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New Jersey Top 10: Christian Brothers Enters State Tournament Back At #1

New Jersey Top 10

1Christian Brothers Academy21643
2Don Bosco Prep31771
3Bergen Catholic11740
4Gloucester Catholic6964
6Morristown Beard71941
7Seton Hall Prep510122
8St. Augustine Prep81092
10St. Joseph Montvale102111

1-Christian Brothers Academy (16-4-3)  The Colts rode a 25-save effort by sophomore goalie John Donohoe on the way to a 2-0 verdict over second-ranked Don Bosco Prep to claim the 62nd Gordon Cup championship on Feb. 21. The title was the first since 2016 and ninth overall for CBA, tying Seton Hall Prep with the most Gordon Cup championships. CBA earned the top seed and will play host to 16th-seeded St. Peter’s Prep on Feb. 28 in the opening round of the NJSIAA Non-Public tournament.

2-Don Bosco Prep (17-7-1)   The top-seeded Ironmen were edged, 2-0, by No. 1 CBA in the Gordon Cup final on Feb. 21 at Codey Arena. Defending champion Don Bosco was seeking its second straight – and third overall – Gordon Cup trophy. It marked the third setback against CBA this season and stopped a four-game winning streak for Don Bosco. The Ironmen now begin defense of their state title when they battle St. Peter’s Prep on Feb. 28 in the first round of the NJSIAA Non-Public tournament.

3-Bergen Catholic (17-4-0)    Seeking their first Gordon Cup title since 2004, the then-top-ranked Crusaders suffered a 2-0 setback against CBA in the semifinal round last week. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for Bergen Catholic dating back to a 5-4 loss to eighth-ranked St. Augustine Prep on Jan. 6. Bergen Catholic is expected to play Notre Dame in the NJSIAA Non-Public tournament Round of 16 on Feb. 28.

4-Gloucester Catholic (9-6-4)  The Rams used two goals from Jake Crane to forge a 6-3 decision over Delbarton in the first round of the Gordon Cup last week. It marked the first-ever triumph for the South Jersey school over Delbarton. Gloucester Catholic was then edged, 3-1, in the semifinal by Don Bosco. The Rams will battle St. Rose/Donovan/Red Bank Catholic in the NJSIAA Non-Public Round of 16 on Feb. 28.

5-Delbarton (9-9-3)  The Green Wave, who’ve captured eight Gordon Cup trophies since entering the elite conference in 2005, were bested by Gloucester Catholic, 6-3, last week in the first round. Delbarton had claimed five of the last 10 Gordon Cup championships before this year’s final. The Green Wave play host to St. Joseph of Metuchen in the NJSIAA Non-Public tournament’s Round of 16 on Feb. 27.

6-Morristown-Beard (19-4-1)   The Crimson secured their 12th Mennen Cup championship with a convincing 5-1 triumph over ninth-ranked Randolph on Feb. 22. Morristown-Beard is 6-1 in its last seven contests and will now square off against 10th-ranked St. Joseph of Montvale in the NJSIAA Non-Public Tournament Round of 16 on Feb. 26 at Mennen Arena.

7-Seton Hall Prep (10-12-2)  After a 5-3 setback against then-No. 1 Bergen Catholic in the quarterfinal round of the Gordon Cup, the Pirates bounced back in rolling to a 10-0 win over St. John Vianney in the first round of the NJSIAA Non-Public tournament on Feb. 24. The Pirates will play the winner of Bergen Catholic/Notre Dame in the quarterfinal round on March 2.

8-St. Augustine Prep (10-9-2)  The Hermits were ousted from the Gordon Cup in the first round after absorbing a 4-1 loss to No. 1 CBA. St. Augustine’s last, and only, Gordon Cup title came in 2011 when it shared the championship with Delbarton after both clubs skated to a 2-2 tie after overtime. The Hermits travel to play Pingry in the NJSIAA Non-Public Round of 16 on Feb. 27.

9-Randolph (17-3-4)  The Rams skated to an impressive 4-2 win over then-No. 6 Seton Hall Prep on Feb. 10. Randolph then beat Madison, 8-2, in the semifinal round of the Mennen Cup before bowing to sixth-ranked Morristown-Beard on Feb. 22 in the final. Now, top-seeded Randolph will play West Milford/Pequannock or Passaic Valley/Cedar Grove in the NJSIAA Public B tournament Round of 16 on Feb. 27.

10-St. Joseph (Montvale) (21-1-1) 10 The Green Knights extended their winning streak to seven games after a 4-1 decision over Lakeland in the Big North Gold Cup championship last week. St. Joseph, which claimed its last state title in 1991, will open the state tournament on the road against sixth-ranked Morristown-Beard in the NJSIAA Non-Public Tournament’s Round of 16 on Feb. 26 at Mennen Arena.

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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