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New Jersey Top 10: Gloucester Catholic Remains Firm: Bergen Catholic Climbs To #2 This Week

New Jersey Top 10

1Gloucester Catholic1810
2Bergen Catholic3911
3Christian Brothers Academy2722
4Seton Hall Prep4414
5Don Bosco Prep6621
10St. Joseph MontvaleNR452

1-Gloucester Catholic (8-1-0) The streaking Rams won their seventh-straight contest with a 5-0 victory over St. Joseph of Montvale on Monday to secure the regular season first place title in the elite Gordon Conference, along with the probable No. 1 seed in the 63rd Gordon Cup tournament. In the seven-game run the South Jersey school has outscored its opponents by a 28-7 margin, and have not lost since a 3-1 setback against third-ranked CBA on Jan. 27. Junior goalie Zach McElrain boasts a .950 save-percentage.

2-Bergen Catholic (9-1-1)   In their biggest game to date this winter the Crusaders took down then-No. 2 CBA behind a two-goal effort from Mick Thompson and three assists from Aram Minnetian. The win pushed Bergen Catholic’s unbeaten streak to 10 games (9-0-1). It’s lone loss came in a 3-2 setback against No. 1 Gloucester Catholic on Jan. 18.

3-Christian Brothers Academy (7-2-2)  The Colts battled on Monday with then-No 3 Bergen Catholic on the road before suffering a 4-3 loss. That came after CBA settled for a 4-4 tie against fourth-ranked Seton Hall Prep last week. Sophomore defenseman Patrick Reilly emerged as a playmaking force with three goals and team-leading 13 assists.

4-Seton Hall Prep (4-1-4)  The Pirates key showdown with Don Bosco Prep also had key implications in the Gordon Cup seedings but was cancelled due to weather on Monday afternoon. Still, Seton Hall showed resilience in mounting a third period two-goal rally in skating to a 4-4 tie with then-second ranked CBA last week. Junior forward Aidan D’Urso had a hat trick in the 4-4 rally with No. 2 CBA and leads the team with nine goals.

5-Don Bosco Prep (6-2-1)  Despite having its key game with Seton Hall Prep cancelled due to Monday’s storm, the Ironmen have regained their footing and won two straight since a 3-0 loss to top-ranked No. 1 Gloucester Catholic on Feb.12. Standout senior forward Connor Sedlak registered his 100th career point last week and leads Don Bosco with 13 goals.

6-Delbarton (3-3-1)  The Green Wave look to stop a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) when they skate against No. 5 Don Bosco Prep today (Feb. 23) in their final regular season Gordon Conference match. Sophomore forward Trip Penny has netted five goals to top the Delbarton goal-scoring chart.

7-Morristown-Beard (5-1-1)   The Crimson beat Mennen Division rival Morris Knolls,  8-3, on Feb. 20 behind two-goal effort from Cam Fernandez and Seth Kaplan to extend their winning streak to four games; and unbeaten string to five. Kaplan has 10 goals and collected his 100th career point in a 7-2 win over Pingry on Feb. 19. Morristown-Beard plays Chatham on Wednesday (Feb. 24).

8-Ridge (4-1-0) The Ridgers scored 15 goals while yielding just one in consecutive victories over Bridgewater-Raritan and Pingry. But the Somerset County power has not skated since the 6-1 win over Pingry on Feb. 13. In his two starts senior goalie Jack Richter has allowed one goal on 38 shots for a .974 save-percentage.

9-Lakeland (7-1-1)   The Lancers threw 29 shots on goal but absorbed their first loss, 1-0, against Ramapo on Feb.19 to drop a spot in the rankings. Lakeland rebounded two days later as Joey Cole scored both goals in 2-0 win over Middletown South. Next up for the Lancers is Wayne Hills on Feb. 26.

10-St. Joseph Montvale (4-5-2)  A solid victory over Ramsey for the Green Knights was followed by hard-fought losses against fourth-ranked Seton Hall Prep and top-ranked Gloucester Catholic. St. Joseph has committed itself well this winter entering the Gordon Conference for the first time in close to 30 years, earning a victory over St. Augustine Prep and tying sixth-ranked Delbarton this month.

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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