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New Jersey Top 10: Delbarton holds on to top spot

The big news in New Jersey hockey this week, unfortunately, was sad news, as Monroe senior forward Mikey Nichols, an assistant captain, suffered a fractured C5 vertebrae after colliding with the boards during a game against Vernon on Saturday. Nichols was airlifted to the Morristown Medical Center and underwent surgery on Sunday; updates are being posted at MonroeFalconsHockey.com.


New Jersey Boys Poll

2Don Bosco Prep511
3Christian Brothers711
8Glen Rock1010
10Bergen Catholic550



On the ice, the vast majority of games were postponed on Thursday and Friday, but there were still a few noteworthy results. The biggest was the No. 3 vs. No. 6 showdown when public unbeatens Randolph and Ramsey squared off last Monday. No. 3 Randolph pulled out that win, 1-0, but was upset by division rival Kinnelon, also by a 1-0 score, on Saturday.


On Sunday, No. 1 Delbarton saw its first action since December 16, breaking open a 2-2 game after one period to post a convincing 6-2 win over Connecticut prep school Hotchkiss, the school that handed Delbarton its only loss in its 29-1 season two years ago. Delbarton won last year’s meeting, 3-1. This year’s encounter saw Sean Petrie, playing in his first game after sitting out the state-mandated 30 days following his transfer from Morristown, notch a goal and three power-play assists in his Green Wave debut, while Chad Otterman struck for a hat trick.


No. 2 Don Bosco Prep, No. 4 Chatham, No. 6 Ramsey, No. 8 Glen Rock, No. 9 Morristown, and No. 10 Bergen Catholic all added to their win totals without major incident during the week.


Holiday tournament titles went to Howell (Bridgewater Black), Mendham (Montclair Holiday Invitational), Monsignor Donovan (Toms River Mayor’s Cup), Newton / Lenape Valley (Sussex Cup), Pequannock (Jefferson Tournament), Old Bridge (Piccolo Winter Classic), Point Pleasant Borough (Winding River Tournament), Pope John (Bridgewater Silver), St. Rose (Essex County Red), and West Morris (Essex County White), Vernon (Bayonne Tournament). Additionally, independent school Hun, based in Princeton and not an NJSIAA member, traveled to the Purple Puck tournament in Washington, D.C. and finished second to unbeaten host school Gonzaga.


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.
Jonathan Yardley