Morris-Sussex Hockey Report Top 5, Player of Week for Jan. 31

Here is a look at this week’s Morris-Sussex Hockey Report Top 5 rankings:

1-Delbarton (1-0)

What you should know: All of Delbarton’s games this past week and this coming week have been postponed. It is slated to return to the ice against reigning Non-Public state champion Christian Brothers on Monday, Feb. 8.

2-Morristown-Beard (1-1-1)

What you should know: This week, Morristown-Beard dropped a 4-0 decision to a talented Princeton Day squad, before earning a dramatic 3-3 tie with Seton Hall Prep the next day. However, it is in COVID-19 protocol, and will not return to the ice until the week of February 8, at the earliest.

3-Randolph (1-0)

What you should know: After two weeks of waiting, Randolph took the ice on Saturday for the first time this season and picked up an impressive 3-1 win over Chatham. It has key divisional games against Morristown and Morris Knolls-Hills on the schedule this week, which will tell us even more about where this team is after heavy graduation losses from last year’s Public B title team.

4-Chatham (2-2)

What you should know: Eight days after a dramatic comeback win against Morris Knolls-Hills, Chatham suffered a 3-1 setback at the hands of Randolph. It has some important tests on the schedule this week, as it will face Morristown and Summit.

5-Morris Knolls-Hills (2-1)

What you should know: This team bounced back in a big way after a loss to Chatham on Jan. 22, as it rolled to a 7-2 win over Morristown on Saturday night. It will look to build off of that when it takes on Ridge and Randolph later this week.

Outside looking in: Roxbury, Madison, Morristown

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cullen Fagan, Mountain Lakes-Boonton, Jr. goalie

Fagan has been rock-solid to start the year for Mountain Lakes-Boonton as it has established itself as the top team in the Haas Division to this point. In his last three starts, he has surrendered just one goal, and has been in goal for every game for the squad as it has built up a four-game winning streak. This week, he stopped all 17 shots in a shutout win over West Morris, before turning aside 24 of 25 shots in a big win over Vernon. In total, he has a .934 save percentage in five games for the Lakers.

Coaches: We will be doing a Player of the Week each week. Please feel free to send in any suggestions to michaelgurnis@gmail.com.

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