INSIDE HOCKEY » Atlantic Hockey http://insidehockey.com Get Inside! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:48:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Women’s Frozen Four Set http://insidehockey.com/womens-frozen-four-set http://insidehockey.com/womens-frozen-four-set#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 05:07:51 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=57419

On the night the Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s hockey team closed out their home season at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn, the women took center stage as eight teams played for an opportunity to take their talents to “The Bank” next weekend. Here are the results and the schedule for next weekend:

CLARKSON 3 BOSTON COLLEGE 1:

For the first time in the program’s 11-year history, the Clarkson Golden Knights have advanced to the Women’s Frozen Four. Vanessa Gagnon bookended the game with goals at 16:02 in the 1st and 23 seconds of the third, her 16th and 17th respectively. Brittany Styner had her 13th at 11:44 of the second, which was ultimately the game winning goal in Potsdam, NY as the Eagles’  Dana Trivigno scored in the waning minutes of the final frame. Erica Howe made 23 saves en route to the biggest win of her career so far.

MINNESOTA 5 BOSTON UNIVERSITY 1:

In a rematch of last year’s National Championship Game, Kelly Tarry had a hat trick (19, 20, 21) to lead the Golden Gophers to a familiar spot in the Women’s Frozen Four. Terry and Terriers’ Sarah Lefort (32) actually exchanged goals 21 seconds apart midway through the first period, but Amanda Leveille was flawless the rest of the way, stopping the final 23 shots she faced. Rachael Ramsey (12) and Maryanne Menefee (16) also scored for the Gophers in the win in Minneapolis.

MERCYHURST 3 CORNELL 2

After sneaking into the field of 8, the Lakers shocked the world again, knocking off the Cornell Big Red for the second year in a row in Ithaca, NY. Christine Bestland proved she is the “best” in the “land” scoring Mercyhurst’s final two goals (20, 21),  including the ultimate game-winning power-play goal 8:08 into the third. She also assisted on the opening goal for the Lakers by Molly Bryne (4) in the second. Emily Fulton tried to get her team to the big dance, scoring two goals (20, 21), but her goal at 15:21 of the third was not enough as the Lakers move on to the site of the team they snuck into the field behind (Quinnipiac).

WISCONSIN 2 HARVARD 1

The nightcap played to the hype as the Badgers scored the first two goals of the game, and that’s all they needed. Blayre Turnbull (16) opened the scoring 16;56 into the first and Katy Josephs (11) followed up at the 16:24 mark of the second. Alex Rigsby was almost flawless in net, allowing her lone goal on the second to last of the 24 shots she faced. Dylanne Crugnale scored her eighth at 16:37 to make it 2-1 but that’s as close as Harvard got.

FROZEN FOUR SET:

While the times are still up in the air, the matchups are set. Game 1 on Friday is at 5pm ET and game 2 will follow around 8pm. The National Championship Game on Sunday will be at 3pm ET.

GAME A: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

GAME B: Clarkson vs. Mercyhurst

Inside Hockey has the Women’s Frozen Four covered. Follow us here and AHL beat writer Justin Cohen as he deviates from the pros and takes on the challenge at @IHAHL on Twitter. Justin will have recaps and stories on all of the four remaining teams all the way until a champion is crowned!

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Hobey Watch: March 17 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-march-17 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-march-17#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:57:22 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=21599

Two new goalies break into the top 10 and one forward continues to skyrocket up the list. Let’s get right to it:

10. Aaron Dell, Sophomore G, North Dakota — Dell breaks into the top 10 for the first this season after saving 34 of the 35 shots he faced in the Fighting Sioux’s first-round sweep of Michigan Tech. Dell ranks just 16th in save percentage (.921), but he’s now first in both goals-against average (1.87) and wins (26). North Dakota will face either Colorado College or Alaska-Anchorage in the Final Five semifinals on Friday.

9. Gustav Nyquist, Junior F, Maine — Nyquist stays in ninth after tallying a goal and four assists in last weekend’s quarterfinal series at Merrimack. The Black Bears got swept by the Warriors, though, and now need outside help to make the NCAAs. Nyquist ranks sixth in points per game (1.42) and fourth in assists per game (0.92).

