Jonathan Yardley, webmaster
I’m missing a couple of scores from the end of this week, notably Nutley-West Milford and Cranford-Millburn.
This is my ranking for the bottom half of New Jersey ice hockey. To make it organized, I have chosen to rank the White and Blue Divisions of the NJIHL, the Haas and Charette Divisions of the MCSSIHL, and the bottom six teams of the CVC. Along with Red Bank and Point Pleasant Boro, this works out to 57 teams, just over half of all teams.
It is hard to put together, because there is even less interregional play than usual, but I’ve done my best.All comments with some founding in team’s game results are welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top 20 (records as available through 1/12/03)
1 — Ridge (11-1, 8-0 Central White) (#15 in regular poll)
Undeniable class of Central White, but they have to be consistent in divisional play.
2 — South Brunswick (9-1, 7-0 Southern White)
Southern White leaders did lose first game, but continue to have no troubles within division.
3 — Middletown North (9-1-1, 9-1 Southern White)
Middletown South game is big, but RFH is more important for the division championship.
4 — Ramapo (11-1-3, 5-1-3, Northern White)
Raiders still lead the division, but will first loss knock them into a spiral?
5 — Montville (12-0-1, 7-0-1 MCSSIHL Haas)
Repeating what I said last week, Montville still hasn’t played anyone, but MCSSIHL stock is up.
6 — Cranford (5-3-3, 3-1-1 Central White)
Cougars’ huge 6-1 win over local rival Johnson has them second in the Central White.
7 — Ridgewood (8-5, 5-3 Northern White)
I was hating the Maroons a week ago, but they beat Ramapo, Fair Lawn, and St. Joseph Montvale.
8 — West Windsor-Plainsboro South (5-4-2, 4-2-2 CVC Colonial)
Pirates did nothing to warrant a move up or down in a slow week.
9 — Kinnelon (10-1-2, 6-0-2 MCSSIHL Haas)
Colts are winning ugly, perhaps looking ahead to Montville (Jan. 27, but who’s counting?), but still winning.
10 — Princeton (5-4-2, 3-3-2 CVC Valley)
Lawrence almost doubled its CVC scoring output (7 to 13) in a 6-6 tie with the Little Tigers.
11 — Johnson Regional (4-2-1, 4-1-1 Central White)
Crusaders need to rebound after blowout with Cranford; big game against WWPS Saturday.
12 — Morristown (3-2-2, 3-2-1 MCSSIHL Haas)
Colonials need to beat Jefferson to keep momentum building for lateseason games.
13 — Rumson/Fair Haven (7-5*-1, 4-3-1 Southern White)
Bulldogs have Montgomery and Middletown North in big games this week.
14 — Nutley (7-3-1, 2-3-1 Central White)
I asked for a strong showing against Ridge and they obliged.
15 — Pascack Valley (8-2-2, 6-0 Northern Blue)
Indians’ 5-0 win over Mahwah solidifies status as Northern Blue favorite.
16 — Fair Lawn (4-3-1, 3-2 Northern White)
Slow week did nothing to change their ranking.
17 — Montgomery (5-4-1, 4-3-1 Southern White)
Need to beat RFH again to move up in division standings; TRS, Manasquan games are also big.
18 — Toms River South (5-6-2, 2-5-1 Southern White)
You know I’m in trouble when I’m ranking my second fifth-place White Division team.
19 — Wayne Valley (4-5-3, 2-2-2 Central White)
Cranford and Westfield game are big for the Indians.
20 — Mahwah (7-4, 6-2 Northern Blue)
My bad, they didn’t beat Old Tappan, but they’ve been decent in the Northern Blue.