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New Jersey Top 10: #1 Don Bosco has big week

New Jersey Top 10 Poll

1Don Bosco Prep2801
4St. John VianneyNR600
5Glen Rock8501
6Christian Brothers6531
7Gloucester CatholicNR530
10St. Augustine Prep3340

Don Bosco Prep (8-0-1) No one could fault the Ironmen for feeling good about their opening. After skating to a 3-0 road win against then-No. 1 Delbarton on Dec. 12, Don Bosco journeyed north and swept two of the best hockey teams in Massachusetts. The Ironmen rode freshman Connor Callaghan’s shutout to post a 2-0 victory over Catholic Memorial on Dec. 15 before dealing BC High, the No. 1 Team in the HNIB News preseason poll, a 4-1 loss the following day. Coach Greg Toskos’ club topped it off with a 4-2 victory over sixth-ranked Christian Brothers on Dec. 18 as forward Mickey Burns scored a pair of goals. Burns, Tyler Sedlak and Tsubasa Konishi have combined for 26 goals through nine games.

Delbarton (6-2-0) Not only did the Green Wave suffer consecutive losses to New Jersey opponents last week (Don Bosco Prep & Princeton Day) in falling from the preseason No. 1 slot, they were blanked in both defeats. Still, it proved no problem as the Morristown school trekked up to Massachusetts and forged impressive decisions over Malden Catholic (4-0) on Dec. 16 and BC High (1-0) the following day. Senior Kenny Burgess was outstanding in the victories, stopping all 53 shots he faced. Delbarton faces Gordon Conference foe Seton Hall Prep on Dec. 19.

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Randolph (4-0-1) The defensive staple remains intact for the Rams, who have made opponents earn every shot while yielding just six goals in five games. At the other end Randolph’s scoring has been balanced but not prolific as Adam Redgate and J.T. Zangara led the club with three goals each through five games. Randolph has key Mennen Division contests this week against Morris Knolls (Dec. 19) and Chatham (Dec. 21). Rams’ coach Rich McLaughlin is just two victories shy of the 400th of his illustrious career.

St. John Vianney (6-0-0) Well, the Lancers were mentioned among the preseason teams to watch, so it’s not surprising that the Monmouth County squad has burst into the rankings. During the first three weeks of the season St. John Vianney has produced victories over Southern Regional, Middletown South, Paramus Catholic and, most impressively, over Gordon Conference representative St. Augustine. Sophomore forward Jake LaRusso leads the club with 10 goals while seniors John Gelatt, John Gutt and Brett Schneider have five goals each. The Lancers are tested this week against Middletown North (Dec. 19), Red Bank Catholic (Dec. 20) and Wall (Dec. 22).

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Glen Rock

Glen Rock (5-0-1) The Panthers, who captured their first state title with the NJSIAA Public B crown last season, have opened with a very disciplined showing through six games. Coach Anthony Yelovich’s club has allowed more than two goals in a game just once – a 4-4 tie with co-op Wayne Hills/Wayne Valley on Dec. 8. Two key games this week loom before the holiday tournaments commence with Hun (Dec. 19) and Liberty Stripes Division foe Lakeland. Senior Ryan McCauley boasts a .915 save- percentage while Eddie Corvelli (6-4-10) and Matthew Maselli (8-7-15) and John LaMacchia (3-7-10) have bolstered the attack.

Christian Brothers (5-3-1) The Colts were 3-1 in their previous four contests before they were corralled by top-ranked Don Bosco Prep, 4-2, on Dec. 18. The loss was the second for Christian Brothers this season to its Gordon Conference foe, the other one coming via a 4-1 outcome on Dec. 1. The Colts are on the road for a Dec. 20 showdown in South Jersey against No. 10 St. Augustine before a Dec. 22 battle with Middletown North. Senior forward Liam Noonan produced 12 points on five goals and seven assists through seven games.

Summit (5-0-1) The Hilltoppers expected strong crease play from their goaltending tandem of Wilson Lees and Nikita Pryymak, and their performance has surely been stellar. The two have allowed a mere four goals on 111 shots against through the opening five games. Among Summit’s deep group of forwards, freshman Aidan Wiseman emerged as the team’s leading scorer with nine goals and three assists for 11 points. Before the holiday break Summit braces for two key McInnis rivals in Westfield on Dec. 19 and Livingston on Dec. 22.

Gloucester Catholic (5-3-0) Talented junior forward P.J. DeMetrio continued his torrid scoring touch, finishing with two goals to highlight a 5-3 victory over Gordon Conference National Division rival St. Peter’s Prep on Dec. 18. The victory was the third in four games for the Rams, who climb into this week’s poll at No. 8. DeMetrio has collected 11 goals in eight games for Gloucester Catholic, who will skate against Gordon Conference and South Jersey rival St. Augustine (No. 10) on Jan 4.

Morristown-Beard (4-2-1) The Crimson roll into this week’s rankings on the crest of a three-game winning streak, featuring an impressive 6-2 verdict over (preseason No. 3) St. Augustine on Dec. 18. In the previous two victories over Morris Knolls and Chatham, senior goalie Frank DelTufo posted shutouts in each decision. Swift senior forward Brayden Patricia has seven goals. The Crimson, which also played to a 2-2 tie with No. 3 Randolph on Dec. 5, will skate against LaSalle of Pa. on Dec. 20 before facing off against Seton Hall Prep on Dec. 22.

St. Augustine Prep (3-4-0) The Hermits slid from third to 10th in the ranks after suffering consecutive losses to St. John Vianney (5-3) and Morristown-Beard (6-2). Those defeats came after notable victories over Holy Ghost Prep of Pa. (4-3) and Seton Hall Prep (4-1). Senior forward Anthony Carella has a goal and four assists in the past three games for the Hermits, who will face two Gordon Conference rivals this week — sixth-ranked Christian Brothers on Dec. 20 and Bishop Eustace on Dec. 22.

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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