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New Jersey Top 10: Bp. Eustace, St. Augustine move up

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New Jersey Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Delbarton21531
2Bishop Eustace31151
3St. Augustine Prep4854
4Don Bosco Prep71173
5Christian Brothers11840
6Chatham51125
7Morristown-Beard61164
8Bridgewater-Raritan81703
9St. Joseph Metuchen91422
10Ramsey101830
  1. Delbarton (15-3-1)
    Last week: beat Don Bosco Prep 4-3, tied Hotchkiss (Conn.) 5-5
    Remaining: Tues at Hill (Pa.), Fri/Sat at Springfield Cathedral (Mass.) Tournament
  2. Bishop Eustace (11-5-1)
    Last week: beat Notre Dame 10-0, Gloucester Catholic 6-1
    Remaining: Wed vs. St. Augustine Prep
  3. St. Augustine Prep (8-5-4)
    Last week: lost to St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) 3-6, beat Seton Hall Prep 3-1, beat CBA 3-0
    Remaining: Wed at Bishop Eustace
  4. Don Bosco Prep (11-7-3)
    Last week: lost to Delbarton 3-4, beat Seton Hall Prep 4-1, beat CBA 3-2
    Remaining: Wed at St. Joseph Metuchen
  5. CBA (18-4-0)
    Last week: beat St. Peter’s Prep 7-2, lost to St. Augustine Prep 0-3, lost to Don Bosco Prep 2-3
    Remaining: Gordon Cup playoffs
  6. Chatham (11-2-5)
    Last week: lost to Morris Knolls 0-2, beat Morristown 4-1
    Remaining: Mennen Cup playoffs
  7. Morristown-Beard (11-6-4)
    Last week: NJISAA Prep B Tournament: beat Princeton Day 4-1, lost to Hun 3-5
    Remaining: Tues vs. St. Peter’s Prep, Fri vs. Kinnelon (Mennen Cup playoffs)
  8. Bridgewater-Raritan (17-0-3)
    Last week: beat Montgomery 4-1, beat Ridge 4-2
    Remaining: Tues at Summit, Fri vs. TBD (Skyland Conference playoffs)
  9. St. Joseph Metuchen (14-2-2)
    Last week: beat Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.) 5-2, St. John Vianney 7-4, Monroe 10-0
    Remaining: Wed vs. Don Bosco Prep, Fri vs. Old Bridge
  10. Ramsey (18-3-0)
    Last week: beat Summit 5-0
    Remaining: Tues vs. Lakeland, Fri vs. TBD (Big North Liberty playoffs)

 

UNDEFEATED UPDATE

Bridgewater-Raritan (17-0-3) clinched the Skyland Conference regular-season title with wins over Montgomery and Ridge last week. The Panthers will face a competitive Summit team Tuesday before the postseason begins.

Madison (22-1-0) finally suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, falling to local foe Morristown 2-0, with both goals coming on the power play in the final period. The Dodgers are prohibitive favorites to take their first Haas Cup title after losing in the final in 2009, 2010, and 2014.

 

STATE TOURNAMENT DEADLINE

Despite yet another round of game cancellations, Monday was the deadline for teams to reach the .500 mark to qualify automatically for New Jersey’s three state tournaments (Private, Public A, Public B). Teams within four games of .500 may submit applications for an at-large bid.

In the private bracket, 18 teams qualified (Gordon Conference schools qualify automatically, regardless of record), with St. Rose (8-10-1) and Montclair Kimberley (5-9-4) hoping for at-large spots. South Jersey powers Bishop Eustace and St. Augustine Prep have joined the anticipated big three schools of Delbarton, Don Bosco Prep, and CBA as tournament favorites.

In Public A, a record-low 26 teams qualified (tying the fewest in that section since the public tournament was split on the basis of enrollment beginning in 2007-08. Bridgewater-Raritan, Randolph (14-4-3), and defending champion Morris Knolls (13-7-1) are the favorites, along with Howell (16-3) and Ridge (13-4-4). Teams with serious claims for an at-large bid are Hillsborough (6-10-5), Livingston (9-11-1), and Ridgewood (7-8-3; the Maroons came up agonizingly short after tying Paramus Catholic 3-3 on Sunday).

In Public B, a record high of 33 teams qualified automatically, with the favorites in the deeper bracket including Chatham, Ramsey, Glen Rock (15-3-3), Middletown North (11-4-4), and defending champion Morristown (10-9-3), which has been to three consecutive public state title games (Public A in 2012, Public B in 2013 and 2014). West Milford (8-9-3) and Governor Livingston (9-10-2) narrowly missed qualifying

Jonathan Yardley
Jonathan Yardley has been covering high school ice hockey in New Jersey since 1996. A native of Morristown and a Delbarton alumnus, he graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 2005. A radio and television broadcaster, he has called games for the 2003 NCAA championship Rice baseball team (2002-05), the 2011 Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo (2008-11), and ESPN3 (2012-13), among other teams and outlets. He grew up watching hockey at Mennen Arena and for five seasons (1996-97 to 2000-01) wrote a weekly newsletter and ran the webpage for the MCSSIHL, the Morris County high school league. He now writes for Hockey Night in Boston in addition to website and blog maintenance.
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