8. John Muse, Senior G, Boston College — Muse returns to the top 10 for the first time in a month after stopping 44 of the 47 shots he faced in the Eagles’ quarterfinal sweep of Massachusetts. He’s tied for second in wins (25), tied for fourth in save percentage (.927) and seventh in goals-against average (2.04). BC faces Northeastern in the semifinals Friday night.

7. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper drops two spots after registering two assists in the RedHawks’ quarterfinal sweep of Alaska. He now has just five points in his last seven games, but he still ranks tied for fourth in points per game (1.44) and third in assists per game (0.97). Miami takes on Notre Dame in the semifinals Friday.

6. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly stays at six after collecting two goals and an assist in the Bulldogs’ first-round sweep of St. Cloud State. He now ranks third in points per game (1.46) and second in assists per game (1.05) and he has at least a point in 14 of his last 15 games. UMD faces Bemidji State in a Final Five play-in game Thursday.

5. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Schultz drops a spot after notching an assist in the Badgers’ first-round series loss to Colorado College. Unfortunately for his Hobey candidacy, Wisconsin’s season is now over. He still leads all defensemen in goals (18), points (47) and points per game (1.15).

4. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson drops out of the Hat Trick after recording just one point (a goal) in BC’s sweep of UMass. He’s now tied for fourth in goals per game and 11th in points per game (1.33), but he has just five points in his last five games. He’ll need to pick that pace up if he’s going to have any chance of actually winning the Hobey.

The Hat Trick

3. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Thompson stays at three after accruing two goals and an assist in the Wildcats’ quarterfinal sweep of Vermont. He’s now tied for fourth in both points per game (1.44) and goals per game (0.78). UNH takes on Merrimack in the semifinals on Friday.

2. Matt Frattin, Senior F, North Dakota — Frattin continues his rapid climb up this list as he breaks into the Hat Trick for the first time this season after tallying four goals and an assist in North Dakota’s first-round sweep of Michigan Tech. He now has an incredible 13 goals and 11 assists in his last 11 games and ranks first in goals per game (0.85) and seventh in points per game (1.38). Frattin certainly has the goals (a nation-leading 33) and the strong finish to win the Hobey; it’s just a matter of whether it’ll be enough to catch the next guy.

1. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Make it three straight weeks at No. 1 for Miele. He collected two goals and two assists in Miami’s sweep of Alaska and continues to lead the country by a wide margin in points (65), points per game (1.81) and assists per game (1.22). Although he doesn’t score goals quite at the pace of Frattin, it’s not like Miele only gets assists. He’s tied for 14th in goals (21) and 15th in goals per game (0.58). Miele is also riding a nation-best 15-game point streak.

On the bubble: Justin Fontaine (Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Brian Gibbons (Senior F, Boston College), Jason Gregoire (Junior F, North Dakota), Chase Polacek (Senior F, Rensselaer), Keith Kinkaid (Sophomore G, Union)

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Hobey Watch: March 10 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-march-10 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-march-10#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:24:52 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=21066

Just because it’s late in the season doesn’t mean the Hobey Watch is set in stone. This week’s top 10 features two new faces.

Let’s get to it.

10. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek accrued three goals and an assist in the No. 20 Engineers’ first-round series against Colgate, but it wasn’t enough to avoid getting upset by the last-place Raiders. RPI is now tied for 16th in the PairWise and has to hope other bubble teams falter in order to make NCAAs. If the Engineers miss out, Polacek’s Hobey chances take a big hit.

9. Gustav Nyquist, Junior F, Maine — Last year’s leading scorer returns to the top 10 for the first time since Nov. 18 after recording a goal and three assists in the No. 14 Black Bears’ win and tie at Massachusetts. Nyquist now has 18 points (11g, 7a) in his last 10 games and has climbed to eighth in points per game (1.35). Maine plays at No. 9 Merrimack in its quarterfinal series this weekend.

8. Keith Kinkaid, Sophomore G, Union — The No. 4 Dutchmen had a first-round bye in the ECAC tournament, so Kinkaid stays at eight. He still ranks first in goals-against average (1.94), tied for first in wins (24) and fifth in minutes (2014:32), but he’s just 11th in save percentage (.923). Union hosts Colgate in a quarterfinal series this weekend.

7. Matt Frattin, Senior F, North Dakota — Frattin makes the biggest leap this week, as he jumps from out of the top 10 up to seven after tallying two goals and five assists in the No. 1 Fighting Sioux’s pair of wins at Michigan Tech. He now ranks fourth in goals per game (0.78) and 10th in points per game (1.32). North Dakota takes on last-place Tech again this weekend in a first-round series.

6. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly holds steady at six after collecting two assists in the No. 11 Bulldogs’ weekend split against No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha. His pointless night on Friday snapped an 11-game point streak, but he still ranks fourth in points per game (1.46) and second in assists per game (1.09). UMD hosts St. Cloud State in the first round this weekend.

5. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper remains at five as the No. 7 RedHawks had a first-round bye last weekend. He still ranks third in both points per game (1.47) and assists per game (0.97). Miami hosts Alaska for a quarterfinal series this weekend.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Schultz also stays in the same spot as last week after scoring a goal in the No. 19 Badgers’ weekend split against No. 16 Colorado College. He still leads all defensemen in goals (18), points (46) and points per game (1.21). His chances will take a hit, though, if Wisconsin misses NCAAs, which it looks it will, barring a WCHA tournament title.

The Hat Trick

3. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — After falling out of first last week, Thompson drops another spot this week after registering just one assist in the No. 10 Wildcats’ pair of losses to No. 2 Boston College last weekend. He still ranks fifth in both points per game (1.44) and goals per game (0.76), but he has just three points in his last four games. UNH hosts Vermont in the quarterfinals this weekend.

2. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson leapfrogs Thompson after notching three goals and an assist to help the Eagles beat out the Wildcats for the Hockey East regular-season title. He now ranks third in goals per game (0.79) and seventh in points per game (1.38). BC hosts UMass in the quarterfinals this weekend.

1. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Miele comes in at the top spot for the second straight week following the RedHawks’ first-round bye. He continues to lead the country in both points per game (1.79) and assists per game (1.24). What’s even more impressive about that points per game pace is how much better it is than anyone else’s. He’s 0.22 ahead of everyone and 0.32 ahead of everyone in the big four conference.

On the bubble: Mike Connolly (Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Brian Gibbons (Senior F, Boston College), Brian O’Neill (Junior F, Yale), Paul Zanette (Senior F, Niagara), Aaron Dell (Sophomore G, North Dakota)

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Hobey Watch: March 4 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-march-3 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-march-3#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 13:21:14 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=20484

We’re getting close to the end. The ECAC, CCHA and Atlantic Hockey all begin their playoffs this weekend, while Hockey East and the WCHA both wrap up their regular seasons. The names in this week’s top 10 remain the same as last week, but for the first time in six weeks, we have a new top dog.

Here we go:

10. Paul Zanette, Senior F, Niagara — Zanette stays at No. 10 after netting four goals in the Purple Eagles’ win and tie against RIT. He’s now two clear of the rest of the country with 29 goals. He also ranks first in goals per game (0.85) and second in points per game (1.56). Niagara hosts Canisius on Saturday in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey playoffs.

9. Drew Shore, Sophomore F, Denver — Shore hangs onto his spot in the top 10 after tallying two goals and an assist in the No. 5 Pioneers’ weekend split at No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha. He now ranks 10th in goals per game (0.66) and 16th in points per game (1.28). Denver hosts St. Cloud State this weekend to close out the regular season.

8. Keith Kinkaid, Sophomore G, Union — Kinkaid also stays in the same place as last week after saving 56 of the 58 shots he faced to help the No. 4 Dutchmen capture their first ECAC regular-season title. He now ranks first in wins (24), first in goals-against average (1.94), third in minutes played (2014:32) and eighth in save percentage (.923). Union has a first-round bye this weekend.

7. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek drops two spots after registering just one assist in the No. 16 Engineers’ loss to Princeton and tie against Quinnipiac. He now has just two points in his last six games and has dropped to 14th in points per game with 1.29. RPI hosts Colgate in the first round of the ECAC tournament this weekend.

6. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly moves up a spot after notching a goal and three assists in the No. 11 Bulldogs’ loss and tie at No. 17 Colorado College. He now has an 11-game point streak and ranks fourth in points per game (1.48). UMD ends the regular season by hosting Nebraska-Omaha this weekend.

5. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper also climbs a spot after accruing two goals and an assist in the No. 8 RedHawks’ weekend sweep of Lake Superior State. His pair of goals Friday night snapped a three-game pointless streak and he now ranks fifth in points per game with 1.47. Miami has a first-round bye in the CCHA playoffs.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Schultz holds steady in the four-spot despite the fact that he was a minus-2 in the No. 18 Badgers’ pair of losses to St. Cloud State. He did have a goal, however, and continues to lead all defensemen in goals (17), points (45) and points per game (1.25). Wisconsin hosts Colorado College to wrap up the regular season.

The Hat Trick

3. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson stays at No. 3 after recording three assists in the No. 2 Eagles’ weekend sweep of Massachusetts. He now ranks fifth in goals per game (0.75) and sixth in points per game (1.34). BC takes on No. 7 New Hampshire this weekend in a home-and-home to decide the Hockey East regular-season champion.

2. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Thompson collected two goals in the Wildcats’ win and tie against Northeastern, but it wasn’t enough to hold onto No. 1, as he falls to second after a six-week stranglehold on the top spot. He has a pedestrian (by his standards) six points in his last six games and now ranks second in goals per game (0.81) and third in points per game (1.50).

1. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — After five straight weeks at No. 2, Miele finally takes over the pole position for the first time all season. He had two goals and three assists in Miami’s sweep of Lake Superior State and continues to lead the nation in points per game (1.79) and assists per game (1.24). His 42 assists are six more than second-place Connolly and his 61 points are eight more than second-place Zanette. It’s true that Thompson has seven more goals (26 to 19), but it’s hard to ignore the fact that Miele has 13 more points and is averaging nearly 0.30 points per game more.

On the bubble: Mike Connolly (Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Carl Hagelin (Senior F, Michigan), Gustav Nyquist (Junior F, Maine), Brian O’Neill (Junior F, Yale), John Muse (Senior G, Boston College)

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Hobey Watch: Feb 24 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-feb-24 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-feb-24#comments Fri, 25 Feb 2011 02:14:45 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=19846

Last week, the top nine spots all stayed the same as the week before. That’s not the case this week, as only four guys are in the same spots as last week. Two guys return to the top 10 for the first time in months.

Let’s get right to it:

10. Paul Zanette, Senior F, Niagara — Zanette remains in the top 10 after collecting a goal and two assists in the Purple Eagles’ weekend split against Canisius. He ranks third in points per game (1.53) and fourth in goals per game (0.78) and is the most likely finalist from Atlantic Hockey right now. Niagara closes out the regular season with a home-and-home series against RIT this weekend.

9. Drew Shore, Sophomore F, Denver — Shore returns to the top 10 for the first time since Dec. 2 after recording two goals and two assists in the No. 6 Pioneers’ weekend split with Michigan Tech. He now ranks ninth in goals per game (0.63) and tied for 18th in points per game (1.27). Denver travels to No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha for a pair this weekend.

8. Keith Kinkaid, Sophomore G, Union — It’s been an even longer absence from the top 10 for Kinkaid, who returns for the first time since Nov. 24. He has helped lead the No. 5 Dutchmen to the top of the ECAC standings with nine straight wins. Kinkaid ranks first in wins (23), third in goals-against average (2.00) and third in minutes played (1891:21). Union ends the regular season by hosting Quinnipiac and Princeton this weekend.

7. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly moves up one spot after notching three assists in the No. 7 Bulldogs’ weekend split at Minnesota State. He now ranks fifth in points per game (1.45) and second in assists per game (1.06) and is riding a nine-game point streak. UMD visits No. 19 Colorado College for two this weekend.

6. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper and the No. 11 RedHawks had the weekend off, so he naturally stays where he was last week. He still ranks fourth in points per game (1.47) and tied for third in assists per game (1.00), although he’s currently riding a three-game scoreless streak.

5. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek drops two spots after being held pointless last weekend in the No. 14 Engineers’ loss at St. Lawrence and win at Clarkson. He still ranks sixth in points per game (1.34) and first in game-winning goals (8), but he has just one point in his last four games now. RPI hosts Princeton and Quinnipiac this weekend to wrap up the regular season.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Schultz stays at four after registering a goal and two assists last weekend in the No. 13 Badgers’ loss and tie against No. 20 Minnesota. He ranks first among defensemen and tied for 15th overall with 1.29 points per game. He also leads all blue-liners in goals with 16. Wisconsin travels to St. Cloud State for a pair this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson jumps two spots after accruing three goals and an assist last weekend in the No. 2 Eagles’ tie and loss against Northeastern. He’s now tied for second in goals per game (0.80) and tied for seventh in points per game (1.33). BC takes on Massachusetts in a home-and-home this weekend.

2. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Like Camper, Miele stays where he was last week after having the weekend off. He still leads the country in points per game (1.75) and assists per game (1.22) and he’s currently riding an 11-game point streak. On top of all that, Miami put out this sweet highlight reel of him this week. Miami closes out the regular season with a trip to Lake Superior State this weekend.

1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Thompson makes it six straight weeks at No. 1, but just barely. He tallied two assists in the No. 9 Wildcats’ win and tie at Vermont and now ranks second in points per game (1.53) and tied for second in goals per game (0.80). His big advantage over Miele continues to be goals, where he’s beating Miele 24-17. He also has four more game-winning goals than Miele (6 to 2). UNH faces Northeastern in a home-and-home this weekend.

On the bubble: Justin Fontaine (Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Gustav Nyquist (Junior F, Maine), Brian O’Neill (Junior F, Yale), T.J. Tynan (Freshman F, Notre Dame), Joe Cannata (Junior G, Merrimack)

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Hobey Watch: Feb 17 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-feb-17 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-feb-17#comments Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:58:03 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=19322

If you’re one of those people who don’t like change, this Hobey Watch is for you. The top nine are exactly the same as last week, as only No. 10 and a couple bubble spots change.

Here we go:

10. Paul Zanette, Senior F, Niagara — Zanette has been on the radar, if not on the bubble, pretty much all season. He finally cracks the top 10 after amassing a goal and three assists in the Purple Eagles’ weekend split at Air Force. He now ranks third in the country in both points per game (1.53) and goals per game (0.80). Niagara has a home-and-home with Canisius this weekend.

9. Stephane Da Costa, Sophomore F, Merrimack — Da Costa was injured in the No. 6 Warriors’ 4-2 win at No. 8 New Hampshire on Friday and missed Saturday’s game, a 3-2 overtime win against UNH. Mike McMahon of The Eagle Tribune and College Hockey News reported the injury is not season ending, but obviously Da Costa’s Hobey chances would take a hit if he misses any more time.

8. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly registered two assists last weekend in the No. 5 Bulldogs’ loss and tie against St. Cloud State. He now ranks fifth in points per game (1.45) and second in assists per game (1.03), but his 12 goals are the fewest of any skater in the top 10. UMD travels to Minnesota State for a pair this weekend.

7. John Muse, Senior G, Boston College — Muse saved all 24 shots he faced in the No. 1 Eagles’ win over Providence on Friday. Technically, it was only his third shutout, which ties for sixth nationally, but he’s been pulled in garbage time of two other games he hadn’t allowed a goal in. Muse struggled Monday night in the Beanpot final, giving up six goals on 27 shots, but he still came away with a 7-6 win over Northeastern. He now ranks fourth in save percentage (.931) and tied for third in wins (19).

6. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper was held pointless last weekend in the No. 10 RedHawks’ win and tie against No. 17 Western Michigan. He’s now gone three games without a point and has just two in his last five. Still, he ranks fourth in points per game (1.47) and tied for third in assists per game (1.00). Miami has this weekend off.

5. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson notched a goal against Providence before somehow going pointless in Monday’s 7-6 shootout against Northeastern. He now ranks fifth in goals per game (0.75) and tied for 14th in points per game (1.29). BC plays Northeastern twice more this weekend in a home-and-home.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Schultz had two assists last weekend as the No. 12 Badgers were swept by No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha. He continues to lead all defensemen in goals per game (0.47) and points per game (1.28). That 1.28 points pace puts him 16th overall. Wisconsin hosts archrival Minnesota for two this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek recorded just one goal last weekend as the No. 14 Engineers dropped a pair of overtime games to Colgate and Cornell. He still ranks sixth in points per game (1.43) and leads the country in game-winning goals (8). RPI travels to the North Country this weekend to take on St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

2. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Miele tallied a goal and an assist last weekend and continues to lead the country in both points per game (1.75) and assists per game (1.22). Miele has certainly separated himself from Camper as the RedHawks’ best Hobey candidate, so you can definitely make a very good case for him being No. 1. But Paul Thompson has a decisive edge in goal scoring, which Hobey voters tend to put a lot of emphasis on.

