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New Jersey Top 10: The beat goes on for Delbarton

New Jersey Top 10 Poll

2St. Augustine Prep2731
3Christian Brothers3933
4Don Bosco Prep4931
5Pope John51002
6Middletown South71120
7Glen Rock81022
9Morris KnollsNR1031
10Seton Hall PrepNR762

1-Delbarton (14-0) The Green Wave retained a hold on their top ranking with three straight victories, including a hard-fought decision over No. 2 St. Augustine on Jan. 12. Delbarton rallied from a 1-0 deficit and forged a 2-1 victory on Andrew Bosland’s power play goal 33 seconds left in regulation. Delbarton extended its unbeaten streak against its South Jersey foe to 16 games (15-0-1).

Giovanni Albano
St. Augustine Prep

2-St. Augustine (7-3-1) The Hermits faced two difficult road games last week, skating to a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Seton Hall Prep before nearly defeating No. 1 Delbarton in a 2-1 loss. St. Augustine followed with a 3-3 tie against rival Bishop Eustace. The Hermits, who face Gloucester Catholic and Pope John this week, have received stellar goaltending from Giovanni Albano.

3-Christian Brothers (9-3-3) After dropping a 3-1 verdict against second-ranked St. Augustine on Jan. 6, the Colts responded by going 2-0-1 over following three contests. John DiAniello, Corey Clifton and Dean DiFrazio have been the consistent scorers thus far, combining for 23 goals. The Colts play St. Rose, Seton Hall Prep and Bergen Catholic this week.

4-Don Bosco Prep (8-3-1) The Ironmen posted their third straight victory, and fifth in seven games, with an 11-2 triumph over Bishop Eustace on Jan.15. Don Bosco, which faced Northern Highlands on Jan. 16 in the semifinal round of the Bergen County tournament, will face another showdown with top-ranked Delbarton at home on Jan. 22. Don Bosco saw its 1-0 lead evaporate as Delbarton rallied for a 3-1 triumph in their last meeting on Dec. 13.

5-Pope John (10-0-2) The Lions have diligently gone about their business this winter and remain the lone team other than No. 1 Delbarton in the poll without a loss to date. Senior forward Artem Buzoverya (20 assists) and junior winger Eric Vanderhoff (19 assists) have displayed their playmaking skills. Pope John faces its toughest test to date when they meet Delbarton on Jan. 17.

6-Middletown South (11-2) The Monmouth County school has revved up its offense lately, blitzing opponents for 50 goals during its eight-game winning streak as it climbs up a notch in the rankings to No. 6. The Eagles, led by senior forward Ryan Lambert (11-17-28), skate against Howell on Jan. 20 before taking a trip north the following day to play Kinnelon on Jan. 21.

7-Glen Rock (9-2-2) The Bergen County school produced impressive victories this past weekend over Indian Hills (5-0) and Ridge (5-2) to run its winning streak to four straight, sliding up a spot in the poll to seventh. Senior forward Jake Kinney is the top scoring threat this winter with 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists for Glen Rock, which plays Bergen Catholic today (Jan. 16) in the semifinal round of the Bergen County Tournament.

8-Morristown-Beard (10-4) The Crimson saw their four-game winning streak halted after suffering a 3-0 loss to Mennen Division rival Chatham. The loss came two days after an impressive 4-2 decision over Portledge of New York on Jan. 9. Morristown-Beard’s three other defeats this winter have all come against Gordon Conference clubs.

9-Morris Knolls (10-3-1) The Golden Eagles posted a 5-1 record in their last six games, including consecutive decisions last week over Sparta and then-No. 10 Roxbury. Morris Knolls has earned three victories in its last four games, scoring 17 goals while allowing just four. Chris Conway and Alex Welch have combined for 23 goals while Tyler Franchi has been a stalwart in goal.

10-Seton Hall Prep (7-6-2) The Pirates continue their resurgent season and skated back into the rankings this week after a superb showing in 2-0 loss to No. 2 St. Augustine on Jan. 9. Seton Hall outshot the Hermits, 38-27, and carried the play for the first two periods. The Pirates followed that effort by roaring to a 6-0 win over Red Bank Cahtolic. Second-year coach Mike Atkinson has his club on a 4-1-1 roll in its last six games through Jan. 15.

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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