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New Jersey Top 10: Idle Delbarton, CBA return to action

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New Jersey Division I Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
2Christian Brothers2900
3Bergen Catholic5460
5Morris Knolls8630
7St. Joseph-MetuchenNR811
9Don Bosco4531
  1. Delbarton (5-2)
    Last week: idle
    This week: Tues vs. Pope John, Thurs at St. Augustine Prep, Sun at Don Bosco Prep
  2. Christian Brothers Academy (9-0)
    Last week: idle
    This week: Tues at Middletown North, Wed vs. Don Bosco Prep, Fri at Freehold Township
  3. Bergen Catholic (4-6)
    Last week: Lost 6-3 at Notre Dame (Fairfield, Conn.), won 6-2 vs. Seton Hall Prep
    This week: Mon at Gloucester Catholic, Thur at St. Peter’s Prep
  4. Chatham (5-1-2)
    Last week: Beat Ridgewood 9-2, tied Kinnelon 2-2
    You can’t expect Mennen Division teams to run the table in their division schedules, and Chatham was held to a 2-2 tie by Kinnelon on Saturday. The Cougars remain the only team unbeaten in division play but face two critical tests this week.
    This week: Tues at Morris Knolls, Friday at Randolph
  5. Morris Knolls (6-3)
    Last week: Beat Montville 10-3, beat Paramus Catholic 3-1
    The Golden Eagles have won four out of five, losing to Glen Rock in the Ice Vault Tournament, and have a chance to seize control of the Mennen Division for themselves with a trio of division matchups this week.
    This week: Tues vs. Chatham, Thur at Morristown-Beard, Sat vs. Morristown
  6. Bridgewater-Raritan (8-0-2)
    Last week: Beat Pope John 5-2
    The Panthers swept their own tournament by beating Middletown North, Ridge, and Pope John, each by at least three goals. While Skyland Conference play is rarely easy, the next chance for Bridgewater to prove itself against non-league foes comes late in January, with games against Morristown, Paramus Catholic, and Summit.
    This week: Wed vs. Hillsborough, Fri at Southern Regional
  7. St. Joseph Metuchen (8-1-1)
    Last week: Beat Ramsey 1-0, tied Red Bank Catholic 3-3
    The Falcons’ non-league schedule is so extensive (they only play six games, mostly against outclassed opponents, in the Greater Middlesex Conference) that they often wind up with conflicting results, and this year is no exception. After beating Ramsey, the Falcons needed a last-minute goal to tie an undermanned Red Bank Catholic team, but those teams could meet again in the final of the inaugural Egan Cup on Jan. 9. If Red Bank Catholic can get by Notre Dame, that is.
    This week: Wed at South Brunswick, Fri at Egan Cup final
  8. Morristown-Beard (4-3-3)
    Last week: Tied Morristown 2-2
    The Crimson have followed up their Dec. 22 upset of Don Bosco Prep with a three-game winless streak, and things do not get any easier this week, with games against two of their top three Mennen Division foes.
    This week: Mon at Randolph, Thur vs. Morris Knolls, Sat vs. West Morris
  9. Don Bosco Prep (5-3-1)
    Last week: Lost 2-1 vs. St. Augustine Prep
    The Ironmen made it two consecutive upset losses on Sunday, falling 2-1 to St. Augustine Prep, an unpredictable Gordon National team with a penchant for upsets. Don Bosco Prep faces three division games in a big week ahead.
    This week: Wed at CBA, Fri at Pope John, Sun vs. Delbarton
  10. Ramsey (9-2)
    Last week: Lost 1-0 vs. Morristown, lost 1-0 vs. St. Joseph Metuchen, beat Mahwah 6-0, beat Wayne Valley 10-0
    The Rams were snakebitten in consecutive 1-0 losses despite outshooting Morristown 34-14 and St. Joseph Metuchen 29-20. The loss to Morristown was especially painful, considering the Colonials beat Ramsey in last year’s Public B final by the same score. St. John Vianney transfer Justin Nicholson, eligible after sitting out the first month, did help out on the blue line, and Ramsey’s considerable depth should be aided if second-line twins Anthony and Frank Steffe return to the lineup in January after injury.
    This week: Tues at Summit, Fri at Wayne Hills, Sun at Lakeland


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.
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