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New Jersey Top 10: #1 Don Bosco Blanks Delbarton, Tightens Hold On Top Ranking

New Jersey Top 10

1Don Bosco Prep11010
3Christian Brothers Academy31210
4Pope John4922
5Seton Hall Prep6941
6St. Augustine Prep7640
7Gloucester Catholic5560
10Indian Hills101120

1-Don Bosco Prep (10-1-0): The Ironmen ran their winning streak to seven games when they blanked No. 2 Delbarton, 3-0,  Tuesday. It marked the second time Don Bosco has downed Delbarton this winter. Liam McLinskey had two goals and Max Schwarz halted 24 shots in the win over the Green Wave.

2-Delbarton (8-2-1): Brett Cleaves had a strong showing in goal with 29 saves for the Green Wave in the 3-0 setback against top-ranked Don Bosco. The loss snapped Delbarton’s nine-game unbeaten streak (8-0-1) since its season-opening loss to Don Bosco (3-1). Delbarton will play host next to Northern Highlands on Jan. 10.

3-Christian Brothers Academy (12-1-0):   The Colts earned a 4-0 win over fifth-ranked Seton Hall Prep before downing Wall, 5-2, to extend their winning streak to 10 games. The lone loss came against No. 1 Don Bosco early on, 3-2. Evan Brown leads CBA with 24 points on seven goals and 17 assists.

4-Pope John (9-2-2):  The Lions were stifled against Gordon Conference foe Bergen Catholic last week in absorbing a 5-2 defeat on Jan. 2. But the Sussex County squad rebounded the following day and downed St. Joseph of Metuchen, 4-1, behind a 21-save effort from standout goalie Matt Schoer. Pope John will play host to No. 7 Gloucester Catholic on Jan. 9 before traveling to take on sixth-ranked St. Augustine on Jan. 11.

5-Seton Hall Prep (9-4-1):  After a 4-0 defeat against third-ranked CBA and a 2-2 tie with Bergen Catholic, the Pirates came back by rolling to a 10-1 victory over Bishop Eustace. Ryan Kemp leads Seton Hall with 24 points on nine goals and 15 assists. After facing St. Peter’s Prep on Jan. 9 Seton Hall has a tough test against the strong Hun School on Jan. 10.

6-St. Augustine Prep (6-4-0): The Hermits rang in the new year on Jan. 4 by extending their winning streak to four games when they beat South Jersey rival Gloucester Catholic, 7-4. Now, coach Tim Fingerhut’s squad faces a pair of tough games this week against LaSalle of Pa on Jan. 9 followed by a showdown with fourth-ranked Pope John on Jan. 11.

7-Gloucester Catholic (5-6-0): Dom Garozzo and Dylan Koski both scored but the Rams dropped an 8-2 decision against LaSalle of Pa. on Jan. 7. Garozzo, a senior forward, has 14 goals in 11 games for Gloucester Catholic. The Rams will take to the road the rest of the week to faceoff against fourth-ranked Pope John on Jan. 9 before playing at Bishop Eustace on Jan. 11.

8-Randolph (11-1-1):  Since being edged, 2-1, by No. 5 Seton Hall on Dec. 27 in the Ice Vault Classic, the Rams have won four straight – outscoring the opposition by a 17-5 margin in the run. James Mattson, a sophomore forward, has emerged as a scoring threat with 15 points on nine goals and six assists. Next up for Randolph are Roxbury on Jan. 9 and Chatham on Jan. 10.

9-Pingry (12-0-0):  The Big Blue earned perhaps their biggest triumph to date when they downed Skyland Conference rival Hillsborough, 3-1, to remain unbeaten. The Pingry offense has been fueled by high-scoring forwards Eric Bush, Jared Kordonsky, Joe Faccone and Daniel Schnack. The Big Blue will square off next with Bridgewater-Raritan on Jan. 11 before taking on Ridge on Jan. 15.

10-Indian Hills (11-2-0):  The Braves avenged an early-season loss against Lakeland by winning the rematch, 4-0, on Jan. 4. Indian Hills followed that with a 6-3 win over West Milford to extend its winning streak to four games. Jason Atkinson and Thomas Moskal have combined for 23 goals through 13 games for the Braves, who skate at Montclair on Jan. 9 before battling Ramsey on Jan. 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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