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New Jersey Top 10: Status Quo At The Top As New Year Dawns

New Jersey Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Don Bosco Prep1810
2Delbarton2811
3Christian Brothers Academy31010
4Pope John4812
5Gloucester Catholic5450
6Seton Hall Prep7830
7St. Augustine Prep8440
8Randolph9911
9PingryNR900
10Indian HillsNR920

1-Don Bosco Prep (8-1-0)   The Bergen County power closed out 2018 with a 6-3 victory over Gordon Conference foe Bergen Catholic on Dec. 21. Don Bosco begins the new year against Princeton Day on Jan. 2 before its huge mid-season showdown against No. 2 Delbarton on Jan. 8. The Ironmen handed Delbarton its lone loss (3-1) back on Nov. 24. Tyler Sedlak leads the Ironmen with 22 points on 12 goals and 10 assists.

2-Delbarton (8-1-1)   The Green Wave skated to a 2-2 tie with fourth-ranked Pope John in its last game (Dec. 19) before the holiday break – and extended the club’s unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1).  Michael Balzarotti leads the Green Wave with 24 points (8-16). Delbarton opens its 2019 slate in a big way when it plays host to top-ranked Don Bosco, which handed the Green Wave its only loss thus far, on Jan. 8.

3-Christian Brothers Academy (10-1-0)  What to say about the Colts? They just keep winning. The Lincroft school has rolled to eight-straight victories since it was edged, 2-1, by fifth-ranked Gloucester Catholic on Dec. 3. CBA will ring in the new year when it plays host to sixth-ranked Seton Hall on Jan. 2.

4-Pope John (8-1-2)  The Lions skated to a 2-2 tie with second-ranked  Delbarton on Dec. 19. Pope John followed that effort with wins over Ridge (3-0) and Bridgewater-Raritan (3-0) before skating to a 2-2 draw with Middletown North in the Protec Holiday Tournament final on Dec. 29. Up next are Bergen Catholic on Jan. 2 followed by St. Joseph of Metuchen on Jan. 3.

5-Gloucester Catholic (4-5-0)   The Rams earned victories over St. Joseph of Pa. and seventh-ranked St. Augustine before bowing to No. 3 CBA on Dec. 19. The South Jersey school will face a big test over the next week with matches against Holy Ghost Prep of Pa., St. Augustine and LaSalle of Pa. Senior forward Dom Garozzo has provided the firepower for the Rams with 12 goals.

6-Seton Hall Prep (8-3-0)   The Pirates came through the Ice Vault Holiday Classic in fine fashion, going 4-0 in the tournament – which included impressive decisions over No. 10 Indian Hills, eighth-ranked Randolph (2-1),  then-No. 10 Summit (4-2). In those victories Seton Hall outscored its four opponents by an aggregate 17-6.

7-St. Augustine Prep (4-4-0)   After dropping a 5-2 loss to No. 5 Gloucester Catholic on Dec. 17, the Hermits recovered and earned decisions over Princeton and Bishop Eustace before the holiday break. Now, St. Augustine gets back on the ice this week to faceoff against St. Joseph’s Prep of Pa. on Jan. 3 before squaring off with rival Gloucester Catholic the following day.

8-Randolph (9-1-1)   After a 2-1 loss to sixth-ranked Seton Hall Prep in the Ice Vault Holiday Classic, the Rams rebounded with a 4-2 decision over St. Joseph of Metuchen then followed that with a 5-2 win over Mahwah on Dec. 30. Up next are Mennen Division matches this week against Morris Knolls and Morristown-Beard. Junior forward J.T. Zangara is having a strong campaign with 12 goals and 10 assists.

9-Pingry (9-0-0)  The Big Blue have yielded a mere 11 goals in their nine opening games while strafing opposing teams for 53 goals (a six-goal-per game average) as they skate into the Top 10 for the first time this winter.  Joe Faccone, Eric Bush and Jared Kordonsky have combined for 27 goals for Pingry, which skates against Bernards for a back-to-back series on Jan. 3 & 4.

10-Indian Hills (9-2-0)   The Braves produced an impressive effort during their recent showing in the Ice Vault Holiday Classic. After a 2-1 setback against sixth-ranked Seton Hall, Indian Hills followed by knocking off then-No. 10 Summit (6-1) and Morris Knolls (5-4) to go 7-1 in its last 8 contests. A huge showdown with looms on Jan. 4 against Lakeland, which handed the Braves a 2-1 defeat in their previous meeting on Nov.  30.

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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