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New Jersey Top 10: #1 Delbarton, #2 St. Augustine collide Thursday

New Jersey Top 10 Poll

2St. Augustine Prep4620
3Christian Brothers3732
4Don Bosco Prep2631
5Pope John5902
7Middletown South7920
8Glen Rock9822
9St. Joseph-MontvaleNR920

1-Delbarton (12-0-0) The Green Wave won three times last week, including a 5-1 decision over Bergen Catholic to retain their No. 1 ranking. After facing Gordon Conference rival St. Peter’s Prep on Jan. 10 Delbarton will play host to foe and No. 2 St. Augustine Prep on Jan. 12. The Green Wave have allowed more than one goal in just one game this season.

2-St. Augustine Prep (6-2-0) After playing Seton Hall Prep on Monday (Jan. 9) the Hermits will head north on Jan. 12 for a key showdown with top-ranked Delbarton. St. Augustine is awaiting standout Kyle Knight’s return. The junior, who had not missed a game in his previous two seasons, has not played yet this winter suffering a broken ankle.

3-Christian Brothers (7-3-2) It was a week that featured an extreme high followed by a disappointing loss for the Colts, who remain in the No. 3 slot. After an impressive 3-1 victory over then-No. 2 Don Bosco Prep the Colts dropped a 4-1 decision against St. Augustine, ranked fourth at the time.

4-Don Bosco Prep (6-3-1) The Ironmen hit a slick patch of ice in going 2-3-1 in their last six games. But a 3-1 loss to third-ranked Christian Brothers on Jan. 4 allowed the squad to slip from third to No. 4 this week.

5-Pope John (9-0-2) The Lions remained unbeaten when they forged a 1-0 victory over Gloucester Catholic on Jan. 4. Pope John, which has received a combined 26 goals from forwards John Spetz and Eric Vanderhoff will get tested by Bishop Eustace on Jan. 11. A crucial battle with No. 1 Delbarton looms on Jan. 17.

6-Morristown-Beard (9-3-0) After nearly a two-week layoff the Crimson were looking to extend their three-game winning streak before their game against Morristown on Jan. 7 was postponed due to inclement weather. Morristown-Beard gets tested next by Portledge (N.Y.) and Chatham this week.

7-Middletown South (9-2-0) Since a 6-5 loss to Bridgewater-Raritan on Dec. 17 the Eagles have responded with a six-game winning streak. The Monmouth County school closed out last week with consecutive victories over St. Rose and Red Bank Catholic. Up next is Point Pleasant Boro and Jackson Memorial.

8-Glen Rock (8-2-2) The Panthers extended their unbeaten streak that featured a 19-goal outburst while yielding seven in earning triumphs over Indian Hills, Wayne Hills and Morris Knolls, and a tie with St. Joseph of Metuchen. Glen Rock, which has lost just once in its last seven games, squares off against Ridge on Jan. 15.

9-St. Joseph (Montvale) (9-2-0) The Green Knights skate with a strong stride into the rankings for the first time this winter. Andrew Javier had a hat trick to help send St. Joseph to an 8-1 victory over Tenafly on Sunday (Jan. 8), its seventh win in eight games. The Green Knights also downed 10th-ranked Roxbury, 4-3, last week.

10-Roxbury (10-1-0) The Gaels’ opened with the best start in their history, bolting to an 8-0 record before being edged by ninth-ranked St. Joseph of Montvale, 4-3, on Jan. 2. But Roxbury responded by stunning perennial power Randolph, 5-1, for the first time since 2000 to move into the rankings. The Gaels have also earned impressive victories over Kinnelon, River Dell and Madison.

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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