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New Jersey Top 10: Post-season play on the horizon

New Jersey Top 10 Poll

1Don Bosco Prep12101
3Gloucester Catholic51151
6Christian Brothers71371
7Northern HighlandsNR1631
8St. John Vianney81432
1-Don Bosco Prep (21-0-1) :The Ironmen won four-straight games last week to keep their unbeaten streak intact. The  latest came in an 8-0 win over Bishop Eustace on Feb. 2. The Ramsey club has allowed opponents to score more than two goals just twice in 21 games thus far with a fast and formidable defense. High-scoring forwards Mickey Burns and Tyler Sedlak have combined for 44 goals.
2-Delbarton (13-5-1): After an uncharacteristic three-game winless streak a couple of weeks ago, the Green Wave have restored their equilibrium with a pair of 2-1 victories over Lawrenceville and No. 6 Christian Brothers. Delbarton then handed No. 9 St. John Vianney a 5-1 setback on Feb. 1 to improve to eight games over .500.
3- Gloucester Catholic (11-5-1): The Rams extended their winning streak to four days – and Pat 15 of their last six – with a convincing 6-2 decision over the Hun School on Jan. 29. Bishop Eustace on Feb. 5 & Malvern Prep on Feb. 6.
4-Randolph (15-1-3):  After delivering an impressive 3-0 victory last week against then-ninth ranked Chatham, the Rams were stunned by Mennen Division rival Morristown, 2-1, on Feb. 1. The setback was the first for Randolph this season, stopping its unbeaten run at 18 games. Randolphwas slated to play Sparta/Jefferson (Feb. 3) before a Mennen showdown with No. 8 Morristown-Beard on Feb. 5.
5-Summit (16-2-1) the Hilltoppers skated to a 1-1 tie with Madison before taking a 2-0 victory over Westfield. Since it’s 3-2 loss to Westfield in the Union County Cup two weeks ago, Summit yielded one goal in its next three games.
6-CBA (13-7-1) The Colts saw their six-game winning streak stopped after absorbing a hard-fought 2-1 loss to second-ranked Delbarton on Jan. 30. But the club rebounded nicely as Kyle Contessa scored with 7:09 left in the third for a 2-1 win over Gordon Conference rival St. Augustine Prep on Feb. 2. Contessa has 12 goals on the season for CBA.
7-Northern Highlands (16-3-1): The streaking Highlanders make their debut in the rankings in impressive fashion. Jin Lee and Mark Cinotti had two goals each and John Werber stopped all 21 shots as the Highlanders pulled off a 6-0 upset over then-No. 4 Morristown-Beard on Feb. 1. The victory was the seventh straight for Norther Highlands, which has built a 9-1 record in its previous 10 games.
8-St. John Vianney (14-3-2): The Lancers were jolted, 6-5, by Montclair Kimberly Academy on Jan. 22, but responded by posting wins in their following three contests. Vianney erupted for 22 goals while yielding just two during the three-game run before it bowed to No. 2 Delbarton, 5-1, on Feb. 1. Junior forward John Gelatt leads the Lancers with 25 goals.
9-Morristown-Beard (14-4-1) The Crimson saw their four-game winning streak halted when they were beaten by seventh-ranked Northern Highlands, 6-0. It marked the club’s first loss since a 6-1 defeat against top-ranked Don Bosco Prep on Jan. 10. Morristown-Beard will faceoff against No. 4 Randolph on Feb. 5 with first place in the Mennen Division on the line.
10-Wall (16-2-2) The Crimson Knights rolled to a 7-2 decision over Manalapan on Jan. 30 . Zach Tarantino continues his torrid scoring pace with 70 points on 31 goals and 39 assists.
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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