Morris-Sussex Hockey Report 3 stars of the week and area Top 5 rankings for Jan. 23

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.

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK (Jan. 16-22)
Players cannot make this list two weeks in a row

Cullen Fagan, Mountain Lakes-Boonton, G, Sr.
Fagan put together perhaps his best performance of the season, as he stopped 31 of 32 shots to help his team upset Mendham, 2-1 on Thursday. It helped his team snap a four-game losing streak and put his team in third place in the Halvorsen Division.

Jimmy Hathaway, Bernards-Somerville-Middlesex, F, So.
Hathaway put together a huge week as his team went 2-1 in three games. He had a hat trick and an assist in the team’s 7-4 loss to Ridgewood. Then, he had two goals in a 5-3 win over Newton-Lenape Valley, before capping off the week with a hat trick and two assists in a 9-2 win over Vernon. In total, he had eight goals and three assists this week for a total of 11 points.

Lilli Warnock, Morristown-Beard girls, F, Jr.
Warnock had a big game for her team in the team’s 5-3 win over a strong Trinity Hall squad. She had a natural hat trick in the first and second periods to help her team erase an early two-goal deficit to take the lead.

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

TOP 5 RANKINGS
1-Delbarton (12-3-1)
Last week: 1
Delbarton went 1-1 this week, starting with a dominant, 6-1 win over No. 2 Pope John on Wednesday. It fell, 4-1 on the road to Connecticut power Brunswick on Friday. It has a big week ahead, as it will face Don Bosco on Sunday, before Seton Hall Prep on Tuesday and Lawrenceville on Thursday.

2-Pope John (5-5-6)
Last week: 2
The Lions had a mixed bag this week, beginning with its 6-1 loss to No. 1 Delbarton. But less than 24 hours later it responded, as it took down Morristown-Beard, 3-1 to get back to the .500 mark. Gloucester Catholic, St. Peter’s Prep, and Chatham are on the schedule this week.

3-Morris Knolls-Hills (10-5-1)
Last week: 3
Knolls-Hills started off the week with a dominant 7-1 win over Chatham. But on Saturday, it fell, 6-1 to state-ranked Ridge. The Mennen Division regular season champions have out-of-conference tilts with Watchung Hills and Ridgewood on tap for this week.

4-Morristown (9-3-3)
Last week: 4
Morristown stays in the four-spot after skating to a 1-1 tie with Kinnelon-Jefferson-Sparta on Friday. It has an out-of-conference game against Ramapo on Sunday, before facing Mountain Lakes-Boonton and Mendham as it looks to secure the top seed for the Halvorsen Cup.

5-Morristown-Beard (8-8-1)
Last week: 5
The Crimson defeated Pingry, 3-2, before battling to earn a 2-2 tie with state-ranked Ridge on Tuesday. It lost, 3-1 to Pope John on Thursday. It will face a pair of Top-10 teams in the state in Don Bosco Prep and Seton Hall Prep this week.

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