After the first full weekend of the season, Hobey Watch tries to reward hot starts while avoiding overreaction. The result: four new entries in the top 10, but a top five that’s identical to last week.
Here’s the list:
10) Stephane Da Costa, Sophomore F, Merrimack — The Warriors got off to a disappointing start with a 4-4 tie at Niagara on Saturday, but Da Costa came out of the gates strong with a goal and an assist in the game. Merrimack has its home opener this Saturday against another Atlantic Hockey opponent in Connecticut.
9) David Warsofsky, Junior D, Boston University — Warsofsky had two goals and three assists last weekend as the No. 10 Terriers beat No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 19 Notre Dame to win the Ice Breaker. He’s tied for first among defensemen and sixth overall in points. Warsofsky may not have been on most people’s Hobey radars before the season, but he has all the necessary tools at both ends of the ice.
8 ) Jay Barriball, Senior F, Minnesota — Barriball had four goals and an assist, including a hat trick on Saturday, in the No. 13 Gophers’ weekend sweep of Massachusetts. That’s good enough to put him in a tie for the national lead in goals. Barriball redshirted last season with a knee injury, but he had scored 34 or more points twice before that. His candidacy might be a bit of a surprise, but it shouldn’t be a total shock.
7) Justin Fontaine, Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Fontaine had two goals and two assists in the No. 7 Bulldogs’ season-opening 6-6 tie against Lake Superior State on Friday and then followed that up with another assist in a 3-2 win over Northern Michigan. He was in and out of the Hobey Watch all last season, and he’s off to a good start again this year.
6) Louie Caporusso, Senior F, Michigan — Caporusso had a goal and four assists in the No. 3 Wolverines’ weekend sweep of Bowling Green and is now tied for first in the country with six points. He and teammate Carl Hagelin were both potential Hobey candidates coming into the season, but Caporusso’s off to the hotter start. Michigan has a difficult out-of-conference test at No. 9 New Hampshire this weekend.
5) Broc Little, Senior F, Yale — The No. 5 Bulldogs, like the rest of the Ivies, don’t start their season until the last weekend of October, so it wouldn’t be fair to move Little out of the spot he occupied last week.
4) Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek only had one assist this weekend as the Engineers opened the season with a loss and tie at No. 18 Colorado College, but it’s still only one weekend. Seeing as he’s one of just three returning Hobey finalists, it’ll take more than that for Polacek to start dropping.
The Hat Trick
3) Chay Genoway, Senior D, North Dakota — Genoway had one assist last weekend as the No. 2 Fighting Sioux tied Alaska-Anchorage and beat No. 14 Alaska in the Kendall Hockey Classic. It’s not quite the start he had last year, but he also wasn’t recovering from post-concussion syndrome last season.
2) Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — The No. 1 Eagles beat Northeastern, 2-0, in their only game of the weekend. Atkinson didn’t have a point, but again, it’s only one weekend (and in this case, only one game). He had 30 goals last year. He’ll be fine. BC travels to Denver this weekend for a tough series against the No. 6/8 Pioneers.
1) Gustav Nyquist, Junior F, Maine — Last year’s national scoring leader started the season with two assists in the No. 6/8 Black Bears’ win over UMass-Lowell and tie against Connecticut. Perhaps the scariest thing this weekend was that Nyquist only had one assist Friday night and Maine still dropped eight goals on the River Hawks. The Black Bears are at No. 20 Michigan State for a pair starting tonight.
On the bubble: Carter Camper (Senior F, Miami), Cory Conacher (Senior F, Canisius), Garrett Roe (Senior F, St. Cloud State), Blake Kessel (Junior D, New Hampshire), Keith Kinkaid (Sophomore G, Union)