Plenty of changes this week. Two goalies break into the top 10 for the first time and two players make their first Hat Trick appearances, including the new No. 1.
Let’s get right to it:
10. Nick Pisellini, Sophomore G, Western Michigan — Pisellini, believe it or not, is the only goalie in the country with at least five starts to be undefeated. He’s 4-0-1 for the upstart Broncos and he ranks third in goals-against average (1.56), eighth in save percentage (.938) and eighth in minutes played (307:28). He faces a tough test this weekend as Western has a home-and-home with No. 11/13 Notre Dame.
9. Stephane Da Costa, Sophomore F, Merrimack — Da Costa assisted on both Warrior goals in a 2-2 tie at Vermont on Saturday and now has six points in three games to tie him for fourth nationally in points per game. Merrimack finally has its first two-game weekend of the season when it faces No. 2 Boston College for a pair Friday and Saturday.
8. Keith Kinkaid, Sophomore G, Union — Kinkaid saved 46 of the 49 shots he faced in wins over Niagara and RIT this weekend to improve to 5-1-0. He ranks second in GAA (1.46), fifth in save percentage (.942) and fourth in minutes (329:23). The No. 13/16 Dutchmen travel to Lake Placid to face Rensselaer in the Halloween Faceoff on Saturday.
7. Chay Genoway, Senior D, North Dakota — It was a bad weekend for the No. 8 Fighting Sioux and a bad weekend for Genoway. North Dakota was swept by No. 6/7 Maine and Genoway posted a -3 rating and no points. Genoway has all the potential to be the best defenseman in the country, but he’ll keep falling on this list until he shows it consistently.
6. Broc Little, Senior F, Yale — Still no games for Little, so he’s still in sixth. On a more exciting note, the No. 5/7 Bulldogs finally get underway this weekend when they host the Ivy Shootout. They’ll play Brown on Friday and either Princeton or Dartmouth on Saturday.
5. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson was held scoreless in the No. 2 Eagles’ 2-1 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday and he’s now averaging just a point per game. It’s still too early to get too concerned about last year’s top goal scorer, but he falls out of the Hat Trick this week simply because other guys are off to much better starts.
4. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek had a goal and an assist this weekend as the No. 20 Engineers beat RIT and Niagara, and he now has seven points in six games this season. As is the case with Atkinson, that’s not an overly impressive pace, but Polacek had 52 points last season and was a Hobey finalist. He gets a little more slack than most.
The Hat Trick
3. Justin Fontaine, Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Fontaine had a goal and two assists in the No. 3 Bulldogs’ weekend sweep of Alaska-Anchorage. He’s now tied for third in the country in points (12) and tied for fourth in assists (8). Fontaine’s line, which also includes Mike Connolly (5-6-11) and Jack Connolly (3-7-10), is arguably the best trio in the country right now.
2. Gustav Nyquist, Junior F, Maine — Nyquist was a big factor in the Black Bears’ weekend sweep of North Dakota. He had a goal and an assist in each game and now has nine points in six games on the season. The two goals were his first two of the season, so this weekend was definitely a good sign for Nyquist, a Hat Trick finalist last season who was off to a good but not great start prior to the four-point series.
1. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — This one was pretty easy. Camper had a ridiculous eight (eight!) points this weekend on a goal and seven assists as the No. 1 RedHawks swept Northern Michigan. He’s now four clear of the rest of the country with 17 points on the season. He’s also first in assists (10), tied for first in goals (7) and first in points per game (2.83) among players who have played at least three games.
On the bubble: Jay Barriball (Senior F, Minnesota), Cory Conacher (Senior F, Canisius), Matt Frattin (Senior F, North Dakota), Zach Redmond (Senior D, Ferris State), Allen York (Junior G, Rensselaer)