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 2/9/03)
1—Ridge (16-1-2, 11-0 Central White)
Despite Montville tie, they’re still the best of the lot.
2—South Brunswick (14-3-1, 11-1-1 Southern White)
Slipped up in meaningless 1-1 tie with MonDon.
3—Montville (16-1-5, 9-1-4 MCSSIHL Haas)
Shut out by ParHills, but responded well with 4-4 tie against Ridge.
4—Rumson/Fair Haven (14-5*-1, 9-3-1 Southern White)
Beat Toms River East and will open against Toms River South in Southern White playoffs.
5—Middletown North (13-4-1, 11-3 Southern White)
Earned Shore B title and a first-round bye in the Southern White playoffs.
6—Cranford (15-4-3, 11-1-1 Central White)
Cougars beat Red Division Bridgewater-Raritan and are on track to finish second behind Ridge.
7—Morristown (7-3-4, 6-2-3 MCSSIHL Haas)
Colonials still have a shot at the division title and play Kinnelon Saturday.
8—Kinnelon (12-4-2, 7-2-2 MCSSIHL Haas)
Still four games against Haas Division opponents remaining.
9—West Windsor-Plainsboro South (10-7-2, 7-4-2 CVC Colonial)
Beat Pennington 4-0 and stand atop the Colonial Division heading into the MCT.
10—Montclair-Kimberley (14-2-1, 11-0 Central Blue)
Squeaked by Pennington in OT in NJISAA Prep B tourney; runaway leaders in Central Blue.
11—Johnson (10-4-2, 7-2-2 Central White)
Lost second meeting with WWPS and slipped up in 3-3 tie with Nutley.
12—Princeton (11-6-3, 6-5-3 CVC Valley)
Great win against Hightstown, horrific loss against Ewing — results cancel out.
13—Old Tappan (12-7-1, 6-4-1 Northern White)
One division game remaining to force tie with Ridgewood and Ramapo, and it’s against Fair Lawn.
14—Fair Lawn (10-6-2, 6-4-1 Northern White)
Tiebreakers are confusing, so the Cutters would help themselves a lot with a win over Old Tappan.
15—Ridgewood (11-7-1, 7-4-1 Northern White)
Hoping West Milly beats Ramapo and Fair Lawn beats Old Tappan.
16—Montgomery (11-8-1, 6-6-1 Southern White)
Cougars dominated Steinert twice and will look to make some noise in Southern White tourney.
17—Pascack Valley (13-3-2, 11-0 Northern Blue)
Indians lost by one to St. Joseph Montvale and should cruise to Blue Division playoff title.
18—Jefferson (10-7-3, 6-4-3 MCSSIHL Haas)
Inconsistent Falcons have been strong of late in MCSSIHL as they hit big games with Kinnelon and MoHills.
19—Nutley (8-8-3, 3-6-3 Central White)
Raiders’ 3-3 tie with Johnson vaults them into the rankings despite 3-6-3 division record.
20—Monsignor Donovan (7-7-4, 5-7-2 Southern White)
Griffins have shown great potential at times this year, just like their 1-1 tie against South Brunswick.