1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Thompson hangs onto the top spot for the fifth straight week after collecting a goal and an assist last weekend. He ranks second in both points per game (1.57) and goals per game (0.86). He’s also tied for first in power-play goals (11) and tied for second in game-winning goals (6). UNH travels to Vermont for a pair this weekend.

On the bubble: Justin Fontaine (Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Jack Maclellan (Junior F, Brown), Gustav Nyquist (Junior F, Maine), T.J. Tynan (Freshman F, Notre Dame), Scott Gudmandson (Senior G, Wisconsin)

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Hobey Watch: Feb 11 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-feb-11 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-feb-11#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:59:54 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=18794

This year’s Hobey race is shaping up to be a very good one. We have top contenders from all four major conferences and we have guys putting up some great stats. Three players are averaging more points per game than Gustav Nyquist’s nation-best pace of 1.56 last season.

Onto the list:

10. Scott Gudmandson, Senior G, Wisconsin — Gudmandson and the No. 7 Badgers had last weekend off. He hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game since Nov. 19 and is 11-2-0 during that stretch. He ranks first in goals-against average (1.78), tied for first in save percentage (.935) and tied for third in shutouts (4).

9. Stephane Da Costa, Sophomore F, Merrimack — Da Costa makes the jump from the bubble to the top 10 after recording a goal and three assists in the No. 11 Warriors’ pair of wins over Northeastern and Massachusetts. He is now tied for eighth in points per game with 1.38 and he has 28 points in his last 16 games. Merrimack has a big home-and-home with No. 6 New Hampshire this weekend.

8. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly moves up one spot after notching five assists in the No. 3 Bulldogs’ win and tie against Minnesota. He now ranks sixth in points per game (1.48) and third in assists per game (1.04) and he has 15 points in his last eight games. UMD hosts St. Cloud State for a pair this weekend.

7. John Muse, Senior G, Boston College — Muse saved all 14 shots he faced in a 5-0 win over UMass on Friday and then stopped 34 of 36 in a 3-2 overtime victory against No. 14 Boston University in the first round of the Beanpot. He’s now tied for first in save percentage (.935) and ranks seventh in GAA (1.98) and third in winning percentage (.810).

6. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper drops a spot after registering just one goal in the No. 12 RedHawks’ weekend sweep of No. 13 Michigan. He still ranks third in points per game (1.57) and second in assists per game (1.07), but he’s falling further behind teammate Andy Miele in both categories. Miami hosts No. 15 Western Michigan for a two-game series this weekend.

5. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson swaps spots with Camper after collecting a goal and two assists against UMass on Friday. He now ranks fourth in goals per game (0.77) and 12th in points per game (1.35). BC travels to Providence this Friday before facing Northeastern in the Beanpot title game Monday.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Like Gudmandson, Schultz had the weekend off. He still leads all defensemen in goals (15), points (39) and points per game (1.30). That points per game mark ties him for 15th overall. The Badgers visit No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha for a pair this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek had his seven-game point streak snapped Friday night in the No. 8 Engineers’ tie at Quinnipiac, but he followed that up with a goal and two assists in a win at Princeton. He’s now tied for fourth in points per game with 1.50 and he leads the country with eight game-winning goals. RPI plays host to Colgate and Cornell this weekend.

2. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Miele registered a goal and four assists in Miami’s sweep of Michigan and continues to lead the nation in points (54), assists (38) and points per game (1.80). The fact that he continues to separate himself from Camper and that the RedHawks are now right on the NCAA tournament bubble means it might not be long until Miele takes over the top spot.

1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Thompson tallied three goals in the Wildcats’ weekend sweep of archrival No. 18 Maine. He now leads the country in goals per game (0.88) and ranks second in points per game (1.62). He’s also tied for second in game-winning goals (6). Thompson now has 16 goals and seven assists in his last 12 games, which, quite frankly, is pretty absurd.

