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New Jersey Top 10 Poll: Green Wave Hanging Tough

New Jersey Poll

2Don Bosco Prep521
3Christian Brothers921
8Glen Rock1310
9St. Peter's Prep740

* Updated 1/13/14


Aside from No. 1 Delbarton, Morristown-Beard may have turned in the most impressive week of any top-10 team, beating Morristown 4-1 early in the week and holding off Seton Hall Prep from the Gordon Conference in a tight 1-0 affair on Friday. The Crimson have been paced by senior Michael Meisenbacher (8-5-13) and sophomore Alex Borowiec (7-8-15). Sophomore goalie Daniel Porth returned from injury to make 27 saves in the win over Seton Hall.


Gordon Conference National Division leader St. Peter’s Prep joins the top 10 after a solid 5-2 win over Bergen Catholic on Thursday; the Marauders lost 5-1 to Delbarton earlier in the week. St. Peter’s can bolster its case as the team to beat in its division if it can handle division foes Seton Hall Prep (twice) and St. Augustine Prep this week. Junior Sean Crowley (10-14-24), sophomore Augie Burkhardt (11-12-23), and senior Rocky Coviello (9-11-20) are the offensive standouts.


One surprise result last week came from Middlesex County, where Old Bridge (8-1-1) edged St. Joseph Metuchen (6-4-2) 2-1 on Wednesday, snapping the Falcons’ 22-game conference winning streak, which dated back to a playoff loss in 2011. St. Joseph, which started the year No. 4 in the top 10, has been inconsistent while battling injuries but did rebound to post a 4-1 win over Montclair Kimberley.


Down the Shore, Brick Township (9-4-1) continues to lead the way after a 6-3 win over Point Pleasant Borough (6-1) handed the Panthers their first loss. Brick has been led by senior David Kearns (14-18-32) and junior Brian Lange (11-19-30), while senior Andrew Reiss (6-5-11) provides a strong presence when available. Red Bank Catholic (8-1-1) and St. Rose (8-1-1) are off to strong starts in the private-school ranks and will square off for a second time on Friday; Red Bank Catholic won their first meeting, 5-2.


Seedings were released last week for the third edition of the 12-team Bergen County Tournament, and No. 2 Don Bosco Prep, the two-time defending champion, and No. 6 Ramsey are favored to meet in the final. No. 8 Glen Rock earned the third seed, however, and would likely face Ramsey in the semifinals, while Bergen Catholic (6-6) was seeded fourth. Sixth-seeded Ridgewood (9-4), now the leader in the Big North Gold, lurks as a dangerous underdog, as does 10th-seeded St. Joseph Montvale (7-4-1). The tournament starts on Wednesday, with the semifinals slated for Sunday and the championship for Jan. 22.


This week’s schedule also includes several top-10 matchups in Morris County, as No. 4 Chatham and No. 5 Randolph square off on Tuesday, with Randolph facing No. 10 Morristown on Thursday and Chatham facing No. 7 Morristown-Beard on Friday. Other big league games around the state include Colonial Valley Conference leader Notre Dame (9-3) facing division challengers Princeton (6-1-2) on Monday and Robbinsville / Allentown (7-2-1) on Friday, and Union County leaders Summit (7-3-1) and Westfield (3-2-3) meeting for the second time this season on Tuesday night.


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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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