Jonathan Yardley, webmaster
Yeah, so I’m too lazy to write write-ups for each team. Sorry. We need more interconference play.
This is the only ranking for the bottom half of New Jersey high school ice hockey. To make it organized, I have chosen to rank the White and Blue Division of the NJIHL, the Haas and Charette Divisions of the MCSSIHL, the Valley and Patriot Divisions of the CVC, and the three public-school independents (Vernon, Point Pleasant Boro, and Red Bank Regional). This comes to 59 teams, more than half of New Jersey’s total. There is hardly enough interregional play to put together these rankings, but I’ve done my best.
White/Blue Top 20 (records as available through 1/11/04)
1—Montgomery (9-4-1, 6-3-1 Southern White) Last Week – 2
This Week: 1/19 @ RFH, 1/20 vs. Ste, 1/23 vs. OB, 1/25 @ MidN
Cougars move up after Middletown North loss, but it’s anyone’s guess at the top.
2—Rumson/Fair Haven (9-5-2, 6-2-2 Southern White) Last Week – 3
This Week: 1/19 vs. Mtgry
Bulldogs need a win Monday to make a run at the regular-season title and promotion.
3—Middletown North (12-3, 9-2 Southern White) Last Week – 1
This Week: 1/19 @ TRN, 1/23 @ Wall, 1/25 vs. Mtgry
Lions suffer third loss, all by one goal, and remain a top contender.
4—Fair Lawn (9-3-1, 5-1-1 Northern White) Last Week – 10
This Week: 1/19 @ Cli, 1/23 vs. Rwood
Fast-charging Cutters playing as well as anybody after win over Pascack Valley.
5—Mountain Lakes (7-0-4, 6-0-1 MCSSIHL Charette) Last Week – 6
This Week: 1/21 Pars, 1/23 @ WMC
State’s only remaining unbeaten team faces a respectable non-league challenge Friday.
6—Toms River South (9-4, 5-2 Southern White) Last Week – 5
This Week: 1/19 vs. Wall
Indians have a light week to recover from 4-1 loss to Montgomery.
7—Jefferson (10-1, 5-1 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 7
This Week: 1/20 Mor, 1/22 Vern
Falcons face crucial Haas Division game Tuesday.
8—Monsignor Donovan (5-6-2, 3-5-2 Southern White) Last Week – 9
This Week: 1/21 @ PPB, 1/22 @ OB
Griffins need two wins this week to get over .500 and position themselves for a state berth.
9—Pascack Valley (10-1, 7-1 Northern White) Last Week – 5
This Week: 1/21 @ RD, 1/25 vs. WayH
Indians should have little trouble regrouping this week from first loss.
10—Montclair-Kimberley (8-4, 7-0 Central White) Last Week – 8
This Week: 1/21 @ Cra, 1/24 @ Vero
Cougars can prove they’re for real on the White Division level by beating Cranford Wednesday.
11—Cranford (5-5, 4-0 Central White) Last Week – 14
This Week: 1/19 vs. WV, 1/21 vs. MKA, 1/24 @ Rid
It’s a big week for these Cougars, who need the first two badly.
12—Parsippany Hills (7-4, 7-3 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 12
This Week: 1/22 MO, 1/23 vs. PPB
Vikings did lose to Mountain Lakes, but are still very dangerous.
13—Old Bridge (4-7, 2-5 Southern White) Last Week – 13
This Week: 1/22 vs. MD, 1/23 @ Mtgry
Knights get a winnable game Thursday against MonDon.
14—West Milford (8-4-3, 5-2-1 Northern White) Last Week – 11
This Week: 1/25 vs. OT
Highlanders tied Ridgewood 0-0, need Sunday win.
15—Ridgewood (5-3-4, 2-3-2 Northern White) Last Week – NR
This Week: 1/21 @ Hac, 1/23 @ FL
Maroons enter crucial week playing well but need more wins and less ties.
16—West Orange (11-2, 8-1 Central Blue) Last Week – 19
This Week: 1/23 vs. WV
Mountaineers hand Millburn first loss, 6-3, to take over Central Blue favorite’s mantle.
17—Old Tappan (4-7-2, 3-5-1 Northern White) Last Week – NR
This Week: 1/19 @ NH, 1/21 @ Rmsy, 1/25 @ WM
Inconsistent like most of the Northern schools, Golden Knights face a big week.
18—Millburn (10-1-1, 8-1 Central Blue) Last Week – 16
This Week: 1/19 vs. Day, 1/22 vs. Mad, 1/24 @ PcV
Anything less than three wins confirms Millers as paper tiger.
19—Princeton (6-5-1, 6-2 CVC Valley) Last Week – NR
This Week: 1/21 vs. Cli, 1/23 ND
Give the CVC some lovin’ — Little Tigers only lost 7-5 to Fair Lawn
20—Morris Hills (5-4-1, 3-2-1 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 15
This Week: 1/19 MO
Scarlet Knights’ best result remains OT win over Indian Hills.