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 2/2/03)
1 — Ridge (16-1-1, 11-0 Central White) (#16 statewide poll)
Unquestionable class of the lower two divisions, Ridge should head into February divisionally unbeaten.
2 — South Brunswick (14-3, 11-1 Southern White)
Lost 6-1 to St. Augustine, but still White Division regular season champions.
3 — Montville (16-0-3, 9-0-3 MCSSIHL Haas)
Can clinch Haas Division title before Ridge matchup Saturday.
4 — Rumson/Fair Haven (13-5*-1, 9-3-1 Southern White)
Bulldogs resigned to the third seed in Southern White cup playoffs.
5 — Middletown North (13-4-1, 11-3 Southern White)
Clinched first-round bye in Southern White.
6 — Cranford (13-4-3, 10-1-1 Central White)
Three-win week for the Cougars, who are close to clinching the second seed in the Central White.
7 — Morristown (6-2-4, 5-2-3 MCSSIHL Haas)
Beat ParHills, tied Montville; Colonials set their sights to Morris Hills and Kinnelon now.
8 — Kinnelon (12-3-2, 7-2-2 MCSSIHL Haas)
Big respect game against Paramus today after 4-1 loss to Montville.
9 — Johnson Regional (10-3-1, 7-2-1 Central White)
Crusaders close to third seed for Central White.
10 — Ramapo (15-1-3, 6-1-3 Northern White)
Great record, but poor opponents and recent inconsistency.
11 — Montclair-Kimberley (12-2-1, 10-0 Central Blue)
4-1 win over Montclair one of the biggest in school history.
12 — WWPS (7-7-2, 6-4-2 CVC Colonial)
Pirates won both games last week, including a huge 4-2 win over Steinert for the final MCT berth.
13 — Princeton (10-5-3, 5-4-3 CVC Valley)
Solid 7-3 win over Westfield, but now they have to face the big guns.
14 — Jefferson (9-7-3, 5-4-3 MCSSIHL Haas)
Falcons on a five-game MCSSIHL unbeaten streak.
15 — Old Tappan (11-7-1, 6-4-1 Northern White)
Hackensack rule means Golden Knights have to drop, but they still have Fair Lawn make-up game.
16 — Montgomery (9-8-1, 6-6-1 Southern White)
Two chances this week at the one win necessary to clinch a state berth—Steinert and Old Bridge.
17 — Fair Lawn (9-6-1, 6-4 Northern White)
Coach Robinson’s baby did indeed bring some luck, like four wins in a row.
18 — Pascack Valley (12-2-2, 10-0 Northern Blue)
Blue Division champions will play for respect against upper-division foes in final weeks.
19 — Toms River South (6-10-2, 3-8-1 Southern White)
Played respectably in one-goal losses to South Brunswick and Toms River North.
20 — Ridgewood (10-7, 6-4 Northern White)
Maroons had a slow week, but can make some divisional noise against Hackensack and Fair Lawn.