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New Jersey Top 10: Don Bosco Slides Into Top Spot

New Jersey Top 10

1Don Bosco Prep2510
3Christian Brothers Academy3710
4Pope John4510
5Gloucester Catholic5340
6St. Peter's PrepNR420
7Seton Hall PrepNR430
8St. Augustine Prep6230

Here is our first in-season New Jersey Top 10.

1-Don Bosco Prep (5-1): After it was edged, 3-2, by No. 3 Christian Brothers, the Ironmen took to the road and swept their two-game series in Massachusetts. Tyler Sedlak scored all four goals in a 4-2 victory over BC High on Dec. 14 before a 6-2 win over Catholic Memorial the following day. The Ironmen have a back-to-back schedule this week against Bergen Catholic.

2-Delbarton (8-1): Since a 3-1 season-opening loss to Don Bosco Prep, the Green Wave extended their winning streak to seven games with an impressive swing north to Massachusetts. Delbarton took down top New England clubs Malden Catholic (2-1) and BC High (3-2). Delbarton’s offense is averaging four goals apiece while at the other end it has yielded just six goals in eight game. Michael Balzarotti has 16 points in eight games.

3-Christian Brothers Academy (7-1): The Colts bowed to Gordon Conference foe Gloucester Catholic, 2-1, on Dec. 3 but rebounded with five straight wins, including a 3-2 decision over Don Bosco.  CBA has a rematch against the Gloucester Catholic on Dec. Dec. 19. Giovanni Crepaldi has hit for five goals while Kyle Contessa collected two goals and seven assists through seven games.

4-Pope John (5-0): The Lions extended their unbeaten streak to five when they earned a 3-2 decision over Bergen Catholic as Johnny Cielo scored twice and Matt Schoer stopped 20 shots. Cielo, a sophomore, has 14 points on nine goals and five assists. Pope John has a tough test on Dec. 19 when it plays host to second-ranked Delbarton.

5- Gloucester Catholic (3-4): The Rams skated to a 2-1 victory over No. 3 CBA before dropping consecutive decisions to second-ranked Delbarton. Gloucester Catholic came back and earned a 5-2 victory over St. Joseph’s Prep of Pa. Senior forward Dom Garozzo has 13 goals for the Rams, who have two key games this week against St. Augustine Prep and CBA.

6-St. Peter’s Prep (4-2): The Marauders had a big test on Dec. 14 against Seton Hall Prep, and they passed with a straight-A. Ty Pezzola, Matthew Italiano, Matt Zdanowicz, Christian Della Rocco and Phil Decresce all scored and Dan Maher halted 24 shots in the key decision. The Prep hosts St. Joseph of Metuchen next on Dec. 21.

7-Seton Hall Prep (4-3): The Pirates hit a bump when they absorbed a 5-1 loss to No. 6 St. Peter’s Prep on Dec. 14, stopping a three-game winning streak. Still, the Prep is off to its best start in eight years. The top line of Thomas Colucci (7-4), Phil Feinberg (4-5) and Ryan Kemp (5-7) have combined for 16 goals and 16 assists in five games for the Pirates.

J.T. Zangara

8-St. Augustine Prep (2-3): The Hermits are a fine example of some of the craziness in the early-season going in the Gordon Conference. Coach Tim Fingerhut’s club has dropped close decisions against CBA and Seton Hall Prep, but beaten St. Peter’s Prep. The Richland school has a busy slate before the holiday break this week with games against Gloucester Catholic, Princeton and Bishop Eustace.

Thomas Pryymak

9-Randolph (5-0-1): The always defensively stout Rams posted three consecutive shutouts before seeing their five-game winning streak was stopped in a 3-3 tie with Kinnelon. Rugged junior forward J.T. Zangara leads Randolph four goals and eight assists through six games. Next up is Hunterdon Central on Dec. 19.

10-Summit (4-1): The Hilltoppers suffered their first defeat when they were edged by eighth-ranked Randolph, 3-2, on Dec. 11 in a showdown between the two perennial public-school powers. Tom Pryymak leads the club with five goals and four assists while freshman Grant McCormack has been solid in goal through five games. A busy week is on the docket for Summit with contests against Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Gov. Livingston and Chatham.

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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