and eighth-ranked St. Augustine Prep on the strength of two goals from Ryan Talorico on Feb. 4. The Rams, who staged a 3-2 triumph over then-No. 3 Bergen Catholic to open the winter season, got a goal from Mike Hoffner along with 23 saves from Zach McErlain in a hard-fought 3-1 loss to No. 1 CBA on Jan. 27.

5-Delbarton (1-0-0)- The Green Wave have been off the ice due to Covid-19 protocol since a 3-0 victory over Chatham on Jan. 21. Trip Pendy had a pair of goals in that Delbarton win. The Morris County squad is slated to take to the ice next to play top-ranked Christian Brothers in a key Gordon Conference faceoff on Feb. 8.

6-Seton Hall Prep (0-0-3) – The Pirates mounted an impressive rally and got the equalizer when Hudson Rocheville scored off assists from Ryan Rodrigues and Dale Campbell in a 3-3 tie with Princeton Day on Feb. 4. In their previous game Seton Hall again rallied as Thomas Klochkov scored with 24.8 seconds left to finish 2-2 against No. 8 St. Augustine. Seton Hall plays Feb. 8 against St. Peter’s Prep and Feb. 10 against Delbarton.

7-Morristown-Beard (1-1-1) – Seth Kaplan converted on a feed from Kareem Alazem with just under two minutes remaining in the game to help the Crimson rally for a 3-3 tie against sixth-ranked Seton Hall Prep. Morristown-Beard looks to earn its second Mennen Division win when it battles Chatham on Feb. 12.

8-St. Augustine Prep (1-3-1) – Deaglan Kelly and Christian Rapattoni scored and Matt Lynch halted 27 shots but it was not enough in a 5-2 loss against fourth-ranked Gloucester Catholic in a battle of the South Jersey powers last week. In its previous game Kelly scored twice to give the Hermits a lead before playing to 3-3 tie with seventh-ranked Seton Hall. Next up is Feb. 9 against No. 3 Don Bosco.

9-Lakeland (5-0-1) – Tristan Davison, Joey Cole and Joey Wogisch all scored while Ben Kopacki made 10 saves in a 3-0 win over Ramapo on Feb. 6. As for being a playmaker, senior Brendan Davison has collected 11 assists for the Lancers. Lakeland looks to extend its unbeaten streak with scheduled back-to-back games against Feb. 12 and 14.

10-Morris Knolls/Hills (2-1-1) – The Eagles faced consecutive battles against Mennen Division rival Randolph last week and came through in good shape. The two skated to a 5-5 tie on Feb. 3 before Dylan Idland connected twice and Aidan Marin stopped 15 of 16 shots in a 4-1 victory two days later against Randolph. Andrew Ryan leads Morris Knolls in scoring with eight points (4-4).

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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