New Jersey Top 10: #2 Christian Brothers Academy Has Won 4 In A Row

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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New Jersey Top 10

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Don Bosco Prep1831
2Christian Brothers Academy2921
3Bergen Catholic3830
5Gloucester Catholic5722
6Seton Hall Prep6662
8St. Augustine Prep8741

1-Don Bosco Prep (8-3-1)  The defending champion Ironmen cruised to a 9-0 victory over Mahwah in the opening round of the Bergen County Tournament on Jan. 16, extending their unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1) over the past week. Don Bosco had edged Princeton Day, 3-2, after skating to a 3-3 tie with fourth-ranked Delbarton. The Ironmen face 10th-ranked Ramsey in the semifinal round of the BCT on Jan. 22.

2-Christian Brothers Academy (9-2-1)   The Colts downed sixth-ranked Seton Hall Prep, 3-1, on Jan. 15, marking the second time this winter they have beaten the Pirates in a close battle. CBA then extended its winning streak to four games with a 5-1 verdict over Shore Conference rival Middletown North on Jan. 16. The Colts square off against LaSalle Academy of Rhode Island on Jan. 20.

3-Bergen Catholic (8-3-0)   The second-seeded Crusaders hit the escape hatch when Devon Kelly scored in overtime in a 4-3 decision over seventh-seeded Ridgewood in the opening round of the Bergen County Tournament on Jan. 17. Up next for Bergen Catholic is a semifinal round showdown with a potent St. Joseph of Montvale club on Jan. 20. St. Joseph has downed Bergen Catholic in each of the previous two contests.

4-Delbarton (4-5-2)   After edging No. 6 Seton Hall Prep, Delbarton rallied from a two-goal deficit to pull out a 3-3 tie with top-ranked Don Bosco on Jan. 14. The defensively stout Green Wave have allowed more than one goal in just three of their 11 games thus far. Key Gordon Conference games loom this week against No. 6 Seton Hall Prep (Jan. 21) and CBA (Jan. 22).

5-Gloucester Catholic (7-2-2)  The Rams are riding a seven-game unbeaten streak after their 1-1 draw with LaSalle of Pa. Their last loss was a 3-1 setback against No. 1 Don Bosco on Dec. 15. Gloucester Catholic has a big test this week when it faces off against South Jersey rival and No. 8 St. Augustine Prep on Jan. 23.

6-Seton Hall Prep (6-6-2)  After a wild 7-6 win over Hun the Pirates were edged 2-1 by No. 4 Delbarton and 3-1 by second-ranked CBA to close out the week, despite outshooting those two opponents by a 50-33 margin. The road gets tougher as Seton Hall plays fourth-ranked Delbarton (Jan. 21), No. 1 Don Bosco (Jan. 22) and fifth-ranked Gloucester Catholic (Jan. 27).

7-Morristown-Beard (10-2-1)  The Crimson skated to a 5-5 tie with Hun on Jan. 16, thus halting their 10-game winning streak. A little revenge will be on the next game’s menu when Morristown-Beard plays Mennen Division rival Morris Knolls on Jan. 20. It was Knolls that handed the Crimson their last loss, a 6-1 setback on Dec. 6.

8-St. Augustine Prep (7-4-1)  The Hermits cruised to a 6-1 decision over Bishop Eustace on Jan. 16 to extend their winning streak to four games, where they’ve scored 17 goals while yielding six. St. Augustine will travel to Delaware next to take on Salesianum on Jan. 21 before playing rival and No. 5 Gloucester Catholic on two days later.

9-Randolph (11-2-2)  With a commanding 6-1 triumph over Hillsborough on Jan. 15 the Rams extended their unbeaten streak to five games. More impressive in that stretch has been the goal differential, as Randolph has struck for 24 goals while allowing a mere three in the give games. A crucial week in Mennen Division play is on tap with games against Chatham (Jan. 22) and Morris Knolls (Jan. 24).

10-Ramsey (12-1-2)  Justin Bello finished with two goals while Dane Beltramini stopped all 20 shots in a 4-0 decision over Indian Hills in the opening round of the Bergen County Tournament on Jan. 17. The win pushed the Rams’ unbeaten streak to seven games and sets up a semifinal round showdown with top-ranked Don Bosco on Jan. 20. Bello, a junior, has 14 goals.

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