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New Jersey HS Hockey – This Week’s Top 10: Gloucester Catholic Rumbles To Head Of The Class

New Jersey Top 10

1Gloucester Catholic4610
2Christian Brothers Acad.1711
3Bergen Catholic2610
4Seton Hall Prep6213
6Don Bosco Prep3421

1-Gloucester Catholic (6-1-0) It’s been quite a two-week ride for the Rams, who move into the top slot on the strength of their five-game winning streak, most recent a 3-1 verdict over No. 4 Seton Hall Prep on Monday. The other four wins came against Gordon Conference foes St. Augustine Prep, Pope John, St. Peter’s Prep and then-third ranked Don Bosco. Gloucester Catholic has scored 21 and allowed just six in the five consecutive wins.

2-Christian Brothers (7-1-1)  The Colts rebounded from their lone loss this season with a forceful 6-1 victory over St. Joseph of Montvale on Feb. 10 as Patrick Reilly and Leighton Biesiadecki each finished with a goal and an assist. The win came two days after the Colts had rallied twice before being edged, 3-2, by No. 5 Delbarton. CBA, which handed No. 1 Gloucester Catholic its only loss this season, has key Gordon Conference battles looming with Seton Hall Prep (Feb. 19) and Bergen Catholic (Feb. 22).

3-Bergen Catholic (6-1-0)  The Crusaders won their sixth straight in a 5-4 decision over the Hun School on Monday. Prior to that Aram Minnetian produced all the scoring with a hat trick in 3-1 win over No. 9 Ridge on Feb. 6, then Mick Thompson followed with a hatty in 6-1 win over then-10th-ranked Morris Knolls/Hills to extend the Crusaders’ winning streak to five games. The week continues as Bergen Catholic faces fifth-ranked Delbarton (Feb. 16) and No. 4 Seton Hall Prep (Feb. 18).

4-Seton Hall Prep (2-1-3)   The Pirates, the last unbeaten team in the Gordon Conference, skated toe-to-toe with top-ranked Gloucester Catholic before bowing, 3-1. Prior to that last week Seton Hall beat then-fifth-ranked Delbarton, 5-1, stopping a 24-game winless streak since going back to a 5-2 win in the 2006 Gordon Cup final. Junior forward Aidan D’Urso has five goals and four assists. Two crucial games come later this week against No. 2 CBA and third-ranked Bergen Catholic.

5-Delbarton (3-1-0)  Brett Cleaves halted 22 shots to anchor a 3-2 win over then-top-ranked CBA on Feb. 8, but the Green Wave suffered a 5-1 setback two days later against fourth-ranked Seton Hall Prep, stopping their 24-game unbeaten streak against the Pirates. Delbarton rebounded with a 5-1 win over St. Peter’s Prep. This week Delbarton will face-off against Bergen Catholic, St. Augustine Prep and Gloucester Catholic.

6-Don Bosco Prep (4-2-1)  The Ironmen exploded for 18 goals while yielding just on in wins over then-eighth ranked St. Augustine and Pope John before they were blanked by then-fourth-ranked Gloucester Catholic, 3-0, at home on Feb. 12. The Bergen County power takes the ice next against St. Joseph of Montvale on Feb. 18 before squaring off against Princeton Day School (Feb. 21) and No. 4 Seton Hall Prep (Feb. 22). Connor Sedlak has 10 goals in seven games for Don Bosco.

7-Morristown-Beard (3-1-1) 7 The Crimson skated past the Hun School, 6-1, before overpowering Morristown, 8-2, on Monday behind two goals and an assist from Noah Jones and 21 saves from Chili Connell. Morristown-Beard faces Middletown South on Friday and Mennen Division rival Morris Knolls/Hills on Saturday.

8-Lakeland (6-0-1) 9 The Lancers forged a 5-1 win over Ramsey on Feb. 12 as Ben Kopacki made 31 saves and Scott Martin netted a pair of goals. Senior Brendan Davison has shown playmaking skills with 13 assists through seven games. Kopacki and Nate Bailey have combined for a .927 save-percentage for Lakeland, which skates next against Ramapo on Feb. 19.

9-Ridge (4-1-0)  Since they were edged, 3-1, in a hard-fought loss to No. 3 Bergen Catholic, the Red Devils have rolled to wins over Bridgewater-Raritan and Pingry, outscoring those two opponents, 14-1, to break into the rankings this week. In the 6-1 win over Pingry Grant Loges had two goals in support of Jack Richter’s 25-save effort. Next on the hockey docket is Hunterdon Central on Feb. 19.

10-Ramsey (6-1-0) NR The Rams came out on the short side of a 5-1 loss to eighth-ranked Lakeland last week, but bounced back by blanking Ramapo, 5-0. Dane Beltramini backstopped that win with a 23-save effort. Ramsey can make a big statement when it squares off against Gordon Conference club St. Joseph of Montvale on Friday. Justin Bello leads the Rams with 14 goals.

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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