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New Jersey Top 10: Don Bosco, Delbarton set to clash on Sunday

Copy of New Jersey Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Don Bosco Prep11601
2Delbarton21131
3Randolph31203
4Summit41410
5Gloucester Catholic5741
6Morristown-Beard61031
7St. John Vianney71112
8Christian Brothers AcademyNR961
9Seton Hall Prep9853
10Chatham101130

Only one change in this week’s HNIB News New Jersey Top 10, with Christian Brothers Academy moving in…

1-Don Bosco Prep (16-0-1): The Ironmen earned their seventh straight victory in impressive fashion on Jan. 17 when they skated to a 6-1 victory over Indian Hills in the championship of the  Bergen County Tournament. The title was the seventh straight BCT for Don Bosco, which allowed four goals while exploding for 34 during its past five wins. Up next this week is a big showdown with No. 2 Delbarton on Jan. 21. The Ironmen won the only previous meeting this season, 3-0 on Dec. 12.

2-Delbarton (11-3-1): One day after a decisive 5-2 victory over eighth-ranked St. Augustine, the Green Wave suffered a 5-3 setback to Christian Brothers Academy on Jan. 17, snapping their eight-game unbeaten streak. Still, Delbarton sits at the top of the Gordon Conference American Division with 17 points. Delbarton will square off on Jan. 21 against top-ranked Don Bosco in a crucial Gordon contest. Delbarton coach Bruce Shatel is just six wins shy of the 400th of his career.

3-Randolph (12-0-3): The Rams ran their unbeaten streak to 15 games this season with a 3-2 verdict over Livingston on Jan. 12. J.T. Zangara leads Randolph in scoring with 19 points on seven goals and 12 assists. The Rams will battle Cranford next on Jan. 19 before facing 10th-ranked Chatham in a Mennen Division showdown on Jan. 25. Randolph edged Chatham, 2-1, on Dec. 21.

4-Summit (14-1-0): After a 2-1 defeat against third-ranked Randolph on Jan. 5, the Hilltoppers fashioned a three-game winning streak, allowing just one goal in the process. Top-seeded Summit will take the ice seeking its seventh overall championship against second-seeded Westfield in the Union County Tournament on Jan. 20. Summit took a 7-1 decision in the two team’s only previous meeting this season on Dec. 19.

5-Gloucester Catholic (7-4-1): After a 2-2 tie with then-eighth-ranked St. Augustine Prep, the Rams were able to defeat Holy Ghost Prep of Pa., 7-5, on Jan. 17. Now, Gloucester Catholic will face a key test next week with a home-and-home series against No. 9 Seton Hall Prep on Jan. 20 & 22.

6-Morristown-Beard (10-3-1): The Crimson were defeated by top-ranked Don Bosco, 6-1, last week but rebounded with a tidy 2-0 triumph over Mennen Division rival Morristown on Jan. 12. Morristown-Beard will skate next against Gordon Conference foe Bergen Catholic on Jan. 19.

7-St. John Vianney (11-1-2): The streaking Lancers won twice last week to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2). The club has not lost in a month, dating back to a 3-1 setback to Middletown North on Dec. 19. St. John Vianney will put that streak on the line when they make the trek north into Essex County on Jan. 22 to play Montclair Kimberley Academy.

8-Christian Brothers Academy (9-6-1): The Colts climbed back into the Top 10 this week on the strength of a three-game winning streak that was capped by an impressive 5-3 victory over No. 2 Delbarton on Jan. 17. Will Seijas finished with two goals and an assist and Thomas Heaney made 28 saves for the Colts in that decision. CBA looks to extend its winning string to four games when it plays St. Peter’s Prep on Jan. 23.

9-Seton Hall Prep (8-5-3): The Pirates saw their four-game winning streak – and five-game unbeaten string – clipped when they were edged, 4-3, by the Hun School on Jan. 11. Coach Mike Atkinson’s club rebounded with a 5-3 triumph over Point Pleasant Boro on Jan. 11. Seton Hall is one victory shy of their total from last season with six regular season games still on the docket.

10-Chatham (11-3-0): The Cougars ran their winning streak to five straight with a convincing 8-0 verdict over Middletown South on Jan. 15. During the run Chatham has fired in 32 goals while yielding just three at the other end of the ice, and posted three shutouts. The Cougars have key games this week against Mennen Division opponent Morristown on Jan. 19 before skating against Pingry on Jan. 23 and third-ranked Randolph on Jan. 25.

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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