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New Jersey Top 10: Pope John jumps to #2 after tie with Delbarton

New Jersey Top 10 Poll

2Pope John51203
3Christian Brothers31233
4Don Bosco Prep41141
5St. Augustine's2741
6Middletown South61221
7Glen Rock71232
8Morris Knolls91331
9Seton Hall Prep10972

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

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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