New Jersey Top 10 Poll
|4||Don Bosco Prep||4||14||4||1|
|9||Seton Hall Prep||9||9||8||3|
1-Delbarton (16-0-1) The Green Wave’s hold on the top spot in the HNIB News rankings will be tested on Tuesday (Jan. 31) when they play host to third-ranked Christian Brothers at Aspen Ice in Randolph. The two rivals have faced each other just once this season, with Delbarton grabbing a 3-1 victory over CBA on Dec. 21.
2-Pope John (14-0-3) The Lions extended their unbeaten streak to 17 games and held their No. 2 spot last week with victories over Bishop Eustace, Notre Dame and ninth-ranked Seton Hall Prep. Pope John will venture to Newark on Tuesday (Jan. 31) for a showdown with St. Peter’s Prep, which it edged, 1-0, in their lone previous meeting on Dec. 21.
3-Christian Brothers (12-3-4) The Colts have performed consistently well of late, putting together a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) since a 4-1 loss to fifth-ranked St. Augustine. Christian Brothers will need to elevate that structured play even more on Tuesday (Jan. 31) when it travels to Morris County to skate against top-ranked Delbarton and a chance to hand its opponent the first loss of the season.
4-Don Bosco Prep (14-4-1) A 3-0 loss to No. 1 Delbarton halted a five-game winning streak, but the Ironmen followed through with consecutive victories over the Hun School and St. Augustine, both via shutout. Senior goalie Alexie Masanko stopped all 46 shots to backstop the two decisions before leading Don Bosco to a 4-1 victory over Bergen Catholic on Sunday (Jan. 29), their third straight.
5-St. Augustine (7-5-2) This has been a difficult streak lately for the Hermits, who’ve seen their roster hit hard the past two weeks with illness. Still, St. Augustine’s three recent losses have come against skilled foes in No. 1 Delbarton, No. 2 Pope John and No. 4 Don Bosco, along with ties against Bishop Eustace and No. 3 CBA. The Hermits will play host to Delbarton on Wednesday (Feb. 2).
6-Glen Rock (15-3-2) Jake Kinney, Matt Masselli, Colin Morrow and Eddie Corvelli helped lift the Panthers to their fourth straight win in rallying from a 5-3 deficit to earn an 8-5 victory over Paramus Catholic on Sunday (Jan. 29). The triumph was the fourth straight for Glen Rock, which jumps up to sixth this week.
7-Middletown South (13-3-1) The Eagles skated to a 5-5 tie with the Mennen Division’s Kinnelon on Jan. 21, which put a stop to their nine-game winning streak. South then dropped a 5-2 decision to Shore rival Wall before rebounding with a strong 7-2 decision over Rumson on Jan. 27. Middletown South slips one spot this week to No. 7.
8-Morris Knolls (13-4-2) After a 5-3 loss to a solid team from Summit, which ended a stretch of six straight wins, the Golden Eagles responded with a hard-fought 1-1 tie against 10th-ranked Chatham on Jan. 28 as Tyler Franchi stopped 47 shots. The sophomore goalie has been superb and boasts a .940 save-percentage. Morris Knolls squares off this week against Mennen Division rivals Kinnelon and Morristown-Beard.
9-Seton Hall Prep (9-8-3) The resurgent Pirates have been bolstered by the top line of juniors Stephen Buck (17-11-28) and John O’Hern (4-12-16) and sophomore Thomas Colucci (12-10-22). Seton Hall defeated Bishop Eustace on Jan. 21 before bowing to No. 2 Pope John and tying Gloucester Catholic. The Pirates are 5-6-2 in Gordon Conference play this winter after going 0-10-2 last season.
10-Chatham (11-4-3) The Cougars were surprised by much-improved Mennen Division rival Morristown (2-1) on Jan. 26, but responded by pouring 48 shots on goal in a 1-1 tie with eighth-ranked Morris Knolls two days later to hold the 10th spot in the poll. Senior goalie James Boles has anchored the Chatham defense and sports a 1.77 GAA through 18 games.