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 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 1/26/03)
1 — Ridge (14-1-1, 9-0 Central White) (#13 statewide poll)
Unquestionable class of the lower two divisions, Ridge should head into February divisionally unbeaten.
2 — South Brunswick (12-2, 9-1 Southern White) (#20 statewide poll)
Monday vs. Middletown North.
3 — Montville (14-0-2, 8-0-2 MCSSIHL Haas)
Slipped up in 5-5 tie with Parsippany, but 5-4 win over Pingry was a landmark for the second-year program.
4 — Rumson/Fair Haven (12-5*-1, 8-3-1 Southern White)
Bulldogs trying to hang on in the race for first-round Southern White byes.
5 — Middletown North (12-3-1, 10-2 Southern White)
Great win over Middletown South, disappointing loss against Brick Memorial.
6 — Cranford (10-4-3, 7-1-1 Central White)
Cruised to two division shutouts, but lost 7-3 to Bernards.
7 — Johnson Regional (9-2-1, 6-1-1 Central White)
Solid 8-4 win over West Milford before big divisional week against Wayne Valley and Ridge.
8 — Ramapo (14-1-3, 6-1-3 Northern White)
Great record, but poor opponents and recent inconsistency.
9 — Kinnelon (12-2-2, 7-1-2 MCSSIHL Haas)
Colts were upset by Morris Hills the day after Montville’s tie gave them hope; Haas leaders meet today.
10 — Old Tappan (8-5-1, 5-3-1 Northern White)
Golden Knights play Fair Lawn once more, as well as doormat Hackensack, to complete divisional play.
11 — Princeton (8-5-3, 4-4-3 CVC Valley)
Little Tigers have important game with Westfield coming up, but look solid for the state tournament.
12 — Morristown (4-2-3, 4-2-2 MCSSIHL Haas)
Crucial week, with games against ParHills and Montville.
13 — Ridgewood (10-7, 6-4 Northern White)
Last night’s loss to West Milford hurts.
14 — Montgomery (8-7-1, 6-5-1 Southern White)
Cougars are in the Southern White playoffs, but need two more wins to secure a state tournament bid.
13 — WWPS (5-7-2, 4-4-2 CVC Colonial)
Still hoping to upset Steinert to improve MCT seeding and state hopes.
14 — Montclair-Kimberley (10-1-1, 9-0 Central Blue)
These Cougars have interesting matchups with rival Montclair and Clifton this week.
15 — Westfield (4-8-1, 3-5 Central White)
Rivalry game with Cranford today; intersectional matchup with Princeton later this week.
16 — Pascack Valley (10-2-2, 8-0 Northern Blue)
Wins over Glen Rock and Indian Hills could wrap up division title for Pascack Valley.
17 — Toms River South (6-8-2, 3-7-1 Southern White)
These Indians face crosstown rival TRN this week; don’t be surprised if they tie.
18 — Fair Lawn (5-6-1, 4-4 Northern White)
Head coach Cory Robinson is hoping his newborn baby boy can bring good luck to his squad.
19 — West Milford (8-7-2, 3-4-1 Northern White)
Highlanders sneak into fifth place with 4-2 win over Ridgewood.
20 — Wayne Valley (4-9-4, 2-5-3 Central White)
Indians don’t have the record to be here, but quite frankly, there’s not much depth at this level.