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New Jersey Top 10: Post-Season State Tournaments Right Around The Corner

New Jersey Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Don Bosco Prep12010
2Delbarton21344
3Christian Brothers Academy31651
4Pope John41454
5St. Peter's Prep51080
6Seton Hall Prep71373
7St. John Vianney91712
8Madison81334
9Gloucester CatholicNR8110
10St. Augustine Prep67121

1-Don Bosco Prep (20-1-0)  The Ironmen earned the top seed in the 61st Gordon Cup, which begins next week. Then the Bergen County power defeated St. Joseph of Metuchen (8-0) and No. five St. Peter’s Prep (10-2) on consecutive days this week to extend their winning streak to 17 games. Senior Tyler Sedlak registered his 200thcareer point and was named the MVP of the Gordon Conference.

2-Delbarton (13-4-4)  The Green Wave skated into Pennsylvania and played the Hill School to a 2-2 tie on Feb. 6. Earlier in the week Delbarton secured the second seed in next week’s 61st Gordon Cup with a 3-1 win over 10th-ranked St. Augustine Prep on Feb. 4. Delbarton will play host to No. 6 Seton Hall Prep in the opening round of the Gordon Cup on Feb. 11.

3-Christian Brothers Academy (16-5-1)  After a tough 3-1 loss to second-ranked Delbarton the Colts responded with a 4-0 road victory over No. 10 St. Augustine. Up next for CBA is fourth-ranked Pope John next week in the Gordon Cup. The teams have met once this season, with CBA claiming a 4-1 verdict on Jan. 23.

4-Pope John (14-5-4)  The Lions earned a 3-2 decision over St. Peter’s Prep on Feb. 7 as Johnny Cielo netted the winner in the second period. The decision allowed Pope John to secure the Gordon Conference National Division. The Lions, who’ve lost just twice in their past nine games, will face third-ranked CBA next in the Gordon Cup.

5-St. Peter’s Prep (10-8-0) The Marauders delivered another hard-nosed performance against fourth-ranked Pope John on Feb. 7 but were edged, 3-2. The Prep, which downed No. 6 Seton Hall Prep twice this winter, also bowed to Pope John, 3-1, on Jan. 30. St. Peter’s will take on top-seed and No. 1 Don Bosco in the opening round of the Gordon Cup.

6-Seton Hall Prep (13-7-3)  The Pirates skated to a 5-2 decision over Northern Highlands this week, the first time the club has earned more than 12 wins since the 2005-2006 season. Seton Hall is 3-1-1 over its past five contests. Senior Thomas Colucci leads Seton Hall with 33 points on 20 goals and 13 assists. The Pirates skate against Delbarton in the first round of the 61st Gordon Cup on Feb. 11.

7-St. John Vianney (17-1-2)  The Lancers scored an impressive 1-0 victory over then-No. 10 St. Joseph of Montvale in the Egan Cup final on Feb. 4. Vianney followed that with a 5-0 win over Rumson/Fair Haven in the semifinal round of the Handchen Cup semifinal round on Feb. 7. John Gutt leads the way for Vianney with 27 goals, 29 assists.

8-Madison (13-3-4) The Dodgers earned victories over Kinnelon and Ridgewood to extend their unbeaten streak to 11 games (10-0-1). Madison garnered the second seed in the Mennen Cup and will play the winner of 3-Morris Knolls/6-Morristown on Feb. 13 in the semifinal round. Dave Renzulli leads the club with 16 goals and 27 assists.

9-Gloucester Catholic (8-11-0)    The Rams, who earned the fourth seed in next week’s Gordon Cup, hit a rough patch of ice the past two weeks but came through with a solid 8-5 victory over No. 5 St. Peter’s Prep on Feb. 4. Dom Garozzo, five goals shy of Johnny Gaudreau’s single-season school-standard of 30, leads Gloucester Catholic against 10th-ranked St. Augustine in the opening round of the Gordon Cup.

10-St. Augustine Prep (7-12-1) The Hermits came through with a strong effort this week but wound up on the short end of a 3-1 setback against second-ranked Delbarton. St. Augustine, which has struggled through a 1-8-1 mark over the past 10 games, will face rival and No. 9 Gloucester Catholic when the Gordon Cup begins next 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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