On the bubble: Justin Fontaine (Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Matt Frattin (Senior F, North Dakota), Jack Maclellan (Junior F, Brown), Paul Zanette (Senior F, Niagara), Allen York (Junior G, Rensselaer)

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Photo Gallery: Holy Cross @ A.I.C (2/4/11) http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-holy-cross-a-i-c-2411 http://insidehockey.com/photo-gallery-holy-cross-a-i-c-2411#comments Sat, 05 Feb 2011 17:54:35 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=17831

Holy Cross’ Rob Linsmayer score his second goal at 18:48 of the third period to lead Holy Cross to a 5-2 victory over American International in Atlantic Hockey action Friday night. Branden Nunn also scored twice for the Crusaders while AIC was paced by goals by Michael Penny and Chris Markiewicz. Adam Roy stopped 17 shots for Holy Cross while AIC’s Ben Meisner kicked out 37 shots. (Photos by Dennis Pause/inside hockey)

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Hobey Watch: Feb 3 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-feb-3 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-feb-3#comments Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:41:54 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=18181

The polls aren’t the only place where Yale is dropping this week.

After losing to Union and Rensselaer last weekend, a pair of Bulldogs fall out of the top 10 in this week’s Hobey Watch. Senior goalie Ryan Rondeau drops out altogether after giving up seven goals, while senior forward Broc Little lands on the bubble after extending his scoreless streak to four games.

Here’s who made the top 10:

10. Allen York, Junior G, Rensselaer – York (16-6-3) returns to the top 10 following an outstanding weekend. He stopped all 36 shots he faced to shut out Brown on Friday night and then saved 38 of 40 shots Saturday night as the No. 9 Engineers upset No. 3 Yale. York now ranks third in goals-against average (1.86), seventh in save percentage (.932), fourth in minutes played (1512:33) and tied for third in wins (16).

9. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth – Connolly and the No. 4 Bulldogs had a rare weekend off this late in the season. He still ranks eighth nationally in points per game (1.40) and tied for 10th in points (35). UMD hosts Minnesota for a pair this weekend.

8. Jack Maclellan, Junior F, Brown – Maclellan could be on the verge of dropping out of the top 10. Not only does he have just five points in his last six games, but the Bears have lost three in a row and five of their last seven and will have to win the ECAC tournament to make the NCAAs. That said, Maclellan still ranks sixth in points per game (1.43) and ninth in goals per game (0.67).

7. Scott Gudmandson, Senior G, Wisconsin – Gudmandson (14-6-1) stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced in the No. 7 Badgers’ 4-2 win over Michigan Tech on Friday. Gudmandson hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game since Nov. 19 and is 11-2-0 during that stretch. He ranks second in GAA (1.78), third in save percentage (.935) and tied for second in shutouts (4).

6. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College – Atkinson registered a pair of goals in the No. 1 Eagles’ 5-1 win over Massachusetts-Lowell on Saturday. He now ranks fourth in goals per game (0.79) and tied for 11th in points per game (1.33). Atkinson has points in 12 of his last 13 games and has been held scoreless in just four times all season. BC hosts Massachusetts on Friday before facing No. 14 Boston University in the first round of the Beanpot on Monday.

5. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami – Camper tallied three assists last weekend in the No. 13 RedHawks’ pair of ties at No. 10 Notre Dame. He still ranks second in points (46), assists (32) and points per game (1.64). Hindering his candidacy, though, is the fact that he has a teammate ahead of him in all three categories and that Miami would still be out of the NCAAs if the season ended today.

4. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer – You had to figure Polacek, a finalist last year, was going to make a run for the Hobey at some point. That point is now. He has seven goals and seven assists in his last seven games and is now tied for fourth in points (39) and fifth in points per game (1.50). He’s also first in game-winning goals with seven. The Engineers travel to Quinnipiac and No. 19 Princeton this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin – Schultz recorded a goal and two assists last weekend and continues to lead all defensemen in goals (15), points (39) and points per game (1.30). Those totals are good enough to tie him for fourth overall in points and 15th in points per game. The Badgers, who have won 12 of their last 13, visit No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha for a pair this weekend.

2. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami – Miele had a big weekend with a goal and four assists against Notre Dame. He’s riding a seven-game point streak and leads the country in points (49), assists (34) and points per game (1.75). Miele will have to continue to separate himself from Camper and help Miami make the NCAAs if he hopes to win, though. The RedHawks host No. 8 Michigan for two this weekend.

1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire – Thompson hangs onto the top spot for another week after collecting three goals and two assists in the No. 6 Wildcats’ weekend sweep of Providence. He ranks third in both points per game (1.62) and goals per game (0.83) and is tied for fourth in both points (39) and goals (20). He’s also tied for second in game-winning goals with five. UNH hosts archrival No. 15 Maine for a pair this weekend.

