Power rankings: LI/NYC hockey (1/3/12)
1. Smithtown (15-0)
After what seemed like an eternity off the ice, the Bulls will return from the holiday break Monday night in a big match-up against Connetquot/Sayville for first place in Suffolk County.
Next: Connetquot/Sayville at The Rinx (Jan. 9, 8:10 p.m.)
2. St. Anthony's (CHSHL 7-0)
The Friars remained undefeated in the CHSHL with a 5-2 win over New York City's St. Joseph by the Sea. They'll look to keep it going against St. Mary's on Thursday - a team which they have already beaten twice this year.
Next: St. Mary's at Cantiague (Thursday, 4:00 p.m.)
3. Connetquot/Sayville (12-1)
The T-Birds return from the holiday break Wednesday against Kings Park/Commack with a playoff spot already in their possession.
Next: Kings Park/Commack at The Rinx (Wednesday, 9:20 p.m.)
4. Long Beach (10-3)
The Marines remain idle but await a rematch with rival Syosset on Monday night.
Next: Syosset at Long Beach Ice Arena (Monday, 8:00 p.m.)
5. Monsignor Farrell (4-2-1)
The Lions lost to St. Joseph by the Sea by a score of 5-3 on Dec. 22 and will look for revenge Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Next: St. Joseph by the Sea at Staten Island Pavillion (Thursday, 8:00 p.m.)
6. Oceanside (10-3-1)
The Sailors await patiently to get back on the ice from their holiday break, and will return on January 15 against Bellmore/Merrick.
Next: Bellmore/Merrick at Long Beach Ice Arena (January 15, 6:30 p.m.)
7. Massapequa (7-2)
The Chiefs take the ice tonight against Bellmore/Merrick in hopes of keeping its strong season going.
Next: Bellmore/Merrick at Bethpage Ice Rink (Tonight, 6:30 p.m.)
8. Syosset (7-2)
The Braves look to get back on the winning track against Garden City on Friday night.
Next: Garen City at Iceworks (Friday, 9:30 p.m.)
9. Chaminade (5-1-1)
The Flyers ousted one of Westchester's top teams, Iona Prep, 5-3 on Dec. 28 to hand the Gaels their second straight loss and to give themselves a firm hold of second place in the CHSHL 'A' division.
Next: St. Anthony's at Iceworks (Friday, 6:30 p.m.)
10. St. Joseph by the Sea (1-4-2)
The Vikings lost to St. Anthony's 5-2 last week, and now will turn their attention back to archrival Monsignor Farrell.
Next: Monsignor Farrel at Staten Island Pavillion (Thursday, 8:00 p.m.)