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New Jersey Top 10: St. Peter’s Prep, Madison Make Appearance This Week

New Jersey Top 10

1Don Bosco Prep11211
3Christian Brothers Academy31211
4Pope John41034
5St. Augustine Prep6661
6St. Peter's PrepNR730
7Seton Hall Prep51062
8Gloucester Catholic7780

1-Don Bosco Prep (12-1-1) :  The Ironmen extended their winning streak to nine games with victories over second-ranked Delbarton, No. 5 St. Augustine Prep and eighth-ranked Gloucester Catholic. Don Bosco will begin the Bergen County Tournament later this week as it seeks to capture its eighth straight title.

2-Delbarton (9-2-2) :  The Green Wave saw its nine-game unbeaten streak halted after a 3-0 setback against top-ranked Don Bosco. Both Delbarton losses this winter have come against its Bergen County rival. Still, the Green Wave rebounded with 5-0 verdict against Northern Highlands before skating to a 2-2 tie with No. 3 CBA.

3-Christian Brothers (12-1-1):  The Colts extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games when they rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie No. 2 Delbarton, 2-2, on Jan. 15. After facing off against Middletown North on Jan. 18, CBA has another showdown with No. 1 Don Bosco on Jan. 20. The Colts handed Don Bosco its only loss thus far, a 3-2 outcome on Dec. 5.

4-Pope John (10-3-4) :  The Lions carried a 2-0 lead into the third period before yielding a pair of goals and settling for a 2-2 tie with No. 7 Seton Hall Prep on Jan. 16. Pope John also skated to a 2-2 draw against fifth-ranked St. Augustine. Pope John closes out this week with a trip to play Bishop Eustace on Friday.

5-St. Augustine Prep (6-6-1): The Hermits skated to a 2-2 draw against fourth-ranked Pope John before bowing to top-ranked Don Bosco Prep, 7-2. Alex Scimeca leads St. Augustine in scoring with 13 points on seven goals and six assists.

6-St. Peter’s Prep (7-3-0) :  The Marauders skate back into the Top 10 for the first time since the Dec. 19 poll. The Jersey City school has won three straight games, highlighted last week by a 5-3 verdict over then-No. 5 Seton Hall Prep – marking the second time in as many games this season St. Peter’s has downed Seton Hall. The Marauders will face Bishop Eustace and St. Joseph of Montvale next week.

7-Seton Hall Prep (10-6-2)   The Pirates rebounded from a 7-5 loss to Portledge of N.Y. on Jan. 14 by rallying for two third-period goals to earn a 2-2 tie with fourth-ranked Pope John two days later. Against Portledge Thomas Colucci had a hat trick, the third goal the 100th point of his Pirate career. The senior forward leads the club with 28 points on 18 goals and 10 assists.

8-Gloucester Catholic (7-8-0):  The Rams came through with triumphs against fourth-ranked Pope John and Bishop Eustace before dropping a 7-4 decision against No. 1 Don Bosco last week. Gloucester Catholic, which has beaten No. 2 CBA and split with fifth-ranked St. Augustine, plays a big home-and-home series with Malvern Prep of Pa. on Jan. 21 and 24.

9-Madison (10-3-3)  The Dodgers were ranked 10th in the HNIB News preseason poll and have skated back into the rankings this week after a torrid six-game winning streak. The highlight of the run just came on Jan. 14 when Madison beat then-No. 9 Randolph, 3-2, in a key Mennen Division battle as senior Matt Ubertaccio made 33 saves to register his school-record 41st career win.

10-Randolph (13-2-1)  Despite outshooting Mennen Division rival Madison by a 35-18 margin, Randolph absorbed a 3-2 loss on Jan. 14 and slides down one spot to ten this week. The defeat ended the Rams’ six-game winning streak, which began after a 2-1 loss to No. 7 Seton Hall Prep in the Ice Vault Holiday Classic on Dec. 27.

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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