On the bubble: Stephane Da Costa (Sophomore F, Merrimack), Carl Hagelin (Senior F, Michigan), Broc Little (Senior F, Yale), Paul Zanette (Senior F, Niagara), John Muse (Senior G, Boston College)

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Hobey Watch: 1/27/2011 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-1272011 http://insidehockey.com/hobey-watch-1272011#comments Fri, 28 Jan 2011 05:31:35 +0000 http://insidehockey.com/?p=17699

This week’s Hobey Watch features just one new name in the top 10 that wasn’t there last week. There’s still plenty of jostling around within the top 10, though, including one teammate leapfrogging another.

Here we go:

10. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College – Atkinson registered two assists last weekend as the No. 2 Eagles beat No. 16 Boston University and Mass-Lowell. He now has just four points in his last five games, though. Although that’s not much of a concern for the Eagles – they’re 4-1 in those games – it is a concern for his Hobey candidacy.

9. Ryan Rondeau, Senior G, Yale – Rondeau (16-1-0) stopped 49 of the 52 shots he faced last weekend to help lead the No. 1 Bulldogs to a pair of wins over Clarkson and St. Lawrence. He ranks first in winning percentage (.941), third in goals-against average (1.80) and sixth in save percentage (.932).

8. Scott Gudmandson, Senior G, Wisconsin – Gudmandson (13-6-1) made an astounding 71 saves on 74 shots in the No. 8 Badgers’ pair of wins over Minnesota State and cracks the top 10 for the first time as a result. He now ranks second in GAA (1.76), third in save percentage (.935) and tied for first in shutouts (4).

7. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth – Connolly tallied three goals in the No. 5 Bulldogs’ weekend sweep at Michigan Tech. He’s now tied for fifth in the country in points (35) and tied for fourth in assists (23). He also ranks 11th in points per game (1.40). UMD hosts Minnesota for two this weekend.

6. Jack Maclellan, Junior F, Brown – Maclellan notched a goal and an assist last weekend as the Bears picked up a win over St. Lawrence on Friday before falling to Clarkson on Saturday. Maclellan is now sixth in points per game (1.53) and tied for eighth in goals per game (0.68). Brown faces a tough challenge this weekend when it visits No. 10 Rensselaer and No. 13 Union.

5. Broc Little, Senior F, Yale – Little drops out of the Hat Trick following a scoreless weekend. He now has just one goal and three assists in his last six games. He still ranks eighth in points per game (1.42) and tied for eight in goals per game (0.68), but he’ll need to pick it up if he wants to get back near the front of the Hobey race. Yale travels to Union and Rensselaer this weekend.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin – Schultz recorded four assists last weekend and now has nine points in his last five games. He leads all defensemen with 36 points, 14 goals and 1.29 points per game and ranks second among blue-liners with 22 assists. Those 36 points are good for fourth overall. Wisconsin travels to Michigan Tech for a pair this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami – Camper accrued a goal and three assists last weekend as the No. 11 RedHawks split a series at Michigan State. He now ranks second nationally in points (43), assists (29) and points per game (1.65). The biggest obstacle for Camper’s Hobey candidacy, however, could be…

2. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami – Miele leapfrogs his teammate for the first time all year after collecting three goals and two assists last weekend. He now leads the country in all those categories Camper’s second in, as Miele has 44 points, 30 assists and 1.69 points per game. If they stay neck and neck like this down the stretch, it could be tough for either of them to win the Hobey. Miami visits No. 9 Notre Dame for a crucial series this weekend.

1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire – Thompson barely hangs onto the top spot after gathering just one goal last weekend in the No. 7 Wildcats’ win over Providence and loss to BU. He made it count, though – it was the overtime winner against the Friars. Thompson now ranks third in both points per game (1.55) and goals per game (0.77). He’s tied for ninth in points (34) and tied for fifth in goals (17). Although the point total isn’t quite as high as that of Miele and Camper, Thompson scores more goals and doesn’t have a teammate matching him point for point.

On the bubble: Carl Hagelin (Senior F, Michigan), Chase Polacek (Senior F, Rensselaer), T.J. Tynan (Freshman F, Notre Dame), Paul Zanette (Senior F, Niagara), John Muse (Senior G, Boston College)

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