Every Sunday throughout the 2018-19 season, The Morris-Sussex Hockey Report will rank the top ten teams in the area. Below are our rankings for Sunday, Jan. 6.
1- Delbarton (8-1-1)
The Green Wave are in the midst of a very long layoff, as their last game came back on Dec. 19, which was a 2-2 tie with Pope John. They’ll be back in action on Tuesday, as it will host rival Don Bosco Prep for a 4:45 faceoff at Aspen Ice in Randolph. Don Bosco is responsible for Delbarton’s only loss this season- a 3-1 result on opening day.
2- Pope John (9-2-2)
The Lions won the Protec Ponds Holiday Tournament, but followed that up with a disappointing loss to Bergen Catholic. It bounced right back the next day with a 4-1 win over Middlesex County power St. Joseph of Metuchen. Key Gordon Conference games against Gloucester Catholic and St. Augustine are on the docket for this week.
3- Randolph (11-1-1)
Randolph has once again established itself as the class of the Mennen Division. The Rams have lost just once- a 2-1 loss to Seton Hall Prep in the Ice Vault Classic- but are currently on a four-game winning streak with wins over St. Joseph (Met.), Mahwah, Morris Knolls and Morristown-Beard.
4- Madison (7-3-3)
Madison was already a very strong team prior to Dec. 26- but it got a major boost as it added sophomore Jason Siedem, who is committed to Boston College, after he sat out the mandatory 30 days after transferring from a prep school. Siedem already has six goals and two assists in his two games since joining the team. The Dodgers made a major statement last week with a resounding 7-1 win over Morristown-Beard, a team which it had tied in its previous two meetings this season. Saturday’s 10-0 win over Vernon marked the 200th career win for head coach Dave Hansen.
5- Morristown-Beard (4-4-2)
After getting off to a strong 4-2-1 start, Morristown-Beard has stumbled a bit in its previous two games. It has lost to Madison and Randolph by a combined score of 12-2. It’ll be back in action on Monday against Portledge (N.Y.), before facing Don Bosco Prep later in the week as it looks to get back on track.
6- Vernon (9-4-1)
Vernon appears to be in the driver’s seat for the Halvorsen Division title at this point in the season. The Vikings completed their three-peat as Sussex Cup champions, before earning a big, 4-2 win over Chatham last week. While it suffered a disappointing loss to Madison on Saturday, the Vikings are in first place in the Halvorsen with just three divisional games to go.
7- Chatham (5-8-1)
It has been a very up-and-down year for Chatham to this point. It has lost four of its last six, with a win against Ramsey and a tie against Wayne. It has big tests this week against Madison and Randolph.
8- Kinnelon (7-4-2)
The Colts have had a nice bounce-back season this year and are unbeaten in their last four games, which includes a 2-2 tie with Bergen County power Glen Rock. Goalie Brett Lewis has been nothing short of spectacular this season with a .920 save percentage.
9- Morris Knolls (4-8-1)
For nearly a month, Morris Knolls has been close, but has not been able to break through in the win column. The Golden Eagles are winless in their last seven games, but four of those losses have come by one goal. It will face Morristown and Roxbury this week as it looks to climb back towards the .500 mark to make the state tournament.
10- Mendham (10-3)
After a 7-0 start to the year, Mendham has gone 3-3 in its last six games. It picked up a big 8-4 win over Mount Olive-Hopatcong-Hackettstown on Jan. 5, and it still remains in first place in the Haas Division.
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