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New Jersey Top 10: #1 Don Bosco, #4 Pope John To Meet Friday

New Jersey Top 10

1Don Bosco Prep11711
3Christian Brothers Academy31531
4Pope John41245
5St. Peter's Prep61050
6St. Augustine Prep5781
7Seton Hall Prep71163
9St. John VianneyNR1212
10St. Joseph MontvaleNR1132

1-Don Bosco Prep (17-1-0):  The Ironmen captured their eighth straight Bergen County Tournament last week with a convincing 5-1 decision over St. Joseph of Montvale. Don Bosco, sitting atop the Gordon Conference, followed with a 4-0 decision over fifth-ranked St. Augustine to run its winning streak to 14 games. Up next, the Ironmen will play host to fourth-ranked Pope John on Feb. 1.

2-Delbarton (12-4-3):  The Green Wave took to the road and dealt a 3-1 defeat to rival and third-ranked Christian Brothers Wednesday. Senior forward Michael Balzarotti scored the winner to give Delbarton a 1-0 lead in the second period. The triumph came two days after Delbarton earned a 2-1 road win against No. 5 St. Peter’s Prep.

3-Christian Brothers (15-3-1): The Colts dropped the hard-fought battle to Delbarton. The rivals had skated to a 2-2 tie on Jan. 15. Still, CBA boasts a 14-2-1 slate over its past 17 games – the losses to No. 1 Don Bosco and No. 2 Delbarton. The Colts play No. 6 St. Augustine on Feb. 1.

4-Pope John (12-4-5): After a 4-1 setback against third-ranked CBA, the Lions skated to a 3-1 triumph over No. 5 St. Peter’s Prep as senior goalie Matt Schoer stopped 41 shots.  Pope John faces a big challenge in its next game when it faces top-ranked Don Bosco on Feb. 1. Schoer boasts a .934 save-percentage for the Lions.

5-St. Peter’s Prep (10-5-0): The Marauders, who downed No. 10 St. Joseph of Montvale 5-3 last week,  comported themselves in fine fashion despite the pair of defeats to Delbarton and Pope John. The Delbarton loss snapped a six-game winning streak. The Prep travels south to skate against Gloucester Catholic on Feb. 4.

6-St. Augustine Prep (7-8-1): The Hermits hit a rough spot in suffering a 9-2 loss to Princeton Day on Jan. 30. Earlier last week, Conor Callahan, Julian Boisclair and Alex Scimeca connected and Jake Brown stopped 26 shots to boost the Hermits to a 3-2 victory over Gordon Conference foe Bergen Catholic. The Hermit skate next against No. 3 CBA on Feb. 1

7-Seton Hall Prep (11-6-3):  The Pirates took down Millburn, 4-0,  behind a pair of goals from Ryan Rodrigues and a 17-save effort from Patrick Ackerman. Seton Hall hits the road to face-off against the Princeton Day School on Jan. 31 before it plays host to Gloucester Catholic on Feb. 2.

8-Madison (12-3-4): The Dodgers produced an impressive 4-2 road win over Montclair at Clary Anderson Arena on Jan. 23 to extend their unbeaten streak to nine (8-0-1). Madison will play its next two games on the road this week – Jan. 31 against Paramus and Feb. 2 at Kinnelon.

9-St. John Vianney (12-1-2): The streaking Lancers saw their 14-game unbeaten stretch (12-0-2) halted with a 3-1 setback against third-ranked CBA on Jan. 28. That initial defeat followed victories over Howell, Pingry and Morristown-Beard in which Vianney outscored its opponents, 13-2. Senior center John Gutt had nine goals and two assists in those three wins. The Lancers are at Notre Dame on Jan. 31.

10-St. Joseph of Montvale (11-3-2): The Green Knights forged a 2-0 lead after two periods before bowing to fifth-ranked St. Peter’s Prep. St. Joseph had previously downed Paramus (5-3) after falling to No. 1 Don Bosco in the Bergen County Tournament final on Jan. 23, stopping a nine-game unbeaten run (7-0-2). Next is a home game against Old Tappan on Feb. 1.

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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