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 2/15/04)
1—Toms River South (16-5, 11-3 Southern White) Last Week – 6
This Week: Dowd Cup playoffs
Indian complete ascent to the top with wins over RFH and Middletown North.
2—Middletown North (17-5, 11-3 Southern White) Last Week – 1
This Week: 2/16 @ HC
Lions’ three-week reign atop poll ends with one-goal loss to TRS Sunday.
3—Montgomery (5-5-1, 9-4-1 Southern White) Last Week – 2
This Week: 2/16 vs. SB, 2/18 @ SJMet
Cougars keep playing tough games to prep for playoffs.
4—Rumson/Fair Haven (12-7-2, 7-4-2 Southern White) Last Week – 3
This Week: 2/16 vs. Wall
Bulldogs control playoff fate and cannot be overlooked in Dowd Cup.
5—Monsignor Donovan (11-6-2, 7-5-2 Southern White) Last Week – 5
This Week: Dowd Cup playoffs
Griffins may not win another game this year, but they’ve earned this spot.
6—Cranford (12-6-1, 11-1 Central White) Last Week – 7
This Week: 2/16 vs. Nut, 2/18 vs. Cha
Cougars’ division success continues with 2-1 win over MKA that still might not be enough.
7—Montclair-Kimberley (16-7, 12-1 Central White) Last Week – 4
This Week: 2/16 vs. John
These Cougars should still win division title with win over Johnson Monday.
8—Mountain Lakes (13-1-5, 10-1-1 MCSSIHL Charette) Last Week – 8
This Week: 2/17 Mad, 2/18 MH
Lakers have a biggie Wednesday that could preview Haas Cup quarterfinal matchup.
9—Pascack Valley (17-2-2, 11-1 Northern White) Last Week – 9
This Week: Northern White playoffs
Indians avenge only division loss with 3-2 win over Fair Lawn.
10—West Milford (12-6-3, 7-3-1 Northern White) Last Week – 10
This Week: 2/16 @ Rwood
Highlanders have locked up first-round playoff bye.
11—Fair Lawn (12-6-3, 6-3-3 Northern White) Last Week – 11
This Week: 2/16 @ Rmpo
Inconsistent Cutters need to find their game in the postseason.
12—Morris Hills (10-5-3, 7-2-3 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 12
This Week: 2/16 Peq, 2/18 ML, 2/19 Pars
Scarlet Knights still have work cut out for them to take Haas title.
13—Vernon (11-6-2 independent) Last Week – 13
This Week: 2/21 vs. PPB
Independent Vikings will try to stay sharp before state tournament.
14—West Orange (18-2-1, 13-1 Central Blue) Last Week – 16
This Week: Kelly Cup playoffs.
Mountaineers take Central Blue crown by one goal over Millburn
15—Millburn (18-1-3, 13-1 Central Blue) Last Week – 17
This Week: Kelly Cup playoffs
Millers should get playoff chance to avenge regular-season loss to WO.
16—Jefferson (15-5-1, 10-3-1 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 14
This Week: 2/16 Kin
Falcons embarrassed in 5-0 loss to Morristown but can still win division.
17—Ridgewood (8-6-6, 3-4-4 Northern White) Last Week – NR
This Week: 2/16 vs. WM
Maroons have been solid and generally competitive.
18—Steinert (10-7-1, 7-3-1 CVC Valley) Last Week – 19
This Week: 2/18 Hight, 2/20 Pri
Spartans can take division title with a pair of wins this week.
19—Parsippany Hills (8-8, 8-6 MCSSIHL Haas) Last Week – 15
This Week: 2/19 Mor
Once-streaking Vikings have slipped of late.
20—Princeton (10-9-2, 7-4-1 CVC Valley) Last Week – NR
This Week: 2/18 @ Pin, 2/20 Ste
Division championship game Friday.