Power rankings: LI/NYC hockey (1/10/12)
1. St. Anthony’s (9-0 CHSHL)
We have a new number one in our weekly rankings. The Friars have been on an absolute tear this year and hold the distinction of being Long Island’s lone undefeated team now. They easily defeated St. Mary’s 5-0 on January 5, and followed it up with a 7-1 beating of Chaminade. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better team on the Island right now.
Next: Chaminade at Dix Hills Rink (Thursday, 7:10 p.m.)
2. Connetquot/Sayville (15-1)
The T-Birds jump into the number two spot this week after knocking off previous top team Smithtown, 5-3 Monday night. Brian Fenster scored two goals and the goaltending tandem of Trevor Von Kampen and Brett Ficken shined against the Bulls to earn a share of first place in the SCHSHL.
Next: Ward Melville at The Rinx (January 18, 9:00 p.m.)
3. Smithtown (15-1)
The Bulls quest for an undefeated season fell short at the hands of Connetquot/Sayville, so now the race to hold on to first place begins. It starts this week with matchups against winless Ward Melville and a 4-13 Middle Country team.
Next: Ward Melville at The Rinx (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m.)
4. Long Beach (10-3)
The Marines continued to remain idle but will kick off the second half of their season with two games in two nights starting Sunday night against Cold Spring Harbor and Bellmore-Merrick.
Next: Cold Spring Harbor at Iceworks (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.)
5. Oceanside (10-3-1)
East Williston may have jumped over them in the standings but the idle Sailors have done enough to earn its spot in the rankings. The true test will come on January 21 when the top two teams in the Liberty Division face off.
Next: Bellmore-Merrick at Long Beach Ice Arena (Sunday, 6:30 p.m.)
6. St. Joseph by the Sea (4-4-2)
Don’t look now, but here comes the Vikings. Led by Michael Bronzo, Sea has won three straight games, including an emotional 5-2 win against rival Monsignor Farrel and a come-from-behind victory against Iona Prep Sunday.
Next: Fordham Prep at Abe Stark Rink (Friday, 8:45 p.m.)
7. Syosset (9-3)
The Braves have gotten back on the winning track following the holiday layoff with two wins against Garden City and Bethpage. They have also become the first team in the Nassau league to top the 100-goal mark. Super sophomore Corey Hoffman may have cooled off, but he still leads Nassau with an alarming 29 goals and 31 assists.
Next: East Williston at Iceworks (Friday, 9:15 p.m.)
8. Massapequa (9-3)
After falling to Bellmore-Merrick in its first game from the holiday break, the Chiefs followed it up with commanding wins over Bethpage and Jericho. They’ll look to make it two-for-two against Jericho tonight, followed by a meeting with the Wings of Garden City.
Next: Jericho at Bethpage Ice Rink (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.)
9. Monsignor Farrell (4-3-1)
For a second time this season, the Lions fell to archrival St. Joseph by the Sea and now find themselves one point behind the Vikings for the final playoff spot in the CHSHL ‘A’ division.
Next: Iona Prep at Ice Hutch (Saturday, 3:00 p.m.)
10. Chaminade (5-2-1)
The Flyers suffered a tough loss to rival St. Anthony’s 7-1, but look to hand the Friars a taste of its own medicine on Thursday in a rematch.
Next: St. Anthony’s at Dix Hills Rink (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.)