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New Jersey Top 10: #1 Don Bosco enters post-season with 19-game winning streak

New Jersey Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Don Bosco Prep12201
2Delbarton21661
3Gloucester Catholic31161
4Randolph41713
5Summit51822
6Christian Brothers61571
7Northern Highlands71741
8Morristown Beard91452
9St. John Vianney81732
10Wall101722

1-Don Bosco Prep (22-0-1): With a 4-1 victory over St. Joseph of Metuchen on Feb. 8, the Ironmen finished the regular season with an unbeaten slate. The decision extended Don Bosco’s winning streak to 19 games. The Ironmen’s only non-win came in a scoreless tie against Seton Hall Prep on Nov. 20. Top-seeded Don Bosco will open the 60th Gordon Cup Tournament with a quarterfinal round game against eighth-seeded St. Peter’s Prep on Feb. 12.

2-Delbarton (16-6-1): The Green Wave are tuning up for tournament time and did so with an impressive 5-2 victory over previously unbeaten Fairfield Prep of Connecticut on Feb. 9. That followed a tight 2-1 verdict over the Hill School of Pa. on Feb. 6. Delbarton’s five-game winning streak was stopped on Feb. 10 in a 3-0 loss to Pope Francis of Ma. The Green Wave will play host to Pope John on Feb. 12 in the quarterfinal round of the Gordon Cup

3-Gloucester Catholic (11-6-1): The Rams’ four-game winning streak was stopped when they were defeated, 4-1, by Malvern Prep of Pa. on Feb. 6. The South Jersey school will enter the quarterfinal round of the Gordon Cup battle when they play host to rival St.  Augustine Prep on Feb. 12.

4-Randolph (17-1-3): After a 2-1 upset to Morristown last week ended its unbeaten run, the Rams answered with wins over Sparta/Jeffferson (9-0) before edging eighth-ranked Morristown-Beard, 1-0, on Feb. 5. That victory clinched first place, and top-seed, in the Mennen Division. Randolph will square off next against fourth-seeded Morris Knolls in the semifinal round of the Mennen Cup on Feb. 14.

5-Summit (18-2-2): The Hilltoppers closed out the week when they skated to a hard-fought 3-3 tie against Ridge, last year’s NJSIAA Public A champion, on Feb. 6 before skating past Princeton (4-1) on Feb. 9. Summit begins defense of its McInnis Cup title when it battles the winner of Gov. Livingston/New Providence & Westfield in the semifinal round this week.

6-Christian Brothers Academy (15-7-1): The Colts extended their winning streak to three games with a 2-0 win over Pope John on Feb. 6. The Lincroft squad has posted an 8-1 log over its last nine games, the lone defeat coming at the hands of No. 2 Delbarton, 2-1, on Jan. 30. CBA will play host to Seton Hall Prep in the Gordon Cup quarterfinal on Feb. 12.

7-Northern Highlands (17-4-1): The Highlanders suffered their first loss in seven games to St. Joseph of Montvale (4-1) on Feb. 7 but remain locked in at the seventh spot. The club answered with a convincing 9-2 verdict over Tenafly the following day. Northern Highlands will play Mahwah in the semifinal round of the Gold Cup on Feb. 13.

8-Morristown-Beard (14-5-2): After an 8-6 win over Roxbury, the Crimson were edged, 1-0, by fourth-ranked Randolph on Feb. 5. They followed by skating to a 5-5 tie with Portledge of N.Y. on Feb. 8. Morristown-Beard skates against Chatham on Feb. 14 in the semifinal round as it seeks to secure its fifth straight Mennen Cup.

9-St. John Vianney (17-3-2): The Lancers have won three straight games, and six of their last seven. Now, Vianney seeks to advance when it plays Red Bank Catholic on Feb. 13 in the semifinal round of the Handchen Cup. The two teams have already met twice this season, with St. John Vianney taking victories in both contests (5-0 & 7-1).

10-Wall (17-2-2): The Crimson Knights are 6-2 in their last eight games, and delivered a 7-1 decision over Brick Memorial on Feb. 8 in the quarterfinal round of the Dowd Cup. With the win, Wall advanced into the semifinal round to a battle tough Freehold Township squad on Feb. 13. In their only previous meeting this season, Wall took a 3-1 decision on Dec. 23.

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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