Jonathan Yardley, webmaster
Only one thing to say this week: kudos to Pascack Valley and Middletown North for scheduling a game Friday. That’s just awesome and gutsy mid-season scheduling that can only benefit both teams from playing a similarly-ranked opponent.
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 1/25/04)
1—Middletown North (14-4, 11-2 Southern White) Last Week – 3
This Week: 1/30 @ PkV, 2/1 vs. TRS
Lions atop the poll after resounding 5-1 win over Montgomery.
2—Montgomery (12-5-1, 8-4-1 Southern White) Last Week – 1
This Week: idle
Cougars almost done with division play.
3—Rumson/Fair Haven (9-6-2, 6-3-2 Southern White) Last Week – 2
This Week: 1/26 vs. Wall, 1/29 @ OB
Bulldogs have a chance to finish second if they can win out in division play.
4—Mountain Lakes (8-0-5, 7-0-1 MCSSIHL Charette) Last Week – 5
This Week: 1/28 Kin, 1/29 MO
Hard to believe they belong here, but they haven’t lost.
5—Toms River South (10-4, 6-2 Southern White) Last Week – 6
This Week: 1/29 vs. MD, 1/30 @ Wall, 2/1 @ MidN
Indians still have an outside shot at division title if they can sweep this week.
6—Montclair-Kimberley (11-4, 9-0 Central White) Last Week – 10
This Week: 1/28 vs. Nut, 1/27 @ MB, 1/31 vs. West
Cougars’ 5-3 win over Cranford looks more impressive after Cra-Rid result.
7—Monsignor Donovan (7-6-2, 4-5-2 Southern White) Last Week – 8
This Week: 1/29 @ TRS
Griffins keep stealing results and held off Old Bridge 4-3 for a key win last week.
8—Fair Lawn (9-4-2, 5-1-2 Northern White) Last Week – 4
This Week: 1/28 @ RD, 1/31 @ Dem
Disappointing loss to Clifton and tie with Ridgewood force a drop.
9—Cranford (6-6-1, 5-1 Central White) Last Week – 11
This Week: 1/26 vs. Sum, 1/28 vs. Vero
These Cougars tied Ridge 2-2, most impressive White Div. result of the week.
10—Pascack Valley (12-1, 8-1 Northern White) Last Week – 9
This Week: 1/26 vs. NH, 1/30 vs. MidN, 2/1 @ Rmpo
Indians keep dropping but have a big opportunity Friday.
11—Parsippany Hills (8-4, 8-3 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 12
This Week: 1/26 Jef, 1/29 @ WMC
Vikings keep winning, face key division matchup with Jefferson Monday.
12—West Milford (9-4-3, 6-2-1 Northern White) Last Week – 14
This Week: 1/30 vs. Kin
Highlanders earned key 3-2 win over Old Tappan Sunday.
13—Old Bridge (4-9-1, 2-7-1 Southern White) Last Week – 13
This Week: 1/27 vs. Ste, 1/29 vs. RFH
Knights have done very little lately, but have no really bad losses.
14—Ridgewood (6-3-5, 2-3-3 Northern White) Last Week – 15
This Week: 1/28 OT, 1/30 vs. Hac
Maroons earned 2-2 tie with Fair Lawn for important division point.
15—Princeton (7-7-1, 6-3 CVC Valley) Last Week – 19
This Week: 1/26 MCT vs. Not; 1/31 Titans Cup Final vs. HV
Little Tigers thinking state tournament after 2-1 upset of Notre Dame.
16—Vernon (8-4-1 Independent) Last Week – NR
This Week: 1/28 @ PPB, 1/31 vs. Mah
First-year Vikings beat Jefferson twice last week and should qualify for the state tourney.
17—Jefferson (11-3, 6-1 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 7
This Week: 1/26 ParH, 1/29 Peq
Falcons will look to league play to recover from Vernon setbacks.
18—West Orange (12-2, 8-1 Central Blue) Last Week – 16
This Week: 1/29 vs. Mah, 1/31 vs. GL
Finally a Central-Northern matchup!
19—Millburn (13-1-1, 10-1 Central Blue) Last Week – 18
This Week: 1/28 vs. West, 1/30 vs. WV, 1/31 vs. ES
Millers have plenty of ice time and face two White Division opponents this week.
20—Morris Hills (6-5-1, 4-2-1 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 20
This Week: 1/26 Mor
Scarlet Knights face Haas Division showdown with Morristown Monday.