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New Jersey Top 10 Poll: Big win lifts CBA to #1

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New Jersey Top 10 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Christian Brothers31720
3Bishop Eustace10951
4St. Augustine PrepNR644
7Don Bosco Prep2963
9St. Joseph Metuchen71122

* Updated 2/2/15

  1. Christian Brothers Academy (17-2-0)
    Last week: beat Marlboro / Holmdel 11-1, beat Delbarton 4-3
    CBA’s special teams let the Colts hand top-ranked Delbarton its first in-state loss of the year on Saturday, as CBA scored all four goals on the power play, including two in the final five minutes, to rally from a 3-2 deficit and win 4-3. Derek Contessa got the game-winning goal with 1:34 to play, and point shots from defenseman Ryan Bogan were instrumental in all four goals. CBA has now avenged both of its losses (to main challengers Delbarton and Don Bosco Prep).
    This week: Wed vs. St. Peter’s Prep, Friday at St. Augustine Prep, Sunday at Don Bosco Prep
  2. Delbarton (14-3-0)
    Last week: beat Lawrenceville 5-3, beat Seton Hall Prep 5-2, lost to CBA 3-4
    While the Green Wave had not lost to an in-state opponent this year, there were warning signs aplenty. Despite a 9-0 mark in January before Saturday’s loss to CBA, Delbarton had struggled in third periods, going 3-3-3 in the nine final stanzas and being outscored in those periods by a 4-3 margin. However, given that Delbarton scored the only two even-strength goals of Saturday’s game, they should still be optimistic of reclaiming the state title if they can stay out of the penalty box.
    This week: Tues vs. Don Bosco Prep, Friday at Hotchkiss (Conn.)
  3. Bishop Eustace (9-5-1)
    Last week: beat Gloucester Catholic 4-1
    The Crusaders have now won seven straight games and could be on track for the National Division title in the Gordon Conference, led by Chayse Primeau (12-4-16), David Kaplan (8-7-15), Aaron Maguyon (5-10-15), and Mario Tropea (6-7-13), with Cayden Primeau in net.
    This week: Wed vs. Notre Dame, Fri vs. St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.)
  4. St. Augustine Prep (6-4-4)
    Last week: beat Notre Dame 4-0, beat Bergen Catholic 3-1
    Eustace’s top challenger in the National Division could be South Jersey rival St. Augustine Prep. The Hermits have broken out with a five-game unbeaten streak, beating previously ranked Notre Dame 4-0 and taking down Bergen Catholic last week. Austin Rann (9-3-12) and Matthew Cassidy (4-2-6) led the way offensively as St. Augustine Prep outshot Notre Dame 41-18 and Bergen Catholic 35-15.
    This week: Mon at Seton Hall Prep, Tues vs. St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.), Friday vs. CBA
  5. Chatham (10-1-5)
    Last week: beat Mountain Lakes/Boonton 11-1, tied Princeton Day 4-4
    Still the state’s top public school, Chatham has slipped up in recent ties against Roxbury (Jan. 19) and Princeton Day (Jan. 30), only the second and third times this year the Cougars have allowed more than two goals in a game. They’ll try to buckle down with three more tough public-school foes before postseason play begins.
    This week: Tues vs. Morris Knolls, Thursday vs. Morristown
  6. Morristown-Beard (10-5-4)
    Last week: beat Montville 6-0
    Despite a couple of unusual results in January, the Crimson benefit from Don Bosco Prep slipping down the rankings; Morristown-Beard beat the Ironmen back in December. Morristown-Beard is 4-1-1 in its last six games, with the only loss coming to Chatham and the tie against independent school Hun.
    This week: NJISAA Prep B Tournament (Tues vs. Princeton Day, Thurs final)
  7. Don Bosco Prep (9-6-3)
    Last week: lost to Bergen Catholic 1-4
    Having gone 3-3-2 in their last eight games and falling to rival Bergen Catholic, Don Bosco Prep plummets from second to seventh. The Ironmen have never gotten their offense going – they have scored one goal or been shut out in each of their six losses. There is plenty of time to recover, however, and opportunities to strike against two top-ranked rivals this week.
    This week: Tues at Delbarton, Thurs at Seton Hall Prep, Sunday vs. CBA
  8. Bridgewater-Raritan (15-0-3)
    Last week: beat Bernards/Somerville 4-1, tied Watchung Hills 0-0
    A tie against Watchung Hills? Not what the Panthers were looking for heading into the final week of Skyland Conference play. But they remain unbeaten and the top seed in the Public A state tournament, given a non-league win over Morristown, which won the season series from another Public A favorite, Randolph.
    This week: Wed vs. Montgomery, Fri vs. Ridge
  9. St. Joseph Metuchen (11-2-2)
    Last week: beat St. Rose 9-1, tied Hun 2-2
    Somehow despite a six-game league schedule, the Falcons will not play a Gordon Conference opponent until after the state-tournament cutoff on Feb. 9, so it’s hard to evaluate them against top competition. Despite a 1-0 loss to Notre Dame in January in a game St. Joseph controlled throughout, they get the nod to stay in the rankings.
    This week: Mon at Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.), Wed vs. St. John Vianney, Fri at Monroe, Sun at Jackson Memorial
  10. Ramsey (17-3-0)
    Last week: beat Ramapo 2-1, 8-0
    Nothing too new here. The Rams needed a third-period rally to beat Ramapo on Friday despite a major shot advantage, then hammered the Green Raiders emphatically the next night. The defense is there, but they will need the offense to show up consistently down the stretch.
    This week: Fri vs. Indian Hills, Sun vs. Lakeland


Bridgewater-Raritan (15-0-3) and Madison (21-0-0) remain unbeaten, but both face big challenges this week. Bridgewater takes on league foes Montgomery and Ridge, likely needing to win both games to ensure the regular-season Skyland Conference title. Madison clinched the Haas Division regular-season title and will close its division schedule against second-place Sparta on Tuesday. The big test comes Saturday in a non-league encounter against defending Public B champion and local rival Morristown.

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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