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New Jersey Top 10: Christian Brothers Academy Downs Don Bosco, Takes Over As #1

New Jersey Top 10

1Christian Brothers Academy21131
2Bergen Catholic31130
3Don Bosco Prep11051
5Gloucester Catholic5723
6Seton Hall Prep6682
8St. Augustine Prep8852
10St. Joseph MontvaleNR1511

1-Christian Brothers Academy (11-3-1)  The Colts went on the road and handed previously top-ranked Don Bosco a 6-4 loss on Jan. 26 to move into the top spot. It marked the second triumph over Don Bosco this season and extended CBA’s winning streak against New Jersey teams to 10 games. The Colts haven’t lost to a state opponent since a 4-1 setback to fifth-ranked Gloucester Catholic on Dec. 9. The two other losses were one-goal setbacks against LaSalle Academy of Rhode Island. St. Rose (Jan. 27) and Gloucester Catholic (Jan. 29) are up next.

2-Bergen Catholic (11-3-0)  The Crusaders’ fifth straight victory was a massive one for the program in dethroning eighth-time and defending champion and then top-ranked Don Bosco Prep, 3-2, in the championship of the Bergen County Tournament on Jan. 23. Nicholas Stoebling netted the game-winner for Bergen Catholic in the third period. The Crusaders play St. Peter’s Prep on Jan. 28.

3-Don Bosco Prep (10-5-1) The Ironmen suffered consecutive losses and slipped from the No. 1 slot last week. Don Bosco was edged, 3-2, to then No. 3 Bergen Catholic in the Bergen County Tournament Championship on Jan. 23, a loss that halted their consecutive title run at eight. Despite a furious rally from a 5-1 deficit, Bosco dropped a 6-4 decision against then-No. 2 CBA three days later. The Ironmen can stop the two-game slide with a victory over sixth-ranked Morristown-Beard on Jan. 27.

4-Delbarton (5-6-2) The Green Wave rode a three-game unbeaten streak into their battle with then second-ranked CBA on Jan. 22 before bowing, 4-0. Senior forward Ben Conrod leads Delbarton thus far with 13 points on seven goals and six assists. Delbarton will play host to Gordon Conference foe Pope John on Jan. 28 before heading to play at Lawrenceville on Jan. 30.

5-Gloucester Catholic (7-2-3) The Rams skated to a 4-4 draw with South Jersey rival and eighth-ranked St. Augustine Prep on Jan. on Jan. 23 to extend their unbeaten run to eight games. Gloucester Catholic hasn’t lost since a 3-1 setback against then top-ranked Don Bosco on Dec. 15. A key week looms for the Rams this week with Gordon contests against No. 6 Seton Hall Prep on Jan. 27 and No. 2 Bergen Catholic on Jan. 31.

6-Seton Hall Prep (6-8-2) The Pirates suffered four close defeats against clubs ranked 1, 2 and 4 over the past two weeks. The last was a 4-2 setback against then top-ranked Don Bosco on Jan. 22. Seton Hall looks to stop that streak when it plays host to fifth-ranked Gloucester Catholic at Codey Arena in West Orange on Jan. 27.

7- Morristown-Beard (13-2-1)  The Crimson express rolls on, and they pushed their unbeaten streak to 13 games with a 5-2 verdict over St. Rose on Jan. 24. Morristown-Beard will face its biggest test this season – and put that unbeaten log on the line – when it goes on the road to square off against third-ranked Don Bosco on Jan. 27. Seth Kaplan, Cam Fernandez, Andrew Low and Tommy Matthews have combined to score 49 goals for the Crimson.

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8-St. Augustine Prep (8-5-2)  A 4-4 tie with fifth-ranked and rival Gloucester Catholic on Jan. 23 stopped the Hermits’ winning streak at five games. The following day St. Augustine dropped a 3-0 decision against Holy Ghost Prep of Pa. The Hermits now look to get back on the winning track when they play host to St. Peter’s Prep on Jan. 28.

9-Randolph (12-2-3)  The Rams skated to a hard-earned 1-1 tie with Mennen Division foe Morris Knolls on Jan. 24. That draw extended Randolph’s unbeaten streak to seven games. The last defeat came via a 4-3 setback against seventh-ranked Morristown-Beard on Dec. 27. Senior forward J.T. Zangara leads Randolph with 29 points (14-15). Next up is Morristown (Jan. 27) and Roxbury (Jan. 29).

10-St. Joseph (Montvale) (15-1-1)  The The Green Knights’ 15-game unbeaten streak came to an end when they were edged, 3-2, by No. 2 and eventual champion Bergen Catholic in the semifinal round of the Bergen County Tournament on Jan. 20. Senior Jacob Serey has been outstanding in goal, posting a sparkling .958 save-percentage for St. Joseph, which faces off against St. John Vianney on Jan. 28.

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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