Jonathan Yardley, webmaster
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 2/8/04)
1—Middletown North (17-4, 11-2 Southern White) Last Week – 1
This Week: 2/15 vs. TRS
Lions continue non-league success with 4-3 triumph over rival Middletown South.
2—Montgomery (13-5-1, 8-4-1 Southern White) Last Week – 2
This Week: 2/13 Hun, Msqn make-up?
Cougars cannot afford Manasquan slip-up in race for cup tournament byes.
3—Rumson/Fair Haven (11-6-2, 7-3-2 Southern White) Last Week – 4
This Week: 2/9 vs. MidS, 2/12 @ TRS
Bulldogs have a tough week, including big division matchup Thursday.
4—Montclair-Kimberley (15-5, 11-0 Central White) Last Week – 4
This Week: 2/14 vs. Nut
Cougars still need Cranford rematch to wrap up Central White title.
5—Monsignor Donovan (9-6-2, 6-5-2 Southern White) Last Week – 6
This Week: 2/9 vs. BM, 2/12 vs. Msqn
I’m almost as tired of this division as some of you are, but they’ve earned it.
6—Toms River South (13-5, 9-3 Southern White) Last Week – 7
This Week: 2/12 vs. RFH, 2/11 @ SB, 2/15 @ MidN
Huge week for the Indians. Three biggies make or break their regular season.
7—Cranford (10-6-1, 9-1 Central White) Last Week – 9
This Week: 2/9 vs. Vero
Cougars still have several make-up games to play.
8—Mountain Lakes (11-1-5, 10-1-1 MCSSIHL Charette) Last Week – 5
This Week: 2/10 @ Rox, 2/13 Mtville, 2/14 Mtville
They had to lose some time, but their response against Halvorsen foes will be key.
9—Pascack Valley (14-2-1, 9-1 Northern White) Last Week – 10
This Week: 2/9 vs. Mah, 2/11 vs. Dem, 2/15 @ FL
Indians go for NBIL title this week while still leading Northern White.
10—West Milford (12-4-3, 7-2-1 Northern White) Last Week – 11
This Week: 2/14 @ Lak, 2/15 @ Rwood
Highlanders into second place after huge 5-2 win over Fair Lawn.
11—Fair Lawn (11-5-2, 6-2-2 Northern White) Last Week – 8
This Week: 2/9 @ Rwood, 2/12 @ IH, 2/15 @ PkV
Interesting mix of games this week, culminating with PkV showdown Sunday.
12—Morris Hills (9-5-1, 6-2-1 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 19
This Week: 2/11 Kin, 2/12 ParH, 2/14 @ Vern
I never expected to see the Scarlet Knights up here, but they’ve got to prove it again this week.
13—Vernon (9-5-2 independent) Last Week – 13
This Week: 2/14 MH, 2/15 @ Mah
State tourney-bound Vikings playing great hockey for a first-year team.
14—Jefferson (14-4, 9-2 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 14
This Week: 2/9 ParH, 2/12 Mor, 2/13 @ Mill
Falcons face must-win contest Monday and have no easy contests this week.
15—Parsippany Hills (8-6, 8-4 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 15
This Week: 2/9 Jef, 2/12 MH
Vikings can beat both rivals for Haas Division title (and promotion) this week.
16—West Orange (14-2-1, 10-1 Central Blue) Last Week – 17
This Week: 2/9 @ Day, 2/12 @ WV, 2/14 vs. WatH
Mountaineers must run table to catch Millburn.
17—Millburn (17-1-2, 13-1 Central Blue) Last Week – 18
This Week: 2/10 West (Wood), 2/13 Jef
Millers kept pressure on WO, need to avoid slip-up Tuesday.
18—Indian Hills (11-6-1, 9-2 Northern Blue) Last Week – NR
This Week: 2/12 vs. FL, 2/14 @ Rmsy, 2/15 NH
Braves beat Mahwah to clinch Northern Blue title; still face difficult three-game week.
19—Steinert (8-6-1, 6-3-1 CVC Valley) Last Week – NR
This Week: 2/9 vs. BR, 2/11 Law, 2/12 vs. Penn
Spartans playing well and face huge out-of-league test Monday.
20—Nutley (10-5-1, 7-4-1 Central White) Last Week – NR
This Week: 2/14 @ MKA
I may have to make it the Top 19 because of this cursed spot which has few candidates.