New Jersey Top 10 Poll
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1-Delbarton (15-0-1) The Green Wave continued their hold on the top ranking by closing the week with a 3-0 decision over fourth-ranked Don Bosco Prep on Sunday (Jan. 22). The victory was the second against its Gordon Conference foe this season and ran Delbarton’s unbeaten streak to 16 games.
2-Pope John (12-0-3) Any doubts about the Lions’ legitimacy as a contender faded with their showing last week. Pope John tied No. 1 Delbarton (4-4) before downing then-No. 2 St. Augustine (5-1) and skating past Bishop Eustace (6-0) to jump from fifth to the No. 2 spot this week. The Lions remain the lone unbeaten club in the HNIB News Poll aside from Delbarton.
3-Christian Brothers (12-3-3) The last time CBA had faced Bergen Catholic the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie on Dec. 14. The rematch on Sunday (Jan. 22) was another close-quarter ice battle, but CBA forged a 4-0 victory, their fourth-straight – the Colts also extended their unbeaten streak to six games with the triumph.
4-Don Bosco Prep (11-4-1) The Ironmen were looking to gain a bit of revenge in their rematch with No. 1 Delbarton on Sunday (Jan. 22). Don Bosco had bowed to Delbarton, 3-1, on Dec. 13. Unfortunately, the outcome was not the expected one as the Ironmen dropped a 3-0 decision to Delbarton, which also halted their five-game winning streak.
5-St. Augustine (7-4-1) The Hermits had a difficult stretch recently, battling a tough part of the schedule while the flu bug has ravaged half of their lineup. It took its toll in the past week as St. Augustine had to rally for a 3-3 tie with unranked Bishop Eustace before suffering a 5-1 loss to then-No. 5 Pope John. The Hermits are slated to play CBA and Don Bosco this week.
6-Middletown South (12-2-1) The Eagles had five different players score when they skated to a 5-5 tie on Saturday (Jan. 21) against Kinnelon. The draw ended Middletown South’s winning streak at nine games, but the squad has not lost since a 6-5 setback against Bridgewater-Raritan on Dec. 17.
7-Glen Rock (12-3-2) The Panthers made a valiant run to the championship of the Bergen County Tournament, but saw their seven-game unbeaten streak—and five-game winning skein—halted by No. 4 Don Bosco Prep on Jan. 18 in a 6-1 loss in the final. But the Panthers responded quickly in their next game by rolling to a 9-4 win over Ramapo on Sunday (Jan. 22).
8-Morris Knolls (13-3-1) Hunter Koch stopped 38 shots and Nick Rupp scored in the second period to snap a 1-1 game as the Golden Eagles forged a 2-1 triumph over Wall on Saturday (Jan. 21) to extend their winning streak to six games. Morris Knolls jumps up a spot to No. 8 in the rankings. They’ll be tested this week with games against Summit and Chatham.
9-Seton Hall Prep (9-7-2) The Pirates edge up a spot after posting a recent 3-1 streak, the lone loss coming last week to third-ranked Christian Brothers (4-1) in a hard-fought game. Seton Hall boasts a 6-3-2 log since Dec. 28, and has buckled down defensively, yielding just a 1.63 goals-against in that stretch.
10-Chatham (11-3-2) The Morris County school is on an admirable run of late, losing just once over the past nine games. But it was recent consecutive victories over previously-ranked Morristown-Beard (3-0 and 2-1) and Randolph (2-1) along with an impressive 4-1 decision over Roxbury that vaulted Chatham back into the HNIB poll this week