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New Jersey Top 10: Nothing Changes This Week Amongst NJ’s Top Clubs

New Jersey Top 10

1Don Bosco Prep11511
3Christian Brothers Academy31421
4Pope John41044
5St. Augustine Prep5661
6St. Peter's Prep6730
7Seton Hall Prep71062
8Gloucester Catholic8780

The order of this week’s HNIB News New Jersey Top 10 is exactly the same as it was last week, as the contenders all kept pace

1-Don Bosco Prep (15-1-0)  The Ironmen extended their winning streak to 13 games and captured their eighth straight Bergen County Tournament championship with a 5-1 victory over St. Joseph of Montvale Wednesday. That decision came after an impressive 5-2 verdict over third-ranked CBA, allowing Don Bosco to avenging its only loss this season – a 3-2 setback to CBA on Dec. 5.

2-Delbarton (10-2-2)  The Green Wave skated to a 2-2 tie with third-ranked CBA before powering to a 10-1 decision against Bishop Eustace last week. This week, Delbarton challenged a pair of NEPSAC prep powers, falling to Brunswick (CT) 4-1 and then tying Lawrenceville School 1-1. Michael Balzarotti leads Delbarton in scoring with 32 points on 10 goals and 22 assists.

3-Christian Brothers Academy (14-2-1)   After rallying from a two-goal deficit to forge an impressive 2-2 tie with second-ranked Delbarton, the Colts saw their 12-game unbeaten streak (11-0-1) halted with a 5-2 setback against top-ranked Don Bosco on Jan. 20. The Lincroft power then produced a 4-1 win over No. 4 Pope John.

4-Pope John (10-4-4)  Steven Spetz had two goals and Matt Schoer halted 22 shots to send the Lions past Bishop Eustace, 4-0, on Jan. 18. Spetz, a senior forward, had nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points through 17 games. The Lions then dropped a 4-1 decision against No. 3 CBA despite a 36-save effort from Matt Schoer. Next up is a battle with seventh-ranked Seton Hall Prep on Jan. 28.

5-St. Augustine Prep (6-6-1)  The Hermits absorbed a 3-0 loss against Holy Ghost Prep of Pa. on Jan. 23. The going will be just as tough over the next week against Gordon Conference foes. The Hermits have a pair of home games coming up next against Bergen Catholic on Jan. 25 followed by top-ranked Don Bosco on Jan. 29.

6-St. Peter’s Prep (7-3-0)   Matt Zdanowicz leads the Marauders with 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points. The senior forward will lead the Prep when they hit the road on Jan. 24 to play Notre Dame before key games against Bishop Eustace (Jan. 25) and St. Joseph of Montvale (Jan. 27).

7-Seton Hall Prep (10-6-2)   The Pirates traveled to New York and dropped a tough 7-5 decision against Portledge, but responded with a hard-fought 2-2 tie against fourth-ranked Pope John on Jan. 16. Patrick Zincone and Ryan Kemp both scored in the third period to help Seton Hall erase a 2-0 deficit. Next is Millburn on Jan. 27.

8-Gloucester Catholic (7-8-0)   The Rams have not played since a 7-4 setback against top-ranked Don Bosco last week. Gloucester Catholic heads west into Pennsylvania on Thursday (Jan. 24) for a match against Malvern Prep. Senior forward Dom Garozzo has shown his scoring prowess with a team-leading 23 goals.

9-Madison (11-3-4)  The Dodgers skated to a 1-1 tie with Mennen Division opponent Morris Knolls on Jan. 22 to but followed with a solid 4-2 win over Montclair to extend their unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1). The Dodgers have not lost since a 2-1 setback against Millburn on Dec. 27 in the Essex Holiday Tournament. Madison will play host to Northern Highlands on Sunday (Jan. 27).

10-Randolph (15-2-1)  After a 3-2 loss to No. 9 Madison that halted a six-game winning streak, the Rams responded with consecutive victories over West Morris (7-1) and Ramsey (5-1). Nick Gally scored five goals to fuel the two victories. Randolph will travel into Bergen County next for a battle with Lakeland on Jan. 26.

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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