Jonathan Yardley, webmaster
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 Ive done my best.All comments with some founding in teams game results are welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top 20 (records as available through 1/19/03)
1 Ridge (12-1-1, 8-0 Central White)
Unquestionable class of the lower two divisions, Ridge should head into February divisionally unbeaten.
2 South Brunswick (10-2, 8-1 Southern White)
Disappointing loss to MonDon, but nobody deserves to move up.
3 Rumson/Fair Haven (10-5*-1, 6-3-1 Southern White)
Big 2-1 win over Middletown North has Bulldogs thinking about the division title.
4 Middletown North (10-2-1, 9-2 Southern White)
Lions squandered their chance to take the division lead, but still control their own fate.
5 Montville (13-0-1, 8-0-1 MCSSIHL Haas)
The top team in the Haas Cup half of the MCSSIHL remains unbeaten and faces Pingry Saturday.
6 Kinnelon (12-1-2, 7-0-2 MCSSIHL Haas)
The Colts keep scraping by in the Haas Division and have just one more hurdle before next Monday.
7 Ridgewood (9-5, 5-3 Northern White)
Maroons have turned their season around in the last six games, including the last-second win over Ramapo.
8 Cranford (8-3-3, 5-1-1 Central White)
Authoritative in White Division against everyone cept Ridge; big 3-1 win over Chatham.
9 Ramapo (12-1-3, 6-1-3 Northern White)
Unconvincing in four of their last five games, the Raiders need to regroup against weak non-league schedule.
10 Princeton (7-4-3, 4-3-3 CVC Valley)
The Little Tigers rebounded from the Lawrence tie to match Steinert 2-2, but Hopewell Valley is tougher.
11 Morristown (3-2-3, 3-2-2 MCSSIHL Haas)
Motown still has another run against the Haas Division to face, but the Colonials have great potential.
12 Johnson Regional (6-2-1, 5-1-1 Central White)
Johnson got a big 4-1 win over WWPS, and its matchup with Westfield Wednesday is very important.
13 WWPS (5-6-2, 4-3-2 CVC Colonial)
Pirates spiraling downward after Johnson loss; Hightstown and Steinert arent going to help their cause.
14 Old Tappan (8-5-1, 5-3-1 Northern White)
Golden Knights tied Ramapo, beat Fair Lawn, and are contenders in the Northern White.
15 Westfield (3-7-1, 2-4 Central White)
Blue Devils earned a big 6-2 win over Wayne Valley; big game with Princeton in a week and a half.
16 Pascack Valley (10-2-2, 8-0 Northern Blue)
Indians are idle this week as they close in on the regular season division title.
17 Fair Lawn (4-6-1, 3-4 Northern White)
Five losses in a row have the Cutters reeling, but theyve all been against relatively strong teams.
18 Montgomery (8-5-1, 6-4-1 Southern White)
The Cougars had big wins over Toms River South and Manasquan to earn this ranking.
19 Wayne Valley (4-7-3, 2-4-2 Central White)
Big game against Nutley coming up this week for the Indians.
20 Monsignor Donovan (4-6-2, 3-6-1 Southern White)
The Griffins are included based on divisional strength and their impressive 4-1 win over South Brunswick.