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New Jersey Top 10: #2 Christian Brothers deals #1 Delbarton its first loss

New Jersey Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Delbarton12012
2Christian Brothers31434
3Pope John21613
4Don Bosco Prep41651
5St. Augustine's5864
6Glen Rock61634
7Middletown South71631
8Morris Knolls81542
9Seton Hall Prep9984
10Ridge101751
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Cup Tournaments begin this week…

1-Delbarton (20-1-2) The Green Wave suffered their first loss this season against Gordon Conference rival CBA (3-1) on Feb. 6 to snap a 23-game unbeaten streak. Delbarton, which finished first overall and earned the top seed in this week’s Gordon Cup tournament, responded by storming to the championship of the Pope Francis Invitational with victories over Pope Francis (MA) and Bishop Hendricken (RI) this weekend. Delbarton plays eighth-seeded Gloucester Catholic in the first round of the 59th Gordon Cup on Monday (Feb. 13).

2-Christian Brothers (14-3-4) As stated in last week’s rankings, the Colts faced a key game against top-ranked Delbarton. CBA played an impressive road contest in extending its unbeaten streak to nine games – and snapping Delbarton’s 23-game unbeaten run – with a 3-1 victory as Derek Contessa came through with the hat trick. The triumph enabled the Colts to edge from No. 3 into the No. 2 spot this week. Fourth-seeded CBA faces fifth-seeded St. Augustine Prep in its opening round game of the Gordon Cup on Monday (Feb. 13).

3-Pope John (16-1-3) The Lions saw their 18-game unbeaten streak stopped when they suffered a 6-3 road loss to St. Peter’s Prep on Feb. 6 and slip a spot in the poll. Pope John rebounded by rolling past Red Bank Catholic, 10-0. The second-seeded Lions, led by junior forward John Spetz (31-17-48), will seek revenge when they play seventh-seeded St. Peter’s in the opening round of the Gordon Cup on Monday (Feb. 13).

4-Don Bosco Prep (16-5-1) The Ironmen have put together a 10-3 record in 2017, with the losses coming against No. 1 Delbarton, No. 2 CBA and No. 3 Pope John. Don Bosco, seeded third, will face-off against sixth-seeded and No. 9 Seton Hall Prep on Monday (Feb. 13) in their opening round Gordon Cup battle. The two clubs met once this season, an 8-0 Don Bosco victory in the season-opener for both.

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St. Augustine Prep

5-St. Augustine Prep (8-6-4) The fourth-seeded Hermits, who have not played since a 3-1 loss to Bergen Catholic on Feb. 5, should be rested and ready for their opening round Gordon Cup showdown with third-seeded CBA on Monday (Feb. 13). St. Augustine will look for Giovanni Albano to anchor its defensive end. The senior goalie sports a .923 save percentage.

6-Glen Rock (16-3-4) The Panthers extended their unbeaten streak to six games – 11-1-2 in their last 14 – with a 6-1 triumph over West Milford on Feb. 3. Glen Rock, the top seed in the Big North, will play fourth-seeded River Dell in the semifinal round of the Big North Gold Cup on Wednesday (Feb. 15). The Panthers needed a two-goal third period rally on Saturday (Feb. 11) to play to a 4-4 draw with Millburn.

7-Middletown South (16-3-1) The Eagles continue their torrid run this season and have fashioned a 14-1-1 record since Dec. 17. Middletown South downed Livingston last week before skating past Brick Memorial, 6-1, in the opening round of the Handchen Cup as Deven Ralph hit twice and Clay Simonsen stopped 24 shots. Offensively, the Eagles boast three players with 30 or more goals in Ryan Lambert (32), Ryan D’Emilia (31) and Gavin Gulash (30).

8-Morris Knolls (15-4-2) The Golden Eagles won twice last week, including a 2-1 victory over Morristown-Beard, and earned the top seed in the Mennen Cup tournament. Morris Knolls, seeking its first Mennen Cup since it shared the championship with Kinnelon in 2013 (4-4 tie), will play fourth-seeded Randolph in the semifinal round on Monday (Feb. 13.).

9-Seton Hall Prep (9-8-4) The Pirates have not played since closing out their regular season with a solid 3-3 tie against No. 6 Glen Rock on Feb. 1. But they will face a big test when they face No. 4 Don Bosco Prep on Monday (Feb. 13) in the opening round of the Gordon Cup. Senior defenseman P.J. Murphy has had a solid season in his own end while adding four goals and 10 assists for the Pirates.

10-Ridge (17-5-1) Top-seeded Ridge defeated eighth-seeded Bernards, 3-1, as Connor Villa and Brett Carey each scored in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie in the first round of the Skyland Conference Tournament. Ridge, which earned its fourth straight decision, advances to play play fourth-seeded Pingry on Feb. 16. The Red Devils are seeking their first Skyland Cup since winning it in 2014.

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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