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New Jersey HS Top 10: Red-Hot Bergen Catholic Is The New #1

New Jersey Top 10

1Bergen Catholic21630
2Christian Brothers Academy11243
3Don Bosco Prep31351
5Seton Hall Prep69102
6Gloucester Catholic5844
8St. Augustine Prep8972
10St. Joseph Montvale101811

1-Bergen Catholic (16-3-0)  The Crusaders extended their winning streak to 10 games when they forged a 3-2 victory over previously top-ranked Christian Brothers Academy this week, a win that pushes them into the top spot. Six of those 10 wins have come against clubs ranked in the Top 10.

2-Christian Brothers Academy (12-4-3)  After a pair of ties against fifth-ranked Seton Hall Prep and sixth-ranked Gloucester Catholic, CBA suffered a 3-2 setback against Bergen Catholic on Feb. 5 to slip out of the No. 1 slot. The Colts will close out their Gordon Conference regular season slate with a Feb. 7 battle against No. 8 St. Augustine Prep.

3-Don Bosco Prep (13-5-1)  The Ironmen skated to three victories, including back-to-back wins against Portledge of New York (5-3) and Gordon Conference foe Pope John (5-1). After it faces off against Lawrenceville on Feb. 7, Don Bosco skates against St. Peter’s Prep and sixth-ranked Gloucester Catholic before the cutoff date for the Gordon Cup tournament.

4-Delbarton (7-7-2)  Coach Bruce Shatel’s club has gone 2-1 over its last three contests, earning victories over Pope John (8-1) and No. 8. St. Augustine (4-2). The Green Wave travels to Connecticut to play Brunswick on Feb. 11 before returning home to battle the Hill School (Pa.) on Feb. 13, two tough games.

5-Seton Hall Prep (9-10-2)  The Pirates rebounded from a pair of one-goal losses to Princeton Day (3-2) and top-ranked Bergen Catholic (4-3) by powering its way to a 9-2 win over Pope John on Feb. 5. Senior defenseman Timothy O’Connell has 13 points on four goals and nine assists. Seton Hall is scheduled to play top public-school power and ninth-ranked Randolph on Feb. 10.

6-Gloucester Catholic (8-4-4)  The Rams snapped a four-game winless streak – that included a 3-2 loss to fifth-ranked Seton Hall – with an impressive 8-3 decision over the Hun School on Feb. 3. Up next for Gloucester Catholic is a Feb. 10 showdown on home ice against No. 3 Don Bosco Prep.

7-Morristown-Beard (15-3-1)  After a 7-3 setback against No. 3 Don Bosco the Crimson responded with decisive wins over Mennen Division rivals Morristown (5-0) and Chatham (6-0) before skating to a 4-3 victory over Ridge on Feb. 6. Up next is a road trip to New York to face-off against Portledge on Feb. 10.

8-St. Augustine Prep (9-7-2)  The Hermits were beaten 7-1 by the Hun School before falling to fourth-ranked Delbarton, 4-2, on Feb. 4. St. Augustine has key games left before the Feb. 12 Gordon Cup seeding meeting against No. 2 CBA on Feb. 7 and St. Peter’s Prep on Feb. 10.

9-Randolph (15-2-4)  The Rams edged Rumson-Fair Haven, 1-0, on Feb. 5 to extend their winning streak to three games. Randolph now has a tough test against a Gordon Conference club on Feb. 10 when it travels to Codey Arena in West Orange to skate against fifth-ranked Seton Hall Prep.

10-St. Joseph (Montvale) (18-1-1) The Green Knights rolled to an 8-1 win over Old Tappan on Jan. 31 to push their winning streak to three, a streak in which they’ve outscored their opponents by a 16-4 margin. Tenafly on Feb. 11.

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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