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New Jersey Top 10: Bergen Catholic, Glen Rock slide into rankings

New Jersey Top 10 Poll

2Don Bosco Prep2621
3Christian Brothers3522
4St. Augustine Prep4520
5Pope John5802
7Middletown South8720
8Bergen CatholicNR651
9Glen RockNR622
10Morris Knolls7721

1-Delbarton (9-0-0): Coach Bruce Shatel’s club remained in the No. 1 slot, and unbeaten, with late December victories over Gloucester Catholic, Christian Brothers and Northern Highlands. The Green Wave have a Jan. 8 showdown against eighth-ranked Bergen Catholic.

2-Don Bosco Prep (6-2-1): After consecutive losses to Delbarton and BC High of Massachusetts, the Ironmen went undefeated (2-0-1) into the holiday break with decisions against Morristown-Beard and Bergen Catholic and a tie vs. the Princeton Day School.

3-Christian Brothers (5-2-2): Will Egbert scored in the third period for the Colts but it was not enough as they bowed in their final contest of 2016 in a hard-fought 3-1 loss to top-ranked Delbarton.

4-St. Augustine Prep (5-2): The Hermits responded nicely after a 4-1 loss to Holy Ghost Prep of Pa. on Dec. 15 with triumphs against Morristown-Beard and Bishop Eustace, outscoring those two opponents, 12-3. St. Augustine will play host to No. 3 Christian Brothers this Friday (Jan. 6).

5-Pope John (8-0-2): The Lions have yet to lose and continued their impressive start, posting consecutive victories over St. Peter’s Prep, Hillsborough and Ridge. Pope John skates against Gordon Conference rival Gloucester Catholic on Wednesday (Jan. 4). The two clubs tied, 4-4, on Dec. 12.

6-Morristown-Beard (9-3-0): The Crimson hit a tough patch of ice in mid-December when they dropped three-straight. But the club rebounded in fine fashion and scored 15 goals while yielding just two in decisions against Clarkstown North of N.Y., Mendham and Randolph. Forwards Isaac Davison and Brayden Patricia have netted eight goals apiece through 11 games.

7-Middletown South (7-2-0): Four straight impressive triumphs allowed the Eagles to move up a spot in the poll from eighth to seventh this week. The last two wins came as goaltenders Clay Simonsen and Sean Caswell each posted a shutout in verdicts over Hunterdon Central and Brick. Senior forward Ryan Lambert leads the Eagles thus far with eight goals and 10 assists.

8-Bergen Catholic (6-5-1): Few teams were hotter as 2016 closed than the Crusaders from Oradell, who enter the rankings at No. 8. Since being edged, 3-2, by top-ranked Delbarton on Dec. 11, Bergen Catholic has roared to a 5-1-1 slate. The lone loss came against No. 2 Don Bosco along with a 3-3 tie vs. third-ranked Christian Brothers.

9-Glen Rock (6-2-2):  The Panthers, who finished 23-3-3 last year, did not let the ill effects of a 6-0 loss to No. 8 Bergen Catholic on Dec. 18 last long. First-year coach Anthony Yelovich’s squad rebounded with a 3-1 victory over then-No. 7 Morris Knolls. Glen Rock then rallied for two late goals to skate to a 3-3 tie against St. Joseph of Metuchen on Jan. 1.

10-Morris Knolls (7-2-1): The Golden Eagles are riding a 5-1-1 streak of late, the lone loss coming against No. 9 Glen Rock, 3-1, on Dec. 23. Sophomore Tyler Franchi continues his strong season in goal and stopped all 37 shots in posting  consecutive shutouts over Ramsey and Lakeland.

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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