• Mike Gurnis

Morris-Sussex Hockey Report Top 5, Player of the Week for Feb. 28

Here's a look at this week's Morris-Sussex Hockey Report Top 5 rankings.


1-Morristown-Beard (8-1-1)

The Crimson finished off a dominant regular season with a 5-0 triumph over Randolph on Saturday. It went a perfect 6-0 in Mennen Division play, and no team in the division finished a game within three goals of Morristown-Beard. It holds a bye directly into Thursday night's Mennen Cup final, where it will face the winner of Morris Knolls-Hills and Randolph.


2-Delbarton (3-5-1)

Delbarton fell to Don Bosco Prep, 4-2, in the Gordon Cup quarterfinals. It has lost four in a row, with all four losses coming to the likes of state No. 1 Gloucester Catholic, No. 2 Bergen Catholic, and two to No. 5 Don Bosco. It has one game left- a match-up with Prep power Princeton Day on Friday.


3-Morris Knolls-Hills (5-5-1)

Morris Knolls-Hills picked up a nice, 4-3 victory over Halvorsen power Madison on Sunday, before putting forth a good effort in a 4-1 loss to Morristown-Beard. It now heads into the Mennen Cup, where it will be the second seed and will face third seed Randolph on Tuesday night.


4-Randolph (2-2-1)

Randolph played its first game in exactly three weeks on Saturday, which was a 5-0 loss to Morristown-Beard. The Rams were notably without their top two scorers in Ben Yurchuk and Zach Gallo in the game. It has been hard to gain any traction this season, as the team was shut down for the first two weeks of the year, before returning for four games in one week, prior to being shut down again. It will look to finish on a positive note as it begins Mennen Cup play Tuesday against Morris Knolls-Hills.


5-Madison (10-2)

The Dodgers capped off an impressive regular season with a 5-2 win over Montville, after falling to Morris Knolls-Hills in an intense 4-3 battle. It did not lose a single game in Halvorsen Division play and will be the top seed in the Cup, where it will take on fourth-seed KJS United on Monday night.


PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aidan Niceberg, Madison, Sr. Forward

Niceberg joined the 100-point club this week with a two-assist performance in a 4-3 loss to Morris Knolls-Hills on Sunday. He followed that up on Tuesday with two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over Montville, in which he reached the 50-goal mark for his career. In total, he has 50 goals and 54 assists to his name in his four-year career, and is Madison's leading scorer this year with 29 points (14 g., 15 a.).

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