Morris-Sussex Hockey Report 3 stars of the week and Top 5 rankings, Dec. 5

Each week of the 2021-22 season, The Morris-Sussex Hockey Report will honor its Three Stars of the Week. We will also have our rankings of the Top 5 teams in the area. You can find out who made the cut this week below.


Jason Cai, Delbarton, G, Jr.
Delbarton has had as good of a start to the season as could possibly be imagined, and its junior goaltender is a big reason why. In three games, Cai has a .969 save percentage with a 22-save shutout against Bergen Catholic and a nine-save shutout against St. Joseph of Montvale. He also turned aside 32 of 34 shots in helping his team earn a big 4-2 win over Gloucester Catholic on the road.

Luke Dickerson, Morris Knolls-Hills, F, So.
The sophomore was instrumental in his team’s first two wins of the year over Randolph and Morristown-Beard. He totaled four goals, including the first for his team in a 3-0 win over Randolph, before getting a hat trick in the team’s 7-1 win over Morristown-Beard, which was Morristown-Beard’s first Mennen Division loss in 2 years, snapping a 17-game division win streak for the Crimson.

Dylan Shea, Vernon, F/D, Sr.
Shea’s name was all over the scoresheet in Vernon’s three blowout wins to open the year over Johnson, Morris Catholic-St. Elizabeth and High Point-Wallkill Valley-Kittatinny. His team out-scored its opponents 31-6 in those games, and Shea amassed 23 points, including 13 goals and 10 assists. In a 10-0 win over Morris Catholic-St. Elizabeth, Shea was involved in nine of his team’s goals with five goals and four assists on the night. He also had five goals and two assists in his team’s 9-4 win over High Point-Wallkill Valley-Kittatinny.

To nominate players for the Three Stars of the Week, coaches are asked to e-mail Mike Gurnis at by 12 p.m. each Saturday.

1-Delbarton (3-0)
The Green Wave announced to the state loud and clear that its uncharateristic struggles from the last two seasons are behind them. It knocked off then-No. 4 Bergen Catholic and No. 2 Gloucester Catholic in the team’s first two games, before taking down No. 10 St. Joseph of Montvale. These wins propelled Delbarton to No. 1 in the state in’s latest Top 20 on Friday.

2-Morris Knolls-Hills (2-0)
Despite being hit hard by graduation, Morris Knolls-Hills has continued its success in the early going this season. It opened with a nice 3-0 win over its rival in Randolph, before moving past the back-to-back Mennen Cup champions in Morristown-Beard, 7-1 on Friday night.

3-Morristown-Beard (2-1)
The Crimson opened the year with two-straight wins over St. Joseph (Metuchen) and then-No. 16 Pingry, by scores of 5-3 and 3-2, respectively. Then, without some of its best players it fell 7-1 to Morris Knolls-Hills on Friday night. It was the team’s first Mennen Division loss in two seasons.

4-Pope John (1-0)
Pope John is a team that has enough returning talent to surprise some teams in the Gordon Conference this season. It already did that in its first game, as it pulled off an impressive 3-2 win over Princeton Day on the road. Princeton Day was ranked No. 9 in the state at the time. The Lions will look to keep it going on Monday when it travels to face Seton Hall Prep.

5-Randolph (1-1)
The Rams were blanked by rival Morris Knolls-Hills, 3-0 in the season-opener on Tuesday. It bounced back with a big win over Madison on Saturday night to earn its first points in the Mennen Division this season.

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